Are you wanting to evolve your practice to attract clinicians and clients alike? What can you do to create a powerful and compassionate workspace for your clinicians? How can you structure your faith-based counseling services to assist clients who are not faith-based?
In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Beverley Boothe about running two different group practices.
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Meet Beverley Boothe
Beverley Boothe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia. She established Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Inc., in 2005, a group practice serving children, adults, and families in three locations in the Northern Virginia and DC area. She is the founder of Marriage Healing Center, LLC., a group practice that serves couples who desire to improve their relationship.
Beverley established GrowingMyPractice.com to help clinicians start and grow their own private or group practice. Ms. Boothe has over 20 years of experience in the social services field. She has provided supervision, mentoring, and training to non-licensed and licensed clinicians. Ms. Boothe is passionate about serving the needs of both clients and mental health professionals alike.
In This Podcast
- How Beverley’s group practices work
- Beverley’s advice on scaling up your group practice
- How faith-based practices assist people who are not faith-based
How Beverley’s group practices work
They both share administrative staff and some therapists who are qualified to work in both practices to serve two different sets of clients. Beverley does keep separate tax ID’s and different accounts for each practice.
Having interconnection between the two group practices means that referrals can transfer back and forth between them, allowing each group to support the other.
Since the pandemic, Beverley has hired telehealth clinicians and will keep them on board the team even after the pandemic. She has digitized everything for both of her group practices, so that new clients can easily send information and that counseling sessions between clinician and client can run smoothly, whether online or in person.
Beverley makes use of Therapy Notes and Simple Practice in order to pay her clinicians and keep track of paperwork. She has also hired extra support staff in order to make sure that everything runs smoothly between the two practices.
Beverley’s advice on scaling up your group practice
Being known within your community and having good clinicians makes a big and important difference in growing your practice. Hiring out professional assistance to help with your website and organizing your search engine optimization (SEO’s) are important too by keeping up your search results when people look up therapists in their area.
For me, when I hire people I really believe in flexibility, letting them know that family comes first and they need to take care of themselves. I don’t really demand that they have to work four evenings a week or that they have to work on weekends. (Beverley Boothe)
By giving clinicians flexibility and working to accommodate them, you can greatly increase the work quality and quantity of your clinicians while creating a secure and friendly work environment, which will attract more clinicians to perhaps apply to work with you.
Planning ahead is also important, thinking three to six months ahead is your job as the CEO of the practice and it will allow you to adequately plan the evolution of your practice by setting goals in place, knowing when to expand and hire new clinicians and keeping the practice on track in all aspects.
How faith-based practices assist people who are not faith-based
Beverley’s practice has their own philosophy of helping any patient ‘mind, body and spirit’.
It is not so much the bible-preaching but more looking at the whole person, so everybody for the most part has some idea of how to maybe include mindfulness … even for clients who do come in and don’t want a faith-based piece, we still look at … where and who they are. (Beverley Boothe)
Most of Beverley’s clinicians have the faith-based component, but they only include it in a patient’s counseling if they request it themselves.
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Meet Alison Pidgeon
Alison is a serial entrepreneur with four businesses, one of which is a 15 clinician group practice. She’s also a mom to three boys, wife, coffee drinker, and loves to travel. She started her practice in 2015 and, four years later, has two locations. With a specialization in women’s issues, the practices have made a positive impact on the community by offering different types of specialties not being offered anywhere else in the area.
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.
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