An obvious question, what is your name? What is your business name
Ashwood Therapy | Online Counselling (www.ashwoodtherapy.com)
Tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a keen interest in technology, and so combining my passion for therapeutic work with the benefits of online working seemed a natural fit. The ability to work from anywhere, when I am travelling, is especially appealing.
What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
Simplybook.me handles all my online booking needs and allows clients to book directly from the Ashwood Therapy site. For communication, email is still my preferred method, so a secure smartphone with a physical keyboard is a must.
What’s your workspace setup like?
I have an office I work from which is quiet and secure, and yes my qualification and BACP accreditation certificates are displayed, though these are not in view of my webcam so clients wouldn’t know they are there.
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
I use an online booking system which provides me and my clients with reminders about upcoming sessions. I like to use my phone to organise my working life, but – mindful of security – important information is not stored in the ‘cloud’; it’s only ‘offline’ and securely encrypted.
How do you recharge or take a break?
I like to get out into nature and enjoy walking between sessions or at the end of a busy day. This helps me ‘unplug’ from online working and technology.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I read a book a long time ago advising to ‘have a beginner’s mind’. The book explained that in the beginner’s mind possibilities are many, whereas in the expert’s mind, possibilities are few. I have found this perspective invaluable for therapeutic work as I aim to be always open to new information being presented, which allows for flexibility and reassessment of the ‘facts’.
What’s a problem you’re still trying to solve?
One work in progress for me is to know ‘before’ my energy runs low that I need to take a break, not ‘when it happens’ or even ‘after the fact’. Knowing when to switch off the computer for the day is a must for self-care, but there’s always one more email…