3 Ways to Battle Discouragement in Private Practice | FP 14

3 Ways to Battle Discouragement in Private Practice | FP 14

How do you move through discouragement? What should you remember when things aren’t going your way? How can you remain focused on the positive when you’re feeling so down?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks about 3 ways to move forward through discouragement in private practice.

In This Podcast


  • 3 things you can do to move forward when feeling discouraged

Ways to move forward

It’s not easy owning your own practice, it’s going to be exciting but you will also feel discouragement at times. The Bible makes it pretty clear that things aren’t always going to go our way. Just because things aren’t going your way it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want this for you. We often question if we’re doing the right thing and question if God is with you on these things. Here are three ways to move forward through discouragement.

1. Remember the past

It’s good to know how you got to where you are today. Remember all the things that have happened that have got you to this point. Spend time reflecting on that, especially in prayer and in journalling. The 12 stones story reminds us to put out our own stones to remember what has happened.

2. Focus on the positive

We tell this to our clients all the time but sometimes we don’t necessarily do this with ourselves. We don’t want to focus on the negative. Keep all the good things close to your heart and remember the positive that is going on, especially when you’re doubting yourself. We take everything personally when people don’t schedule with us or if an employee leaves. Focus on the clients that have come to you and the employees that you do have and love what you do. Sometimes we need others or a community in our lives to help us with this and uplift us. Refocus on the good parts and let go of the bad stuff.

3. Letting the future drive what you do

Remember where you are going and not what bad things are behind you. Sit down and write what you want for the future and the good work you want to do in the future. The negative happenings can also bring us new goals and ways to move forward. Use it as a turning point of where you want to go.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Whitney Ownens | Build a faith-based practiceWhitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same. 


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