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

Business Advice for Therapists

Bookkeeping 101 for Therapists

Bookkeeping 101 for Therapists

Does the idea of "doing your books" intimidate you? It doesn't have to. Many therapists figure out that business bookkeeping can be SIMPLER than you think!

Don't believe me? Read on!

First step in private practice bookkeeping

The very first step in your private practice bookkeeping is developing a process. This process looks different for different therapists. It is important for you to choose a process that really works...

Private Practice Marketing

Pinterest for Therapists

Why Pinterest is Sending More People Than Google

Our website is on the first page of Google for some really awesome search terms. But, did you know we some days get MORE traffic and clicks coming from Pinterest than from GoogleOur SEO is top notch- so why are we getting more traffic from a silly site like Pinterest?

Why Pinterest Sometimes Works Better and Faster Than Google

Pinterest is more fun than searching...

Business Mindset for Therapists

Therapist As Healer

A huge thanks to Lanie Smith, MPS, ATR for this guest post. A must read for all clinicians, no matter where you are at in the journey.
Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble,

breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists

and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.

Make soup.

Play music, memorize the words for thank you in three languages.

Learn to knit, and make a hat.

Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,

imagine grief

as the outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.

Swim for the other side.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious:

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Celebrate today.

-Judyth Hill, “Wage Peace”

The above poem is chock full of sage advice. It reminds us to practice our breath in the way Tibetan Buddhists do using what is called tonglen: to breathe in suffering and breath out comfort for others. This is an approach I can recall first discovering some 15+ years ago, desperately wanting to attain this level of presence and nonattachment to moments of joy, the same way I did not want to overidentify with pain and suffering. Granted, that was only the beginning. I was not able to truly experience any extended periods of presence until I started moving through some of my own history and the accumulation of past hurts.

Business Advice for Therapists

How to Name Your Private Practice

If there was one thing I would have done differently in starting my private practice, it would have been to pick a different name. Seems silly and maybe a bit vain, but with growth, these are some of the things you look back on, your starting points, and realize that there were areas you could have done better.

Knowing what I know now, I want to share with you how to name your private practice.
Which name are we talking about?
For some of you, you will have two names - your entity name and a DBA (doing business as). This varies from state to state, so please seek legal consultation regarding this.

Business Mindset for Therapists

Are you doing the work you love, the way you love to do it?

Article by Jo Muirhead. Thanks to Jo Muirhead for this inspirational post!

I see it all the time. Burn out, stress, not enjoying the people you are working with and generally those feelings you had when you were employed - those feelings that made you want to leave and start your own practice.

Let's make a promise to ourselves to start looking after ourselves and start accepting the RIGHT referrals so we can do...