“I thought I already knew everything and realized I don’t know anything.”
You know how to do therapy, but do you know how to create a practice that is right for you and your family? Adam, a clinical psychologist in Arizona shares how he built a part time practice with insurance and cash pay clients that allowed him to be present for his two small children and teach at the university. He created a great fit for himself and his clients.
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.
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's story today and get inspired!
In this podcast we discuss:
How the landscape of private practice community has changed
How community can eliminate the hierarchy of learning and be more collaborative
The importance of in person learning and relationship building
What is needed for success in a community
Why being in person is so valuable
Every time a training opportunity comes up, as a private practice owner, you have to decide if it is worth the time and energy. Let’s be honest, we are always growing and changing as clinicians, improving our skills. We could be learning all the time. We don’t know about you, but many conferences are boring. They are either too broad, or so niched they don’t apply.
Mercedes Samudio, LCSW is a bootcamper who is a thought leader in parenting. She saw a gap in education for therapists and decided to fill it with her Diversity in Parenting Conference. This is a conference that is reflective of the diversity in presenters and topics. But why a parenting conference? Because all of our clients have parents and to understand the diverse ways that families are formed and that children are raised helps us become better therapists to our clients.
Kimberly shares her experience as a clinician who has expanded into a group practice, moved to and from another state, is introverted, launched retreats and workshop and is passionate and fascinated by business and is using the lifetime access of Business School Bootcamp for Therapists.
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Hilary is a psychologist specializing in perinatal issues. She shares in this interview how having a niche didn’t mean having to limit her services and now she has a practice that fits into her life and she is as full as she wants to be.
You recharge from being alone, away from groups of people or interacting with others. Your introversion is your greatest power. It is what allows you to connect deeply with others, to feel with your clients and to see the subtleties of the world around you. Yolanda shares this and more in her experience as a clinician who is introverted, who is HSP and who has built a group practice using Business School Bootcamp for Therapists.
When we first met Dr. Abi she was just getting her license and always knew that private practice was her path. Over the past few years she has grown into a group practice that serves the queer community in San Diego, integrating her expertise in spirituality and ADHD.
As part of our success stories blitz, we are sharing the story of Kayce. When we met her she had been in practice for several years and in her words, she was “winging it.”
Several years of taking insurance panels, taking whatever fee anyone was able to pay her and seeing anyone who gave her a call.
“Oh my gosh, I’m a business owner.” That was the realization that hit Nicol when we first met. She had an idea that she was ready to take into the world and it was anything but what she saw her peers doing.
Before joining bootcamp, Charlotte had a lot of questions. Honestly, it was more that she had a lot of guilt. She had been serving clients at an agency and loved her work there, but knew all along she wanted to be in private practice. She simply needed permission to build the practice that was right for her.
Josie had a flourishing practice in CA but when she moved to Utah and started fresh, she found what worked before just wasn’t working any longer. She had twins, lost her mom and found life demanding a new energy unlike ever before. Miranda and Josie talk about how bootcamp helped her move from sitting at a few clients to averaging 15 to 20 clients a week with a waitlist.
Be sure to listen for
The one thing she changed on her website that made the biggest difference
What specializing meant to her practice
What she had to let go of to move forward
And what makes Josie feel vulnerable about private practice
After working in community mental health for 3 years, Gabriel realized it wasn’t something he could sustain. He already had another successful business and he was ready to start another. But this time, he didn’t want it to be so challenging.
In this interview you will learn:
How to ditch googling for answers and get a structured plan
Why you might delay opportunity and growth at times
How to create a win win for yourself, your family and your clients
You have a checklist of things you need to get done to keep the engine of your practice humming along. You are so focused on getting that phone ringing because every time it does, it makes you feel a little bit more confident and secure that you know what you are doing.
Diana joined bootcamp after she had started her practice and had just left her full time job. She had one of those - “I have to make this work” kind of moments. She had some of her marketing in place, she had the website but she was overwhelmed.
There are many different successful private practice models. Today we talk to Lisa Savage about her model of melding private practice with school based mental health. Learn how much revenue she brings in (it will blow your mind), how much of that actually becomes profit (a way less mind-blowing number), and the best things she did to become a successful business owner today!
