Adding a Prescriber to Your Practice with Laurie Groh | GP 118

Image of Laurie Grohis captured. On this therapist podcast, Laurie Groh talks about adding a Prescriber to Your Practice

Have you considered hiring a prescriber? What are the benefits of hiring a nurse practitioner into your practice? How do help to boost and improve the quality of client treatment?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Laurie Groh about how to add a prescriber to your practice.

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Meet Laurie Groh

An image of Laurie Groh is captured. Laurie is a marriage counselor and co-owner of Shoreside Therapies. Laurie is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Laurie is a level 2 RLT marriage counselor and the co-owner of Shoreside therapies. Laurie works with individuals that want to improve their relationships — which includes not just marriages, but parent/child, friendship, and co-worker relations. Her typical clients include women who are business owners, perfectionists, and people learning to be more vulnerable. She’s married with 4 little kids, so she also likes working with moms that are trying to juggle it all!

Visit the Shoreside Therapies website. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Connect with Laurie on LinkedIn and email her at

In This Podcast

  • The system of having a prescriber on staff
  • Have the prescriber be on site
  • How nurse practitioners block out their time
  • Benefits of having nurse practitioners on staff
  • Laurie’s tips

The system of having a prescriber on staff

  • Have a buffer between the clients and the nurse practitioner.
  • Most nurse practitioners that work contractually for practices often have other full or part-time positions that they work, so keep this in mind when scheduling their patients.

That is something that I think is really important, to have somebody willing to answer those phone calls and get back to somebody right away, because the truth is that most people who are looking to do a contracted position already tend to have a full-time job. (Laurie Groh)

  • Nurse practitioners are not often readily available to see clients, so create a booking system that is organized to keep both the nurse practitioner and the client on the same page.

That’s something that a lot of people don’t realize, is that there’s a lot more administrative work with having a prescriber, and you need somebody to handle that. (Alison Pidgeon)

Have the prescriber be on site

Work is busy. Between seeing clients, scheduling clients, taking payments, and running the business, it can become stressful to try to coordinate communication to and from different locations.

Because we’re seeing client after client, and so are they, [it can be] extremely difficult – I find – to communicate with people outside of our practice. (Laurie Groh)

If possible, consider having your nurse practitioner be on-site in your practice to smooth over the prescription and client process.

Use direct communication platforms to stay in touch and solve issues easily.

How nurse practitioners block out their time

  • They can often see more clients within one hour since their consultation periods are shorter than that of the average therapist.
  • Nurse practitioners could see up to 15 people per day, or more, depending on whether they are dealing with intakes or checkups.
  • Many nurse practitioners prefer to use the full first hour per intake for a new client.
  • Checkups are on average 15 to 30 minutes per client.

Benefits of having nurse practitioners on staff

  • Having a nurse practitioner on staff to work alongside counselors brings in a wealth of knowledge and a more collaborative approach to treating and counseling clients.
  • In-depth treatment.

To me, that is the number one reason to hire a prescriber, that collaboration piece. (Laurie Groh)

Having a staff member on-site who is knowledgeable in the effects of different medications can help boost and embolden the success of therapy, because there is direct communication between the therapist and the prescriber.

Laurie’s tips

  • Understand the medications present, what they are good for, and what they are not good for.
  • Hire a prescriber that is a good fit with the culture and the staff who are already present within your practice.
  • Have an exit plan for if a nurse practitioner leaves.

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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

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