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with Julie Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD

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Top 10 Toolbox Posts Of 2012


As 2012 draws to a close I thought it would be fun to look back and to see which posts had the most impact and generated the most interest based on unique pageviews. Included in this top 10 list are posts that published during 2012. If you're new to Private Practice Toolbox this will give you a good overview of the ground we've covered this year.

10) 10 Things I Accidentally Did Right In Building My Private Practice

9) The Hazards of Being A Therapist

8) 9 Ways To Get Doctor Referrals


Boost Social Media Engagement Through Content Curation

I recently wrote a blog post encouraging therapists to start start creating content as a way to boost website SEO, create value, to create backlinks through social media sharing, and to develop your online practice presence. In my consultation and in online forums I've heard private practice therapists express feeling overwhelmed by creating content like blogging or producing videos on a regular basis. That's where content curation comes in.


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Pause Before Posting About Work On Social Media Pages (part 2)

Guest post by Kimberly Sandstrom, MFTI

We all have days where we need to let out a little steam about a difficult day at work. Social media is not the place to do it.


In the first post on this topic, my goal was to bring awareness to our community about the hazards of posting personally about clients. Although our clients may not see our personal posts (see Julie Hanks Digital Dual Relationship Dilemmas), our own personal communities will, and our reputation is built on that community.


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Evolution Of A Private Practice

This year marks my 10th year in private practice and I've spent a lot of time reflecting on and blogging about what's contributed to the growth and longevity of my practice. As I started creating a timeline chronicling the evolution of my practice, it became clear that the growth of my private practice coincides with my online presence building efforts. I don't think it's an accident that when I began actively seeking media interviews, blogging, and building my social networks that my practice experienced tremendous growth.

Guest Posts

Pause Before Posting About Work On Personal Social Media Pages (part 1)


We all need to vent about a hard day at work, but clinicians should think twice before posting on personal social network pages.


Guest post by Kimberly Sandstrom, MFTI
Have you ever have a long day at the office and wanted to vent your frustration to someone? Me too! We are containers of all sorts of confidential information and sometimes our containers get full, or we get triggered by something that happened during the day. It’s hard to hold it all in at times—especially when it touches or triggers some reaction in us. Yet, we are called to an oath of confidentiality, and sensitivity to our client’s information. For most, venting to a trusted colleague or a relaxation activity can be enough. Yet, some therapists use their personal social media accounts to release stress about their clients. Can’t believe clinicians do this? Read on.


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5 Social Media Marketing Lessons From My Top Traffic Sources

Do you know where your website visitors come from? If not, it probably a good idea to start. I use Google Analytics to find out which sites are the top referrers to my private practice website WasatchFamilyTherapy.com.
The following statistics reinforce what I've already known. They illustrate that:

A website is crucial for private practice growth.
Google is king. Most people find my website through Google searches.
Creating valuable content that can be shared on Facebook is definitely worth the investment.
Guest blogging on larger sites does increase website traffic.
It's worth a monthly fee price to get listed in online directories.

Take a look at my year-to-date website traffic stats.


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4 Reasons To Start Creating Content Online


Creating consistent online content can help grow your practice faster than almost any other marketing or networking activity


According to PCMag.com digital content creation is "The development of newsworthy, educational and entertainment material for distribution over the Internet or other electronic media." It falls under the umbrella of content marketing which is a narrative form of sharing information that speaks to a potential client's need while sharing who you are and the benefits of what you do. Content creation is a way of building trust online and with potential clients by being a valuable resource without asking for anything in return.

Consistently creating compelling and relevant content is the primary reason my private practice has continued to grow in spite of the economic downturn of recent years. Not only has my clinic grown, but since I started regularly blogging, writing, producing videos, and doing media interviews amazing opportunities have come my way. Publishing offers, national media interviews, conference invitations, consulting business, and over 25,000 social followers across multiple social networks are just a few of the incredible doors that have opened to me since I started focusing on content creation.


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Social Media Marketing Checklist: 10 Steps To Building A Stronger Online Presence


Are you overwhelmed by the world of social media? These 10 steps will make it easier for clients to find your private practice online.


I presented my very first webinar ever yesterday (and I survived)! Sponsored by National Association of Social Workers the webinar was titled "Building Your Private Practice In A Digital World: Creating A Strong Online Practice Presence." It is crucial for private practitioners to have an online presence in order to attract clients to your practice because the internet is a main source of health information.


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Why Conventional Media Still Matters

I spill my practice building media tips in new issue of TILT Magazine


One of my favorite therapists to follow on Twitter is DeeAnna Nagel, co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute. She and co-founder Kate Anthony are well-known online therapy innovators and experts. A few months ago I was delighted when DeAnna invited to submit a feature article for their November Issue of TILT Magazine (Therapeutic Innovations In Light Of Technology) on the benefits of conventional media for practice building. Regular media interviews fave been a big factor in the continued growth of my practice Wasatch Family Therapy during an economic downturn. Here's a snippet from the article...