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Hope Eden, LCSW, of The Organized Therapist, has a busy private practice in Asheville, NC.  She has been licensed for over 16 years. Her experience includes being a shelter director, adult outpatient services supervisor, school-based counselor and outpatient service provider, in agencies, group practice settings and private practice. Hope is a Systems Thinker which helps in creating calm and flow both at home and at work.

She can be found on Facebook  as host for the  following groups: The Organized Therapist, the Documentation Support Group for Mental Health Professionals and the Training Resource Group for Mental Health Professionals

In this episode:

  • Hope shares how beginning a new supervisory position with few systems or procedures documented impacted her creating her own business.
  • Breaking the loop of circling back around (CBA) as  “default system”
  • How the beginning of her private practice was like I Love Lucy episode in the chocolate factory-falling behind and unable to keep it all balanced
  • How the support for other therapist began
  • What is the Optimism bias-Tali Sharot spoke on TED Talk in 2012 
  • 80% of us have this bias according to Tali
  • How we think we can CBA without systems in place-this can set us up to become overwhelmed and burn out
  • Developing neural pathways and the power of habits
  • How creating impactful routines actually create time in your schedule and maintain energy
  • Hope shares her personal journey of creating one new habit per month and building on these newly created habits month after month
  • Creating self-discipline and how it impacts your day
  • Examples of forms and procedures she has created for her private practice
  • Habits can create a sense of accomplishment
  • Using the Covey Quadrants-Columns are Urgent or Not Urgent and Rows are Important or Not Important (Many people want to live in quadrant 2)
  • Can be used as a task, decision making, or thinking tool –to get your copy click button
  • Starting Now approach-getting your business or home life back on track
  • How getting interrupted or multitasking has a residual impact to your brain
  • Hope’s personal “low hanging fruit” hand-out and giving herself to permission to check in with her big S (her self)
  • How staying on your life’s path increases joy