What do you need to do to have a faith-based practice? What are some common myths about faith-based practices? What ideas are not true about faith-based practices?
In This Podcast
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks about five myths to starting a faith-based practice. A lot of people have ideas about running a Christian practice, let’s take a look at a few myths to starting a faith-based practice.
You have to include Christain elements in your logo
This is not always true and depends of how much you want faith to be a part of your practice. Your branding needs to reflect you and your practice. If you make faith a part of your practice but not everything about your practice, your logos should reflect that. Think about your ‘why’ and purpose of your practice and your ideal client that you will attract when creating it.
You need to lower your rates
You’re not doing ministry and it isn’t a non-profit, therefore you don’t have to lower your rates. You can set your own rates and they don’t need to be less than everyone else. You need to take care of yourself so that you can care for your clients, and that starts with setting a rate that works for your practice. Base your rate on the area and your clients, so that you can meet the needs of your business, family and yourself. Think about your expertise too.
You need to pray before and after every session
You don’t always need to pray with your clients, you can pray for your clients in your own time. Some clients won’t be faith-based and they will be uncomfortable and it won’t be appropriate to pray with them. From the start, we always ask “do you want faith to be a part of your sessions?”. You don’t want to force or push faith on your clients.
You can’t work with non-religious people
Not everything that you do has to be faith-based. Christain people can work with non-religious people. A client may not be looking for faith but could want to start counseling because of the techniques you use.
You must represent an ideal Christian
You don’t need to look picture perfect. Be authentic in your sessions, you don’t have to act like the perfect Christian. They want to see that you are a real, authentic person and not an overly perfect Christian. You don’t always have to have it all together and clients can relate to that.
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Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney 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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