3 thoughts on “Private Practice Kickstart: Should I get certified in?

  • September 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I agree whole heartedly that you must love the work itself that you want to be certified in. I’m at that last step of getting certified as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist. I just need to get one more video complete and send in for approval. The training and process of being certified in EFT is a major growth process, personally and professionally. It is not an easy method to put in to practice and impossible if you haven’t done what you are asking your clients to do in session.

    My passion for helping couples in the best way possible has been what keeps me going in all the training I do. I am an excellent couples therapist, not because of a certification or the training I have received, but because of my passion and all the learning and growing I put in to the process. My certification in EFT won’t be proof of that, however, it means more to me than my graduate degree or my MFT license.

    Grow to be the best that you can be in the area you most love to work. If there are certifications along the way, then awesome, go for it!

    • October 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      I was interested to see you say, “if there are certifications along the way … go for it!” But what if there are not? Don’t worry, I say. Our passion and expertise is so important. I’m certified in two things no one has heard of, yet they are valid and [can] change lives. So I can’t really advertise my certifications, but I still lead people to change, and thus improve quality of life. So, is it really ethical to “lure” clients with our certifications? Who says we are expert at delivering care using our “certified” care? This is not simple I think.

      • October 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        It really isn’t! Licensure, certification, etc. isn’t our value. It is something much grander that is the sum of a lot of parts. I’ve met people certified who had last their passion for the work. I’ve met others who aren’t certified in anything that really know their stuff!

        I think most therapists are trying desperately to articulate what therapy is, and how it can help. Sometimes, it feels like therapists think a certification is a short-cut around this process. There are no short-cuts.


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