Mentorship and Adding Clinicians to Your Private Practice

Mentorship and Adding Clinicians to Your Private Practice

You are a leader, a teacher, a person who wants to support others in sharing their gifts with the world. We think that is great!

Before you add a clinician to your practice, we want you to know that part of being an amazing mentor to those around you, you need a solid business that works for you. You have to take care of you before you take care of others.

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Multiple Streams of Income: What does it really take?

Multiple Streams of Income: What does it really take?

I remember the first time I heard the word passive income. It sounded so... passive. Like something I would create that would magically continue to make money through little to no effort made by me. 

However, through the last 10 years of having businesses online, it is incredibly clear to me that no income is passive. In fact, even people who seem to "stumble upon" or "hit it big" often have years of struggle behind it. 

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5 Causes of Freak Out in Private Practice

5 Causes of Freak Out in Private Practice

How do you feel when the phone stops ringing? or when referrals start to slow?

Maybe you are comfortable riding the wave and don’t feel anxiety or worry. If that is you! I am so happy you aren't struggling and hope you can share below your wisdom on how you have learned to cope with change. This is so very important as a business owner.

Others of you might actually have a little freak out or your brain might activate the chicken little inside - landing you on google looking for employment. 

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Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Namrata, MFT Intern

I met Nam online. This is one of those examples of how social media can turn into real, meaningful relationships. As an intern in private practice, Nam shares her thoughts on marketing, being an intern and the process of finding her voice. She is so articulate and wise to speak. This is a must watch interview. 

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Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Laura, LCSW-C

Laura has an amazing story to share about her struggles and successes in building a private practice. After working years in government and non-profit, she made the switch to private practice. Listen in for tips on how she bridged the gap and has moved off of insurance panels this year. You can find out more about Laura at her site http://www.laurareaganlcswc.com/

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Building a Counseling Practice: Real Life Stories with Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Mercedes Samudio is on of those clinicians that has a clear niche and is clear about how she helps. She has a coaching practice as well as a psychotherapy practice and she does a great job of explaining the difference. She also shares a fascinating story about using twitter for her practice.  Check out Mercedes at The Parenting Skill.

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Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Dr. Gretchen

Dr. Gretchen is a clinical health psychologist who shares her thoughts on building a successful private practice and moving beyond the one on one sessions to discovery others ways to impact people with her knowledge and expertise.

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Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories Featuring Colleen, LMFT

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  - Mother Teresa
 

I am a lover of stories as I imagine are most therapists. It is in the telling that healing occurs and in the rewriting that our paths shift into new light.

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Tech Tuesday: 4 Tools to Help you Focus

I get distracted easily. After my adventure with a time study, I quickly realized how much time I was wasting. 

I have implemented several tools to keep me on task and today I wanted to show you 4 of them. They all integrate nicely with google chrome. (Download here if you don't have this browser)

Here is where you can find the tools I mentioned:

Momentum

Focus @Will

Facebook Eradicator

Mindfulness Bell

What tools do you use? Comment below and share more of the ways you stay focused!

Feeling stuck? Here is one thing to pull you out of the quicksand...

Inertia happens. It's that moment where you feel like hiding under the covers or you spin your wheels by taking in information without action. "What's the next step to take?" you ask. And instead of trying something, you stay in this place of stuckness. I see it in people's personal lives and in their businesses. Heck, I have experienced it myself. 

So let's take a lesson from the therapy room and apply it to business. When people are stuck they don't see the options. That mindset problem can create havoc for you and your business. You might see a ton of options but don't think they apply to you. For example "That person blogs and looks really successful, but I can't do that, I am not a writer." Blogging is a marketing option for your business, but for whatever reason, you have determined it won't work.  Or, you might find there are so many options, you don't know how to choose. If that is you, you are probably wanting a guarantee that what you choose will work. So here are a few tips for upsetting that mindset:

 

  1. The magic wand is to keep working at it until you find what works for you. Not everything you try will work out. Initially it sucks but it is also glorious once you figure out your business flow.

  2. You don't know unless you try. I used to always defer to Miranda to write copy, saying "I can't do it." And yet, I am still trying, learning tips and tricks to improve my skill. Why? Because blogging is one way we provide value to people like you and that is super important to me. That is worth me getting a little uncomfortable and learning that I can write.

