272: 20 Colleagues Reflect: How The Pandemic Has Changed Me As A Business Owner
Today’s show is a special episode about the changes on both personal and professional levels since the beginning of the pandemic. The field of mental health therapy has been flipped upside-down in many ways, and there have been numerous and unexpected positive outcomes. We can all benefit from collective learning and the sharing of our stories, so let’s listen as twenty of my colleagues answer the following question: How has the pandemic changed you as a business owner?
○ Jill has learned that her business can be managed remotely and allow her more quality time at home with her family. She has learned that telehealth allows her to reach a bigger audience with her message about grief.
○ Sovann realized that investing in equipment upgrades to make sessions more comfortable is a form of self-care that is helpful for therapists and clients. The pandemic has helped him produce meaningful online content and grow through continuing education.
○ Lisa truly wanted to build a business that can be done virtually from anywhere. She loves not being tied to specific hours at a specific location and serving her community better by making continuing education convenient, affordable, and fun.
○ Irene isn’t sure that she ever wants to return to her clinical practice after spending more time with her spouse and children. She doesn’t want to be responsible for others’ mental health but would like to focus more on learning and writing.
○ Amanda says the pandemic has pushed her to do things she always wanted to do but was uncomfortable trying. She has taken her practice into nature and now does online sessions outside with trees, birds, and sunshine.
○ Laura has learned not to take close relationships for granted, and that human connection is important to all of us. She realizes that it’s up to her to keep herself safe and make good decisions no matter what government leaders may say.
○ The pandemic has taught Angela that she can choose freedom and autonomy over doing things like they’ve always been done. She started a full-time private practice during the pandemic, and it’s thriving today.
○ Thad has realized that being a brainspotting grief therapist has set him up to help clients during this unique time. He’s learned that self-care helps him to be more present for family, clients, and himself.
○ Bethany and her husband are therapists who practice together. Having their two young sons at home more has been overwhelming, so she’s learned to get clear on personal and professional visions by hiring a VA to outsource tasks, condensing appointment availability, and blocking weeks off on her yearly calendar.
○ Beth realized how efficient online therapy really is because clients can show up while in a secure and comfortable setting. She says she has become less obsessive about her perfectionist tendencies.
● Melvin’s answer to the question: “The pandemic has given me a greater sense of clarity and purpose about my calling. With the loss of several loved ones due to COVID-19, I’ve learned how precious and short life is. I want my days to have maximum meaning, intention, purpose, and happiness.”
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