The Confident Private Practice Series Part #3: Be Present

The Confident Private Practice Series Part #3: Be Present

You know why confidence is important, who you are, and you are leaning in to be more YOU in your private practice… what is next? This is one of the hardest steps in the process long-term. In order to build confidence, you have to practice being more present in three main areas. You need to be present when you DO feel confident, you need to be present when you feel anything but confident, and finally you need to be present when you feel checked out. 

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The Confident Private Practice Series Part #2: Be You

The Confident Private Practice Series Part #2: Be You

While I think what Brene Brown has done for the general population is great, I think her impact on mental health professionals is much more powerful. Many of us went through training and had personal and professional experiences that were focused on easing into the background, becoming other focused, and discounting our own intuition and insights. The truth is, it is scary as hell to say what we really want as therapists.. 

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The Confident Private Practice Part #1: Who Are You?

The Confident Private Practice Part #1: Who Are You?

So… last week we talked about why confidence in private practice is so important. This week we are going to start the process of breaking down HOW to get confident in private practice. And our first step is digging into “Who Are You?” 

Why We Start with Who You Are

In therapy, we start with an assessment. We ask a LOT of questions. Some of those questions are to identify the problem, but many of the questions are actually about building rapport, connection, and identifying the strengths that our client already has developed. Here is where it gets really juicy… how many times has a client been aware of some of their MAJOR strengths? How many times has a client been unaware of what they really needed or desired? Sometimes, just the assessment and reflection process can be life-changing for clients. 

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The Confident Private Practice: Why Confidence Matters

The Confident Private Practice: Why Confidence Matters

What happens when your clients make real, deep change? What does it look like? What does it feel like? For me, when a client was nearing the end of therapy and things were “flowing” it was this energy around them that was sometimes hard to quantify… But, probably one of the words that best describes it was “confident.”

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The #1 Private Practice Mistake to Avoid

The #1 Private Practice Mistake to Avoid

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? 

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