I asked members of my Private Practice Toolbox Facebook Group what books have helped them succeed in Private Practice and added them to the list of my favorites. Some of the following are specific to the mental health profession, while others offer insight that applies to the business world in general, but all of them can teach you valuable tips and strategies to use for your practice.
1) “Building Your Ideal Private Practice” by Lynn Grodzki
This groundbreaking book is first on the list for a reason. Dr. Grodzski leads the way in offering time-tested strategies to grow and improve your therapy practice (read here).
2) “Be a Wealthy Therapist” by Casey Truffo
This one shows you strategies to be a great clinician and earn a robust living. You worked hard to be a therapist, and you should likewise be compensated well (read here).
3) “Book Yourself Solid” by Michael Port
Port lays out in detail how to obtain more and more clients. A great resource for those just starting out (read here).
4) “Million Dollar Private Practice” by David Steele
This book guides you in how to channel your expertise to create additional income streams and reach a bigger audience (read here).
5) “Earning a Living Outside of Managed Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice” by Steve Walfish
Walfish gives you strategies for ditching managed care and instead embracing a fee-for-service model. He also includes examples of counselors who found success by carving out a niche for themselves in different areas of therapy (read here).
6) “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time” by Keith Ferrazzi
This classic teaches the ins-and-outs of successfully forging networks and relationships in a way that is authentic and can help you reach your career goals (read here).
7) “Launch” by Jeff Walker
An internet millionaire gives you the inside scoop on how to leverage your business online to reach massive success (read here).
8) “Platform: Get Noticed in a Busy World” by Michael Hyatt
You may already have a great service, but Hyatt teaches you how to utilize your platform to get your message out there. As a well-sought after speaker and blogger, he shows you the power of social media to expand your outreach (read here).
9) “The Private Practice Field Guide” by Daniel Franz
Written by someone who took the leap from working for a company to starting his own practice, this book addresses the concerns of therapists looking to do the same. Franz gives strategies and tips on such topics as marketing, streamlining business practices, and working with insurance panels (read here).
10) “The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals: An A-Z Guide to Protecting Your Clients, Your Practice, and Yourself” by Thomas Hartsell
This book will answer some of the tough legal/ ethical dilemmas we might encounter. The author is an attorney and private practice mediator from Dallas, so he definitely knows his stuff (read here)!
Phew, that’s a lot of great reading material!
What other books can you suggest that have helped you?
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