Q&A with Sarah Woodhouse
Tell us a bit of background about yourself… (Why and how did you get into the industry? What did you do before?)
I’m Sarah Woodhouse, a Reflexologist, Bowen therapist and Reiki practitioner based in Suffolk. I used to be in the charity and education sector before deciding I wanted something more fulfilling to do – something that would fit around my kids while they were at primary school and would allow me to develop into a full time career as they grew.
Are there any challenges you have had to overcome as a therapist? How have you overcome these?
Every day! Imposter syndrome is the worst, thinking I’m not good enough, that I should walk away now, feeling unworthy, worrying about what to charge, the challenge of feeling alone in world full of therapists…I could go one!
What interests you outside of work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?)
Truthfully, I’m only just re-discovering my interests. I had a bit of a breakdown about 2 years ago and I’ve really had to work hard at separating out my business from the rest of my life (another challenge!). I’m getting there slowly but surely! I love cooking and I’m getting back into reading, in my younger days it was all fiction, but now I prefer factual and historical works – especially Tudor / Elizabethan history.
What is your seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
Understanding that to be a successful therapist you really need to understand what success means to you – and this includes your views about money, who you are and what you have to offer! Understanding this is the foundation for you being able to grow your therapy business the way you want, and for many therapist it can also be a very profound experience.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
I think there are far too many ‘gurus’ out there giving a false impression of what success is and how to get it, and on top of that you’ve got the pressure of social media. I believe if you look past what everyone else says you should be doing, look past what everyone else is showing you on their social media, and focus on yourself instead, you’ll know exactly what it takes to be a successful therapist. And once you know that becoming successful becomes a lot easier!
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Just one? Believe in yourself, be yourself. (Okay, I know that’s two!)
What do you consider to be the most important traits for a therapist to have?
Confidence, self-belief, great listening skills and the ability to remember we treat the person, not the condition!