So you want to get fit? It’s not easy, you know. Finding a balance between healthy living and healthy eating is a difficult endeavor even for the most disciplined of individuals. You have to make it a ritual so that it becomes a part of you every day, you literally have to try and alter your lifestyle as much as possible. When my mom gave me medifast coupons I knew that she was trying to tell me something; that it was time for me to put the fast food down and start living the life that I deserved to give myself. I can’t believe, when looking back on how I used to live, that I would allow myself to succumb to such a gross way of living. Continue reading
I contacted one of the better modeling agencies in michigan to get a lineup of models to pose with our clothing lines for a circular I was sending out for the grand opening of my new clothing store. The franchise stores use a nationally produced circular, or tab as they are referred to, when promoting sales of clothing in their stores. My store offers a unique choice of clothing that is not offered in the national clothing store chains. That is why I needed to hire models and a photographer.
The modeling agency I used got me the exact models that I needed to represent the clothing that was going to be in the advertisement. Continue reading
I wanted to find some national movers to help my daughter and her family get moved. They had just found out that her husband is being relocated and it was really stressing her out. As sad as I am to see her move halfway across the country, I am happy that her husband has gotten such a great offer for work.
There are so many families that are struggling these days and I worried that my daughter would have to struggle too. She is expecting their second baby and stays home to be a mother to the first. She wants to be able to stay home with the kids until they start school. This is going to be even more important to her now that she is not going to be living near family that could watch the children for her.
I thought that I would try to take some of the stress off of her since she is pregnant and her husband has been going back and forth between the office here and the one that he is being transferred to. So, I wanted to find the moving company for them. I told them that I would pay the difference between what the company is offering to pay for it and what it will actually cost them. I know that they are tight on cash since they had to put a down payment on the new house and have not sold the old one yet.
I was able to find a moving company quite easily for them. I was surprised that it was not going to cost me that much at all after the company contributed their payment for it. I am so proud of my little girl and her husband. They are doing quite well for themselves and their kids.
I was not sure what I wanted to do when I graduated from high school. What I did know was that I did not want to go back to school for four more years. I love helping people, so my guidance counselor suggested that I look into becoming a home health aide. I researched the position, and I knew that I would probably excel with that line of work. I did have to take enough training in order to receive my certificate so I could become a home health aide, but the schooling was very informal. Because I liked what I was about to do, I actually enjoyed learning about the elderly as well as other types of people I would help.
After I became a certified aide, I was able to join a great team at a local home health agency.
Recently I lost my job and have been feeling down ever since. I knew I needed to get back on my feet again if I wanted to continue supporting myself, but I was severely lacking in motivation and had no will or desire to do anything. I turned to the internet for ideas on lifting my spirits and also to look for possible jobs. Along the way, I stumbled upon the topics of self help and scaffolding jobs. While the two topics have nothing in common, they were certainly helpful to me, as they put me on the path to restoring my life.
I have a background in construction work and carpentry, so scaffolding jobs are pretty ideal for me. Setting up scaffolding sections for construction work on buildings makes it easier for work to get done. The great thing is that making work easier for other construction workers is a job in itself. There is a lot of work and planning that goes into scaffolding, both in the building phase, and in the idea phase. I was hesitant to apply for the job initially, due to my motivational problems, but that’s when the self help came into play.
Lourdes GDCP DCH Ad.Dip.Eh.P.NLP
What the letters behind my name mean…
GDCP – Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
DCH – Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Ad.Dip.Eh.NLP – Advanced Diploma in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and
Bachelor in Social Sciences (Counseling Major) final year of degree in 2008
- Advanced Clinical Hypnosis
- Models of Hypnotherapy & Script Writing
- Forensic Applications of Hypnosis
- Clinical & Experimental Issues in Hypnosis
- Medical & Psychotherapeutic Hypnosis
What Is a “Psychotherapist” Anyway?
Psychotherapists, psychologist, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists… these are all generic labels for someone in the business of helping others with their problems. In Sydney, anyone can legally call themselves a “psychotherapist”,”counselor” or “therapist”.
As a matter of fact, anyone can legally practice psychotherapy in Sydney, regardless of their academic education or professional training…or the lack thereof. There are significant differences in training, qualifications and experience from one practitioner to another.
The business card and shingle may be very shiny but take very close note – a six week course does not a “Therapist” make – beware.
Regardless of whether or not Counselling and Psychotherapy is regulated or not it’s best to be selective when you put your mental and physical health at the mercy of any practitioner.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to know who is competent, ethical or effective in helping others. However, you can learn how to interview a prospective therapist and assess whether that person matches your personal needs and concerns.