10 years ago when Kelly and I started helping therapists grow private practices there was next to no information online. Everything was behind membership sites or required expensive coaching to access. In the last 10 years the resources for therapists in private practices have exploded!
In one sense we are SO happy about that! We LOVE that therapists can access so much great content anytime they need it. But now, what we are hearing from therapists is that they are getting TOO much information. They need to discern what information makes sense for them and their unique practices.
I’ve never met Dr. T in person but I feel like we’ve known each other for a long time because of our connection online. She does some amazing work around social media ethics in private practice in addition to her private practice work and consultation work for therapists.
Lauran is a counselor in Orlando, FL who cares deeply about people having powerful, transformational experiences in counseling.
She is a self-professed wounded healer who came to psychotherapy as a second career after being a school teacher for many years. Listen to the podcast below for a little snippet of her story.
Beth Medina, psychotherapist and business coach joins us on the podcast today to talk about how she uses brainspotting to help business owners overcome the blocks they face in private practice.
I invited Lisa Savage and Kim Knight onto the podcast to share their insights into the needs of clinicians of color who are in private practice. Their facebook group is an ongoing, empowering place to support clinicians.
I remember Marca logging in to the first Bootcamp kickoff group coaching call last year. It has been delightful to coach her through the process of coming back from burn out to launching into private practice. I think a LOT of people can identify with many piece of her journey that she was kind enough to permit to be shared with y’all for some inspiration!
PLEASE read her entire story and see what it REALLY takes to make that kind of fast progress in private practice. There is often a LOT that happens behind the scenes of successful therapists.
Marca enrolled in Business School Bootcamp for Therapists January 31, 2018. February 2nd, I posted a question in the community group asking 2018 enrollees to share what has changed since they enrolled, and she posted this on February 4th, 2019. Here is here story in her own words:
We are talking about money. We all want to make money, but we don’t always love talking about it. We want to focus on the clinical work and ignore the money, but the two are absolutely intertwined!
FEAR NOT - we’ve got a plan.
In this training we talked about how to break down how your vision leads to you determining your fee. You will walk away with a clear formula on how to determine your fee, how to talk about your fee with new clients and how to raise that fee with current clients. We will also talk about what to do if you take insurance or sliding scale clients.
A lot of courses focus on marketing. It’s one of the first things we jump to when we think about our practices - how to get clients in the door. But you notice how we didn’t start with marketing? You notice how we wanted you to get clear on what services you provide and WHO you want to serve?
Now it’s time to dig a little deeper. This training is focussed on NICHE.
Why do we say dig deeper? It takes a lot of reflection and honesty to niche well. It takes bravery too!
Whether your are solo in practice or have a group practice with a ton of clinicians, niche plays a pivotal role in client outcomes and we can’t wait to show you how. Our next training is going to cover how to niche, how to keep your practice diverse and how niche is to the benefit of the client AND to YOU the clinician.
We need a paradigm shift in private practice. Over 1000 searches per month for burnout in psychology, 880 for burnout in social work, our profession is suffering, and it isn’t ok! Click play to watch the free training below that talks about what it will really take to make a big change in our profession! Bonus: Some amazing discounts and giveaways for everyone who watches are included!
Being a relationship therapist in San Francisco can be scary! There a lot of therapists in a small geographical area, and there is a lot of stiff competition for getting to the first page of Google. So, what do you do when you are in a saturated market?
As we are in the midst of the private practice challenge, we are talking about marketing. Kelly and Miranda share some common themes they see in private practice owners who want to make marketing easy. Check out this podcast and share with your friends!
2019 is going to be THE year for not only more income but BETTER outcomes in your practice. Our first week in the series was all about Private Practice Vision and how it impacts clinical outcomes AND income! Your private practice vision is Step 1 in creating your private practice business plan as a therapist.
In this training we talked about how to create a vision that will be the cornerstone for your private practice. We address some of the tops myths about success and how to start making changes whether you are starting out or have been in private practice for decades.
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