This guest post is written by Ashley Eder, LPC. Ashley is a counselor and supervisor who believes we each have the potential to create a more satisfying life. Located in Boulder, CO, she works with clients and therapists through curiosity, self-awareness, and acceptance in order to create lasting change.
A successful private practice is not just defined by how many clients you see or how much income you generate. One critical stream of non-monetary compensation is the satisfaction your practice brings you.
That’s right–as a business owner in an inherently flexible field, part of your “payment” is the freedom to create a work week that works for you.
Whether your workload is in its sweet spot or not is a personal measure; what feels nourishing and sustainable for another clinician might be either under-stimulating or exhausting for you given your temperament and the other responsibilities in your life.
Ask yourself the following questions to start creating your own ideal work week:
- Are you excited to go to work?
- Do you enjoy your clients?
- Can you maintain your personal relationships?
- Do you have time for self-care?
- Do you feel satisfied and complete at the end of the day?
- Are you resentment-free?
- Are you intellectually stimulated?
- Have you stopped doing the things you dread?
Yes, you really can expect to have a practice that is that satisfying. If you found yourself shaking your head “no” to some of the questions above, it’s time to re-evaluate how you spend your work week. Take time now to explore these questions in detail. Be honest. Where are you solid in your business satisfaction and where could you use more work? What would your life look like if you were able to answer “yes” to these questions? Can you be specific now, or will it take some soul-searching to figure that out?
Check back for part 2 of Creating Your Perfect Work Week for concrete suggestions on ways to build satisfaction with your business. My suggestions will help you narrow the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. Expect to revisit these areas throughout your career in private practice, especially as you advance in your career and skills, experience personal life changes in relationships and parenting, and do your own work in personal therapy.
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Hanks, J. (2012). Creating Your Perfect Work Week (part 1). Psych Central. Retrieved on March 2, 2015, from http://pro.psychcentral.com/private-practice/2012/07/creating-your-perfect-work-week-part-1/
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Jul 2012