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Feb 23, 2015 9:32 AM

So, as most of you know I am a therapist/counselor with my own practice. I see clients- adults and kids 3 days a week from 9-615. Sometimes I have an hour break and usually 1-2 people cancel.
Lately this has still been tough for me. I don't know if it's the long days or what but I am just usually dreading and almost fearful of doing it all day for the three days. It takes so much out of me.
I want to have a life with my friends and family but I do then my job is HARD on me. I recently have gotten more into my art and often do not want to stop a project once I start. I am drawn to it. I am thinking of doing more with this.?? But it's hard to make money.
I am so lost as to what to do. But I just really feel like the way I am seeing clients and how many is taking a toll on me.
Thanks for reading.

Feb 23, 2015 10:11 AM

I feel exactly the same, I was once totally focused on my clients and growing my business (I am a freelance copywriter and own a small marketing company) but now dread work. I have no choice to work even though, the fibromyalgia messes with my head, makes sitting for hours at a computer difficult to bear and painful, and I often can't speak to clients due to a stammer that I've acquired over the last 2 years. I feel like running away (if I had the energy), setting up home by the sea and doing nothing more demanding than painting and drawing (or sleeping). I once had a back up plan that if my company was no longer successful that I'd get a 'proper job' that option has been taken away from me now. I've lost my ability to go for an interview and sell myself as the best person for the job when some days I can't even remember how to tie my own shoelaces. Jess it is unfair that we can't just do what we want, but maybe we should feel blessed that we are self-employed and that (as much as possible) we are safe from being sacked. The fact that some days I have to work means that at least I have to get my sorry backside out of bed and pretend to be the old me, albeit only for a few hours! Feel for you.

Feb 23, 2015 12:30 PM

Jess have you thought of trying to start making money from your "hobby" now? It could give you an idea of the market value of your work and if you could realistically do it for a living. Once you get started selling your work you could slowly increase your art time while cutting back on your job time until you are entirely an artist by trade.

Feb 23, 2015 1:38 PM

I agree with Horns Hold My Halo, if you already have some of your work put aside,maybe you could sit up a table @ a local fleamarket or trade show.

Feb 23, 2015 6:08 PM

Could you combine your art with your therapy work? What about half ish days as opposed full days? Hope you find a way of fitting the art into your life more fully

Feb 24, 2015 5:42 AM

If you don't want to cut to half days, cut to 3/4 days or work every other day.

Feb 24, 2015 7:00 AM

Good thoughts people. I am marinating (that means thinking) about all the suggestions. I thought about art and therapy combined but that is still focused on the client.

Feb 24, 2015 10:54 AM

Jess, that sounds amazing! I would sign up for an art/therapy session right away! Maybe you can have one day for traditional therapy sessions and 1-2 days of art therapy. You can see how many of your current patients would be interested and go from there. If you can't afford to cut down on hours maybe if the hours you put in can be less draining and more therapeutic to you and your patients.....

Feb 24, 2015 8:58 PM

Yes, that sounds amazing! And I bet it's a lot less intimidating for a therapy newby!

Feb 25, 2015 1:14 AM

Sometimes it takes some self evaluation to figure out what is best for you, but only you can figure that out. Have you thought of limiting your per day hours but adding a day or two? If you wear yourself down then you will have to spend off time recovering. Maybe have some art available to work on during the cancelled times. The art therapy sounds like an amazing idea, maybe would give you and you patients more insight. I remember years ago having an eatting/image disorder, if my therapist would have asked me to draw myself she probably would have figured that out on day 1.

Mar 06, 2015 7:25 AM

Art therapy sounds like a great mix! However if you don't want to See you soon! Clients any more or feel as though you can't focus on them then you probably need to stop. It isn't fair to them OR to you. You need to be healthy in order to help others be healthy. Financial constraints make it difficult though I get it. Can you do something along the lines of being a consultant to other counsellors so you're not so involved with each patient?

Mar 30, 2015 11:36 PM

I'm not sure how well this would work for you, but I always have my workbag with me. If I've got a few moments, I can sit down and work on my crochet (my art). I also use my workbag to carry things that make my life easier (granola bar, my kindle-for when reading is better than crochet, and anything else I need to carry that is out of the ordinary and doesn't have a place). Just having it with me has become a bit of a comfort blanket, and I don't leave home without it.
Hope this helps!

Mar 31, 2015 10:04 AM

MadFatFish I also carry a bag with me usually it has my Cross Stich right now I am working on a baby quilt for my grand daughters crib, the way I'm going she is going to be 2 or 3 years old before I' m through with it, I have started having problems with my hands right after I started it. I also have my tablet with my Kindle app on it. They are life saver ' s when sitting in a Dr's office waiting, and I also carry something to snack on.

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