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Ada Pang

Ada Pang is a LMFT and the proud owner of People Bloom Counseling, a Redmond counseling practice in WA. She helps distressed couples and breast cancer patients. When she’s not meeting with clients, she loves working on her business.


Green Tea Latté + Mason Jar = Lessons Learned from Private Practice 

The Power of Networking Tips to Stay Supportive 

When Your Partner is in a Start-Up Practice


Alison Pidgeon

Alison Pidgeon is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. In 18 months she went from starting a solo private practice to building a insurance-based group practice. She now employs 3 clinicians and a virtual assistant. In her spare time she is often seen running after her two small children and her therapy is cooking.


How Do I Fill Out An Insurance Claim Form? 

Should I Have a Self-Pay or Insurance-Based Private Practice? 

How Do I Get Off Of a Bad Insurance Panel and Bill “Out of Network?”

How To Create a Marketing Plan


Courtland McPherson

Courtland McPherson is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition to holding certificates in ‘Advanced Clinical Practice’ and ‘Clinical Issues in Adoption and Foster Care’, he was a trainer for the Providence Men’s project. He is a clinical supervisor and case consultant. Past speaking engagements include ‘The Art of Listening’ and have addressed such topics as trauma, how to overcome fear, and pathways to a meaningful life. He is working toward a doctorate degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy with research focused on social connectedness.


How To Get Beyond Analysis Paralysis

Private Practice: The Long Game



Gordon Brewer

Gordon Brewer is a licensed marital and family therapist in private practice located in Kingsport, TN. He is the owner/president of his group practice Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC (www.kingsportcounseling.com). Gordon has been in practice for over 10 years and is also a private practice consultant. His blog and consulting website is www.practiceoftherapy.com.


The Forrest Gump Mindset For Private Practice

Solo Private Practice; Maybe Not For Everyone

Human BEing Vs. Human DOing

Investing & Re-Investing In Your Practice

Why Customer Service Is Important In Private Practice


Jeff Guenther

Jeff Guenther, LPC, is a therapist in Portland, OR. He has been in private practice since 2005 and currently leads workshops on how health and wellness practitioners can build their digital brand and attract more clients online.


Why Search Engine Optimization Is Crucial For Your Practice





Jenna Fleming

Jenna is a licensed professional counselor in beautiful Georgetown, TX.  She is the owner of her group practice Jenna Fleming Counseling, PLLC, where they serve children, teens, young adults and parents with counseling servicescourses and classes to support families in getting on track and staying that way.


How To Win Clients At Every Inquiry

5 Tips to Overcome Imposter’s Syndrome

6 Must-Haves for a Child and Family Therapist



Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT is an experienced child and family therapist and public speaker who specializes in trauma, ADHD, and conduct problems. Discover more about her diverse clinical background and family. Reach out to Jennifer with questions or comments by emailing at info@jentaylorplaytherapy.com


Play Therapy As a Private Practice Niche

Handling No-Show Fees In A Play Therapy Practice

Balancing Motherhood and A Play Therapy Practice

The Truth About Social Work Licensure and Out of State Reciprocity

What The Election Taught Me About Private Practice

New Year’s Resolutions: Private Practice Edition

Group Practice Vs. Solo Private Practice? Which Is Right for You?

The Secret About Your Ideal Caseload


Jeremy Sharp

Dr. Jeremy Sharp is a licensed psychologist and clinical director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling. He also offers consulting services for mental health practitioners who want to develop or grow psychological assessment services in their practices via the Testing Psychologist (www.thetestingpsychologist.com).


Three Reasons You Never Want a Waitlist In Your Practice



Joe Sanok

Joseph R. Sanok is the owner and counselor at Mental Wellness Counseling in downtown Traverse City. Join his free seven day World Changers Challenge.


How To Make a Website

Pushing Towards Greatness

Building an Experimenting Mindset to Overcome Fear of Failure

Why You Have To Slow Down

How To Confidently Build a Private Practice

Is Blogging Worth The Time

How Micro-Goals Will Change You

Lessons From a $456k Year

What I Learned From Launching a Member Community

Expectations and Flexibility


Julia Smith

Julia Smith, BA, MEd, CCC, is the owner of Insight Mental Health Counselling in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. She specializes in helping teenagers stop depression from affecting their lives.


