I turned on Google to learn of Mr Hume’s death. His life work was inspirational. John Hume was a politician that helped end the Troubles of Northern Ireland a land in the grip of deadly conflict and terrorism.
Honour bound working for peace, he brought a country in massive opposition, dogmatic issues to a state of connection and cooperation.
Bill Clinton a long term friend called John Hume the Martin Luther King.
Here is one of his quotes, I was moved to share with you today :
“I want to see Ireland as an example to men and women everywhere of what can be achieved by living for ideals, rather than fighting for them, and by viewing each and every person as worthy of respect and honour.” John Hume
Psychologists, Counsellors and Resource Therapists, I believe work to this vision.
We work with our client’s struggle and conflict for inner peace, to negotiate new methods of coping. Connecting with core values to live to their desired potentials.
So rewarding! So thank you to all you therapists, you deserve an award for all the good work you do! With love, Philipa
As we consulting online now a great deal, we have become virtual global travellers. So your supervisees, clients and meetings can be in different time zones with our worldwide reach. It can be tricky.
This is so easy to mess up! I know I have stuffed up getting evenings and mornings mixed up with Luxembourg. That’s why it’s good to get some help in converting your local time. So you can set a time that works for all involved. Here’s a few to get you started.
Touchy subject, money for many counsellors. Yet we need to make a living with our vocation.
Discussing dollars in therapy can bring up stuff for both therapists and clients alike.
In my practice we process the payment up front. Getting the business part out of the way, freeing us up to focus on therapy.
Here’s what I do. After new clients finish the intake paperwork, I usually say something like :
“Lets get all the administration out of the way. How would you like to pay for today’s session?”
Finalizing the invoice, I then give them my client information sheet. Explaining on the first page is the admin side of things and the back page is therapy tips and tools for you to take away and read at your leisure.
It’s a nice exchange.
The feedback from clients has been overwhelmingly positive. They say it makes sense and feels reliebing getting payment completed.
It’s curious what happens with this routine set from the start. Usually it’s my clients who prompt me to take their payment, pulling out their credit card.
Therapy is an investment in self and it really is a case of backing themselves and their internal worth.
So as a suggestion why not get the charging and business aspects done and dusted at the start.
Notice what happens for you, and for your clients. How does it feel? What are your clients responses.
Experiment with the timing of taking payment. Possibly start with new clients initially and then talk to your existing clients.
For Skype clients I require prepayment via EFT or credit card 24 hours in advance.
Really love to hear what you and your clients responses are.
Please drop a comment in the box below sharing your experience to help others. Thanks!