Helpful tips to writing a professional profile

If you are thinking of or are in the process of creating a profile on a therapy directory such as Psychology Today here are some helpful tips to creating a professional profile that attracts clients:

  • Describe your philosophy about counseling. Ask yourself, “What are my beliefs about counseling?”

Share your beliefs about counseling without focusing on your academic and professional achievements. A potential client is usually not too interested in your achievements, but rather focused on how counseling may be helpful and or if you can help.

  • Describe your counseling approach. Ask yourself, “How do I help people?”

Make sure to talk in everyday terms to potential clients; try and avoid going deep on theory. As a reminder, most clients are unaware of counseling theories and approaches.

  • Describe your target population. Ask yourself, “Who do I help?” or “Who do I want to help?”

Again make sure to talk in everyday terms to potential clients; most clients are unaware of diagnoses. If possible try and avoid the use of the word “client” or “patient”.  For example, “I help people who feel depressed.”

  • List your fee. Ask yourself, “What are my services worth?”

Make sure to list your fee, insurances you accept, and or if you work on a sliding scale.

  • Share your contact information.

Make sure to list your phone #, email, and website. If you do not have a website, I strongly encourage you to create one. This is another way for a client to get to know you better. Check out my previous post here about creating a website.

Most importantly, be yourself!  Share who you are, what you do, and how you can help.

Need to see an example of these tips, check out our profiles. Click on our names below to see each of our profiles.

Tracy Cooper

Tiffany Frias

Virginia Gonzales

If you have any questions or need help writing your profile, leave a comment and I will respond to you as soon as possible. Also if you have any helpful professional profile writing tips, please share-we want to hear from you!

Good luck and please share your completed professional profile with us!

Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC-Intern

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Happy Thoughts

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During a recent search for positive affirmations on the internet, I came across this simple yet profound statement, “Think Happy. Be Happy.” This statement has stuck with me for weeks. The more I say, “Think Happy. Be Happy.” the more tangible this has become… I believe “happiness” found me. In other words, I have become more aware of things that make me happy such as a quote on my Lululemon bag, a workout at 5AM, and coffee.

What makes you happy?

The idea that to think something is to be something is relevant…It works! This may not be a new concept for you if you practice positive psychology. Nevertheless, we may encourage, practice and suggest this or similar ideas to clients while at times neglecting to take the time to do this for our self. Now, if you frequently practice positive self talk and or regularly maintain self care…I applaud you! For the rest of us that maybe struggle with this, I encourage you to “Think Happy. Be Happy.”

Let me know how this works for you…Did “happiness” find you?

Best Regards,

Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC-Intern

Gift Guide: Counselor Edition

We all know at least one dedicated and hard working counselor who deserves a little something nice this holiday season. There is no judgement here if the first person you think of is your own hard working self.

Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 8.42.54 AM Brass fox letter opener, for all those important official notices

Amethyst Quartz Votive Holder to set a  healing atmosphere Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 8.46.14 AM

Fun color block card case to keep the business cards that will bring them clients

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Super Comfy slippers to keep under their desk for those extra long days of documentation

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This book seems to be a great blend of personal and professional reading. I have just started it and have to say it is fascinating.  Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 11.37.27 AM

This print to remind clients of the possibilities.Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 11.57.29 AM

Comment below to add your own good counselor gift ideas.

Happy Holidays

Tiffany Frias, MA, LPC-Intern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our group is growing and we want you to be a member…

Our group has outgrown our current Facebook format. In an effort to meet the needs of our members, we are moving to a slightly more formal membership format. We are creating a membership database. MEMBERSHIP IS STILL ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE.

Everyone that is a member of our Facebook group has two options: (1) become a formal member of SA Counselors Networking Group by having your information added to our database, or (2) stay a member of our Facebook group only. Only formal members will be eligible to be a featured counselor of the week, be added to our referral sheet, and receive emailed event notes from our events.

To be included in our official membership database, please complete our *membership form and email form to sacounselors@gmail.com.

*membership form questions are listed below

SA Counselors Networking Group Membership Form

Please fill out this form and email to SACounselors@gmail.com.

