Marketing

Therapist turned Entrepreneur: Maelisa Hall, Founder of QA Prep


A few months ago, the first post in our news series "Therapist Turned Entrepreneur" was published. Today, we continue this series with Dr. Maelisa Hall, a mental health professional who saw a need in the field for better strategies for clinical documentation. She created QA Prep to help train counselors to take better notes and make record-keeping more efficient and organized. Here is Maelisa's story:

What is your background? How...

Business

4 Common Marketing Mistakes of New Private Practitioners


Creating a private practice is an ambitious and brave endeavor, particularly because our training as clinicians more than likely didn’t include any business education. When beginning a practice, new therapists sometimes struggle with how exactly to “market themselves” (read here for my suggestion on rethinking marketing as instead creating relationships, educating and serving the public, and building trust). What strategies work...and what ones don’t? James Joyce wrote that "mistakes are the portal of discovery," so we opened up a discussion on this topic to see where some of our Facebook community went wrong in the specific aspect of marketing. Here are 4 common marketing mishaps to avoid:

Business

4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Hiring a New Therapist

One of the wonderful challenges that comes from having an abundance of business is the need to add new additional clinicians to your practice. But how exactly do you know who will be a good fit? How can you be sure to make the best choice that will benefit both the clients and your practice?

Not too long after opening Wasatch Family Therapy, I had created relationships in my community and built my online presence to the point that the demand for my services exceeded the supply I could provide. In other words, I needed to hire new therapists! Since I do not have a background in business, the process was entirely new to me, but thankfully I found that it happened quite naturally. I identified a few key criteria (beyond simply having required credentials and experience) that a candidate must possess in order for me to feel like he/she was a good enough match to hire. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself when meeting with an applicant who you may potentially bring in to your practice:


Do I like him/her?  


It may seem obvious, but it's critical that you feel comfortable with an individual who may be working for you. If you do not like to be in his/her presence, why would a client? It goes without saying that people skills are invaluable in this profession; it's what we do! Look for someone who puts you at ease, is warm and inviting, and who you find yourself attaching with. Be mindful of the emotional climate of your practice; you want to bring someone in who will work well with others, avoid drama, and of course help clients through their emotional struggles. Whether or not I genuinely like someone is the most important factor determining if I hire him/her (interestingly, this same criteria is also usually first on the list of

Ethics

HIPAA Security Rule Compliance for Private Practitioners


Guest Post by Rob Reinhardt, LPCS, Technology Consultant for Mental Health Professionals, CEO of Tame Your Practice

Wouldn't it be nice if someone would provide us with a brief checklist of things we need to do in order to comply with HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)? I strongly recommend that you not wait for that to happen. HIPAA was purposely constructed to be flexible so that both large...

Blog Challenge

Therapist Blog Challenge #21: Maintaining Space in a Relationship


I'm excited to present a blog challenge that has to do with one of my favorite topics: relationships. Specifically, you'll have the chance to explore the idea of how a person can maintain his/her own space (physically and emotionally) while also being in a relationship.

 Come up with a headline to give your readers an idea of what is to come. Here are a few examples:
"'Give Me Some Space!' Maintaining Healthy...

Blog Challenge

10 Reasons to Become a Media-Savvy Therapist

About 8-9 years ago, I felt a pull toward gaining media and social media skills and expertise. At the time, I wasn't sure why...or how. In hindsight, I now see the clear benefits of my media visibility for my private practice and for me as a professional. I also had no idea how fun it would be to build relationships (with producers, journalists, reporters, TV hosts, etc.), educate my community, and share my message and expertise with thousands of people.

This decision to become media-savvy has altered the course of my professional life in exciting and new ways. Because my practice has grown so much (3 locations, 20 employees) and requires more management, because I'm increasingly involved in media work and content creation, and because it felt like the right thing to do, I have retired from clinical work. I now focus on writing, private practice business consulting, earning my PhD, and spending time with my family. These opportunities would not have been possible had I not acquired social media skills.

Business

Multiple Income Stream Success Story #3: Teaching

As we highlight more opportunities to use things that you enjoy doing and instances where others request your services to generate multiple income streams, I am sharing stories of other practitioners who have found ways to do just that:

We often forget that we have achieved at least a master's level education that can qualify us to teach others. There are many opportunities out there for teaching. Consider these options if teaching others is a passion for you. Teaching university or college courses, online courses or webinars, community workshops, or professional trainings.

Getting started with teaching can be very easy; start with who you know. Contact your alma mater or other nearby colleges and universities. Many universities have positions available for adjunct faculty to teach entry level classes or to offer professional trainings to students in your field. Keep in mind, these types of teaching commitments usually last for extended periods, so be sure that they work for your timeline and make sense financially.

Blog Challenge

Therapist Blog Challenge #20: Athletes and Mental Health


Therapist Blog Challenge #20 deals with the sometimes misunderstood topic of the mental challenges that athletes may experience.

[Headline] Come up with a headline to give your readers an idea of what is to come. Here are a few examples:
Athletes' Unique Struggles With Mental Illness
Why Athletes Are Not Immune to Mental Health Challenges
Depression and Anxiety in Athletic Competitors [Strong Intro] Write an introductory paragraph to explain more the topic and lay the scene for your main points. You may write your own or use the following:

Athletes are the envy of many in our society. Whether they're professionals, college players, or even high schoolers who excel in sports, it's not uncommon to desire their physical strength, attractive appearance, and mental grit. But what some may not understand is that athletes are just as vulnerable to mental health problems as the rest of the population. In fact, they often face unique struggles concerning their psychological well-being. According to some estimates, as many as 1 in 5 athletes experiences some form of a mood disorder. Here are 4 common reasons why athletes may struggle with mental illness:

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