Live Consulting with Alyssa Johnson: Should I Grow a Group Practice? | FP 84

Did you know that group practices do not need to be a forever commitment? How do you want your group practice to look? How can you combine 1099 employees with training?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens does a live consulting call with Alyssa Johnson about whether she should grow a group practice.

Meet Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa (pronounced: UH-LEE-SUH) Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of Vibrantly Live (pronounced: Live – as in I LIVE in the US), a faith-based practice located near Indianapolis, Indiana. Vibrantly Live specializes in providing counseling and coaching services to stressed out, exhausted, and over-committed women.

She’s been in practice for over 20 years. In addition to her work at Vibrantly Live, Alyssa is a Leadership Consultant and Coach with an executive coaching firm called Kairos.

Visit her website. Connect on Facebook, and Twitter.

In This Podcast

  • It is not a permanent commitment
  • Bringing on new therapists
  • Working with 1099s

It is not a permanent commitment

If you are nervous about starting a group practice because you may be concerned that it would be a long-term project, this is not the case. Owning and maintaining a group practice is not for forever.

You can decide to reshape your practice after a period of time again, so the changes that you make to your practice can always be reversed or changed again in the future.

Bringing on new therapists

One thing I always recommend to people is to not bring on another therapist unless they are willing to see at least 10 clients a week, and the reason I say that is because it’s a lot of work to bring on somebody and if they don’t see at least 10 [then] you really don’t see much profit or gain from it. (Whitney Owens)

A reason why many group practice owners – or group practice owners-to-be – feel burnt out is because they hire new clinicians but the owners are still seeing clients while doing the onboarding, and that is a lot of work.

Set the rules so that new clinicians know what is expected of them so that they can begin right away seeing clients until their schedules are full.

Working with 1099s

If you are wanting to take time off your hands, working with 1099 clinicians can help you, because they essentially run their own businesses under your roof.

You are hands off with it. Once you have onboarded them and given them their contract, you don’t have to have regular staff meetings … you can choose to do those things if you want to, but it’s really the model you want. (Whitney Owens)

You can also do a collective option, where contractors will pay you a certain amount per hour or per month to rent the space from you.

In this way, you are not involved in the training piece but more involved in the later spaces. With private practice and with group private practice, there are so many models, so you can create the space in the way that best suits you and your needs.

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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.

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