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Starting a Private Practice


The short and glib answer of course, is to charge an average of what other therapists in your area charge, but since you asked the question you already
know that there is much more to it than that.


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Blogging to Build Your Online Presence: Cheap, Easy, Effective, Ethical
Blogging is a great way to build your online presence:
It’s low-cost (or even free)
It’s easy
It’s effective
It’s an ethical marketing strategy that benefits both you and the public.
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Growing Your Practice: Office Support for Mental Health Professional
It is 9:00 PM, and Rachel, the local therapist, just finished her final session of the evening. She would love to close up her office, go home, relax and get to bed at a reasonable hour. But she has twelve new voicemails, most probably needing a call back to schedule a session or answer a basic question. Little does she know that one of the messages is cancelling tomorrow’s session and another message is asking for an appointment ASAP.David, a busy psychologist working out of his home office, has not invoiced his clients in over six weeks and cannot remember if he made that last
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You Never Know When Marketing Will Pay Off
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
March 5th, 2014
Just like with the marketing of any product or service, most marketing efforts for the mental health professional to grow their practice with potential referral partners will be misses.  That is, they will not pan out.
However, you don’t need that many “to hit” in order to have a great practice, as long as you wind up with the right referral partners. When I first started practice I called a substance abuse treatment …
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Practice Building
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
March 5th, 2014
Those clinicians who provide both high levels of clinical skill and high levels of customer service (to both client and/or referral partners) tend to have their practices full. In general, psychotherapists overestimate their success with clients and underestimate the percentage of clients that get worse from psychotherapy. More than 90% of nonmental businesses believe they provide superior customer service. However, when actual customers are …
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Joining a Group Practice: Not a Simple Decision
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
March 19th, 2014
            It is amazing to me that most people who join group practices do so with little forethought and little due diligence. This is especially true for early career professionals who are just happy to be “taken in” to a practice so they can fulfill their professional dream of being successful in private practice.           &n …
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Should I Specialize or Generalize?
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
March 25th, 2014
To specialize or generalize is a common question asked by those entering private practice. Part of the answer to this question lies in geography. If you live in a rural area specialization will end your practice; generalization is the route to take. There just aren’t enough people (e.g., potential customers) in rural areas to support a specialized practice. On the other hand if you are in a city or suburban area, specialization in the key t …
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Unpaid Fees: Can I Turn My Client Over to a Collection Agency?
April 9th, 2014
In the goodness of your heart you have allowed a client to not pay all that is due to you for the services that you have provided and they now have built up a balance of $500. They have dropped out of therapy, are not returning your phone calls, and while they previously responded to your emails, these are now going unopened.             So in our consulting many clinicians ask, “Can I …
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Noncompetition Agreements: Never, Ever….
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
April 14th, 2014
The New Jersey State Supreme Court has ruled that a mental health professional; may not sign a contract that contains a restrictive covenant, better known as a noncompetition agreement. The Court ruled that it is not in the best interest of the client to not be able to continue with their psychotherapist if the clinician chose (or was asked) to leave their practice location. As such, as a matter of public policy the best interests of the clients …
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Like It or Not, We Have Customers
Author: David Taylor, MA, LMHC
April 30th, 2014
I have built three successful practices having lived in Tampa, the Seattle area, and now Atlanta. My father-in-law once said to me, “Steve you are really good at getting customers.” At first I was taken aback thinking “customers”? No, I have clients. After all I’m a health care professional.             My father-in-law was right. Our clients (whether they are th …
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