5 Tips for Building a Long-Term Successful Practice with Wendy Dickinson: Part 2 of 2 | GP 124

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How do you hire clinicians that stay for the long term? Are you interested in becoming part of a therapist-centered online community? Why should you maintain an abundance mindset?

In this 2 part podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Wendy Dickinson about 5 tips for building a long-term successful practice.

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Meet Dr. Wendy Dickinson

A photo of Wendy Dickinson is captured. She is a licensed psychologist and is the Founder and CEO at GROW Counseling and the founder of GROW Restored. Wendy is featured on Grow a Group Practice, a therapist podcast.

Dr. Dickinson is the Founder and CEO at GROW Counseling, a counseling and leadership development organization that assists individuals, couples, groups, and corporate teams to achieve their fullest life or career potential.

With more than two decades of experience, Dr. Dickinson specializes in such clinical issues as addictions, crises, faith-based issues, leadership development, stress management, trauma, maximizing productivity, and vocational counseling.

She has recently launched a project called The Right Counselor – a platform that allows clients and counselors a place to connect that is ad-free, soothing, and provides helpful content and reviews.

Visit the Grow Counseling Website and connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

See also, The Right Counselor, and connect with them on Facebook, and Instagram.

In This Podcast

  • Hiring clinicians for longevity
  • The Right Counselor
  • Maintain an abundance mindset

Hiring clinicians for longevity

Hiring the best-fit clinicians into your private practice is a nuanced procedure, but it is entirely possible to find the best therapists to work in your practice that align with your values and share your passions.

We spread it out over a few weeks because we want [the clinicians] to have enough information about us to make a good decision about whether it’s a good fit [for them] as much as we are looking for information about them. (Wendy Dickinson)

To hire clinicians that will hopefully stay for the long-term, you need to make sure that they share similar visions for the future.

Ask yourself:

  • What are you looking for in the best clinician for your practice?
  • What kind of community have you built within your practice and regarding your clients?
  • Why is this community important to you and to the practice?

The Right Counselor

This is Wendy’s creation, a free, more intuitive, and softer approach to common online therapist directories.

When you go on Psychology Today it can be very chaotic and a little difficult to navigate. We needed something that was intuitive and straightforward for our clients, and also soothing, right? (Wendy Dickinson)

The main distinction of The Right Counselor is that it is a space where a therapist can recommend another therapist.

Who is it that I [as a therapist] would endorse? That’s the piece that we worked for a long time to figure out. (Wendy Dickinson)

Maintain an abundance mindset

Many clinicians are nervous to share connections, client leads, or resources with one another because they think that clients and the work that they provide is scarce.

This is not true.

When we source from that place of scarcity it makes it [much] harder to connect [and] support each other. (Wendy Dickinson)

There will always be people who need help, and there will always be needs to care for. By restricting networks, scarcity is created, but by being open with referrals and building networks, abundance is supported.

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Meet Alison Pidgeon, Group Practice Owner

An image of Alison Pidgeon is displayed. She is a successful group practice owner and offers private practice consultation for private practice owners to assist in how to grow a group practice. She is the host of Grow A Group Practice Podcast and one of the founders of Group Practice Boss.Alison Pidgeon, LPC is the owner of Move Forward Counseling, a group practice in Lancaster, PA and she runs a virtual assistant company, Move Forward Virtual Assistants.

Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016.  She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.

Transformation From A Private Practice To Group Practice

In addition, she is a private practice consultant for Practice of the Practice. Allison’s private practice ‘grew up.’ What started out as a solo private practice in early 2015 quickly grew into a group practice and has been expanding ever since.

Visit Alison’s website, listen to her podcast, or consult with Alison. Email Alison at alison@practiceofthepractice.com

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