Want to avoid the common mistakes most clinicians make in private practice? Wonder what those mistakes are?
When we first started in private practice over a decade ago, there weren’t a lot practice building resources at the time. We were forced to learn everything the hard way and made a ton of mistakes along our journey growing our private practices to 6 figures in less than 2 years.
This is the end of our When Life Happens series and we are closing out with a beautiful, vulnerable interview with Dr. Jared DeFife as we talk about fatherhood and private practice. We cover what it was like before pregnancy, during and after. Take a listen! Dr. Jared DeFife is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA.
It's common and yet we don't talk about. That's why I am thankful Dr. Jean Otto braved the podcast to share her story about divorce and its impact on her private practice. She shares her advice on what to do if you are facing the divorce process and I really appreciated her openness to all of my questions. Check it out!
Being single, running your own business while still holding hope for finding your person to share all of your ups and downs with can be a challenge. Aprile Andelle, D.M.F.T., LMFT, is an online therapist and mental health advocate in South Florida specializing in trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, and burnout. Her aim is to bridge the gap of access to mental health care and support services in today’s modern age, and create technology and online platforms to work for these things.
We learn to cope with what life throws our way and often look to our business to be a refuge, the thing that remains consistent. But sometimes what life throws your way can mess with your hormones, emotions, and your scheduled. Erika Laubuzan-Lopez, MFT, LPC shares her journey through infertility and having two kiddos while growing her private practice as well as owning a group practice. Take a listen below!
It can be excited to grow your family but it definitely comes with its challenges, especially when you add a human into your life while building a business. Saba Harouni Lurie, MFT shares her experience of having her daughter and now being pregnant with kiddo #2 while building her group practice.
Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards...we feel like we have seen it all in our bootcampers. Dr. Erika Martinez of Envision Wellness shares her experience of running a practice while handling the aftermath of a hurricane. We hope this inspires you to start putting into your informed consent an emergency plan for clients as well as do the things you can do to prepare in the event something does happen.
At some point, we may find ourselves moving out of the role of child, parent, spouse, friend, or family member and into the role of caregiver. It maybe a role we embrace and it can also be a role that consumes. Today Karen Whitehead, shares her journey through caregiving for her mother, while still having kids at home and building a private practice. She specializes in working with caregivers in her practice here.
It's something none of us want to happen. Losing the love of our life, our life partner, our co-parent can be one of the most devastating losses. Donna Corbett, LCSW is an analyst in Manhatten who lost her husband in January of 2017. This was a poignant conversation that we hope will touch your heart like it touched ours.
It's an issue that we often face when coaching our clients. Spending, debt, and money shame is something many private practice owners face. Adding this topic to the series may seem a little counter-intuitive. But losing grasp on your financial management can happen to any of us whether it be from a crisis that arose or from sticking our head in the sand about the financial decisions we need to face in our daily lives. Mallory Grimste, LCSW shares her experience with debt, spending and variable income in private practice.
While we consider ourselves fortunate to have had a partnership work out, we also know the challenges that come with a business marriage. That's right, forming a business with a partner is like getting married! Gina Aguayo, PhD founder of Bay State Counseling and Wellness Center shares her experience of starting a practice with a business partner and the process of coming to terms with separating from her partner.
Lanie Smith is a registered art therapist and vitality coach who knows what it means to burn out when you are in private practice. She also knows what it takes to turn it around. We encourage you to listen with an open heart and look inward, to find your own needs for space and rest. Check out Lanie here.
Today's topic is a heavy one, but a common one. 1 out of 4 pregnancies end in loss and chances are you know someone who has gone through this or you have experienced it yourself. We invited Dr. Kris Boksman, a psychologist and owner of Limestone Clinic to share her experience of going through multiple losses while in her practice.
Many people start their private practices but they are in a two-income household. The income from their partner can provide a bit of cushion or a sense of safety when starting a new business. But what happens when that cushion is gone and you become the safety net for your partner?
As therapists, when we show up to session, we show up fully. We physically, emotionally, and spiritually are present. But what happens when we face struggles with any aspect of our health, chronically, day in and day out?
Dr. Jennifer Blackledge is a psychologist in Texas and is the creator of Thera365.com She shares how her journey through chronic illness has shaped her private practice.
Your partner lost their job
A hurricane hit your town
You developed a chronic illness
You went through bankruptcy
You got divorced
Life can throw some serious curveballs sometimes. How do you cope? What happens to your business in the midst of so many difficult challenges?
Some of you have watched Gary Brown, PhD a therapist in Los Angeles in our Private Practice Success Stories video. Today, I was working on sending out an email and stumbled upon this standalone video that Gary recorded just 6 weeks after bootcamp after his first round of bootcamp. He got me to tear up and he has a real conversation about what it means to take a look at your practice when you are established as a therapist.
Once a year we pull back the curtain on our flagship business training for therapists. We want you to really see what is involved in your LIFETIME membership when you sign up. Press play and find out why after this video we had a flurry of last minute applications to enroll in the Business School Bootcamp for Therapists. So -
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So many therapists work for months, years, or even decades making a wage that doesn't really allow them to survive. When they start to look at opening up a private practice, it becomes impossible to imagine being valued financially, or otherwise.
Many therapists have had these doubts. Listen to stories below of moving through that fear, making the changes, and creating a business plan that truly worked.
What do you need? What do you want? What are you REALLY looking for? Your clients often come into you with a surface symptom, complaint, or desire. But, when we dig deeper we find the real gold in that experience. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW shares her journey in teasing out her big vision, her real passion, and getting to know deeply how to run a business that was the perfect fit for her.
Starting a new private practice and being full in less than 6 months sounds exciting, but there can be some major fear and doubts along the way. Listen to Mollie Gee's story today and get inspired!
Change is absolutely terrifying when you are a business owner. It can feel like even once you've gotten your feet under you and you are doing well, that if you make any changes, that your business can fall apart.
Dr. Kimberly Ciardella, LMFT joined our bootcamp in Spring of 2015 as she was starting out in private practice. Now, she has used the skills, insight, and tools she learned to not only come back to a thriving practice after going on maternity leave but after moving her private practice to a new town she is at capacity in 6 months!
Listen to her story and her insights, she has excellent advice for any therapist in private practice- so give it a listen!
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 B. Kim 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.
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 Bennetts, 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.
We think it's important you know that you aren't alone. To hear other people's honest stories of their experiences can often give us insight into our own. That is why we love having bootcampers share their success stories because with every success is a lot of work and ups and downs.
It's story time. But it isn't just a story about a person who wins all the time because that is called a fairy tale. We are talking real stories - where people fail, get confused, find their way, change direction, fight some battles and honestly embrace the whole of the journey while falling upward.
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