As the year inches towards its close, I find myself taking stock of some of the changes in my practice this year. I am happy to report that one of the goals that I had set for myself at the end of last year has been realized. After many years of providing short-term career counselling and coaching services, I have now developed a vital practice of long-term personal counselling or psychotherapy.
I have always enjoyed short-term career counselling and will continue to offer it. It provides a much-needed and desired service for people who want to concentrate on career or educational issues and resolve them in a relatively short and focused process.
Psychotherapy, on the other hand, requires a much more in-depth look at the personal issues that contribute to a client’s difficulties. It’s a process that supports a client through the phases and stages of personal change and growth. If successful, the process can guide a person from a place of dissatisfaction, frustration and despair to a place of satisfaction, clarity and hope. While short-term career counselling holds many rewards, assisting a client out of difficult and confusing personal issues is very gratifying.
I am also proud to say that the Single Women’s Support Group, started this year, is still growing and going strong. While I would love to take credit for its success, I have to say that the success of the group is a function of all its wonderful parts working together in a powerful way. (Spaces are still available for my new support group, “Twelve Weeks to Greater Self-Esteem.” starting in January 2007.)
Another positive decision was to send my newsletter via EZezine.com. It has improved the quality, clarity and readability of the finished product immeasurably. Having to produce a monthly newsletter has been both a challenge and a blessing. It has unleashed some previously unknown creative juices. It has allowed me to share my thoughts, feelings and philosophies about a number of topics. It has required me to do more research than I have done in years. And it has forced me to meet self-imposed deadlines with greater ease. (One of my goals for next year is to double the numbers of subscribers, so if you know of anyone who might like to subscribe, please refer them to the newsletter archives section of my web site at http://www.careeractive.com.)
I have also attended a few professional development workshops over the last year. I am now certified to facilitate a Personality Dimensions workshop (the new and improved Canadian version of True Colors). I learned how to market my practice better and I discovered how to combine and run a successful coaching and psychotherapy practice.
I am one of those lucky people who gets to do what I love. I meet some of the brightest and most interesting people, who share their stories and leave me enriched for having known them. I would like to thank you all for being such an important part of my private practice. I wish you the very best of the holiday season and much health, happiness and hope in the New Year.
Barbara Fish, M.Ed.
Personal and Career Counsellor
“Helping Your Life Work”
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