Hi there! My name is Jenny and I own CTRN Training, Chelmsford Therapy Rooms and my private practice Cloud9 Therapy. As you’re looking at this website and pondering whether to attend one of our events or purchase a training course, I thought I’d give you a little info about me!
About 10 years ago I suffered from very serious GAD and a panic disorder. I got therapy (privately) and as a result decided that my current advertising job wasn’t for me. I realised that my calling in life was to help people and so I decided to be a therapist. I trained and qualified originally as a Hypnotherapist and then went on to achieve a diploma and advanced diploma in counselling and psychotherapy. I set up my therapy business in 2011, and have worked in private practice in both Chelmsford and London. As well as having my own practice I was approached by Essex Mediation a few years ago to offer counselling services on their behalf, and although they have now closed I enjoyed my time with them working for a great organisation!
My Private Practice Journey
I always wanted to go into private practice. I love owning my own business and the freedoms it gives me. Luckily the training I received encouraged me to stand on my own two feet, to get out there and find the clients! So, I set up in private practice originally from home, then as my business grew I rented a room at a business centre. When the business centre closed, a colleague who also worked there, literally collared me (outside the ladies loos of all places! Lol) and said “Hey, wanna share a therapy space?” and I replied “Yes, that would be great!” and so we moved to Perception House.
Originally we had the room on the first floor. After a year or so my colleague moved on, but I was still getting enquiries about renting room space from ex-colleagues at the business centre. So, I approached my commercial landlord and explained to him my business idea to move downstairs (as the room would be much more accessible) and open up an ad-hoc room rental service to therapists. Being an entrepreneur himself, I think he liked my idea and my passion and so the downstairs reception area that had been converted into another room became Chelmsford Therapy Rooms!
Chelmsford Therapy Rooms
I set up Chelmsford Therapy Rooms as a membership organisation because I wanted to ensure that those using the room were qualified, insured and followed the ethical guidelines of a professional body. All therapists are vetted and asked to provide copies proof and copies of their MB accreditation, insurance and qualifications. My background is in advertising, so I also set up an Advertising Platform on the website. Being a membership organisation also meant that the people who were looking for, and contacting members of, Chelmsford Therapy Rooms were safe in the knowledge their therapist had been vetted and provided proof of their qualifications etc.
As I started meeting therapists who were signing up to use the room, I quickly realised that most of them felt they lacked the business skills and knowledge that compliment their therapeutic training in order to set up a successful private practice. Personally I have been surrounded by Entrepreneurs all of my life (my Grandad, my dad, my last boss, previous colleagues at the business centre, even my commercial landlord!). So, I had the luxury of always having someone to go to for advice (or a good telling off if I did something completely dim – we all have to start somewhere!). At this point I set up Chelmsford Therapy Rooms Networking (or CTRN), running networking meetings in Chelmsford originally for members of CTR, thinking I could give advice at these meetings to struggling members. As members started inviting fellow colleagues I realised that there were so many more therapists that wanted and needed help in many areas of business. So I expanded the networking so that we could accommodate for more people.
Now we’re at Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park at a fantastic venue able to seat many more therapists! I invite guest speakers to talk about many different areas including legal business structures, how to set up as a business, paying your tax bill, attracting clients, how mindset can affect your business and many other issues affecting you and your private practice. See our events page for more info on the next event and to sign up to receive information on tickets and future events.
Business training for Therapists
When we train we’re in the education system. A system that is straight forward, structured, with a logical make-up that offers additional resources and support. It was this type of business training, but specifically for therapists, that I decided to develop to teach those who feel they need the training in setting up, or running, their private practice.
And so CTRN Training was born! I have written these courses and worked with a producer in a recording studio to ensure that they are of a high standard. The courses cover everything from Business Basics, Marketing Your Business to Maintaining Your Private Practice. Any new courses are released to the networking attendees first but are available later on to all practitioners. The website will be updated as new courses are released so keep your eyes peeled!
To keep up to date with the latest events and training news you can join the “CTR Networking and Training group” on Facebook CLICK HERE
Just one last thing….
The biggest issue anyone ever has about setting up, and maintaining, a business is self belief. You’re going to have days where you wonder if it’s all worth it, maybe some of your clients haven’t paid you or your clients have dropped off the face of the planet for no apparent reason and the panic sets in (even if you’ve saved your butt off planning for this instance you are still human). But at the end of the day, remember this:
The universe wants you to succeed. The question is: do you want you to succeed?
Believe not only in yourself as a therapist but in your business. Your business is an extension of you: Have you weathered storms in your life? Overcome a trauma? Gotten through tough times and now you look back and go “holy cow, how did I do that and retain a modicum of sanity?” – if you can do it, your business can do it too and you’ll look back on the most difficult days/weeks/months of your private practice career and say:
I did it.
So get yourself out there! So many people right now need not only a therapist, but YOU as a therapist. You are the hero of your own story.
YOU GOT THIS!