Activity 14: What is Your Specialty?
So, you are a specialist, an expert, a person with expertise in something -- however you want to phrase it, you need to know how to convey it. Narrow the scope of your professional interests. Start in your general comfort zone and the whittle it down. For example:
I treat . . . adults.
I enjoy working with . . . adults with high levels of anxiety and depression.
I love to help . . . adults who have extreme difficulty managing high intensity anxiety and depression.
My passion is . . . training people with emotion dysregulation issues and who have experienced a past trauma to relearn healthy ways of coping.
I am well-versed in . . . using DBT to treat emotional dysregulation and it's resulting behavioral problems.
I am have expertise in . . . training adults to use coping skills, decreasing the impact of intense emotional fluctuations, and creating a better, more sustaining life.
I am an expert at . . . analyzing and conceptualizing a problem, finding a solution, and coaching my clients to respond to crisis more skillfully.
Then put it into non-jargony English
I treat adults who tend to deal with strong emotions by trying to escape them, using unhealthy behaviors like suicide, self-harm, binge eating, substance use and other impulsive actions. I am an expert at teaching them better ways of coping with those strong emotions and thus, creating a sustainable life they actually want to stick around for.
Use the comments box to tell us your specialty.