NAME:

CREDENTIALS

EMAIL

PHONE

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT

ARE YOU ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

PREFERRED CLIENT POPULATION/ AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

COST PER SESSION

INSURANCE ACCEPTED

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PRESENTING AT AN EVENT?

IF SO, WHAT TOPIC WOULD YOU LIKE TO PRESENT ABOUT?

Winter Workshop

Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 2.06.28 PM   One thing I have learned about building connections within this field is that it is helpful to be involved. The majority of my relationships in the counseling profession have been built through such involvement. I have spent time on committees in both TCA and ACA. I have attended several workshops (all were worth the time and money involved). And now I am involved in this networking group – which has been an amazing experience thus far.  Why am I telling you this?

I am telling you this because it has been helpful for my professional (and often times personal) growth.  I am telling you this because I want to see your lovely faces at the next workshop, networking group, conference, or committee that I happen to be involved in.  And it just so happens there is a workshop approaching this very January. As an extra bonus, this particular workshop is still accepting presenters.

I genuinely hope to see you there.

South Texas Counseling Association presents the 2013 Winter Workshop.

At the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX on January 18th, 2013. This year’s theme is: Creativity and Movement in Counseling

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Wooten

Please join us for a day of professional growth and sharing. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee and participants will be able to earn up to 6 CEU’s. On-site registration, check-in and breakfast are from 7:30am. – 8:00am.

For those interested in this workshop email me at tiff.frias@gmail.com and I will send you the registration form.  For those who are not interested, I hope to see you at the next opportunity.

Happy Networking

Tiffany Frias, MA, LPC-Intern

Networking Event – LGBTQ Presentation

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On Dec. 1st we had our third SA Counselors Networking Group event with guest speaker, Dr. Rebecca Munsey, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-S. This event exceeded our expectations and we want to thank all those that attended  and for participating in the discussion and sharing your own experiences with the LGBTQ population. A special thank you to Dr. Munsey for sharing an informative and knowledgeable presentation that has certainly expanded our insight as counselors and on the LGBTQ population.

Also, congratulations to Dr. Munsey for winning our Amazon gift card door prize!!

Below are some resources shared by Dr. Munsey at our networking event:

-Virginia G. Gonzalez, MA, LPC-Intern

Website building…

I decided to start a website (insert excitement here)! Unfortunately, starting a website has been far less exciting than I thought and more overwhelming than anticipated. As a novice website builder, I was unaware of what was needed to start a website. Through research, I learned that I need a webhost, website design, and domain name. This is a lot to consider when starting a website; therefore, I thought I would document the process in hopes that you will have an easier time when creating your website.

Below are the steps needed to create a website:

  1. Find a webhost. Webhosting is where you keep your webpage. The purpose of having a webhost is to ensure that your website is available all the time, anytime.
  2. Create a domain name. A domain name is your website address. Here is an example of a domain name: www.lpcinterncounselor.com. It is recommended that you choose a domain name ending with .com as it is easier to locate on the internet.
  3. Pick a website design. Most website builder sites will include multiple options and templates.

In an effort to help you obtain your website needs, I have reviewed the following sites for webhost, domain name, and website design information:

  1. Catalyst Theme– offers website builder/design for $127 (onetime fee)
  2. TherapySites- offers website design and hosting for $59/month
  3. GoDaddy– offers domain names, hosting, and website design-prices vary due to different package options
  4. GoogleSites– offers pre-built templates for web design and hosting for FREE
  5. Wix– offers web design and hosting for FREE
  6. Bluehost– offers web hosting and domain names for $6.95/month
  7. Domain– offers domain names for $9.99

If you’re interested in what I chose, I decided to create my website through Wix and obtain a domain name through domain.com.

If you are a LPC-Intern and are planning to create a website, the board has a few requirements that must be included. Here are the requirements for your consideration:

Rule 681.52 (e) All billing documents for services provided by an LPC Intern shall reflect that the LPC Intern holds a temporary license and is under supervision. On all advertisements, billings and announcements of counseling treatment by an LPC Intern, the intern’s name shall be followed by the name of the supervisor in the same type size and font.

Hope this information was helpful for you when creating your website. If you have already created a website and have tips to share we would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading my blog post and happy website building!

Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC-Intern