Post # 17
Very few people would be willing to pay you out of pocket for something like this. And, as PP pointed out, you’re making it sound like a package deal with the wedding planner. If you want a seperate buisness, then you need to think of it that way. You could possibly get referrals from wedding planners, but that would certainly not be your main way to drum up buisness. I think you need to put a LOT more thought into your buisness plan before you move forward. It sounds like you don’t really have one right now. Either that or you’re just not expressing your intentions very well on this forum. It sounds to me like you’re not offering genuine therapy, but you’re offering something that sounds a lot like a pay for a friend service. I’ve never seen anything like that, but I dont think I’d be willing to pay any amount of money for it and I doubt very many other people would either. If you want to do genuine therapy you need to be prepared to accept insurance or charge so much less than what therapy is actually worth that you’d run the risk of looking fraudulent and unqualified. Do some research, put more thought into it, develop a buisness plan, and then come back with a better idea of what type of service you’re trying to provide. Starting a new buisness is intimidating and nobody has all the answers right away. I do wish you luck! 🙂
ETA: You should also look into how many couples actually choose to participate in pre-marital counceling outside of a church environment. I don’t know anyone who would, but there could be a market for it somewhere. Find out before you sink too much time and energy into this though.
Post # 18
@LaurenKK: “What do you think about joining with my planner after my wedding in a month and offering pre-marital counseling (through PREPARE-ENRICH if you’ve heard of that program) and stress/family counseling sessions to help with the stressful times of wedding planning and dealing with families?? Would you be interested in having those services to you through your wedding planner?”
This wording is what makes it sound like you would be offering some kind of add on service through the wedding planner.
Post # 19
One more thing…
I don’t understand why you want to provide a form of counceling when you’re sick of the field :/ It sounds to me like what you really want to do is something similar to wedding planning but are afraid to jump into it because you don’t want to waste your degree. I can totally understand that, but I think maybe you need to spend some more time thinking about what you really want out of a career. Also, that 24 hour on call for emergency thing… really bad idea. First of all, what the heck type of wedding emergency would someone need you for as opposed to their planner, mom, or friends? How could you actually help them? Why would they want to pay you for that? You’d also be wearing yourself ragged for no good reason. Being on call in a self employed situation is rarely a good way to make money. The only way I can see that working to your advantage is if you had staff who could work in shifts, but you would need to be estabilished and have a good reputation before you could do that.
Have you brought up this idea with your wedding planner? If so, what does she/he think about it?
Not trying to bash you or anything, and I hope it doesn’t come across like that. Just hoping to give you some real world feedback and constructive critisizm so that hopefully you can figure out a way to make yourself happy with whatever career you choose. 🙂
Post # 20
If you plan to work under any type of license (MFT, LPC, LCSW, etc…) you probably won’t be able to do this. Under my ethics as an MFT, this would violate having dual relationships and It would be violating confidentiality by attending the wedding. Sorry for the bad news, but I wish you the best with whatever you choose to do!
Post # 21
Whew, thanks for the super honest opinions, guys!
I love counseling itself, I just hate the way the system is set up. When you’re provisionally licensed, you can only see Medicaid clients, and that system is literally the worst. I have to see 6-7 clients back to back every day and many of my clients don’t even need therapy, they’re just taking advantage of a free service. It’s very difficult forcing therapy on someone who doesn’t need it, and they’re minors so I have to convince the parent/guardian their kid doesn’t need therapy and they rarely agree. I can’t do anything else until I’m fully licensed, ~1 year to go.
I also am not expecting this job I posted about to be full time and don’t want it to be full time.
I definitely didn’t think all the way through with the dual relationship thing because it’s a bit skewed here and with the job I have. It’s a small, southern-ish community where dual relationships are sometimes unavoidable. When you question the clients or spend any time with them, they *want* their therapist involved heavily in their lives. It’s actually very weird when I think about it, but that’s just the culture of where I live and work. This specific therapy job in this specific city is more of a community job where your client is the client + their family and community system. But now I realize how it is probably different outside of the Medicaid realm. Oh how used to our current situations do we get!
I will have to talk about it with my planner. I may pursue life coaching certification concurrently and then do planning assistance under the title of life coaching and do part-time therapy with a private practice under my counselor licensure. This way the two would be completely separate from each other and the planning would not fall under therapeutic jurisdiction. How does that sound to you bees? Then I’d be more of a planner and way less of a therapist but would still end up using some therapy skills when needed (like stress management, relaxation techniques).
Post # 22
I’m not familiar with life coaching so I won’t comment too much on that except to say that it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of brides didn’t know what it was either, and wouldn’t consider it to be something they need as a result of that. I could be wrong on that though. Of course, you can convice people they need almost anything with a really good marketing strategy lol
I totally hear you on the Medicaid thing. It’s even worse on the patient end than the provider end though if that’s any consolation. I’m on Medicaid right now, and have been for the past 5 years, so I know how frustrating it can be.
Maybe you could look into some type of advocacy work to promote better communication and management of medicaid/medicare funds? I’m not sure if that sounds even remotely interesting to you, but we sure could use more people trying to change the broken system that we have now.