Guest Blog: Nicole Lilloia
I’ve been in private practice for just about a year now and it’s been an amazing experience. I actually feel more connected to others through my work now than I’ve ever felt before. However, throughout this time I’ve heard many other therapists with a private practice talk about how lonely and isolated they feel with this work. I’ve even talked to therapists who are afraid to start a private practice because of their fears of feeling alone in the work. Many therapists think peer supervision groups are their only opportunity to connect with other people about work.
Staying connected while having a private practice is quite different than working at a company or agency because you don’t automatically have a team of co-workers at your office everyday. I’ve discovered that there are several things that you can do to decrease the feelings of loneliness when you’re in this situation and own your own business. Here are 5 strategies that I use to connect with others and decrease feelings of isolation since I started a private practice.