Starting a new website is a critical part of my therapy practice, apparently. I wish I had known this a long time ago. The lessons you learn along life’s way are many and diverse. This post is about why learning is important from a mental health perspective, but also a statement about what this blog is about.
You see, many people in my life have called me a “life time learner.” I hate to admit it at times, but I love learning. I love learning so much that I enjoy helping others learn. I realized when I decided to do this website, that it can be an important tool to share my enjoyment of learning as well as helping me build my business.
As a therapist, it is necessary to market yourself, or “put yourself out there,” as they say in order to draw in clients and build a network of referrals. I knew this was a need for my business, but I did not know how much, until a few days ago when our office manager told me that I don’t get any referrals calling to schedule with me. I was dumbfounded. I had been working with two very good organizations for about 2 years and still could not pull in clients. I wondered to myself what I was doing wrong. So, I went to my strength, reading and learning about stuff. I started to look at “ole trusty” google. Maybe I could find some valuable information about how to bring in clients there.
What I found was information about marketing, networking and social media. So, this website probably is not all I need, but it is a start. I realize that even through the daily grind of things, I can’t forget that information is important. Not only is information important, but correct information is important. As the saying goes, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”
Through this website and blog, I hope not to reinvent the wheel. I hope to provide links to important articles that others have already written and expound on information that has already been discovered. I understand that there will be some redundancy, and, hopefully, that will help others to not have to look in so many different places for information I have already found. I believe I am not the only one out there doing this, but this is my way of empowering myself to keep learning so I can spread the joy of learning to others.
Finally, to tie this all to the mental health perspective. Life is about learning and learning can help you solve the problems of life. All you need is a little help sometimes. People working together to solve each others problems and build a better world is what life is all about. People help other people learn to live life better.