Here is a list of results brainstormed by a group of 25 students in China. They were trying to find out as many solutions possible to get more clients for their practice (psychotherapy). It is part of the Problem Solving Therapy Exercise (step 2). It is a process of getting as many solutions as possible without assessing how good or practical they are (quantity > quality).
- Set up personal website
- Use of social media like facebook, instagram, wechat
- Share of information online
- Giving talk in hospital, schools
- Organising workshop
- Collaborate with government organisation
- Collaborate with corporates, company
- Collaborate with schools
- Collaborate with celebrities
- Collaborate with hospitals
- Collaborate with other private practices
- Collaborate with the community groups or organisations
- Collaborate with specialist clinics (e.g. post cancer treatment, irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems)
- Business card
- Summer camp
- Use of search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu
- Radio station (share of information, ads)
- Words of mouth
- Talk for parents (through schools)
- Group experiential workshop in the schools
- Charity events
- Visiting schools, giving talks to teachers, managements, students, parents
- Rise your fee per session (to increase your income…)
- Treating celebrities and make them your spokeperson
- Running workshop series
- Set up association
- Make short videos
- Personal development, learn more approaches
- Ads on bus, bus stop
- Set up good name for your business/practice
- More flexibility, provide online sessions
- Raise fund from corporates
- Be very specialised in certain areas
- Be interviewed in radio or tv programmes
- Stage hypnosis or demonstration
- Target students, teenagers, parents
- Target women general wellbeing
- Target insomnia
- Wellbeing / Healthcare centre
- Package, e.g. free one session every 5 sessions
- Pre-wedding package (weight loss, smoking cessation, general confidence)
- Target bad habits
- Target pregnancy (e.g. post-partum anxiety/depression, weight loss, general wellbeing)
- Therapy during a day-out together
What else can you come up with?
Here are some questions to help finding creative solutions of any problem you have. (N.B. provided that it’s a problem that can be solved, not something not within your control)
Really sit down and take time to consider these…
- What’s the problem?
- What have you done in the past to cope with similar problems?
- What haven’t you tried?
- What would you advise someone you care about to do in similar situation?
- Think of someone you respect or admire. What would they do?
- What do you think people you respect would advise you to do?
- Who could you approach for help?
- List all the other resources you can draw upon to cope?
- What would a creative person do?
- What would a wise person do?
- What would a courageous person do?
- What would be the easiest thing to do?
- What would be the most effective solution possible? What’s the ideal solution?
- Overall, what do you think the best or most realistic solution would be?
- What would be the first step?