Fear of the unknown

Someone asked me yesterday if I was nervous about setting up my practice. In the moment I said that I was excited to get started. However, I’ve been thinking about the answer that my brain came up with in an instant. Actually, I am nervous and afraid. There is a lot of uncertainty and unknowns; will anyone see my website or advertising, will any clients come and will I get enough clients to make my practice successful.

It feels like a leap of faith…yet is it? I’ve trained for years, I’ve investigated the options of how to set up, I’ve thought about marketing and worked out how I’m going to do it. There is a massive range of complex emotions happening unconsciously all the time whilst my brain silently figures all of this out.

My thoughts then turn to my potential clients and how worrying it could be to think about contacting me for counselling to share the difficulties that you are experiencing. You don’t know me and perhaps you’ve never had counselling before. You are already under pressure from something else in your life. Which brings me to the reason for this post. If you contact me I understand that you may feel nervous, worried, anxious, scared, apprehensive or afraid..and that’s ok, I do too sometimes. It’s natural to fear the unknown – you have to let your brain work out whether the benefits of facing that fear are greater than the fear itself…I hope that you decide that they are.

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