Unlike many professionals, those in mental health cannot ethically ask therapy clients / ex-clients for testimonials. Nor can you use your client’s written expressions of gratitude without their permission. However, there are other ways to ethically gather testimonials about your quality of work and your clients’ satisfaction.
Remember that you cannot ask your therapy clients for a testimonial. And, you cannot use your client’s actual words without their permission.
- Always gather feedback when you present to your peers in educational setting – then paraphrase their comments;
- Gather cheers (and jeers) when you offer psycho-educational workshops;
- Collect clippings from the media (including print, video, and online sources) that include impressions of your work;
- Consider asking for letters of reference from practice allies who know the caliber of your work;
- If you have a web presence, and these days every private practitioner needs one, ask referral sources to write a brief statement for your website highlighting one of your strengths.
Check back in on Thursday and I’ll give you some ideas about how to use the comments that you collect.