How to Manage the Tough Times in Private Practice

How to manage the tough times in private practice

Q&A was part of Next Level Practice, the most supportive community for therapists starting a private practice. In this video, Joe answers the question based on how to manage the tough times in private practice.

Question

You made it look easy, can you talk about how you manage the tough times? The phone is not ringing like it was in November.

Answer

So it may look easy, but I’ve had lots of tough times! I’ve had lots of times when I felt really insecure about my work. I tried things that just totally failed. But, I’d say, when it’s tough in practice, I would go back to what got the phone ringing. So, for example, was it the Psychology Today profile? Go back and update that. Were you blogging more? The big thing I see people at your phase do is they want to have 20 clients a week, but then they work just the five hours that they end up having clients. Go work 15 hours! If you want to work 20 hours, work 20 hours. I would definitely go back to that.

And, I know people don’t like doing it, but just meeting people. Networking is one of the best ways to quickly get clients Allison Puryear was on my podcast and she did 90 networking meetings in 90 days when she moved to a new community. Within three months, she was completely full. So it really does work! I would definitely recommend that.

Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC

joe-sanok-private-practice-consultant-headshot-smaller-versionJoe Sanok is an ambitious results expert. He is a private practice business consultant and counselor that helps small businesses and counselors in private practice to increase revenue and have more fun! He helps owners with website design, vision, growth, and using their time to create income through being a private practice consultant. Joe was frustrated with his lack of business and marketing skills when he left graduate school. He loved helping people through counseling, but felt that often people couldn’t find him. Over the past few years he has grown his skills, income, and ability to lead others, while still maintaining an active private practice in Traverse City, MI. To link to Joe’s Google+ .

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