How to Increase Income in Private Practice

How to Increase Income in Private Practice

Ok... let's start by saying this: Private practice is not a get rich quick scheme. This article isn't about making 40k in 2 days, or being salesy, sketchy, or unethical in the name of building your private practice. 

But, some of you are struggling financially. And that struggle is making it difficult or impossible to maintain being in private practice and working with the clients who desperately need you. Or, at the very least... not making a decent income is making you seriously question your life's work, or making you feel burnt out and exhausted and sucking the joy out of the work that you love. You might need to make some changes and some decisions to get money flowing in your practice in a more meaningful way. And let's be honest- you might need to happen relatively quickly. 

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Doubled My Caseload, Tripled Income, and Clients are Ideal

Doubled My Caseload, Tripled Income, and Clients are Ideal

Stories are powerful. A lot of pre-licensed therapists hear, and perpetuate the belief that "I'm just an intern" "I'm just pre-licensed." "When I'm licensed, I will..." "When I'm licensed I can...." 

While it is true that there are paramaters as a pre-licensed therapists most of the parameters I come in contact with from pre-licensed therapists have nothing to do with law, ethics, or what is best for the client. JoAnne is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in San Jose, Ca who is an excellent example of someone who is doing the work. 

Listen to her share her journey from working in an agency sitting a windowless cubicle having a powerful ahah moment after watching this private practice vision training to creating a private practice that creates a win/win/win for her, her clients, and the therapists in her community. 

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Erin, LCSW, RPT Private Practice Success Story

Erin, LCSW, RPT Private Practice Success Story

You better take what you can get… something is better than nothing… somebody is better than nobody…

Have you heard that, thought that, or told someone else that when talking about private practice? Do you know what that leads to?

Erin, LCSW, RPT play therapist in Littleton, CO shares her journey of private practice. Before bootcamp she was 60% full, seeing 10-12 clients a week mostly reduced fee clients, barely paying the bills, and accruing debt.

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Starting a Counseling Practice Part 2: Giving yourself permission to build something that works for you

Starting a Counseling Practice Part 2: Giving yourself permission to build something that works for you

Hope you enjoyed really getting to know yourself in Starting a Counseling Practice Part 1. The truth is, getting honest with yourself is only the first step in creating and implementing a great private practice vision. You also have to give yourself permission. I know there are people out there who will give me a hard time and say this is “non-advice, advice.”

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Winging it In Private Practice? Why to Prep & Plan

Winging it In Private Practice? Why to Prep & Plan

Many of us have visions of private practice before entering grad school- but little about our journey in school directly prepares us for private practice. So, when an opportunity or desire for private practice reemerges it can be difficult to know where to start. And, if we were being honest, sitting down to make plans might just freak us out and stop us in our tracks! 

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Therapists Know How To Party

Therapists Know How To Party

Is running your business fun? We spent a lot of time in the chair, listening, containing, guiding and creating. It's a beautiful kind of work. It's also what many refer to as "the meat" or their purpose. The business stuff, might make you feel a bit... meh. 

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Non-compete Agreements in Private Practice with Guest Lisa

Non-compete Agreements in Private Practice with Guest Lisa

Imagine you join a group practice, as an employee or contractor, and you are asked to sign a non-compete agreement. This means if you leave the practice you cannot create a business that "competes" within a certain mile radius or serving the same clients. These non-competes all vary, but more and more we are hearing therapists being asked to sign them.

You might feel confused, scared, or just too overwhelmed to care because you need the work right now.

I invited Lisa, a Legal Coach® and Attorney, to answer some basic questions about non-compete agreements in the mental health world. Here is what she had to say. 

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LIVE Mini Bootcamp: Week 1

This is the start of our live Mini Bootcamp. We are so excited to have you join us! Here's what you need to do.

1) Watch the video

2) Download and Complete your Vision Checklist

3) Comment below and introduce yourself, where you are from and the 1 thing you are going to do to move closer to your vision

4) Share this page with a friend!

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Therapists & Taxes: Do This BEFORE December 31st!

Therapists & Taxes: Do This BEFORE December 31st!

We hear you. The last thing you want to think about while doing holiday shopping is paying taxes... especially since it might feel like taxes aren't something to think about until AFTER this year ends. 

However, as a business owner, the rules have changed. Actually, the rules have become more important! As you begin to make more of a profit in your business, the self-employment taxes REALLY start to add up. However, there are LOTS of ways to legally and ethically reduce the amount of taxes you owe. However, you only have until December 31st of this year to do it! 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

The Do’s and Don’ts of Client No-Shows in Your Private Practice

The clock ticks past the hour and your client isn’t there. What do you do?

It can be a common scenario for some of you and others of you it is something you worry about happening. Here are some do’s and don’t’s of handling no-shows in your practice.

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Therapists: Be a Visionary

Therapists: Be a Visionary

You are a visionary. How do I know? Because you are a therapist. When I told people what I did for a living, I would often get responses like "I could never sit and listen to people's problems all day!" The truth is, we know that good therapy isn't about just listening to people's problems- it is about sitting in truth with another human and holding the vision of what can be. 

You have a vision for every client who walks through your door. No- this doesn't mean you are trying to fit your client into your box of how they should be. But, you know what it looks like when someone is unfettered, when they make that shift to owning their life, being intentional, and enjoying it. When you see them shift from being a victim of experiences, circumstances, or limitations to an empowered person who is going to live their life in the best way they know how. 

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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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