Determining Competency and Ethical Standards
Membership in a recognized professional organization however, like the Psychotherapist and Counselling Federation of Australia or the Sydney Counselling Association for example, may be important. Associations like these may hold the practitioner accountable for following their organization’s professional code of ethics.
The Importance of Interviewing a Referred Therapist
Even though a therapist may come highly recommended and has many years of experience helping countless others, he or she still may not be the right match for you or your needs. It is essential that you feel comfortable with the person whom you will inevitably entrust with your deepest secrets and fears. Take some time to interview a few different therapists. You have a right to ask questions and make an informed choice.
The following questions may further help you to determine the level of competence of the therapist you are interviewing by assessing their professional training, credentials, licenses, organizational affiliations and history of experiences in clinical practice.
- What diploma and graduate degree did they receive? From which school? What year?
- Did they graduate from a specific clinical training program from their university? What was their major?
- How many years have they been practicing therapy? How long privately?
- What was their previous employment prior to private practice? Did they work in clinical agencies?
- Do they currently have a clinical supervisor who reviews their work? For how many years? If not, why not?
- What professional organizations are they a member of? What was the criteria for membership?
- How much and what kind of specific experience have they had treating any particular problem you may be concerned about?
- What specific personal experiences or training programs qualifies them to practice their style of therapy? Have they been in therapy themself?
- Do they carry liability (malpractice) insurance?
- Have they had any formal complaints filed against them?
Evaluating Referral Sources
Some caution is advised however when receiving referrals from personal recommendations.
Take into account who you are receiving the referrals from. Friends, relatives or neighbors may not necessarily be the best judge of competence or be able to determine the right match according to your needs. Selecting a friend’s therapist could also raise concerns of loyalty, competitiveness or confidentiality.
Doctors or clergy may not necessarily know very much about psychotherapy or the different approaches and practitioners. You might wind up being referred to a doctor’s colleague or friend, who is biased towards a particular
treatment approach accepted among their limited professional circle only. The same holds true for referring mental health professionals.
Evaluate for yourself how well the person you are receiving referrals from understands your needs and how knowledgeable they are about varying styles and approaches that differ from their own. Also, do not choose a therapist who you may already know socially. It is unethical for a therapist to work with someone with whom he or she may have a dual relationship.
Other Referral Sources
Other sources for referrals can be found by ads in the yellow pages, local newspapers, and other free community magazines and directories available at restaurants and shops around town. Keep in mind that these advertisements
are designed to catch your attention and do not necessarily provide any assurance that the person is qualified, experienced or reputable. Attending public presentations or workshops by therapists is another way to get introduced and learn about one’s personality or practice style.
Psychotherapy referral services may appear to be a good way to get referrals, but they typically only give out names of therapists who have paid a marketing fee to the company or get a commission for making the referral. If you call an agency or large group practice for a referral, you may be assigned to a therapist solely on the basis of who has an opening in their schedule. If you have selected a health insurance plan which limits you to seeking treatment only from an “in network” provider, you may get referred to a therapist selected solely because their post code location is
nearest to yours. You may also find that that therapist in the provider network is severely restricted to the kind and amount of therapy covered under your insurance policy.
After asking around, you may find that the same person is recommended from several different sources of referrals. That may be a good sign that you have found someone competent. But, are they compatible? Regardless of which
method you ultimately use to get a particular therapist’s name, it is essential to follow up with a personal interview. Only then can you better assess for yourself if working with this person is right for you.
Understanding the Different Credentials
There are a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees available to someone who seeks to become a therapist. In addition, after completing certain post-graduate training programs or meeting specific criteria established by state or national professional organizations, one can obtain an ever widening variety of certifications which may indicate additional achievement in a particular area of practice.
Unfortunately, there are also an increasing number of “degree mills” and self serving training programs which enable anyone to obtain an official looking graduate “Diploma” or framed “Training Certificate” for the right price. It is often difficult to discriminate between the legitimately recognized universities and organizations from the meaningless ones.
Summing It All Up
A highly recommended, experienced and licensed therapist may have the right credentials, with a wall covered with prestigious diplomas and certificates, and still not be very effective in helping you. Some people have a natural ability to listen and communicate well with others. This factor alone can sometimes make all the difference in being helped. In the long run, the theoretical practice style or technique one uses may not make much difference at all. Most likely, the ideal therapist for you has a healthy balance of:
* professional credentials and training
* a natural ability to communicate
* a long history of having helped many others effectively with caring and respect.