New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year! Each year I try to identify a single word that is my focus for the year. Last year was “Finish,” this year is “Risk.” I’m generally a risk averse person, even though many of my friends would not say that about me. For me, taking risks means that I have to face […]

ICD-10 Coding Coming October 1st

After multiple delays over the past few years, beginning October 1 insurance companies will require ICD-10 codes. ICD-9 codes have been in use for decades, so the tenth revision of these codes will likely be the first change the majority of practitioners will have faced. This is an important change as it will affect anyone […]

Guest Post: The Entrepreneurial Spirit – by Carla Archuletta

  Editors note: This is a guest post from Carla Archuletta. We occasionally have other practitioners share their story and experience of building a private practice. Carla shares some insights from her story as she looks to begin her career as a therapist. We’d love to hear your story. If you have ideas you’d like to […]

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Private Practice SWOT

I recently wrote about the need to plan tasks needing to be done in your business. I approach these tasks on a weekly/monthly/quarterly/yearly timetable. Doing this gives me bite-sized portions of tasks that keep me ahead of the business curve. One of the tasks I advocate for private practicians to engage in is a personal/professional […]

Guest Post: Managing the Flow of a Therapy Session – Jeff Morgan

  Editors note: This is a guest post from Jeff Morgan. We occasionally have other practitioners share their story and experience of building a private practice. Jeff shares some insights he has gained from building a private practice in Nashville. We’d love to hear your story. If you have ideas you’d like to share with our readers, click here to contact us for […]

Practice Budgets

image courtesy of From a practice management standpoint, this might be the single most important habit to setup: Develop on a budget. Income will be variable, and to keep money from sinking your business (or credit), you need a plan. Regardless if you practice a budget in your personal life (and I think you […]

Tech Tuesday: Keeping Calendars

Some time ago, I was driving out of my office parking lot getting settled in for my commute home. Just as I was about to turn down the secondary street, I noticed my clients drive by me on their way into my office parking lot. My first thought is unpublishable here, but suffice to say […]

Thursday Tidbit: Beauty Schools

Admit it. You’ve always wanted to be a beautician, right? It’s ok, I didn’t answer ‘yes’ either. Regardless how you answered, the reality is that the role of a therapist and a beautician are very similar. I actually think beauticians have more access and trust with their clients than we do as therapists with our […]

Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters

Everyone has been there before: Down in the pits, wondering why the same thing keeps happening. In Private Practice, this might mean that you’re starting another week without any new clients, or struggling to pay the bills for yet another month. Something I share with my clients is the “Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters.” I’ve […]

Guest Post: Managing Expectations – Laura Anderson

Editors note: This is a guest post from Laura Anderson. We occasionally have other practitioners share their story of building a private practice. Laura offers some excellent insights about starting a practice. If you have ideas you’d like to share with our readers, click here to contact us for more information. March marked the three year anniversary of […]

Try Failing

Like most new therapists, when I was beginning my practice I had no idea where my referrals would come from. Over the next several years, I developed some good referral sources but it wasn’t until around year 4 that I felt firmly established in my community. To get there I did a lot of experiments. […]

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Thursday Tidbit: Answer the Phone!

We therapists are notorious for not being able (or perhaps we’re not willing?) to answer the phone. Often this is because of how our schedules work. I have traded voicemails with potential clients for many days due to not being able to connect at the right time. There are times at the end of a […]

Guest Post: How I Built my Practice – Luke Brasel

Editors note. This is a guest post from Luke Brasel. We occasionally have other practitioners share their story of building a private practice. Luke offers some great insights into this process. if you have ideas you’d like to share with our readers, click here to contact us for more information. When Samuel asked me to share […]

Marketing for the Long Haul

I’d furnished my office, printed my business cards, and met with several potential referral sources. It was my first full week in private practice, and I had no idea when my first client would call and set an appointment. In those first few weeks and months, I spent a lot of time making sure all my marketing […]

Thursday Tidbit: Website Design Help

Everyone needs an online presence, that’s just a fact of business in the 21st century. But you don’t really know much about the web and design, so trying to do one yourself isn’t really an option. There are literally tens of thousands of options out there from fully customized to cookie-cutter styles. There is no […]

Your Practice Needs an Emergency Fund

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “if something can go wrong, it will.” It’s a hard mantra to live by because it requires that we live with both our present and future needs in mind. This is a topic we often address with our clients, but can so easily forget to practice them in our […]

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Measuring Success & Goals: Tracking Client Load

It’s a difficult balance to strike between running a profitable business yet not becoming overly obsessed with the financial health of your practice. Profit is not a four letter word, yet it’s easy to assume that because we deal with the complexities of others’ lives, we don’t need to profit from them. And to a large extent, I agree: […]

The Ups and Downs

I’ve been in private practice for over 6 years, and there have been some very lean months. What I’ve noticed about myself is that I will work all kinds of crazy hours when my schedule is full to try and “make up” for the slower weeks and months. It’s hard to intentionally slow down and […]