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Therapists, Coaches, Healers Making Money

Do you find yourself struggling to keep clients, make a modicum of an income, feel guilty if you charge too much or worse still, feel like you’re burning out as a therapist?

You may  have seen around this site that sometimes working as a therapist is an absolute gift; it provides transformation to clients they wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.  BUT you’re trading Time for Money.  And it’s not sustainable.

But what can I do, you ask?

Here are 9 ways in which you can make more money as a therapist or coach.

  1. Fall in Love with Money. Interesting how when we start out as therapists or counsellors, we get shy about asking for money.  The industry can also be rife with judgement in terms of who’s charging what, and whether they are simply “in it for the money”; or we ourselves seem to have a poverty mindset.  Obviously we have to make a living; after all, we trained for it.  Yes, we’re not going to get on with everyone but those clients whom we do work well with, get results.  Let’s get wealthier! Check out Napolean Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich.
  2. Manage Your Time Effectively.  I have an online scheduler, setmore where people can book in a discovery call with me to see if we are a good fit to work together.  I have set the days and times that suit me, with an allowance of 15 – 30 minutes between sessions.  I also book clients in this way and it sends out automatic reminders to both myself and the client.  I have a 48 hour cancellation policy in place.  Minimise distractions and keep to the timetable, scheduling in free time for when you require it.  .
  3. Make a Plan for Your Business. Just as we write treatment plans for clients, depending on the type of client, so write one up for your business.  How much DO you want to earn?  How do you log finances?  How much time do you want to allocate to working ON the business rather than IN the business?  Have a vision as to where you want to be in YOUR business.  How many days and hours do you want to work? What kinds of clients do you love working with?  You want to make sure to find time for self care too, or perhaps you have a dog to walk, children to see?  How much time do you want outside of the business?  Do you enjoy networking?  What groups are there near you?  If you don’t have a plan, you’ll end up taking a scattergun approach to your business which may lead to burnout quicker than you can say it.  You will make more money if you have a plan as to when and how you will do so.
  4. Networking. It is important to connect with other likeminded solo-preneurs; life as a therapist, healer or coach can be quite isolatory.  Connecting with others gives you a feel for where you can pitch yourself too, both in the area and in your profession.  Authentic relationships are one of the foundations of success as a psychotherapist in private practice. This is where social media can really help you build your practice and your network. Write a blog and share it, or share things you’ve found online that support the way that you want to work.  This will create a magnet for referrals and open more doors for you.
  5. Get Paid to Blog or write / create your own. Blogging is an area that many therapists, coaches and healers may excel in; writing to heal, or writing from experience.  Many people love to read others’ life stories.  You can find paid blogging gigs online. If that daunts you, simply write your own and share it widely on social media.
  6. Create and Sell an Information Product. Writing a short article on 10 ways to better relationships, or creating a relaxation recording for clients.  If you create several recordings these can be sold directly from your website and position you as an expert in your chosen area.
  7. Create a Workshop.  Many coaches and therapists have some expertise to offer others. You could run a day workshop on healing relationships or resolving relational conflict.  Pick an area that you are passionate about, write some material up and test the market out on Facebook.  A lot of social media marketeers recommend building a tribe first (a Facebook group), inviting people in and sharing content and then asking them what they would want.
  8. Speak / Teach for Money. Following on from the idea of running a workshop, some organisations pay for professionals to come and speak at their meetings. There are all sorts of professional association conferences that seek key note speakers. Have a look around, develop YOUR passion and get in touch with colleges and universities.
  9. Publish a Book. This is an area that is getting easier as time goes on.  If you feel comfortable blogging, this is one step further along the way. There are plenty of ways to self-publish, especially through Amazon Kindle. There is a great Facebook group that can support you on your journey.  You can also find great templates that will help you lay out your material for the low cost (at the time of writing) of USD59.  Do your research though initially! The book can be sold from your website, on a marketplace such as Amazon, or sold wherever you go.
  10. Stop Trading Time for Money.  Think differently and package up your sessions.  Most people are looking for a RESULT, an Outcome.  Focus on the Outcome you deliver your clients and sell a package of sessions.  This doesn’t stop you selling 1-1 sessions or free discovery sessions, but make it easy for them to buy in to what you are offering by making it clear as to what you give them.

You trained for many years; perhaps you’ve a degree, a masters, diplomas and more.  This cost you time and money.  Perhaps you also attended therapy yourself as part of your training. Now you are helping clients heal, grow and change. It is Your turn to grow as a therapist that helps more people, making more money in the process and reap the rewards of what you now offer others.  Plan, be creative and above all, Have Fun With Money!

