No Show Policy: The Dos and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

No Show Policy: The Dos and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

The clock ticks past the hour and your client isn’t there. You wait. You stare at the couch (maybe contemplate taking a nap) and your anticipation builds. Are they not showing up for their appointment?

It happens. People miss appointments. Heck, I’ve missed appointments. For some practices it happens often and for others it is something they worry will happen. More often than not, the worry is because every late cancellation or no-show has been handled on a case by case basis and there are no processes in place.

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Want to grow your practice? You need to do this first.

Want to grow your practice? You need to do this first.

You have a checklist of things you need to get done to keep the engine of your practice humming along. You are so focused on getting that phone ringing because every time it does, it makes you feel a little bit more confident and secure that you know what you are doing.

Diana joined bootcamp after she had started her practice and had just left her full time job. She had one of those - “I have to make this work” kind of moments. She had some of her marketing in place, she had the website but she was overwhelmed.

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Dr. Tanisha on Social Media and Private Practice

Dr. Tanisha on Social Media and Private Practice

I’ve never met Dr. T in person but I feel like we’ve known each other for a long time because of our connection online. She does some amazing work around social media ethics in private practice in addition to her private practice work and consultation work for therapists.

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The Art of Starting Over in your Private Practice

The Art of Starting Over in your Private Practice

Not everything is going to go as planned. You can follow every worksheet and training and life just won’t always conform to those efforts. Progress will be made and surprises will happen. If there was only one way of doing things, we would all be doing it. If there was a guarantee, we would all be in our private practices without fear or worry.

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Starting a Counseling Practice - A Beginner's Guide

Starting a Counseling Practice - A Beginner's Guide

"Give me anything you can to help me start my private practice."

Every week we receive emails from therapists asking about how to get started in their practices. There is great value in getting information from someone who has been there and done that. Yet, we all have our own unique journey. What works for one person, may not work for another. This is why we created a 10 part series that was featured on Pro Psych Central. It is a great compliment to our free trainings and most articles come with a free download to help you integrate what is taught.

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When Vision and Reality Won’t Cooperate

When Vision and Reality Won’t Cooperate

You got into private practice with dreams of what it would mean for you personally and professionally. 

Talking about your vision, gives you a road map to making decisions in your life and business. If you one day want to be in private practice solely or have a family that travels, you are going to make decisions today that will get you closer to those dreams.

In our bootcamp, we have bootcampers go through this exercise. In fact, we have a webinar on it every year. It is a powerful exercise.  And every year we get asked –

What do I do if I can’t have what I want?

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Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Krista, LCSW

If there is anything you learn from this series, there is no exact one way to  build a practice and Krista shares so brilliantly how her path made many turns and what it took to build the right practice for her.  Lot's of great wisdom from Krista was shared during this interview and I learned a great new resource from her as well! You can check her out at http://www.suitablesolutionstherapy.com/

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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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The Most Profitable Niche

When you search for how to build your practice, one of the top things you are looking for is who to work with. And more than a few times I have been asked, what is the most profitable niche?

You got into business to help people, but you also want to make an income so you can keep the doors open and provide a wonderful life for yourself. Profitable is important in owning a private practice. So it makes sense people are looking for a profitable niche and having a niche informs the direction of your message, your marketing, and your services.

Let’s get to it.

Here is the most profitable niche ever!

  1. The most profitable niche is a well researched niche. In our bootcamp we give an exercise where we have people subniche as far as they can. Even down to zany things like Single Thirty Somethings with phobias related to transportation. Sounds silly? Sure. Then we challenge our bootcampers to research- go onto meetup, use google keyword research tool, check out facebook - all in search of these subniches. From the research you can start to discover what is really out there. You might find there is a group for phobias. There might be a group in your area for Single Thirty Somethings. The key here is to make sure the niche exists. Period. Don’t assume or guess. Get in there and look up statistics to discover what is out there. It will build your confidence as you market your practice.

  2. The most profitable niche is the one you are best equipped to help. Success means that your clients experience change because of the work you do together. Take time and look at your toolkit and who you have helped before. When you understand your skill (and don’t tell me you are an intern or just starting out so you have no skill…I don’t buy that), you are able to communicate this to potential clients and demonstrate the value of working with you.

  3. The most profitable niche is one that excites you. Owning a private practice is a long haul endeavor. You don’t build it up just to quit in a few years. You are probably going to do this work for a long time. So follow your energy. What excites you? What do you love to read about? What clients have you most looked forward to seeing? You need the passion to carry you through the rough patches of business building and to help you soar during the good time.

So before you go get your fancy certifications in a niche, start with what you already have first. And from their you can discover the most profitable niche for you.  A place where a need and your skill and passion collide.

Share below if you have a niche!