How do you find your vision in a faith-based practice? What direction is your private going in? How much faith should you bring into your practice?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Whitney Owens about setting the vision for your faith-based practice and tips on how it has worked for her.
Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counsellor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
In This Podcast
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Whitney Owens about setting the vision for your faith-based practice with tips on how it has worked for her.
From working as a part-time therapist to going full-time, Whitney takes us through the vision of her faith-based practice. As her practice grew, she asked important questions like, “what kind of life do I want to live?”, “what suits my lifestyle?” so that when she outgrew, she knew exactly when to add clinicians.
If we don’t know the direction we’re going in, we’re not going to go anywhere.
How do you find your vision?
A vision statement mission is always helpful as it gives you a vision of where you’re going and keeps you accountable.
In Whitney’s case, when she started out, she focused on her ideal client first (see the previous episode if you missed it). She wanted to be the best teenage therapist in the area and she knew there was a niche in this client audience.
First, start by asking important questions like why you want to have a private practice to begin with. What things do you value in yourself and the community and how can you add that into your vision?
Stop living in that fear and start living in faith.
You can change your course at anytime
An important part of discovering your vision is also accepting that it could change at any time, as you grow. Your vision can be a short term vision and long term vision which can change at any time. It needs to be reflected and thought about over time. Your ideal client can change over time and it’s important to be open to that change.
Whitney’s ideal client is not always teenagers anymore. Know that you can change your course at any time, and creating a vision now, doesn’t mean it needs to take you through to the next 10 years.
At Whitney’s practice, her vision has also become the practice’s tagline. This is “Rest, risk and be restored”. It has helped all the therapists follow through with consistency, in the same vision, making a unified practice.
Bringing faith into your practice
Figuring out how much faith do you want in your practice is entirely up to you and the vision you see for your practice. It’s really up to you how much you want to incorporate into your practice. Have a vision statement that reflects your faith as boldly or subtlely as you see your vision.
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