Taking a Sabbatical from Online Therapy and Online Supervision

Having been providing online counselling services continuously since 2003, I’ve decided it’s time for a break.

I’ve been pondering the idea for awhile now, and with a monumental to-do list of not-yet-started projects, plus less than a year left before my daughter makes her first foray into the educational system, I’ve decided it’s time to take a sabbatical from providing online therapy and online supervision services.

Since starting my online work in 2003, I have been fortunate enough always to have had clients to work with whenever I was available (my longest break being 3 months of paternity leave in late 2006, early 2007). I am truly grateful for that, and I recognise that many would-be online counsellors and therapists struggle to connect with more than a handful of paying clients even after years of trying. But with a seemingly permanent waiting list, a mountain of tasks related to maintaining and growing this web site and several others, plus a steady flow of requests for outside consulting and help with student projects, I’ve found it increasingly challenging to maintain the sort of balance I prefer between family life, counselling work, and other projects.

So in 2009, I’m going to see what I can do with the other areas of my life — family, various web projects, writing and research — when I’m not focusing on client work each day.

I’ll still be around, of course — here at CounsellingResource.com, supporting my colleagues with the new online counselling service at MyTherapist.com which we spun off from this site last year, and more — but with a bit more time for myself and my family. I know that prospective clients who might have wondered about working with me will be well served by my colleagues at MyTherapist.com.

(Editor’s Note: As of 2017, we sold the MyTherapist.com site to a new owner.)

Many thanks to all the folks out there who have helped make this site a success (yep, that means you!), and I’m looking forward to what the New Year holds for us all.

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