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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THE Fabulous Free App for Therapists in Private Practice

THE Fabulous Free App for Therapists in Private Practice

Have you ever considered building an app? Have you ever had an idea for an app and wished you had the time or ability to learn how to code an app so you could get your message out into the world? You are not alone. 

Kelly and I have talked about developing an app for awhile, but it never seemed like the right time. Custom apps can start at $5,000 (or more!) and we have always thought that was CRA-ZEE! We recently found a great app developer that is going to specialize in apps just for therapists- at a reasonable fee! 

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Online case consultation in private practice

Online case consultation in private practice

Therapists of the world you need clinical consultation. You want clinical consultation. You crave clinical consultation. We have this wonderful online community- so how might you use online groups to get case consultation? 

Therapists We Are Judged by our Peers

The truth is, we are judged by our peers. If there is ever any question about whether we are providing appropriate services and treatment to our clients, courts of law use other therapists as the litmus test as to whether what we are doing is consistent with the standard of care. This makes asking for, and receiving clinical consultation from other therapists both scary, and necessary. 

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How to open a 2nd location for less than $50...

How to open a 2nd location for less than $50...

Have you ever wondered if expanding to a second location would help improve your private practice? Do you have clients who struggle to attend sessions regularly due to weather, work schedules, or babysitting issues? 

Creating a second location that your current clients can easily access can be a great way to create amazing customer service, but also to create more continuity in the psychotherapy treatment. 

So how can you create a second location for less than $50? 

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Costs for Starting a Counseling Website

Costs for Starting a Counseling Website

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.

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The "M" Word: Talking to Therapists about Money

So this weekend Kelly and I presented at the 2013 Annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) conference. We go to present for 1 hour on Top Tips for Going Paperless. And while we did our best to pack as much in as we could in such a small amount of time- it wasn't enough! (We had sent in a 4 or 6 hour proposal for this topic and they gave us a 1-hour slot! (Which we are SO glad we got to talk and meet some awesome therapists!) 

So... as we were agonizing about what we include on our slides, I noticed how uncomfortable I was with the idea of putting any words up that related to money or profits. Why? Because I knew that it would set off alarm bells in our audience. 

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Encrypted Computer Syncing

So we are big fans of DropBox which allows you to have a folder that you can share between computers, and even access any of the files via a login on the dropbox website. 

We use it ALL the time, but NOT for our private practice or any sensitive data! Why? Because there are some security holes with that awesome free product that make us a bit nervous about trusting medical data (like mental health records) to this cloud storage. However, this new one put some security in place that just might make it viable to have syncing between a work laptop and your home desktop. 

Note: I do not store ANYTHING of mental health records on my laptop or desktop. Everything is stored securely in my paperless office. But, I know a lot of therapists who are storing information on their laptop or desktop and not encrypted... 

Here is a wonderful article (that isn't too terribly techy) that also gives you a link to get 50GB of free encrypted storage (that is a LOT of free storage) that is only good until the end of the month. 

So get your free 50gb of free encrypted storage (in case you ever need it). And, if we get enough comments asking for it- we will post a quick video tutorial showing you exactly how to use it. 

 

The simplest solution... or KISS (Keep it Short and Simple)

So we work with a variety of business owners, even though we specialize in working with therapists in private practice. I recently got to consult with a great group of techie people at a technology company. And I got to give them a little schooling in technology! How fun is that? 
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Video Tutorial: Websites, Email, and Time-Saving Oh My!

We have been having SO much fun with our free Website 101 E-Course for Therapists, Helpers, and Healers. We have been getting comments and emails flooding in that tell us what we made is actually helping people! In fact, we got feedback that we crystallized weeks of one therapists website research into one 30 minute video! Woohoo!!!!! 

We are all about saving time! So today, we are going to help you with an e-mail time-saver!

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Apps Reviews: Transforming Old Money Habits

We LOVE all of the amazing ways that people are harnessing the power of a SmartPhone to help people live better. 

While the news may be telling people we are in a horrible Depression- many people are realizing the changes in our economy have been a wonderful opportunity to reflect, rethink, and revisit old habits to make some shifts. Some people are even finding that they live better with LESS (imagine that). 

I saw fabulous blog post from Certified Money Coach, Lynn Telford-Sahl sharing how there are apps that will help you or people you know can start to shift the old ways you spend money. Read her fabulous article that will walk you through types of money habits you might want to focus on- as well as sharing some app options

She shares about Urge, only available on the Iphone. Here is a quick one Android that has rave reviews SmartyPig. Habit Maker, Habit Breaker is available on both Android and Iphone. 

What about you? Have you used or referred people to any of these apps? We'd love to hear your feedback on the ease of use and whether you find apps to be helpful in changing your daily money habits!

App Reviews: Great Apps for Nonprofits and Small Business Owners

Nonprofits, like small business owners have very limited budgets and resources. Anything that a nonprofit can do to save time, energy, or money can really translate into a huge return on investment. Even more important, when nonprofits and small business owners are able to better use their resources, it means a greater positive impact on the community around them. So, without further ado- here are some of my favorite apps for nonprofit-esque peeps (yes Lynn Quijada-Splan this one is for you and your nonprofit work!)
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App Reviews: Solo Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

When the job market is not so great, many people turn to self-employment. There is a good news and bad news in being self-employed. First- the good news: Being your own boss puts the reward of your hard work directly to you! And, despite the economic downturn- many business owners are finding they are having record growth. In fact, female small business owners are doing quite well right now! 

The bad news: If you are in business for yourself it is all on you. Yep, I said it... there is a LOT on your shoulders! However, there are some wonderful apps out there that can turn that little smart phone in your pocket into a helper, or even a receptionist! Here are some fun apps that you may want to check out for your business! 

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