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Getting Started
Episode 129th February 2024 • Good Enough Counsellors • Josephine Hughes
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In my work with counsellors, I find time and again that people struggle with getting started - especially with their counselling private practice. It's all very well in theory saying you're going to do something - but actually doing it can be much more difficult.

Today's episode is all about facing down the fears that might stop you from making that first step - and how to stay focused so that you can begin.

In Today's Episode:

  • The difficulty in receiving praise: how uncomfortable it can be to accept positive feedback that contradicts ingrained self-beliefs.
  • Embracing uniqueness: A central theme is recognising your unique life experiences and perspectives as strengths. I encourage you to appreciate your individual journey and see past hardships not just as obstacles but also as valuable tools for growth.
  • The power of personal experience in counselling: Personal struggles often foster deep empathy and understanding, making counsellors more effective in supporting clients. Examples include neurodivergent counsellors who can offer unique insights into client challenges.
  • Confronting cognitive dissonance: I discuss how you can fear your own potential more than any perceived inadequacy. This segment addresses the fear of rejection that holds you back from exploring your capabilities.
  • Encouragement for action-taking: I share my journey from feeling inadequate to stepping out of my comfort zone — highlighting the fun you can find in exploring your potential despite fear of criticism.

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Setting up in private practice? Download my free checklist HERE

Need ideas for how to get clients? Download my free handout 21 Ways for Counsellors to Attract New Clients HERE

The information contained in Good Enough Counsellors is provided for information purposes only. The contents of this podcast are not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on any of the contents of this podcast. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from taking any action as a result of the contents of this podcast.

Josephine Hughes disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this podcast.




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