How can instilling your values in your practice help it grow sustainably? Can modeling a life of integrity aid those around you? What does self-care and working with values look like in a practice?
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Allison Puryear about identifying your values in private practice.
Allison Puryear is an LCSW with a nearly diagnosable obsession with business development. She has started practices in three different cities and wants you to know that building a private practice is shockingly doable when you have a plan and support.
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In This Podcast
- The importance of working with values
- How to maintain your values
- Allison’s tips for practice owners on identifying values and self-care
The importance of working with values
It comes down to knowing what your values are clearly.
Many people that I talk to feel like they have to think about their personal values as a separate entity from their business values, and I wanna say ‘bring it all together!’ You are your brand essentially, you show up every day in your practice and it makes sense for you to be really clear on who you serve and how you serve them with the grounding points of who you truly are. (Allison Puryear)
Sit down and think about what matters to you – these are not the things you fret about, these are the things that you want for yourself, for your practice, your community, and for the ideal world.
Try journaling as a direct method to get in touch with these values and flesh them out to yourself. By placing your practice alongside your values, you can grow your practice sustainably.
How to maintain your values
Your business relies on you, and it will fall apart if you do not take care of yourself. Keep boundaries around your family life and business life so that they do not overlap, because you run the risk of losing your family values when you are too business orientated and that can cause problems.
When the on-switch is running continuously, and if you are completely engulfed by work and putting off family, consider if there is something you are perhaps avoiding having to deal with.
Allison’s tips for practice owners on identifying values and self-care
Modeling proper self-care can positively impact everyone around you. By your setting a good example to your clients and your family, you can create a ripple effect of positivity simply by starting first with yourself.
Encouraging people to extend grace to themselves. Acting or seeking full control begets the need for more control, and this cycle can be broken by treating yourself and others with grace and humility.
You can have what you want in your practice, and the first step to this is becoming clear on your values because they will guide you to achieving your goals and enjoying what you would like to create for yourself and your practice.
Through the use of boundaries, you can layout the parameters for the values of your practice for yourself and your staff, and hold them.
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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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