Why this blog matters... A LOT

There are times when I wonder why I do all this. Times when I get overwhelmed or even feel cranky after having done this work for so long. It is hard to see the same issues continue for so long and not see changes to the system. Then, I get emails like this... and it truly makes my day. This is why I write this blog. This is why I continue to put myself out there. This is what makes it all worth it! 

"Hi Miranda-

First I want to say thank you again for your news letter and blog. It has really helped me to keep my eye on the prize. I finished my masters in December and figured that there were going to be no opportunities or at least limited opportunities for me as a trainee awaiting my intern number. I thought retail was imminent.

I remembered reading your blog where you said that a lot of interns go around crying that their are no jobs that pay and that some are getting multiple interviews. This was my second week sending applications and I am so encouraged to say, that as of today, I have FIVE interviews all for positions that pay.

I also was able to apply for the MFT consortium stipend program which I did get for $18,500. I did not send this to toot my own horn. I just want to echo to interns that it is not that bleak out there and with a little creativity and a positive outlook I think we can all make it to licensure.

Again thank you for encouraging people in my position to fight the good fight.

Happy New Year!"

What would this person have done if they didn't think a job was possible? I LOVE it when we have truth in front of us- and it keeps us motivated to do what needs to be done. Get out there pre-licensed therapists- I won't promise it will be easy- but I can promise it will be worth it! 

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!

Pre-Licensed Job Market & Saturday EVENT!

I've been getting a lot of emails and calls lately from interns and trainees looking for work. Many of them feel frustrated with the lack of paid positions. Even if they have a paid position, they feel scared of getting laid off, or locked in to a position that may not be meeting their professional development goals. 

I'm on the board of our local professional organization at http://valleysierracamft.org and am honored to be the board mentor for a new 3000 club in our area. We had our first meeting with our little committee of pre-licensed folks who were on board to organize our first event. 

In the first 20 minutes of our meeting, as we talked about the state of the pre-licensed experience- this theme come up almost immediately. In fact, we had all had the same feeling that many interns and trainees are feeling hopeless, and sometimes even apathetic. 

As just did as I always do, chatted/reframed, etc. Their eyes lit up... "I never thought of that..." "I can do that?" "What a great idea!" The thing was, they knew all the problems- everybody is talking about the PROBLEM- but nobody is talking about the SOLUTIONS- or the GIFTS in this kind of an economy! 

I want to share a few ideas from the meeting, but I also want to reiterate- the job market is TOUGH... in fact, it really sucks! HOWEVER, it isn't hopeless! And there are a few gifts of this funky job market: 


  1. Thinning of the herd... I know this sounds horrible, but for every colleague that "gives up" right now, or decides to go in a different direction- gives the person who "stays the course" more opportunities. 
  2. A re-think is emmerging... I used to hear the goal for many people was the ultimate "county job." And yet, once people got it, they were often miserable and described it as "golden handcuffs." People are now opening up their mind to building businesses and positions that truly inspire them for the long term- instead of relying on jobs to land in their lap. 
  3. Connection & Community is re-emerging... It's hard for me to see it on certain days... but the pre-licensed and licensed people who are successful- they want to create a community, a movement, support networks, consultation groups and be INSPIRED in their work! (The only problem is getting connected with these people and escaping the negative grasp of the apathetic, hopeless people!) 


Are you ready to give up? It's ok... maybe there is something better out there for you? But, for those of you who are truly inspired by this kind of work and ready to create a brilliant future and healing business- stay the course- you can be successful! 

I have a couple of upcoming events that are super cheap for interns! 

Saturday (tomorrow) in Fresno, CA I will be presenting on Private Practice with a focus on websites. It is super cheap for pre-licensed folks and I promise you will learn SO much that you can use right now- and that will be fabulous when you start your private practice. If we have pre-licensed there- I'll even share how you can ethically start a website today that could get you a job! http://camft-csjvchapter.org/chapter-events/

November 19th in Modesto, CA, we will be having our first local 3000 club event. I know many of you aren't from Modesto- but if you are within a few hours drive- I'd love to meet you! It is a FREE event and I'll be doing a mini-talk and there will be lots of time for connecting and inspiration! Learn ore about our 3000 club here: http://3000clubmodesto.eventbrite.com/

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