Can you believe November has come and gone so quickly? We’ve had a busy month indeed at Practice Of The Practice! Now, it’s time to round up the rest of the year with December, rest and slow down so that we’re restored for the new year. We hope you do the same too, both in your private practice and personal life.
Here’s what we got up to this month. We talked to group practice expert, Alison Pidgeon all about how to build a group practice from the ground up, and we also discussed how to make your private practice more appealing and welcoming in our articles. Take a look.
Sometimes reflecting on our journey of growth can be discouraging and overwhelming. We may think that we should be further along in the journey of growth or we are not doing enough to grow. Feelings of inadequacy and shame can come up for us. We can struggle with perfectionism so that we don’t even start the process of learning something new because it sounds too overwhelming. I believe that we can be hard on ourselves because we take pride in being the best we can be. We take helping our clients seriously and we want to do our best in serving them. Our work matters to us and people’s well-being matters to us.
However, learning and growing doesn’t have to be a burden. There can be joy and pride in taking steps to thrive clinically as a therapist. Below are 5 tips to help you get started and grow in private practice.
While there is plenty of information about the benefits of setting up and running your own therapy practice, there is often considerably less on the risks in therapy practice that you can encounter. Of course, knowing about any potential threats to the success of your practice before you start is essential. The reason being that it allows you to do everything in your power to safeguard against them. Luckily, you can read about the most common issues therapy practices run into in the post below. You can even find some ways you can minimize their potential to cause problems too. Read on to find out what they are.
When your patients visit your practice, you want them to feel relaxed and comfortable. It’s already a stressful situation for them, and you want to put them at ease, and that starts as soon as they walk through the door. It’s important that you have professional staff that know how to handle patients, but you also need to think about the simple things like how you set your waiting room up. When patients are sitting in there before their appointments, it’s likely that they will be nervous, so it’s up to you to create a relaxing space that helps them to stay calm. These are some of the best ways to improve the waiting room in your practice.
How to Add Clinicians to a Faith-based Practice | Faith in Practice 5 of 5 with Whitney Owens | PoP 411
How do you add clinicians to your faith-based practice? Are there any legal issues to be aware of when hiring based on faith? How do you find the right clinician for your practice?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Whitney Owens about how to add clinicians to a faith-based practice.
Why You Should Start a Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon | Start a Group Practice Series 1 of 5 | PoP 412
Why should you start a group practice? What are some things to consider when starting a group practice? Is this the right move for you?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Alison Pidgeon about why you should start a group practice and the benefits that come along with it.
Logistics To Start a Group Practice with Alison Pidgeon | Start a Group Practice Series 2 of 5 | PoP 413
What are some of the logistics of starting a group practice? Do you need to bring in professionals to help with logistics? What type of things do you need to consider and be aware of?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Alison Pidgeon about the logistics of starting a group practice.
Switching from a solo practice to a group practice with Alison Pidgeon | Start a Group Practice Series 3 of 5 | PoP 414
How do you move from a solo practice to a group practice? What are some tips for handling clinicians? How do you stop people from asking to see you?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Alison Pidgeon about making the switch from solo to group practice.
Managing staff, systems and turnover in a group practice with Alison Pidgeon | Start a Group Practice Series 4 of 5 | PoP 415
Where do you start when managing a group practice? How do you manage staff in a group practice? What are some of the nuts and bolts needed in a group practice?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Alison Pidgeon about managing staff, systems and turnover in a group practice.
Transitioning to a CEO mindset and exiting a group practice with Alison Pidgeon | Start a Group Practice Series 5 of 5 | PoP 416
What does a CEO mindset mean in private practice? How do you exit a group practice? What stands in the way of having a CEO mindset?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Alison Pidgeon about transitioning to a CEO mindset and how to exit a group practice.
Why does having a good logo matter? What makes bad logos? What can help with first impressions in branding?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Chief Marketing Officer at Practice of the Practice, Sam Carvalho all about logos and first impressions in branding.
Before You Go…
When I first started out in pursuit of success without a virtual assistant for private practice, my alarm would go off at 5am and I would hit the ground running with my Trello in one hand and my coffee in the other. I was my own virtual assistant, marketing coordinator, IT department and accountant. I was also a counselor, a mom (to dogs and a human), a wife and a person in the world. It quickly became very overwhelming. My Trello seemed to take on a mind of its own with to-do lists that turned into ongoing task lists that turned into “things I wish I could do if I had a clone” lists. I would pull all-nighters and convince myself that business ownership meant sacrifice, hustle, grind and little to no sleep.
While it is true that starting a private practice takes sacrifice and grit, it is also true that when the mountain seems too big to climb, it is time to outsource and delegate.
One of the best things you can do is make sure you have a welcoming private practice for clients both new and old. A practice that feels cold and sterile could have the opposite effect on your clients/patients. This guide will help you to make your practice more welcoming so you can get the results you want