Olga, what is your specialisation and how long have you been practising?
I am a counsellor, a graduate psychologist and an adult education tutor (teaching counselling at diploma level). I have been practising as a counsellor for 3 years.
When did you start working at Salus Wellness and what influenced your decision to work here?
I first contacted Massimo Gaetani, Director of Salus Wellness, to enquire about hiring rooms at the clinic by the end of November 2013 and arranged a meeting with him a few days later which proved to be a successful one as I joined Salus Wellness December 2013.
My decision to work at Salus Wellness was influenced by the location, the good condition of the rooms and the way Massimo runs the clinic: offering free workshops, gatherings to meet and greet, the possibility of booking rooms on an ad-hoc basis to help new practitioners and his invaluable experience in ‘how to run successfully your own business’.
How many clients do you see in an average week?
It depends on the time of year, really. I had a couple of very quiet months at the beginning of this year (preceded by a very busy autumn at the clinic) but at present I’m managing 12 cases and having a waiting list which includes a couple of people who I would be starting with in September (after the holiday break). I am working with two couples, two children and 8 adults, some of them I meet every other week due to staggering ending processes and their own limited time available.
What is your general view of the facilities offered by Salus WEllness?
My general view of the facilities offered by Salus Wellness is a very positive one. I believe, based on research conducted before joining the clinic, that the facilities offered by Salus Wellness are unique and exceed my own expectations.
How did the help received from Salus Wellness in terms of running your business, sales and marketing help to develop your business?
The help received from Salus Wellness has been the key to the success of my practice as I am a counsellor, not a businesswoman! I attended all the workshops I could while still not having a single client and I learnt everything from them. Massimo facilitated the process of having a professional website and business cards as I totally trusted his advice.
What are your future plans at the Clinic?
I am hoping to continue using the clinic and growing my business in the future once I have some more time available (currently at last year of MA in Relationship Therapy).
Would you recommend Salus Wellness to other practitioners?
Yes, by all means. I have already recommended it to other practitioners and I will continue to do so.
What advice would you give to new practitioners?
The advice I would give them is to be patient, to have clear views on what they want to achieve, to attend all workshops offered, to talk openly and honestly to Massimo about their hopes and listen to his advice, to believe in their own potential and in what they can offer, to value themselves and their job.