How to be a Group Practice Owner and Love it with Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon | PoP 705

On this therapist podcast, Whitney Owens and Alison Pidgeon talk about How to be a Group Practice Owner and Love it

Are you enjoying being a group practice owner? Is this your first time being a boss? How can you be a great boss to your staff and practice while building your ideal lifestyle?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens speak about how to be a group practice owner and love it.

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Meet Alison Pidgeon

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.

In addition, she is a private practice consultant for Practice of the Practice.

Visit Alison’s website, listen to her podcast, or consult with Alison. Email her at

Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor who 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.

Whitney 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.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at

In This Podcast

  • Being new to running a business
  • Tips from Whitney and Alison’s experience
  • Celebrate the change

Being new to running a business

One of the reasons why group practice owners struggle at the beginning of running their practices is because they are new to being in business, and think that they have to do everything themselves.

In the beginning you’re having to see your full caseload of clients and then run the practice and get things up and going, so it can be very stressful. And for a lot of [practice owners], you are the boss for the first time! (Alison Pidgeon)

Being the boss brings a whole new series of things to learn about being in business, such as how to effectively run a staff and encourage the practice to become progressively more autonomous.

But remember, do not focus on creating the “perfect practice”. You do not have to perfect each step before you allow yourself to take the next.

Tips from Whitney and Alison’s experience

[I learned how to be a boss from] gathering information and doing my research, right? Some of it was thinking about bosses I had in the past that I liked and didn’t like. (Whitney Owens)

If you are new to becoming a boss, or you want to learn how to be a better one, consider:

  • Thinking about the traits and behaviors of the boss that you had and enjoyed working under in the past. What can you emulate? What can you learn from them?
  • Learning to love and appreciate yourself as the boss
  • Identifying the mission you have for yourself and your practice
  • Making decisions based on what is best for the whole business and not one person
  • Learning not to take things personally
  • Getting your own therapy

Celebrate the change

Being a group practice boss does not have to be a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun. You can connect with a great staff that you hire to complement your skill set and personality, you create a healthy and holistic work environment, and you get to enjoy a profitable position in the business.

You are also more in control of how you use your time and create the lifestyle that you want to live, so even though the work can be intense at times, it does pay off, emotionally and financially.

[Having freedom and more control over my time] makes it 1000% worth it. (Alison Pidgeon)

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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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