An interesting theme emerged in my private practice consultation group last week. It may seem like an odd theme for a business group - resentment. As I shared a few of my own experiences in private practice it became very clear that I had used my feelings of resentment as a guide to lead me to my ideal private practice.
I view resentment as an amazing gift to let me know when I need to make a change or to set better boundaries. Here are a few examples that I share:
- After being in a group practice for a short time, I realized that I resented the inefficiency of how decisions were made in the group. So, I decided to go out on my own.
- After having my third child and moving to a new area years ago, I remember feeling increasingly resentful of my commute to my therapy office. That prompted me to move to an office closer to my new home.
- After I realized that I resented spending more time doing paperwork and making phone calls trying to get reimbursed from managed care companies than I was spending actually doing therapy, I started resigning from all panels.
- When I started resenting seeing clients after 5:00p.m. I stopped seeing clients in the evenings.
So, my fellow private practitioners, what are you resenting in your practice?
How can you use resentment as a gift to make needed changes and bring you closer to your your ideal practice?
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Hanks, J. (2012). The Gift Of Resentment. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2014, from http://pro.psychcentral.com/private-practice/2012/05/the-gift-of-resentment/
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 May 2012