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3 Mistakes Threatening Your Mental Health Therapy Job

How Much Do You Want Your Mental Health Therapy Job?

Did you ever stop to consider what could put your mental health therapy job at risk?  While it’s certainly no fun to discuss problems, sometimes this discussion helps us better define the positive. But then again, if you don’t mind that your career might be briefer and more problematic than you planned, don’t bother reading any further.

Impatience

Experienced clinicians can drill down fairly quickly with a new client, recognize the core problem, its impact, and what changes will need to be done in order to effect lasting change.  However when a therapist is too quick to want to heal, the benefits of even the best diagnosis can be squandered.

The wise therapist needs to take a deep breath and permit the client to proceed at a self-defined comfortable pace.  The organic process of lasting change and transformation often takes a long time. You may not even be the therapist anymore by the time that sublime moment arrives. You need to accept that you are here at this moment to be helpful at this particular juncture.

Therapist/Client Imbalance

Those who are dedicated to their mental health therapy job believe that the thrust of it is to share “truths” with their clients. Some clients when they begin therapy actually want therapists who will give them all the answers. But ultimately even they don’t want to have someone else tell them what to do. They have come for deeper self-knowledge and to acquire the tools to heal.

Too much emphasis on discussing the therapist’s insights can cause another problem.  While understanding is essential, it is woefully insufficient.  Once understood, feelings need to be felt, and then talked about. This is what healing is all about!  Jumping into that discussion before the client “feels” the problem hijacks this critical process, leaving crucial work unfinished.

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Rescuing Your Client

But perhaps the most costly mistake stems from who you are.  Because most who are passionate about their mental health therapy job are generally kind and compassionate, their beautiful soul may actually handicap them in experiencing their client’s pain. Although you know you want your client to discuss the hurts, it is difficult to watch and be with the client as this happens, particularly when you feel connected. You want to rescue the client from this.

It is known that many occupying mental health therapy jobs are drawn to it because of their own pain. This is not to say that every clinician is inadvertently promoting suffering through misplaced compassion. Rather, it is essential that you, the therapist recognize who you are, how you ended up in this field, and just how it impacts us when you come to perform your acts of kindness.

Mistakes Can Be A Blessing?

Making a mistake, especially for those of us who were raised to fear them, can feel painful, embarrassing and overwhelming. But mistakes can be our greatest source of growth. Our mistakes and missteps provide powerful information and insight, if we’re willing to recognize them and resolve to do the work to correct them.

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The 3 Secrets to Landing an Online Speech Therapy Job

Landing an online speech therapy job is a dream come true for an SLP!  This is true for several reasons. While not every change the Internet has wrought is beneficial, many therapies, including Speech Therapy are increasingly turning to the Internet, creating new possibilities for clients and clinicians alike.  But before you throw your hat into the ring, consider the following.

An Online Speech Therapy Job offers Convenience and Flexibility

Online speech therapy jobs offer many conveniences. There is no need to travel anywhere- a savings of time, money and personal wear and tear.  All you need is your laptop and headset.  Give the session in the most comfortable and convenient place you can find- even in your home. Once you are finished, you are finished.  Don't worry about the gas bill- it will never come!

For many SLPs scheduling can be a problem.  But with an online speech therapy job, your hours can be both convenient and flexible. Your scheduling conflicts will decline if they don't disappear altogether. And you be the one to decide if you will work part-time or full-time.

Professional Growth

With an online speech therapy job, you will have the opportunity to be your boss and grow your career while working from the comfort of your home.  Aside from the savings, eliminating travel will boost productivity as well.  This will afford you more to spend more time working with kids and less time in the car.  Another perk- managing caseload and workload becomes easier.

With the ever-expanding array of innovative web-based materials, an online speech therapy job will thrust you into the cutting-edge area of the field.  As manifest by the plethora of games and exercises already available, the creativity on the web seems constrained only by the limits of the human imagination.  And as the field continues to grow, you will continue to grow with it!

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Personal Satisfaction

Perhaps when all is said and done, an online speech therapy job offers an even more sublime satisfaction. Online speech therapy has many benefits for the client. The most widely recognized of those benefits is that services can be provided to clients who live in geographically constrained areas where conventional therapy methods are not available.

Also, online speech therapy offers those provided services convenience as well.  Due to its inherent flexibility, treatment can be provided in that setting which is most comfortable.  This can be practically anywhere.  While commonly used in schools or at home, ASHA's policy is that there are no real limitations to where online speech therapy can be used effectively as long as the services comply with professional, institutional, state, and federal guidelines.

So if you haven't yet tried your hand at an online speech therapy job, or even if you have, now is the time to make it a focus.  As the Internet continues to change our world at an ever-accelerating pace, the quality of your therapy need not change.  What you need is more opportunity!  An online speech therapy job may provide just that.