Newly qualified practitioners often need a confidence boost in the early months and years of their new career in private practice to truly believe that they can succeed. The marketplace in counselling and psychotherapy is indeed very crowded and it can be tempting to think that others are more confident and experienced and, therefore, have more to offer than you. Indeed, experienced therapists will often highlight the number of years that they have been practicing as a way of adding value in the therapy room.
It is important, however, to not be disheartened by this. Sure, clients will want to feel reassured that they are sitting with someone who can demonstrate the holding capacity that years of experience can bring. However, clients do not want to feel that they are with a cocky therapist who might appear complacent in their work. Clients won’t know, for instance, that someone who trained many years ago has kept pace with developments in the field through their own continuing professional development.
Being recently qualified in the marketplace can actually have its own advantages and unique appeal. Clients may potentially feel more attracted to a newly qualified therapist as they might have a different energetic appearance in their approach to the work. The perception might be that you are more enthusiastic and positive, being fresh from your studies, than someone who qualified many years ago. Clients may also feel that they will receive more attention from a practitioner starting off in their career than from someone who potentially has a busier diary. Who wants to be the sixth or seventh client in a busy therapist’s day? Of course, a recently qualified therapist can also have a busy diary and it is also true to say that an experienced therapist’s diary is not necessarily ‘full’. However, generally speaking, client perception is that you are more likely to be busier the longer you are practicing and they could see more recently qualified practitioners with more appeal.
Building your confidence for private practice is a crucial component of successful outcomes. It is necessary to believe that you have a special offering. If you don’t believe that, will your clients?
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