Session 245: Signs Why Private Practice Is Not For Someone And Moving Away From It with Hayley Hansen


Since STC usually focuses on aspects of the journey into private practice, today’s show is different. We are talking to someone who decided to take her skill set in another direction and move away from private practice. A traditional talk-therapy practice isn’t for everyone, and there are other therapeutic healing modalities that can be fulfilling and meaningful. Join us to learn more!

Hayley Hansen is a body-centered healer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor who became fascinated with bodywork healing methods through yoga; Hayley decided to give up her LPC license to pursue her calling. She shares her journey with us and what she’s learned along the way, including the early indicators that a traditional talk therapy practice just wasn’t the right fit for her. We will also discuss how she worked through internal and external struggles and decided to focus on bodywork healing methods.

What We’ll Learn

  • How adrenal fatigue and depression were the first signs that Hayley didn’t want to build a traditional talk-therapy practice
  • Other signs included a lack of the enjoyment she expected to feel, feeling heavy and weighed down, and disharmony in relationships with others
  • How Hayley learned to listen to her body and her heart: “I had to give myself permission to be different from everyone else.”
  • The guilt Hayley felt after working so long to get the letters “LPC” after her name
  • What attracted Hayley to bodywork in the first place
  • How body work focuses on sensations and the body, not thoughts, to help heal trauma
  • Why SE Touch is the healing modality that resonates most with Hayley
  • How bodywork practitioners have been affected by the pandemic
  • The unique ways that Hayley markets her practice
  • How bodywork holds a different space for clients than traditional talk therapy
  • Hayley’s top three niche areas of interest: working with mothers and babies who have experienced traumatic birth, working with athletes who have suffered concussions and other injuries, and working with chronic health issues like migraines, IBS, etc.

Resources Mentioned

Find Hayley: Hayley Hansen Healing

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