Interview with Olga Fuentes

OlgaOlga, 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.

 

 

Congratulations Dr Michelle Nyangereka

MichelleNyangereka201510This week at Salus Wellness Clinics, we are celebrating Michelle being awarded her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – Congratulations Dr Nyangereka!

Michelle has also been appointed Lead Psychologist at Sheridan School in Thetford. As part of the Priory group, Sheridan is an Independent residential school for pupils aged 8 to 19 with complex needs including: social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome or other specific learning difficulties.

As the head of the therapeutic team, Michelle will provide one-to-one psychological therapy to the students, support their families and be responsible for supervising and training staff at the school.

Michelle will also continue to be a practitioner at Salus Wellness Clinics so if you would like to know more about having one-to-one or couple’s therapy with Michelle then please contact her on 07989 974498 or at Camcounselling.co.uk.

A short trip around the solar system

Massimo GaetaniWhen starting a business you find yourself taking important decisions like the name and general image you would like for your business and other little but important details like the colours of logo and the design of the website.  With a business like a clinic, open to the general public, it is essential to have a clear naming scheme for each room to avoid any misunderstanding.   We could have decided to call them A, B, C, etc… or assign to them an increasing number but here is how it went.

When in 2010 we first visited the building where Salus Wellness is now located we had a look at all available nine rooms and the immediate association I made was with the planets in our solar system, or at least as many as they were when I was at school.  In fact Pluto was declassified as a planet back in 2006 and the total number of planets in the solar system in now eight but, one of the rooms became the management office so we decided to keep the association to the solar system and name the remaining rooms after planets’ names.

Deciding which planet name to assign to each room was a relatively easy job by using the planet’s size in proportion to the room size.  The two smaller rooms that we use for talking therapies like counselling, NLP, CBT, coaching or hypnotherapy are called Mercury and Venus.  EarthRTwo medium sized rooms are called Earth (in the picture on the right), which is also on the ground floor, and Mars; the former is a cosy room with wheelchair access and adjustable couch where we offer a variety of therapies, from reiki to acupuncture and a broad range of massage therapies.  The latter is called Mars, which is situated directly above Earth and it is the most clinical of the lot: in Mars we offer colonic hydrotherapy and podiatry.  We then have the three biggest therapy rooms, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune which are spacious and with electrically adjustable couches.  From these rooms we offer most of the physical therapies available as well as certain workouts like yoga and pilates.

Considering that since the beginning nobody chose Uranus as their room of choice we decided to rename that room as the upstairs office that we let to freelance developers and designers.

Given the number of compliments we have been receiving over the years I could say that naming our therapy rooms after planet was a simple, intuitive and a bit geeky idea but, hey, we are in Cambridge after all.