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You know how powerful stories are. Stories can make us believe things are possible, or they can convince us that we shouldn't even try! I decided to become a therapist for a whole host of reasons, but the initial goal was definitely working in private practice. But, the stories I heard in graduate school had completely turned me off to the idea of private practice in a little over a year!
I had an awesome classmate who wanted to talk about opening up a private practice together during our final year and I looked at him like he had two heads! When I got licensed and a psychologist friend asked me when I was going to open up my private practice I responded emphatically that private practice was not for me.
Isn't it funny how life turns out?
It is important to learn from the stories of our peers. Unfortunately, many people who are successful in private practice struggle with whether, when, and how to share their story. They want to encourage others, but they don't want to seem conceited.
Many also find that colleagues may want a lot of assistance in building their own practice. While helping out a friend in business is fun- having dozens of people trying to get you to teach them over a cup of coffee how to build a private practice is downright impossible and can get really time consuming.
What Stories Do We Hear?
Unfortunately, this can lead to people only hearing the horror stories of private practice. People talking about the isolation, the risks, the failed attempts, the paltry reimbursement rates, nightmare clinical situations, and everything else that could go wrong in private practice.
I think it is powerful and important to hear the risks of private practice! Hearing what has gone or could go wrong allows us to be better prepared and make good choices that can help us limit liability and avoid things that avoidable!
We Need Good Stories!
We also need to hear LOTS of good stories! In fact, research tells us when it comes to daily interactions, we need 3-5 positive interactions to simply neutralize one negative interaction! On our podcast (link to podcast) we interview therapists regularly about their path to private practice. I always inspired by how unique each path is, but also the commonalities.
Ultimately, we shouldn't be listening to other's private practice journeys so we can replicate. We should be listening so we can get inspired and take the elements from each story that resonate with who we are, who the clients are we want to serve, and where we live. This is a lesson we want every therapist to learn- that there are universal truths are guidelines but there isn't a blueprint that is going to perfectly fit you and create your happy practice!
We Are Doing Something Different
We feel really honored to have had some pretty awesome therapists who have gone through our Busines School Bootcamp for Therapists who have shared with people in different forums and ways how this program impacted their business development. In fact, we've had rumors at certain points that we were paying people to rave about the program- which we initially were distressed about- but now we think it is pretty funny!
We decided to invite a few of our Bootcamp alumni to share a piece of their journey during a live panel webinar. They will be sharing how their experience in bootcamp impacted the growth of their private practice, offering their advice, and answering questions about their Bootcamp experience. Whether you are considering bootcamp or not, we invite you to come and hear stories of success in private practice and be inspired to create your unique, happy, and successful private practice!