Thoughts on Who I Should Serve in my Practice

Life as an Open Door

Lately, as I’ve started the practice, I have been giving consideration to which populations I could best serve in the practice.  I have considerable experience in working with posttraumatic stress disorder, addictions, depression, and bipolar disorder.  I also have experience working with couples.  Finally, my life experience and work experience have made me particularly helpful to people who have spiritual issues.

The problem is, when defining segments of the population who are underserved but also have sufficient insurance to pay for private psychotherapy, I am running into a bit of a quandry.  So many people need help, but I’m not as familiar with Delaware County, so finding them is difficult.

So, now that I have changed jobs and am really redefining my career, I’m exploring new options.  Some of these include:

1.  Looking into what my professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers is doing in this area.

2.  Considering taking classes in American Sign Language so that I can do therapy with the deaf in the area.

3.  Looking into taking certification in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, a technique used for people who experience trauma.

4.  Being open to whatever doors God, the Universe, etc. open up for me.

Now that I am striking out on my own, I’m feeling nervous but reborn in many ways, as I move from getting a paycheck to making my own paycheck and having greater freedom to set what I want to do in my helping others.

When faced with something scary like starting your own business, I advise trying to make it a challenge where you can learn things and grow as a professional and a person.  That is what I am really enjoying right now.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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