  3. Not one business is the same and yet they are. Hands down- every business needs people interested in them and people paying them money to do what they do. HOW you get people interested in your services and purchasing with you varies amongst each business. But again, see #2.

Ok, now that you have adjusted your mindset, let's look at the options for your business. Remember: We feel most empowered when we have choice. 

  • Where do you feel most stuck? Marketing? Managing finances? Client rentention? Write down your stuck place.

  • List how you have dealt with this stuck place before. Did you do research? spoke with colleagues? Hired a coach? Maybe you haven't really done anything with this stuff and that is ok too. Just make a list if it applies.

  • Why do you think what you have tried hasn't worked? Did you implement fully? Were you prepared for what it was going to take to make it work? Did you give up too soon? or was it simply not in line with your business model? This is the time to be honest because otherwise, you are just hurting you. What did you learn from your efforts?

  • Write down options for moving forward. If you don't see options, you may need to get outside help (You could also request a blog post from us). I know that when I feel most stuck, asking for help is what pulls me through it. You may think you have tried everything, but trust me, you haven't. It will take some creativity and flexibility though. For example, we encourage people to contact people they know and tell them about what is going on in their business. There are many options to do this - email, snail mail (I hate the post office, but some of you love it), phone (oh this is the best way to be memorable in my opinion), or social media references (shout out to those peeps on twitter). Even beyond the first contact, you want to stay in touch via eblasts, newsletters, your LinkedIn profile, ie.

  • Do one thing and delve in. If you have an accounting issue, don't go buy quickbooks and never open the box. If you dread the thought of doing it yourself, start getting some referrals for an accountant or bookkeeper. Take action. And know that it may not be perfect but it is all about learning. People hire coaches so they can avoid some missteps and get there faster. If that isn't you, no problem. Just know that you may have a little steeper learning curve. It is your choice! (see you have options) And once you delve in, keep trying and testing things. We may write about certain topics that are really popular and others just bomb - but we don't stop writing because of that! We learn about what generates the best response and work off of those strengths.

  • If you have fears address them. Most fears are based on assumption. What are you telling yourself about your value and your business. Write down those fears and then write down the evidence for them. Look at all potential outcomes and reframe. Sure you could send out a newsletter and you lose people on your list. Or you could lose people on your list and get a better quality list of people that really value what you have to say. Perspective does matter.


Options can pull you out of the mire and the muck and get you back on track with valuing action in your business. What do you do when you are stuck?

Let's have a heart to heart

Sit down for a second. Would you like some tea? cookies? Anything I can do to get you comfortable before we have a chat? Ok great...let's continue. 

You are amazing. You do something that no one else on this earth can do like you. You have skills, talent, brains, and courage. (no, don't look around and start comparing - that is just going to hurt you in the end) And that's just tip of the iceberg. Other people could follow your exact path but you still have a way about what you offer that cannot be replicated. It's proprietary. It's special.

And as a bonus - you have dreams. If you really let yourself feel them, they are terrifying and exciting at the same time. You don't just take what is given to you, you want more. Oh, you want things so badly. Your mind is flooded with ideas. The energy builds and you can literally see yourself 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now, living in that dream. And then...it slowly fades. 

You've been misunderstood. You've been told you need to change, you can't do "that" in "this" field, or you aren't being realistic. You are told that your expectations aren't normal. You should "get out of debt first, have kids first, buy a house first, get this certification first, or get a degree first." And little by little, fear creeps in. It's starts to tell you that you need to lower your standards just a little or expect less. You know what I am talking about. The people that say "no one will pay you for that!" or "I can't make it so how could you?" You look around and there aren't many people like you. It feels lonely. 

Listen. Do you hear that? It's the truth, trying to make it's way in. Listen.

  • You are stronger than you realize

  • You aren't a victim

  • You can put your mind to anything and make a change

  • Your dream is valuable

  • You are worth it

  • Your family is worth it

  • Your future is worth it

  • You give hope

  • You give solutions

  • You give transformation

  • People need you

  • People are looking for you

And that truth eliminates the fear. 

Look in the mirror - You are who matters. You are the one capable. Are you going to be there for the people that need you? Are you going to make your message known to the masses? What are you waiting for?