Ask Joe: How to leave your job to start a private practice | PoP 652

Image of Joe Sanok is captured. On this therapist podcast, podcaster, consultant and author, talks about how to leave your job to start a private practice.

Are you looking to leave your job and start working as a therapist? What are the first steps to starting to work as a therapist? How do you transition financially from your previous job to your new therapy work?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about How to Leave Your Job to Start a Private Practice.

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In This Podcast

  • Getting started
  • Start seeing people
  • You have left – now what?

Getting started

It will depend on your situation. If you have a partner who works full time and can support you, then often people will jump right in.

Or if you support yourself financially, some people prefer to start small and dip their toes in overtime.

Some basics include:

  • Getting the website up and running
  • Opening a profile on Psychology Today and other therapist platforms
  • Getting liability insurance
  • Filing for an LLC – this will depend on your state
  • Keeping your bank accounts separate

So you’re getting this infrastructure set up whether it is just a small side gig to try to eventually leave your full-time job or not. (Joe Sanok)

Start seeing people

Once you have your basics set up, you can start seeing people.

It could be private pay as a side-gig, or you can go the insurance route when you start to build traction.

Compare your current full-time job with your new work as a therapist.

Take your recent paystub and see:

  • The amount of money you would take home
  • Any benefits or retirement

Joe found that he needed to work 11 counseling sessions a week to make up the amount of money that he was earning from his previous job.

I would recommend living like you are only doing your full-time job for a while so that you can get some of those savings. (Joe Sanok)

You have left – now what?

Once you leave your previous job and start working full-time as a therapist it is normal to experience some stress about the big change.

Remember, you have all the freedom to make it work how you want it to be.

The biggest mindset [shift] I can recommend to you is that if you want to have 20 sessions a week and be working 20 sessions a week and put five into admin, work 20 sessions a week from the beginning. Be around other people that have done what you want to do. Make sure you are getting that solid learning from folks, the community, and that support. (Joe Sanok)

Your choices become your lifestyle, so start working for the number of hours that you want to be working for so that you can become accustomed to this new work expectation of yourself.

If you find yourself with an extra 10 or 15 hours in the beginning, use them to write blog posts, listen to podcasts, and put those extra hours into your practice.

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Meet Joe Sanok

A photo of Joe Sanok is displayed. Joe, private practice consultant, offers helpful advice for group practice owners to grow their private practice. His therapist podcast, Practice of the Practice, offers this advice.

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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