When you walk into the first session with your ideal client it feels like heaven. You LOVE doing therapy! You are a licensed mental health professional, ethical, well trained, and you are pretty good with almost anyone that comes in the door, but with a selective group of clients, you are truly GREAT! The problem is, in your current situation, you don't get to have those kinds of experiences the way you want... and it is truly starting to wear you down. In fact, there are a few types of clients out there that you have to work REALLY hard to rally for and get excited about working with them.. and right now it seems like you are getting more and more of those clients.
You've thought about private practice, but the truth is- you don't want to be a business owner and to carry the stress that comes with that. You get excited about talking to people, sharing what you do, and even enjoy giving a talk to the community from time to time- but you don't want to be bogged down with accounting, bookkeeping, business planning, and search engine optimization! You'd really love to find a private practice where you made more money than the agency you are working at- but even more than that- you'd like to feel like you were a part of a truly awesome community. You want to be excited about seeing your coworkers, be able to have a quick hug or chuckle between sessions, excited about the clients you are working with, glowing at the end of a really hard clinical day because you know you did excellent work.
If this sounds like you, send over your resume, and a written (or video) cover letter. No traditional cover letters. Tell me about the true you, why you'd fit with this practice, and tell me about those ideal clients with whom you do your most awesome work!