Did you know there are eight separate definitions for the word competence? I didn’t; until I looked up the definition on In case you’re just beginning to read the blog, I like to introduce our values by defining them because it ensures we understand each other. Vocabulary is valuable and the words we choose to write or say matter, especially when we know the audience we are trying to communicate with. This leads me back to the definition Greater Hartford Wellness thinks about when we hear competence. That is, “possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity.” So, do we believe in our competence to deliver high quality services? Yes. What then, is our proof of competence? Let me list the ways:

  1. Education. Our clinical team has a solid foundation in psychological theories as demonstrated by their advanced degrees.
  2. Experience. Our clinicians have diverse experience that reaches across clinical settings and systems of care.  
  3. Continuing education. Knowledge is constantly evolving and we keep up with the latest research.
  4. Self-improvement. We’re eager to learn more about who we are and how we can be better so that we can do better for our clients. As cheesy as that sounds, we have found it to be true that it is harder to serve others when our vessel is empty.
  5. Referral relationships. We have excellent relationships with pediatricians and other providers throughout the Farmington Valley and they feel confident referring their patients to us.

Why do we value competence? Competence goes hand-in-hand with two of our other core values, trust and integrity. It is reasonable for our clients to expect us to be competent in our services because competence helps to build trust. Our clients come to us because of our expertise and stay because they connect with us on a therapeutic level.

We are grateful for our clients’ trust in us.