Join my facebook group

Multi Level Marketing

There’s a Facebook group entitled “Work from home UK” from which it is clear *many people* are searching for a way to earn money whilst staying at home for whatever reason is personal to them.  A stay at home mother wanting to remain at home whilst her children grow up, someone who wants to supplement their income, an independent distributor who knows there’s more out there.

These companies tend to work in a similar vein.  Either there is a one-off sign up for say £45-£100 for some initial stock which can be used as a demonstration kit, together with some of the latest catalogues, or you can sign up for free and sell directly from your website.

Sometimes you can have your very own “cloned” website that has your name and all products that are purchased from there will automatically gain you commission, along with your user’s ability to sign up under you as a distributor (so you both earn commission from that end user’s purchasing power).  You will also have a “back end” website where you can place orders at a discounted price (can vary between 20-40% discount) so you make the money at source once you’ve sold the product to your customer.

The way in which you earn more money is by “selling” the idea to another potential distributor who then signs up and earns their commission or discounted products and a % share is given to you.  Often you might get a bonus if you hit certain sales targets in a specific period of time.

At the time of writing I am particularly interested in the following:

Neal’s Yard Remedies (you can sign up through me, earn commission through what you sell or simply purchase products.  There are frequent discounts so keep looking!)  Join my facebook group here where I post details of current offers!

HB Naturals CBD suppliers are very much “of the moment”.  They have been shown to be effective in reducing pain, stress and anxiety.  This particular site also showcases CBD products for our pets – after all, if you are a pet lover you will understand how much you want to alleviate your pet’s occasional suffering without resorting to a huge vets bill.  They also supply beauty and weight loss products.  You can sign up with my code and also benefit from discounted health products!

I am also investigating The Body Shop at Home.  Please click the link to join my facebook group where I will be posting offers and sales on the multi-award winning skin care products and much more.

Savvy spending

I love finding places where things are good value; Everything 5 pounds is a site where you can source online items that are end of line or outdated stock from major retailers such as M&S, Next, Zara, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Mango and New Look goods – and other unbranded items direct from manufacturers.

Having subscribed to Martin’s Money Tips a while back I find there are often great ways to save money.  If you want to purchase something from the site, use this code MSELOVE and the item price will go down to £4.75! What’s not to like?

See here for more bargains online such as Schuh and Office!

 

Health & Well-Being

When it comes to matters of the mind, the body and our social environment all play a part, which is commonly entitled “bio-psycho-social”.  When looking at how our issues are affecting and impacting us, they are also affecting others around us. What we might eat, drink and how we sleep will in turn affect our moods.

If you’re not feeling well, you have anxious and stressful episodes or a general sense of malaise, do an inventory of what you’re eating. Bear in mind that if you’re not eating well, over indulging in unhealthy snacks or drinking too much alcohol this will affect your mood and also your sleep.  Alcohol disrupts sleep patterns although it can send you off to sleep.  It dehydrates you, and if you feel you are drinking to numb your feelings, check in with a therapist to talk things through.

Make a point of drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.

Whilst the “keto” diet may be seen as a “fad” diet in some popular media, it was used as an effective intervention with epileptics in the 1920s.  I have seen people gain an awful lot from this low carb, high fat (LCHF) way of eating and much research supports this as a healthy way of eating.  A documentary on Netflix called the Magic Pill discusses ways in which people have been helped with this diet, from epilepsy to autism and even cancer and alzheimers.  People may liken the ketogenic diet to the Atkins diet; the two have similarities but are different in that keto is high fat rather than high protein; and we are talking “good fats”.  If you are interested in further research, do check out the book The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz.

Another misnomer is regarding the good / bad cholesterol: a crucial point often missed is that sources of fats don’t exist naturally that do not have some mix of the three main fat sub groups.  Many people believe that saturated fats clog arteries – which they don’t. Trans fats and vegetable oils are to be avoided for numerous reasons, but all other ‘natural’ fats are fine.  Saturated fats are not ‘essential’ fats, but do no harm, rather plenty of good.  We need to stop using the terms ‘good cholesterol’ and ‘bad cholesterol’ because these are molecules that simply do not exist. There is only one form of cholesterol which is called ‘cholesterol’. It is one of the most essential molecules in the body. The common notion that there exists a ‘bad’ version of the cholesterol molecule is one of the biggest misconceptions driving people’s willingness to entertain the fallacy that it can be ‘reduced’ by taking tablets.  [source: Tony Royle]

If you plan on undertaking any new diets do check with an enlightened GP first.  What you decide to do is entirely up to you and what fits your lifestyle and family.  Whilst I myself generally follow a ketogenic lifestyle sometimes a nice plate of chips is just what my inner doctor ordered!

