Insurance Contracts 101

Insurance Contracts 101

We have a reputation. It is true. We have a reputation as the gals who help people get off of insurance panels. In fact, some people talk to us and say "we know you hate insurance." While the former is partially accurate, the latter is not even remotely accurate.

Our goal is to help educate therapists in private practice to be informed and successful business owners. Sometimes, insurance is a great fit for a private practice, sometimes it is not. Taking insurance in your practice is entering into an ongoing relationship with the insurance company. And like any good therapist- we believe you should enter relationships after clear communication! 

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Costs For NOT Starting A Private Practice

Costs For NOT Starting A Private Practice

20 mustard yellow charts sat on my desk, all needing to be approved for compliance. I had meeting with clinicians to review cases - cases being people who were struggling and really depending on our agency to help them. There was a complaint at the front desk that I needed to respond to as well as staffing questions. Really? This was it? This is what I spent all my time in school for? I loved the people I worked with, but the work itself was getting so hard. 

I remember dreaming about my work. I never envisioned private practice really. I just envisioned the people and being in a room with someone, holding something so sacred that no one else was privy to. I remember wanting to simply help. 

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Sh*t Therapists Say To Avoid Getting Sh*t Done: Part 1

A silly title... but a true and real issue. Today we are going to let you into the mind of amazing therapists, who are self-aware enough to let you know the ways they convince themselves NOT to do the things that they know in their heart they need to do to live a happy life and run a happy practice! 

What is with the cursing? 

Did you ever see that silly series of videos? Sh*t crossfitters say... Sh*t vegans say, etc? I have to admit- some of them were hilarious. My focus in writing near year end is really about inspiring each of you, and helping you uncover what is holding you back so you can feel inspired, focused, and make a great plan for next year! 

This title pops into my head. Oh goodness... I don't know if you've noticed it... but I don't use a lot of profanity in my writing... which is funny- because I have been known to use a well-placed curse word (or many). But, even writing out "kick a*s" I struggle with.... seriously... 

I went and shared the idea, and the title with a group of ah-mazing therapists from all over- and asked them what they tell themselves. I expected a few fun responses that I would pepper into my blog post. 

Something Amazing Happened

Before my eyes, people started to share. One person, then two, then three... They started to riff off each other's internal voices, validate one another, encourage one another, and inspire one another. And I watched as the act of sharing, putting a name to it, being validated, being heard, and so much more provided more connection. 

It is almost as if this act of being vulnerable with what keeps us stuck helps us get unstuck! Imagine that! So, next week I will share Part 2 where we delve into what to do with all of this. But this week, let's just name it. Let's share. I am going to start by sharing some of the amazing statements shared. Read over them and see if you see yourself in any of them: 

