Creating a Successful Private Practice in 2017: People NEED You!

Creating a Successful Private Practice in 2017: People NEED You!

Do you believe that your community needs you in private practice? I do. Start to look around as you go about your day and you will see lots of people who could benefit from the work that you do. Or, you could dig into some of the data out in the world! And while non-profits and agencies can meet some of the need, a lot of people would benefit from private practice services. 

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My Journey From Therapist to Consultant

My Journey From Therapist to Consultant

The truth is, I will always be a therapist. I never set out to be a consultant. It is interesting sometimes the journey that life takes. Sometimes, there is a higher purpose and path to each of our lives, something bigger guiding us. 

My Path To Being a Consultant

My journey to becoming a consultant started by failing a licensing exam by 1 point. It was heart wrenching and mortifying. I couldn't have imagined how many amazing things could've come out of that experience

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Building a Hypnotherapy Practice: Real life stories with Jennifer

Building a Hypnotherapy Practice: Real life stories with Jennifer

Jennifer is an LCSW and hypnotherapist in New Jersey. She shares her journey to becoming a licensed therapist in private practice in a sit down interview. Find out what inspired her, what she finds is the single most powerful aspect of building a full-time private practice, and how she had paying clients from Day 1 of opening her private practice. 

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Building a Counseling Practice: Kimberly, LMFT

Seattle Couple's Therapist

I've met Kimberly, LMFT shortly after moving to Seattle, WA. I was lucky to present to the WAMFT networking group about social media for therapists. She has a beautiful story to share about how to shift from being underpaid, overworked and uninspired to being fired up, getting lots of referrals, and doing inspired work! 

Kimberly Slagle, LMFT Family and Couples Specialist in Seattle, WA

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Go and check out Kimberly, LMFT today at http://www.empathicfamilytherapy.com/ If you are in the area even on holiday- I'd recommend stopping in to her free monthly networking group- they are a lovely bunch of people! 

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!

Building a Counseling Practice: Real Life Stories Katie, LMHC

Building a Counseling Practice: Real Life Stories Katie, LMHC

Meet Katie, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA. I have so much gratitude that we were able to sit down together and talk through her great story of becoming a therapist. You can learn more about her work with clients and other healers at http://katiegurwell.com/

I love how her story shares that thoughtful, introverted people can be successful in private practice. I also appreciate her transparency about the perils of not having support when building a private practice. 

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Social Media is a Worthless Time Suck

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I got invited to talk about social media to a group of psychotherapists. Guess what the majority of therapists think about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Media in general- that's right: Time Suck!

And I will be honest- for many business owners I see using social media- it is a time suck and a distraction from running their business. While for others, it makes them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Are some business owners just lucky?

No. While they may have stumbled on to how to do socially media effectively- it isn't luck. So what is it?

I have the secret that turns social media from a time suck to business building. And it isn't rocket science. Any business owner can do it! How cool is that?

#1. Know Your Client

#2. Be Intentional

Let's tackle "know your client" first. I know on the surface this sounds simple. However, I talk to business owners everyday that are stumped. Why is all this time I'm putting in not doing anything?

Again and again, I find passionate, inspired business owners being bland online. They want to be as inviting and inclusive to everyone- so they speak to no one.

Do you really know why your clients choose you when you get them on the phone or in person? Do you understand what makes them call YOU in the first place? If you don't, it is hard to be authentic and "you" when using social media. And bringing that authentic, professional out to the community is what people need to see. 

Second thing that gets missed? Be intentional. It is really important for you to understand your potential client's experience and make the process as easy as possible for them. In other words, you need to understand deeply the "conversion" process. What takes someone from "looking" to "buying" or from "maybe" to "scheduling?" 

I have done trainings for years. I have a great reputation as a speaker. People remember me. Sometimes years later those people purchase my services. Years. Later. 

At the close of a session with 38 people registered this last Saturday- I had  about 33 people sign-up for my newsletter- over 25 signed up an upcoming free training. Twenty asked for information about a free consultation. 

As people came forward to hand me their "sign-up" sheets an attendee came up and said "so this is what you mean by conversion?" Yes. Yes it is.

While my training style has probably improved over the years- the most striking difference is that Kelly and I have been more intentional about understanding the conversion process and making it easier for us to get to know potential clients.

Getting potential clients calling us and wanting to work with us is really fun. And, it means we get to pick the best and brightest clients to work with. We don't feel like we are desperate or chasing- and that means we only work with people we absolutely adore! 

Do you know what that translates to? Clients who are passionate, ready for change, and who get intentional with getting their vision out there fast. 

We just started one of our 8 week marketing bootcamps- and 4 days in we have clients signing up full fee clients and one selling an amazing program at the pricetag of $3,000-something this person hadn't even dreamed of being possible. How cool is that? We are so proud of the way our clients dig in and are ready to rock- and that isn't an accident! More than half of the people in our current program found us through our social media strategy! What would it mean for you if you could have twice as many clients? Or, if all of your clients were awesome and passionate?

It is in these moments that the vision of my life becomes more and more clear. Who are you passionate about helping? And no, "anybody who will give me money" isn't a good answer. Or at least, it isn't an answer that is going to make social media worth your investment of time, energy, or money. ONLY use social media if you are truly passionate, have a clear audience, and you are ready to be intentional. 

Social media is as powerful and effective as the person who is using it. Tap into your power! Share below who you are truly passionate about helping. Share the most important thing you can teach these individuals. 

Success Stories... Art Therapist and New Author Margaret Hunter

We just received this in our inbox... And I'll be honest- it brought me nearly to tears when I read it. I felt so much joy and excitement. Why? Because this is truly what we are about- empowering people to take ownership of their process and their businesses. We especially love helping therapists over the website hurdle- as we are both therapists in private practice. So, without further ado- read on... 
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Profiles in Technology: Uriah

ZynnyMe is incredibly excited to profile our first Facebook Fan of the week! Interested in having your practice profiled? Join the conversation at our Facebook Page. Remember, having links from fabulous websites to your website is a great way to make your website more "findable." Uriah Guilford has answered some fun questions for us. Unlike many of the ZynnyMe fans- Uriah LOVES technology. I think he has some great things to say about how his comfort with technology has impacted the building of his private practice.
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