Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast!

I’m your host, Cindy Norton.

Here in Episode 36 I chat with Liz Gray of Organize and Thrive about her model of the 3 A’s of having a sensitive practice.

Let’s get started.

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Episode 36 Transcript

Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast! I’m your host, Cindy Norton. Here in Episode 36 I’m going to chat with Liz Gray of Organize and Thrive about her model of the 3 A’s of having a sensitive practice.

Let’s get started.

Have you been wanting to start your private practice, but you can’t seem to take that first step? Maybe you’re afraid of failure or lack confidence, or maybe the idea of running your own practice is overwhelming. I’m Cindy Norton, owner of Mountain Practice Journeys and I help therapists and counselors to love the business side of private practice. I’ll share with you practical skills and advice along with a healthy dose of inspiration so that you can be on your way to the practice of your dreams. Put on your hiking boots, and let’s get going.

If you haven’t yet listened to Episode 35, I urge you to do that. In that episode I began my conversation with Liz about overcoming challenges as a highly sensitive therapist in private practice.

Now let’s continue the conversation.

[Interview with Liz Gray of Organize and Thrive]

During each episode I’ll be giving you one small take away, action step, or mindset shift. I call these acorns. Listen to Episode 0 to get the scoop on what the acorns are all about.

The acorn from this episode is more of a challenge. I would love if you would choose one of the A’s that Liz mentioned in our conversation today (they are Allow, Acknowledge, and Accept). Once you’ve chosen your A, do something in your business or your life that supports you in allowing, acknowledging, or accepting your beautiful HSP self.

As I outlined in Episode 0, I’ll be alternating between a fun fact and ‘what I’m digging’ segment with each new episode.

The fun fact for this episode is that after graduating college, I went back to work at the mall because I couldn’t find a job. I had my bright and shiny new Business Management degree and didn’t really know what to do with it. As it turns out, most management positions require experience. Who knew?

I ended up getting a job through a temp agency with the State of North Carolina and stayed there for 10 years until I had a sudden realization in my late 20’s that I wanted to become a couples therapist. For the longest time I felt a combination of two things. One was overarching, and it was the sense of being on autopilot, which was truly quite comforting for this Enneagram 9. And the other was much more subtle, but there was a sense of being lost and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life.

I tell this story because I can now look back and feel no sense of regret. I used to think, “If I only knew what I wanted to be when I grew up earlier, I could be so much further along in my career.” I now realize that this isn’t true. I needed every bit of my experience to be where I am now.

If you’re feeling similar, know that you are on your path. And that there are going to be parts of that path that are really boring, and other parts that are really challenging. And if you’re a fan of The Hobbit, there will be parts of your journey where you feel as though you are in the Mirkwood Forest. But trust that you are just where you need to be.

It’s about the journey and not about the destination.

And this statement is the perfect segue into Forestmind, because it truly is ALL about the journey. A friendly reminder that enrollment is open for Forestmind, my new comfy, cozy mastermind for private practice introverts and highly sensitive therapists. If you join by December 15th you’ll become a founding member and get $1,200 off your yearly membership. Visit mountainpracticejourneys.com/forestmind/ for more information and to apply for your spot in this small, cozy, supportive group.

Thank you so much for joining me today on your private practice journey.

For episode 37 I’ll be chatting with Jane Carter of Jane Carter Coaching about keeping the spark alive in your money relationship. As a relationship coach, I absolutely loved this topic. And there are so many similarities. I hope you’ll tune in to hear me geek out over this topic.

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There’s no way you can know how much it means to me that you choose to join me here as I share all things related to private practice. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a step. For more information about this episode, please visit the show notes page at mountainpracticejourneys.com/podcast I truly appreciate you Trailblazers. Your mountain is within reach. Journey on.

I Want You To Be Successful In Business & In Life!

Starting, growing, and maintaining a business is a big deal. It's super-exciting and super-scary all at the same time. I created Mountain Practice Journeys to support you through the difficult and muddy terrain, and to celebrate with you when you have reached each summit of the many mountains you will conquer on your journey.

Happy Climbing, Cindy

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