Starting a Counseling Practice Part 5: Getting Paid

Starting a Counseling Practice Part 5: Getting Paid

While we are in the midst of bootcamp, we are continuing our series of starting a counseling practice. This series is meant to inspire but also to give you specific resources and tools to help you in your practice.

When you start your private practice, part of your business plan is to decide your procedures around payment for your services because you need money to run a business. Before you form your payment policies, first you want to know the types of payments you accept.

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Personal Crisis in Private Practice

Personal Crisis in Private Practice

*Trigger warning. This article discusses miscarriage so if that is something that feels hard to read, please stop here.

This month, I was fortunate to be a part of a Love Your Partner Series with Robyn D'Angelo. (You can sign up here for the entire amazing series!) She asked me to share about how to love your partner through a miscarriage. This is the first time I have gone "public" with my story but after my own personal work through my grief, I am finding it helpful not only for me but for others to open up about my journey.

The reason I have chosen to write about it here is because while we share so much about building a practice, we haven't discussed a whole lot about what to do when your own life is in crisis and you are still trying to run a business. 

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Why a 6 figure practice doesn't mean anything

Why a 6 figure practice doesn't mean anything

6 Figures

It sounds appealing. In the marketing world it can mean success, a thriving business, or it conveys the sense of stability. 

When I ask people joining bootcamp about their financial goals, I often hear "I want to make six figures." 

My response is: Which 6 figures? 

There is a huge difference between $100,000 and $900,000. There is also a huge difference between gross and net. How much is accounted for towards expenses and taxes. 

All of those things are important.

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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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The Healthy Therapist: Guest Interview with Shelley, LMFT

A special thanks to Shelley for taking some time to share her passion of health and wellness. As a therapist, she really gets what it takes to do this kind of work and she shares how your own nutrition and health impact your clinical work. She gives some great tips that you can use daily in your private practice. Check her out at www.cleanforks.com

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Podcast: Mud Runs, Spartan Races, and Private Practice Inspiration

Podcast: Mud Runs, Spartan Races, and Private Practice Inspiration

I was so honored to be on this podcast with Matt Bierds, LPC. We had a great, real conversation about what it takes to be successful, where people get stuck, and what inspires me. I even shared my thoughts on how physical training and outside experiences can mirror what we do in building our businesses. I even share how and why "shouting expletives" might be added to one of our Business School Bootcamp checklists. 

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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 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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Creating your Vision for 2015

Vision is the creative glue that makes our imagined life become our real life. It gives guidance and direction, especially for our private practices.

Every year, we sit down with clinicians and go over their vision. Why are they in private practice? What do they want to create? What is the purpose?

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