Success Story: Donna

Success Story: Donna

Donna specializes in Christian counseling, childhood sexual abuse, and pre-marital and marriage counseling in the San Diego area.

Your Experience with Bootcamp in one sentence: I went from overwhelmed to confident, clear and excited about a road map for my practice.

How were you feeling before you signed up for bootcamp?: Inadequate as a business owner. Struggling about fee setting. Keeping a small mindset for my business. Overwhelmed and ill-equipped.

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Starting a Counseling Practice Part 3: Your Business Plan

Starting a Counseling Practice Part 3: Your Business Plan

The four little words that strike fear into the hearts of therapists “Create a Business Plan.” We’ve already talked about how we’ve found that less than 15% of therapists in private practice report having a business plan, and how that negatively impacts them.

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Starting a counseling practice Part 1: Getting honest with yourself

Starting a counseling practice Part 1: Getting honest with yourself

Launching a private practice is an exciting and terrifying proposition for most therapists. The truth is, many of us were trained in non-profit, agency environments and developing a vision of a for-profit business is foreign.

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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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5 things you can do right now to improve your SEO and attract more clients online.

5 things you can do right now to improve your SEO  and attract more clients online.

For most therapists, the primary way clients find you these days is online. People type keywords into Google, or another online search engine, and are presented with tons of options. Understandably, therapists that are at the top of search engine results attract the most visitors to their websites and are able to more easily fill up their caseload. The question is, how do you get to the top of online search results?

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The #1 thing that grew my private practice

The #1 thing that grew my private practice

I have owned a private practice, a coaching practice, a life coaching practice, and a product based business. If I compare how each has performed over time, I see a common thread regarding what has contributed to my success.  

I know success is truly a self-defined term. For me, it is a combination of financial, emotional, relational and spiritual outcomes. I do not feel successful if I shift in only one area of my life. I believe my action should leverage into other parts. For example, even if I make some sort of money, but it takes me away more from my family - that does not feel successful. But to generate income, feel closer to my loved ones, have time for my own health and spiritual life - that is of value to me. 

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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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How Business School Bootcamp is Changing Lives

Behind every passionate business owner, there is a heart and a mission that goes much deeper. The most heartwarming moments for Kelly and I is when people see that... they see beyond the business to the true, underlying goal. The reason this business has to be profitable, is so we can do our heart's work. 

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The Reality of Private Practice Building

The Reality of Private Practice Building

I recently spent two days with a bunch of business owners and Rob Bell (Oh and I had Joe Sanok along side me for the ride too!).  I found a lot of comfort in being in a room of other people who get it. They get what it is like to build a business, manage projects, speak and create. We are the ones that create our work. It is not handed to us by some higher up the ladder. Nope we are the ladder. Every single rung is just us.

The second day, sitting in the Viper Room having just talked about Spiral Dynamics, Rob asked what everyone wanted to be sure to cover before the days’ end.

Failure.

Mistakes.

Fears.

The guy next to me at our table looked a little shocked. “Wow! There are a lot of people who are hurting in this room.”

I wasn’t shocked at all.

My heart bubbled and shouted “Yes, Yes, Yes!”

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Apps 101 for Therapists

Apps 101 for Therapists

What is an app?

App simply stands for the term application. Each app is a piece of software that can be downloaded to your smart phone to be used for a specific purpose. For example, if you are looking for events in your area, there's an app for that. If you want to make hotel reservations, there is an app for that. The options are quite endless. 

What are the benefits of a business having an app? 

For the person with the smartphone, apps make life easier. Did you know mobile users spend 88% of their time on apps? 

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