Many of us have visions of private practice before entering grad school- but little about our journey in school directly prepares us for private practice. So, when an opportunity or desire for private practice reemerges it can be difficult to know where to start. And, if we were being honest, sitting down to make plans might just freak us out and stop us in our tracks!Read More
As therapists, we LOVE to tend to love to see the big picture and help people find the path to ease in making deep changes in their life. Often, that shift happens when people become aware of what is driving them to repeat old patterns that don't serve their current life, circumstances, and goals.
And yet, when you talk to therapists about private practice finances or the financial success of a business, it often gets boiled down to- am I attracting enough clients? As a business owner, you can have a full private practice, and still not make a profit!Read More
We feel so incredibly honored to have had such an awesome group of therapists agree to share their stories during the live panel webinar training for therapists! And we feel even more honored that each of them shared their experience in our Business School Bootcamp for Therapists and how it impacted their private practice development. Scroll down to listen and/or watch their stories today!Read More
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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!Read More
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.Read More
In our webinar How to Set Your Fee, we talk about getting started and how to actually calculate a fee for your private practice services. If you don’t know how to set your fee – start here first.
Recently we were asked – when do you raise your fee? Maybe you have a fee that is working for your business. This means you pay your bills, your taxes and yourself. Business is going great! But when do you raise your fees?Read More
Several few weeks ago, I shared many of the mistakes I'd made when starting a private practice. The post went viral. It was shared hundreds of times, and read thousands of time. It also sparked quite a bit of conversation in the LinkedIn Groups where it was discussed. And that left me wondering... why this post? What is it that got therapists reading and sharing this post so much more than the average post?Read More
How to Build Your Confidence in Private Practice
90% of clinicians with whom I speak tell me they want to feel more confident in their private practices.
Therapists are already raised in a culture of not good enough, waiting until we graduate, complete hours, get licensed, become supervisors, get additional certifications, supervise in those additional certifications, and until we are pretty much near retirement to feel confident.Read More
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 experienceRead More
Psychotherapists- you matter. Psychotherapy is powerful. However, if we as a profession don't start making some changes, our profession is going to die off.
A Rant From a Therapist:
(Shared with permission) "I have this friend back home who worked at a medical office that shares a reception area with several therapists in the building. They have repeatedly mentioned that most of the therapists –regularly– run late to their sessions because several of the clients think they are the receptionist for their therapist and often ask, "What's taking so long?," "My appointment was at such and such time," etc. They noted that even when there's gaps in-between clients, the therapist will take off somewhere and show up late for the next appointment despite having a time gap to recuperate the time offset that happens when a session in a series of appointment get messed up from someone being late. They also noted that they have witness these therapists say, "Sorry I'm late. I had an emergency" so frequently over the last year that they are suspicious of the legitimacy of the excuse."
The receptionist was reluctant to ever pursue therapy for himself. Why? Because he had the impression that therapists aren't professional or able to be relied on. Through a series of circumstances he finally reached out, made an appointment with a therapist- not one in the building, and showed up on time. And guess what? The therapist was almost an hour late... and they had an emergency...
Did The Therapist Have an Emergency?Read More
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.Read More
You want to get a website for your private practice but what is this really going to cost? Doing research online you can find sites ranging from free, to a lifetime membership fee to several thousands of dollars for a custom designed site (sometimes more than $10,000) That is a huge range, so let's break down what you need to know.Read More