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

Business Advice for Therapists

3 Steps To In Person Networking

You've made a coffee date with a colleague, you sit down to chat, and then your mind goes blank! What


should you say? Take a breath. You've got this!

When you are meeting with people in person here are the three steps to making the networking easy peasy!

1. Ask about them. Get to know them as a person before you get to know about their business. Do they have kids? Are they from the area? This is information you...

Beyond the couch

Therapists: Do You Need to Make More Money?

A new article was just posted that showed that 5 of the top 13 worst paying jobs that require a master's degree were all variations of counselors and helpers. Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, School Counselors, etc. all made the top list- despite these being positions that require not just a master's degree but specific training, expertise, licensure, and so much more.

As the end of the year approaches, it is time to get...

Business Advice for Therapists

Crisis in Private Practice – Are you prepared?

Recently I wrote about my experience of having a miscarriage and its impact on my private practice (You can read about it here). I bring up this topic because I think often times our practices are ill prepared for when life happens to us.

As business owners, and often many of us are solo in our practices, we are the main instrument of service. When something stressful happens to us, it can impact our services. We are taught to get insurance in case of an accident. We are encouraged to have our wills in place. All fun stuff, right? But how do you get prepared when you are in private practice?


Business Advice for Therapists

ROI in Building a Private Practice

I enjoyed watching a recent discussion in an online forum after a person asked if they should invest in coaching.

Each respondent had their own theories as to if it was "worth it". Some said don't do it because you can get everything for free on your own. Others listed the people they used and recommended. And then one person brought up the cost and how many clients it would take to have a positive ROI (Return on Investment).

Return on investment is where you look at the time, energy, and money spent and measure that against the outcomes in terms of time, money, or energy. Not all ROI is monetary. For example, having someone clean my house saves me several hours a month, saves me the stress and allows me to work during that time but for me hands down the energy it saves me is the greatest return.


Business Advice for Therapists

Faith Based Counseling Practices: What you need to know

First I want to acknowledge, this article is about my story, which is within a specific faith. I hope the lessons presented are applicable to any faith– Muslim, Jew, Agnostic, and others. Any and all are welcome to take what resonates and leave the rest.

Second, believe it or not, I have written this blog about 3 or 4 times, each time starting over with a blank piece of paper. My hope is this is the clearest version. My rewriting is due to my own blocks around sharing such a vulnerable piece of myself. It feels very exposing but I only want to do this if it will be of benefit to others.

The heart of the matter is therapy is relational and when we show up, our faith shows up as well. It is a part of all of us. This is my story of how it showed up for me in my private practice.

Faith is complex. It involves beliefs sometimes tied to a religion that has its own culture and expectations. Now tie that into psychology and you have a big pot of soup.


Business Mindset for Therapists

Faith Based Counseling: Culturally Competent or Unethical?

Treatment plan for client with mild depression and anxiety symptoms.

Short term goals: Instill hope for the future. Identify maladaptive beliefs that exacerbate depression and anxiety symptoms. Replace maladaptive beliefs with more true beliefs. Client will be able to practice emotional management skills inside and outside of times of stress. Client will expand support network and reach out for support more frequently. 
 

Business Mindset for Therapists

From Fear to Freedom: Starting a Faith Based Practice

When I was in graduate school, getting therapy seemed like a no-brainer. At that time, the state “bribed” prelicensed therapists by counting each hour of therapy as 3 hours towards the 3,000 hours needed to apply to take exams. So… without any particular crisis in place… I went on the search for therapy…

As I explored my needs, I thought it would be helpful to have a professional therapist who understood my faith in a higher power and wouldn't think I was “weird.” I didn't want religious therapy... I just wanted someone who would accept me and not judge me. Back then- looking for a therapist was all about the yellow pages. I called dozens of therapists with almost no phone calls back. And the one faith based therapist who returned my call wasn't actually a licensed therapist. Not a huge deal… except that they tried to argue with me about why this wasn't necessary (hey dude- I am getting hours for this for MY license- I know I need a licensed person!)

I ended up finding a great therapist- but try as I might… I didn't feel comfortable going into areas of spiritual angst. This therapist was wonderful, caring, compassionate… but not someone who I felt I could “go there” with.