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Are You Hating Your Practice?
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on November 6, 2019

We jump into private practice with hope, joy, and a real belief that we’ll have a different kind of life. For many of us, that freedom and joy is readily available. We do our good clinical work, we collect payment or insurance reimbursements, we manage the logistics, and we enjoy our lives.

Should I Accept EAPs in My Private Practice?
By Dr. Ajita Robinson on October 30, 2019

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP), also referred to as a wellness program, is designed to offer access to a variety of services, including mental health care, to employees of an organization. The program provides employees with free access to short-term, solution-focused care that is generally time-limited. EAPs often help increase access to care and, as a result, give clinicians a way to serve clients who may not otherwise be able to afford mental health services. 

Negotiating a Lease for Your Group Practice
By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on October 23, 2019

Negotiating a lease can feel like entering a lion’s den. Your role in the negotiations, what you can ask for, what will be asked of you, and all the nuances in between can feel daunting,especially when you’re new to it. To soften the punch, here are some tips for when you’re getting ready to negotiate your next lease.

Networking as a Therapist: If, Why, and How
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on October 9, 2019

When I bring up the topic of networking events, the responses that I get are sometimes cringe-worthy. Just the idea of being in a group of people and trying to “network” makes people react as if they just drank a glass full of spoiled milk—not everyone, but most people. Me? I think, “Mmmm, free food.”

Moving From Part-Time to Full-Time Private Practice
By L. Gordon Brewer, Jr., MEd, LMFT on October 2, 2019

For me, one of the scariest moves that I ever made in my own private practice journey was when I made the decision to transition my practice from part-time to full-time. That decision to “pull the plug” on a stable, regular income and jump headfirst into something that somehow felt unstable and disconcerting (to say the least!)... Gulp! 

Sharing an Office Space as a Therapist
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on September 25, 2019

In the 14 years that I’ve been in private practice, I have subleased or office-shared for 12 of them, and to be honest, I’ll probably do so until I retire. I’m big on both efficiency and saving money. If you are too, keep reading for tips to make a rock-solid contract that sets clear expectations and benefits both parties.

Don’t Stop Optimizing Your Website Just Because Your Practice Is Full
By Becky DeGrossa on September 11, 2019

Would you stop seeing a client just because they came in one day feeling good? Probably not. So, why would you stop marketing your therapy practice just because you’re currently full?

When Your Practice Plateaus
By Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS on September 4, 2019

Maybe you’re chugging along. The phone is ringing, you’re seeing clients, you’re thinking, “Finally! It’s happening! They’re coming!” From what I’ve seen—and depending on your personality, of course—you either sigh with relief or worry that it won’t last.

The Secret to Getting Great Testimonials for Your Therapy Site
By Becky DeGrossa on August 28, 2019

Testimonials are a great way for potential clients to see examples of your expertise in action and to begin to build trust. But as a therapist, testimonials present a unique challenge: how can you stay HIPAA-compliant when soliciting and publishing testimonials? Without clarity on who you can ask for testimonials and what you can publish without breaching client confidentiality, it's tempting to avoid them entirely.

5 Things You Need to Know About Leaving an Insurance Panel
By Dr. Ajita Robinson on August 21, 2019

The decision to leave an insurance panel (or all of them) is often one that creates a bit of angst and uncertainty. We might question whether or not we are making the right decision, and we’ll certainly ask ourselves how doing so will ultimately impact our clients and our business.

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