Current Trends in Private Practice with Whitney Owens | GP 62

After the pandemic, what are some trends to be aware of that are circulating in the private practice world? Should you do telehealth or in-person counseling post-pandemic? How can you take part in passing a bill that allows over-state line counseling?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Whitney Owens about the current trends in private practice.

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In This Podcast


  • Having trouble with hiring
  • Telehealth or in person?
  • Over state counseling

Having trouble with hiring

Due to the pandemic and most services in the world going online, many therapists are starting their own practices because many of the pre-practice-launching costs such as paying rent, hiring an office, and so forth have been cut.

This means that for general practice owners, it is becoming more and more difficult to hire clinicians because many clinicians are creating their own practices.

Group practice owners now have to evaluate the benefits that they offer and their working environment in order to make it more attractive to potential clinicians.

What has been a big game changer for me is offering health insurance for my staff. We switched over at the beginning of 2020 to W2 employees and now we’re offering health insurance and that actually helped bringing people on who were already in the practice parttime, they just changed to fulltime because they knew they could get benefits. (Alison Pidgeon)

Work on proper wording and describing the advantages that clinicians can enjoy by working in your practice when you advertise for hiring.

Telehealth or in person?

How group practices have set up counseling services after the pandemic has varied from state to state. Some practices are doing mostly in person and others are doing mostly telehealth.

If you are thinking about going back to in-person, here are a few precautions you can take:

  • COVID wavers: you can alter it for your practice so clients can sign that when coming in.
  • Clients wear masks, social distance, and sanitize often.
  • All surfaces are cleaned constantly between clients.
  • Meet the client at the front door to minimize their touching all the door handles.

Over state counseling

By joining PSYPACT, clinicians and practice owners can obtain the license they need to practice over state lines.

Georgia was the first state that had this bill passed. Maryland, Nebraska, North Tennessee, North Carolina, and Delaware all that this bill pending.

If you are in any of those states look this up [because] they are really great resources [in] the American Counseling Association and look up the counseling compact and it allows professional counselors to practice across state lines. (Whitney Owens)

Rally up counselors in your area and write to your local representative to get the bill passed in your state.

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Meet Alison Pidgeon

A portrait of Alison Pidgeon is shown. She discusses ways to grow your group practice on this week's episode of Practice of the Practice. 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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