What Motivates Me as a Ghostwriter for Therapists

Fear. Stress. Money. Prestige. Love. These are all motivators for people but I find my biggest source of motivation (and inspiration) is service. This applies to not only my work as a ghostwriter for therapists, but also as a freelance journalist, a content writer for small businesses, and a novelist. The work I love doing, which fills me with meaning and a sense of purpose, revolves around being of service.

What exactly does that mean? It means I want to use words to help people, to inform them, to inspire them, and somehow make their lives a little better. As a ghostwriter for therapists, I do this by disseminating information on behalf of my clients. I write about topics that the general public may be unaware of — how to have a better relationship with themselves, how to maintain boundaries, how to improve their communication with others, the effects of trauma, etc.

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Communication is a learned skill. Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

It fills me with great joy to not only write about these topics but also get paid to do it. Oftentimes I feel like I should be paying my clients for the privilege of writing about these subjects. I care deeply about humanity and the planet and anything I can do to move the needle toward a more just, equitable, and harmonious world, the better. I place ghostwriting for therapists in that category.

That’s one side where I’m of service. The other side is the smaller, one-on-one form. Every therapist I know is slammed with work. There’s a ton of demand and not enough supply. As I shared in a previous post, currently, more than 150 million people live in federally designated mental health professional shortage areas. Within a few years, the country will be short between 14,280 and 31,109 psychiatrists. Psychologists, social workers, and others will be overextended as well, according to the report.  “People can’t get care,” Dr. Saul Levin, CEO and medical director of the American Psychiatric Association said in an article.  It affects their lives, their ability to work, to socialize, or even to get out of bed.”

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When you hit bottom, the only direction to go is up. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Therapists cannot see everyone who needs help but they can still help people outside of the consulting room. They can write blogs and ebooks, and doing so will touch those who want support. There are also people currently in therapy who are longing for an adjunct. Therapy is only one hour a week, if that. What about the other 167 hours? Blogs and ebooks can support clients and patients during those hours. But the problem is, therapists don’t have time to write these blogs and ebooks. As mentioned, they’re slammed!

This is where I come in as a ghostwriter. I have the time and the expertise. I take the stress out of writing and free therapists up to do what they do best — work with clients. In that way, I’m being of service to therapists as well. It’s a win all around if you ask me.

If you’ll let me, I’d love to be of service to you as well. Contact me about working together.