Hi Jeanette, I think you are right – there is a lot of need and that will continue to escalate over the next few months. This is not a sector that I know a lot about but here are some thoughts….
– this seems like a sector that has a lot of referrals from other therapists who are too busy and not taking on new clients, workplaces, employee support services, and doctors. Consider engaging with that network to see if you can set up some referrals. In the first instance just pick up the phone to some one who you perceive has been successful in a similar offering in your local area, ask them how they got started and if they would be able to share some tips and ideas. Most people are usually happy to help
– it might be hard for some people to start therapy without meeting in person…it might be their first time in therapy, and it is hard to develop a relationship without first meeting in person. So be patient. You might put out feelers now that take months to come to fruition
– consider offering the first session free to help get some one get started. It could be a great investment in up front time for you to create an ongoing customer base
Hope that is helpful – best of luck, Vicky