  • I've got a lot of time. I'll do it later.
  • Not even my mom reads my blogs
  • Watching a movie will really relax my mind and then the writing (blog) will flow...
  • Oh, that's really important. I don't have to write it down. I'll remember.
  • I suck at paperwork - therefore I do no paperwork!
  • I have no idea what I am doing!
  • I'm a single mom how can I do this AND take care of my kids?
  • Said using a silly voice I created that starts every word with slph "It's too hard because my menopausal bipolar brain doesn't work anymore."
  • No one is going to care what I do. So why keep doing it?
  • They don't pay me enough to do this sh$&! (Said while working at an agency)
  • Sh*t! insurance billing....
  • I'm introverted so I can't market effectively
  • "Dang, you need a therapist, oh wait, that's me!"
  • I need a nap.
  • "Have you thought about the ethics of that?"
  • "Damn, I'd hate to be my therapist!" 
  • About my writing: Nobody wants to read this sh*t!
  • Me - blog? No one will read the stupid shit I have to say!!!!
  • "I can't afford to take any time off".
  • This topic is too controversial to write about
  • Omg - biggest fear - I'll write about something controversial - and people will attack me!!!
  • "I need to stop writing things that are as opinionated and hits nerves or no one will ever send me clients"
  • I will update the FB business page first and then get to those notes after - marketing is time sensitive, I can always complete the notes later.
  • My memory is amazing...I will get to those notes
  • "I'm a foreigner, and I'm kinda of an acquired taste. I will not be successful because I'm different, and I will not connect with people." 
  • "Just one more puzzle!!" said the 9 therapist.
  • "I'll just research what's been written about my topic" - and off into the rabbit hole I go for the next three hours
  • I'm exhausted, I need to self care for the next 8 hours and not adult today
  • My blogging just seems like I'm writing out into "empty space" - it's just floating out in the ether. So no rush to get to it. (And then there's the opposite...I better write every day so I gain authority so people will start seeing my blog - but that's overwhelming, so nothing gets done there too.) 
  • I COULD do my notes and billing, or I could just finish this show on Netflix..... Netflix it is!
  • "Netflix is my self-care" hahaha... can be a total cop out excuse when more intentional self-care is needed
  • If I talk about one thing I am good at in my marketing, I will get pigeonholed and won't get any other clients
  • _____________ is unethical
  • I don't have time to... You just can't do THAT! 
  • I Don't Need to Make a Good Income Right Now... 
  • Nobody Cares What This Therapist Has to Say
  • If I really cared about my clients I would never... 
  • If I really cared about my clients I would always... 
  • I don't need to look at taxes, how can I owe taxes when I am not making enough money to survive? 
  • I could do the thing I am planning to do... but this new blog just came out that said I should do this fancy, new thing... I am not sure why- but I am in! 
  • Some chips, cookies, candy, ice cream mingle help me write my notes
  • When I get enough training in this area, I'll be ready to market it/create a program/make a product, etc.
  • I have to check my email first....

What about you? What script plays that stops you in your tracks? Do you connect with any above? Do you have one to share? Next week will do a deeper dive into some strategies... but sometimes just naming it and bringing it to the surface can be a strategy that works! 

Are you looking to dive deep with a small group of passionate therapists next year as part of your personal and professional development? Click here to get on the list and learn more about project: rebel retreat series and coaching program for therapists today. 

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!

How To Make Money As A Counselor

How To Make Money As A Counselor

Being a private practice coach has afforded me the opportunity to speak to many counselors, psychologists, therapists and other healers. It has only confirmed that there is no one way to serve the world with your talents and skills.

However, there are some necessary elements if you want to generate an income.

Why are we talking about money?

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5 Steps to Creating an Awesome 2017 Business Plan

5 Steps to Creating an Awesome 2017 Business Plan

2017 is almost here! Are you ready? Well, we want to help you get prepared with your business plan.

Wait! Don't go away! This is important. we know for some of you, the thought of a business plan makes your head want to spin. So let's break it down. 

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Essential End of Year Private Practice Checklist

Essential End of Year Private Practice Checklist

We are coming to the end of the year. This is a wonderful time to assess, re-assess, get organized, and a make a great plan for next year. So today, we are going to share a checklist of items to assess. Most of these items could be a blog article by themselves, so for today we are just going to make one handy-dandy list as a starting point! 

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Interview with Clair Kim

Clair Kim is a hybrid buzz strategist for talented solopreneurs that want to boost their online presence. Through her live streams, posts and coaching, Clair spices up your approach on becoming visible online and how you operate your personal brand-- while making sure you're attracting your dream opportunities, charge higher prices while spending less time on your business. Learn how to establish yourself as an authority figure (with next-level efficiency) at buzzwithclair.com .

3 Ways and Whys to Practice Gratitude in Private Practice

3 Ways and Whys to Practice Gratitude in Private Practice

Sitting down with someone who trusts you enough to share their hearts, hopes, truths, and be vulnerable is quite the honor. Whether you work as a therapist, psychologist, counselor, coach, or what particular modality you use- you know that this work is different... it is special. 

And yet, there are some days in the midst of late cancellations, billing nightmares, too empty calendars, suicidal clients, etc. that it is easy to lose focus. So today we are going to talk about 7 gratitude practices you can use in your private practice, and how each can be transformative clinically and personally. 

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