Why You Would Work Evenings & Weekends
Probably the number one answer is the availability of your clients.
Most people have to juggle their work schedule to make counseling happen. If you only have spots available during normal working hours then your clients to have to take time off of work. Sometimes, this obstacle is just too hard to navigate.
That’s when those clients usually find counselors who are available during the evenings,—which may not be you.
Why You Wouldn’t Work Evenings & Weekends
Counseling usually works best when the counselor (that’s you) can demonstrate to the client (that them) that they have healthy boundaries and priorities.
Not being at home with your family means that you may be helping other people but potentially not meeting the needs of your own wife and children.
Dave, a client who’s father was a pastor, told me that he hated his dad’s job because at any time, the phone could ring and dad would drop whatever he was doing to go rush off and take care of some other family. Dad had forgotten that his own son need his attention.
Teaching Healthy Boundaries
There are clients, especially many Axis II clients, who will latch on and expect you to be available at all hours of the night. They can start to drain you of your personal time and energy. It is vital to your own personal mental health to be able to leave work at work and have personal time to yourself.
Real Job Syndrome
When you work for yourself, and you don’t have a boss, or a time clock to punch, it can become very easy to forget to work. It becomes too easy to “just take the day off” or “make up the time later” with later never coming. This hurts the bottom line and your ability to support your family.
This may sound funny, but our society (at least in America) has come to accept a “normal” work week as Monday through Friday. 40 hours a week. Usually 8 to 5 with a couple breaks and lunch. When you work these hours, it tends to feel more like a “real” job which means you treat it differently. You make it a priority. It’s harder to cancel clients. You plan your vacations and holidays around these dates. You settle into the routine.
Its possible to not have to do this, but you need to have mad skills in setting and maintaining a personal schedule.
What’s Should I Do?
If you can, save your weekends for yourself. I believe you’ll end up being a better counselor and a better business person.
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