Launching a Faith-based Group Practice with Michelle Croyle | FP 101

A photo of Michelle Croyle is captured. Michelle Croyle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Abundant Freedom Counseling, a private therapy practice. Michelle Croyle is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Are you thinking about hiring clinicians into your faith-based practice? Do you want to level up your practice? Are you willing to invest in yourself so that you can invest in your practice?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Michelle Croyle about launching a faith-based group practice.

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Meet Michelle Croyle

A photo of Michelle Croyle is captured. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Abundant Freedom Counseling. She is interviewed on the Faith in Practice Podcast by Whitney Owens, where they speak about launching a faith-based group practice.Michelle Croyle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Abundant Freedom Counseling, a private therapy practice located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in helping Christian women to overcome the effects of trauma and anxiety. She is currently in the process of expanding into a group trauma therapy practice.

For nearly 26 years, she has been married to her husband, Tim. They are the parents of three young adults and two fur-children. Together they provide pre-marriage mentoring to Christian engaged couples through their business ministry Marriage Guy and Gal.

Michelle is also the host of The Free to Be Me Podcast which focuses on mental health and wellness and helping Christian women to overcome the things that hold them back so that they can become all God created them to be.

Visit her website, listen to her podcast.

In This Podcast

  • Using Group Practice Launch as a springboard
  • Communities and support
  • Learn from a boss
  • Details about Group Practice Launch

Using Group Practice Launch as a springboard

I had a lot of pieces, and I would’ve done fine on my own, but I wouldn’t have been as solid in my understanding of why these decisions and systems were the best way. Group Practice Launch helped me to really understand the nuts and bolts of why we do what we do [and] in what order we do it. (Michelle Croyle)

Coaching and joining Mastermind groups are strategic investments.

By investing in yourself as the business owner and upgrading your skills and understanding of the benefits in your sector of work, you can create great success and level up your business a lot faster than if you were taking on your business education on your own.

Being a part of Group Practice Launch provides you with a powerful springboard to dive into and reach the next level of your group practice’s success and growth.

Communities and support

Taking part in a Mastermind group not only provides you will invaluable skills and practical know-how advice, but it also brings you into a community of like-minded people who share similar aspirations and who can provide fresh perspectives.

We’re all different specialties and niches but it’s helpful to hear someone else’s take and go “oh, I hadn’t looked at it that way” so it gives you a new framework … you’re putting on a different perspective because you’re looking at it through how someone is hearing it what’s happening in your circumstances. (Michelle Croyle)

Being involved in a Mastermind group places you within your circle of peers where you can learn from one another as well as find accountability partners, so you do not have to journey alone.

Learn from a boss

Apart from receiving applicable and current information in materials that you keep after the Mastermind group; you also get to speak with people who have started and maintain highly successful group practices and ask them any questions relating to the current topic.

Here you can see how different people apply the same principles into their practices. And what different kinds of success look like in practices with different structures.

I like having the options to be able to have a balanced view and then do what’s right based on where I am in whatever process and situation. They’re all valid ways to go about it but then to figure out what’s going to work best for your unique situation, it’s really helpful. (Michelle Croyle)

Details about Group Practice Launch

Group Practice Launch is a membership community for the solo private practice owner who wants to start a group practice. Over a period of six months, two group practice owners and business consultants, Alison Pidgeon and Whitney Owens, will lead you through the step-by-step process to start your own group therapy practice.

By the end, you will have established a solid foundation for your growing business as well as hired at least one clinician. You will have access to an e-course, private Facebook Group, live webinars, and tons of other resources to help you!

  • Month 1: Systems: Phones, Email, EHR, Payroll, Liability Insurance
  • Month 2: Hiring First Clinician
  • Month 3: Onboarding and Hiring and Assistant
  • Month 4: Branding and Marketing
  • Month 5: Creating a Positive Workplace Culture
  • Month 6: Managing Your Numbers: Finances, KPIs

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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 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.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram and email her at

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