Starting a private practice, whether right out of graduate school, on a part-time basis while working another job, or making the jump to a full-time practice, is an exciting experience, but one that takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
We've been offering Private Practice Consultations since 2011 and can help you learn the ropes of opening and maintaining a successful private practice. If you are a Licensed Counselor,
Registered Intern, or Graduate Student who is interested in opening a private practice or are looking for help on taking your practice to the next level, let us help you begin your journey, and congratulations on your new venture!
The consultations are generally one hour, and you have the opportunity to ask all of the questions you have about starting and maintaining a successful private practice. Although there are general areas that we cover in each consultation, it’s important to have your questions answered first. By the end of your consultation, you will learn the most important aspects of running a successful private practice. If one consultation is not enough, you are welcome to schedule additional consultations as you begin to build your practice and have questions along the way.
Areas of discussion in the initial consultation include, but are not limited to:
- Ethics of private practice
- Making a business plan
- Managing finances
- Marketing strategies
- The importance of networking
- Having a website and online presence
- Setting fees and scheduling appointments
- Electronic record keeping
- Multiple sources of income
- Liability insurance
- The importance of self-care
- Gratitude journaling
- Renting space versus a split-fee agreement
- Determining a specialty area of practice
- Start-up costs and materials needed
In your subsequent consultation sessions, we will discuss your short and long term goals for your practice, where you feel the problem areas are, and brainstorm ways that you can attract new clients, improve your marketing skills, decrease your monthly expenses, bring in multiple streams of income, and make a specific plan to help you implement the changes you want to see in your practice. We want to see private practitioners succeed, and look forward to helping you on your journey!