Have you ever considered doing a DNA genetic test on your fitness and nutrition genes?  These kits are popping up all over the place, but if you were keen on trying one that I myself have tested, click here for the DNAFit test.  They can help you with food sensitivities, your fitness genetics etc.  For example I discovered that I have a higher Omega 3 requirement but very interestingly that I carry the coeliac gene.  Whilst this isn’t necessarily a determinant of being coeliac there may be some bearing as to why when I eat a lot of wheat (or gluten for that matter, which did test positive on a blood test) my stomach feels quite bloated.

The test also suggested that I have a predisposition to endurance rather than power; so I can run further but not necessarily have lots of power to do quick surges (I’ll save the sprint finish for the finish)….. You can sign up here with DNAFit.

Another company, VITL also offers DNA nutrition testing, together with blood tests and also packages up the right vitamins for you based on your genetics or the blood test.  Click here for a free 2 week trial!

Other books I can recommend are:

The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra
The Real Meal Revolution by Professor Tim NoakesJonno Proudfoot & Sally-Ann Creed

Please note the above are affiliate links to purchase through Amazon.  I write content on here freely but like everyone need to earn a living! Thank you in advance.

You may find conflicting evidence online about this approach as with anything potentially seen as “new” (it’s not, Ice Age Man was known to eat mainly fats!) but there is an awful lot of evidence also supporting the low carb lifestyle.  This youtube clip is fascinating, supporting the idea that a low carb diet helps Type 2 diabetes.  It can also support Type 1 patients but this needs much more careful monitoring by a medical professional.

DISCLAIMER: Please ALWAYS check with a medical health professional when undertaking any new or radically changed diet!

Many suggest that drinking a glass of warm water with a touch of lemon a great way to start the day!

A ketogenic diet helps with weight loss, clarity of mind, energy (once you are adapted from glucose to fat burning)!  Do consider joining my facebook group to share ideas and tips!

Self care is so important I feel; booking a relaxing hypnotherapy session is one thing, going for a run is another; sometimes just booking in to see a hairdresser or some pampering is a great way to unwind!

Here are some sample recipes I’ve recently made.
Ketogenic Bread Rolls
Spinach Gratin

Tasty Keto Bacon & Cheese Muffins

Spinach Gratin

Pre-heat oven to 190 deg C

Ingredients

Half a bag of frozen, chopped spinach (I use Waitrose)
200g grated Gruyere (or strong cheese)
100ml Double Cream
50ml Almond Milk
25g Butter
150g Almond Flour

Microwave the spinach until it is defrosted; squeeze with your (clean!) hands or put through a sieve to drain the water.

In a pan, melt the butter, add the cream, milk, and almond flour and stir carefully, adding most of the cheese gently and stirring thoroughly.  Then add the spinach and stir thoroughly until all is combined.

Place the mixture into an ovenproof dish, scatter with a few pine nuts and top with some more grated cheese.  Bake in oven till sizzling (approximately 15-20 minutes)

Serve with your favourite main course!  Goes equally well with fish, chicken, meat or a veggie dish of your choosing!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 597
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52 g 80 %
Saturated Fat 22 g 109 %
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 68 mg 23 %
Sodium 488 mg 20 %
Potassium 44 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 26 g 51 %
Vitamin A 13 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 76 %
Iron 21 %

Ketogenic Bread Rolls

Method

Pre-heat oven to 190 deg C (180 deg C if using fan oven).

Ingredients:

150 gram, Ground Almonds
50 grams, Arrowroot Powder
10 gram, Macadamia Nuts (ground)
50 g, Butter – Salted
4 medium eggs
100 ml Almond Milk (unroasted, unsweetened) approx
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder

Note: I use the “Salter” nutriblend machine to grind up the macadamia nuts first.

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisk using an electric mixer.

Using a couple of spoons, spoon dollops onto a greased baking sheet (roughly rounding them up into bun shapes) *or* use cupcake holders. Makes approx 8/9 depending on size.

Bake in oven for around 18-20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Nutrition facts:
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Ketogenic Bacon & Cheese Muffins

Pre-heat oven to 190 def C

Ingredients

125g Ground almonds
50g Arrowroot Flour (Holland & Barrett)
25g Ground Macadamia Nuts
1 tablespoon, Ground Flaxseed
1 tbsp, Psyillium Husk
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
50g Grated Gruyere or Strong Cheddar
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 slices Bacon
100 ml Almond Milk (I use Unsweetened, unroasted, nil Carb)

Method

mix all ingredients together in a large bowl (I use an electro whisk).

On a greased baking tray, place medium sized dollops of the mixture (8-10) and round off nicely (or you can use large muffin cases, but I prefer to save on waste). Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 9 – 10 muffins

calories 177
Total Fat 14g 22 %
Saturated Fat 3g 13 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 6 mg 2 %
Sodium 73 mg 3 %
Potassium 13 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 4 g 1 %
Dietary Fibre 3 g 11 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 8 g 15 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 1 %

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