Approved! What next?

Hope good things happened for you this week.

Me?  –  I GOT MY REGISTRATION APPROVAL!!!!

Officially a provisional psychologist. Thank you! Thank you! Everyone who advised and supervised and pulled me out of the bin to get me here.

I’m still waiting on the baby certificate that they send. Hmmm, maybe they’ve forgotten?! I’ll chase that up even though it’s neither here nor there.

Surfing the nerves

Honestly, I’m having a monster attack of imposter syndrome right now.

Will I be good enough? Do I know enough? Am I going to help my clients? Will I know what to say or do on my feet? How am I going to go via telehealth? What if my clients don’t like me? What if I can’t keep them engaged?

Hello, big-time anxiety?!  A little bit of anxiety helps us, right? It keeps us safe and keeps us stimulated. I read research that says anxiety and excitement trigger the same neurological pathway in our brain as fear. Maybe I’m just excited? But either way. I know in my gut that I’m ready to attack this chapter.  I have skills, knowledge, and values. I know I am a good human who belongs in this field.

Getting going

All my initial appointments first be diagnostic intake interviews using a structured approach. For example, a set of questions that ask specific questions so that in return you get opened ended answers, gives a better insight into the client’s life. This feel’s great as it means I have a guide to work off.  As I’m fresh out of the academic world, this support is very reassuring. Especially as I’m getting to grips with the ethics of being a working psych and following the code of conduct and some actual laws.

Note EVERYTHING

There’s loads of admin that we don’t get told about in our undergraduate or post-graduate degrees. The sheer volume of it can be overwhelming. Here’s how to avoid that:

Keep on top of your case and client notes and your readings.

Please, for the love of god, note, take your readings. Signpost and flag anything you deem essential and file kit where you can find it

Be specific but don’t write things that you know will be damaging. Be careful but don’t become consumed.

Get really proficient at taking notes.

Still with me? Cool. Glad you’re sticking around. I’ve got somewhere between two and thirty-two years of full-on learning and development to do. Fingers crossed.

Hold on tight, friends. We’re in this together.

Yours for skilful  note taking and structured intake interviews

Dana @ Boutique Psychology