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Private Practice Kickstart
with Miranda Palmer, LMFT
& Kelly Higdon, LMFT

Private Practice Success

What makes a private practice successful? Why can one therapist start a private practice and be full in just two months, while another therapist is struggling to fill their calendar two years after their doors open? And, is a full schedule really the sign of whether a private practice is successful or not?

The truth is, every person’s private practice needs and every situation is different. Creating a successful private practice requires you to do some research, understand your options, and choose the best business plan to fit your life, your needs, and your community.

That process can be daunting initially and can easily lead you to information overload. You can come away thinking you need to become a social media expert, a podcast guru, have your own YouTube channel, be a blogging champion, a presentation superstar… well you get the picture.

We want to invite you today to slow down a bit. Take a step back, and listen to some stories of therapists who are building successful private practices that they truly love. They will share a bit about what didn’t work, what did, and why they made the choices they made. Listening to stories can be such a fun way to learn and get clarity about what you really want and need in your private practice!
Here are 10 stories that you can click and listen to today of successful therapists with very diverse private practice stories and journeys. Enjoy!
Namrata Rindani McMahill, MFT Intern:   A story about perseverance and growth from the amazing Namrata, found of Therapists in Private Practice on Facebook. We have gotten so many rave reviews on this interview. This is a must listen!
Nyshia Johnson, LCSW: A story about building a practice in a year that is built on faith and knowing who you are and what you want in life.
Renee Beck, LMFTRenee shares her experience of building a practice and how it is influenced through metaphor, spirituality and dreamwork – she also does some stellar clinical supervision if you are looking for support.
Peg Shippert, LPCPeg is a career changer and while she has her practice, she still is in her other career full time. Listen in on how Peg has worked in both careers at the same time, while creating the perfect opportunity to eventually go full time private practice.
Jared DeFife, Ph.D.Jared left academia for private practice and now has a growing podcast! Jared shares his experience of the importance of language and speaking to your client when marketing your practice.
Robyn D’Angelo LMFT: A heartfelt interview about building a private practice from internship to specializing in working with couples.
Colleen King, LMFTSharing her story of becoming a clinician as a second career and integrating her love of art and journalism, Colleen gives a wealth of information about being yourself in your practice and building something you love.
Katie Gurwell, LMHC: Listen to how her story shares that thoughtful, introverted people can be successful in private practice. We appreciate her transparency about the perils of not having support when building a private practice.
Jennifer Todd, LCSW:  Find out what inspired her, what she finds is the single most powerful aspect of building a full-time private practice, and how she had paying clients from Day 1 of opening her private practice as a hypnotherapist.
Krista Kilbane, LCSW: A story about following open doors and unexpected paths leading to where you need to be right now. A former teacher and now therapist, this is an amazing story with tons of wisdom.
Private Practice Success

Miranda Palmer, LMFT

Miranda Palmer, LMFT is passionate about empowering therapists to be extraordinary. Palmer trains therapists how to develop private practices that not only thrive financially, but that provide excellence in clinical care through free private practice marketing trainings, the Business School Bootcamp for therapists, and free study group for licensing exams for pre-licensed therapists.


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APA Reference
Palmer, M. (2019). Private Practice Success. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from