There are plenty of books on how to save relationships, how to be better parents, or just about any “how to” situation you can think of. The self-help section of any bookstore is overflowing with innumerable volumes dedicated to helping us manage our lives better.
Listening, however, in a way that is loving and respectful, isn’t so well documented. We can find plenty of help for the big picture relationship stuff – the affairs, the toxic dynamics, the conflict management and so on – but little attention is paid to the day-to-day issues, the small interactions that are like paper cuts to a relationship, whether it is intimate, familial or work-based.
This book explores what the conditions are within us that allow us to be a “non-loving” listener, and how we can change our lives in real and meaningful ways with simple, yet practical, tools and exercises.
This book has been written for you, the reader.
It is comprehensive, accessible and relatable, with down to earth, common sense discussions about the real world we live in today; a world of distractions and barriers to effective listening that are bombarding us from all directions.
Loving Your Practice
I believe that everyone in the helping industry, whether they be a massage therapist, reiki therapist, or psychotherapist, should have the opportunity to give private practice a go.
Not everyone will succeed, and not everyone is suited to the rigours of private practice, from the record keeping to the level of marketing needed to build and sustain a practice. It’s hard work being in private practice, and there is natural attrition as people figure out if it’s for them despite the burning passion they had at the beginning of their journey.
This book is for you if you are a student, recent graduate, or long time employee looking to branch out on your own. It’s for you if you are already in private practice and wanting to gain further insight. It’s for you even if you aren’t studying and just have an idea that this might be something you’d be interested in pursuing.
This book is for the therapists of any modality, who have a burning desire to go into private practice, who may never have even considered it before, because they believed the dogma that you just shouldn’t do it.
I believe that everyone has it in them to be in private practice, and as with any other industry, the industry will weed out the ones who aren’t suited, don’t have it in them, the timing is wrong, and so on.
Private practice is possible, despite being a new graduate, and I’ll show you just how possible it can be.
This book is about doing it.
It’s about doing it with integrity and a professional approach.
It’s about being the best practitioner you can be, armed with knowledge, information and practical support and advice to help you make informed decisions as you work through whether a private practice is, indeed, for you.
Whatever your dream, this book will have knowledge you can draw upon and use. Dip into it, read it from cover to cover, take what you need and leave the rest. However it works for you is up to you.