Should I Or Shouldn’t I Build My Own Website?

The Game Changer: Harnessing Your Hormone Cycle in Private Practice

Getting In The Mood… To Blog

Why Are Clients Not Coming Back? (And How To Keep Them)

Five Things I’ve Learned In My First Month Of Private Practice

Five Things I’ve Learned In My Second Month Of Private Practice

Five Things I’ve Learned In My Third Month Of Private Practice

Five Things I’ve Learned In My Fourth Month Of Private Practice

Five Things I’ve Learned In My Fifth Month Of Private Practice


Margie Wheelhouse

Margie Wheelhouse is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Springfield, Illinois.  She helps couples build great relationships and repair broken ones. For her thoughts on life, struggles, and relationships, check out her blog: https://margietherapy.com/blog/


Saying No To “Do It Yourself”

Is Lack of Confidence Stealing Your Success?

Finding The ‘One Thing’ That Leads To Private Practice Success




Melinda Vesely

Melinda Vesely, LCPC, CADC, Owner of Empowering Minds counseling. http://empoweringmindscounseling.com/


The Fear Of Starting a Private Practice

Do I Really Need To Identify My “Ideal Client”??

Benefits Of Being a 1099


Melissa Leedy

Dr. Melissa Leedy is a clinical psychologist in Broken Arrow, OK. She specializes in helping adults adjust to chronic illnesses and overcome insomnia. She is the owner and operator of Legacy Counseling Service. She opened her doors in January 2016 as a solo practice and at the time of this publication (June 2017) has three additional clinicians working at Legacy. You can contact her through her website at www.legacycounselingservice.com


14-Year Vision Creation to Being a Therapist in Private Practice

What I Learned About Private Practice Development from being a Mary Kay Consultant

4 Tips To Manage The Uncertainty of Starting a Counseling Business

Starting a Private Practice In a New State


Richard Tifft

Richard Tifft, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern specializing in Marriage Counseling in Clearwater, FL. Richard started his practice right out of Grad school and has a passion for helping couples in distress rediscover their lost connection. Richard has been through all of the training required to be certified as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist pending completion of supervision and licensure.


Midlife Grad School Grad Goes For Brass Ring

Creating Headspace for the Next Big Thing: Finding a Supervisor

Sowing the Seeds of a New Practice: Negotiating Rent



Samantha Carvalho

Samantha Carvalho is the Chief Marketing Officer of Practice of the Practice. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and kitten. Over and above Practice of the Practice, she is passionate about women empowerment, fashion, and animals.

Click here to outsource your marketing or contact Sam at sam@practiceofthepractice.com.


7 Guided Meditation Videos Under 30 Minutes

How To Improve Productivity, 25 Comprehensive Tips

A Guide On 3 Invaluable Social Media Tools (With Screenshots)

Key Advice From 12 Successful Entrepreneurs

Ready To Be Inspired? Watch This!

An Authoritative Guide To Improving The Customer Journey Through Your Website

40 Facts You Never Knew About Steve Jobs

9 Advantages To Using QuickBooks

How to Set Up a Facebook Business Page in Under 5 Minutes


Sara Dungan

Sara Dungan, MEd, ALC, NCC, MFTA, Certified Parenting Coordinator, Divorce and Family Mediator (Domestic Violence Trained) has her private practice called Sparrow Counseling in Birmingham, AL. She specializes in Parenting Coordination, Co-Parenting Counseling and Divorce and Family Mediation.  Her passion is helping parents learn how to become successful coparents, so their children can thrive after their divorce.  Contact Sara at sara@sparrowcounsel.com. Sara is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) and an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of H. Hobart (Bart) Grooms, M. Div, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, Supervising Counselor.


Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking To Your Teenage Daughter About Sex

5 Key Strategies For a Single Mom To Grow a Successful Private Practice

How Divorce Mediation Training Helped My Co-parenting Counseling

11 Reasons Why Your Divorce Needs a Parenting Coordinator

What is a Parenting Coordinator?

7 Ways To Help Your Children Grieve Your Divorce


Tara Murphy

Tara Murphy is a licensed professional counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor and certified yoga teacher. She has worked in behavioral health for over 16 years and currently has a private practice in West Hartford, CT. Her writing has been featured in Wallingford Connecticut Magazine, Natural Awakenings, and she is a contributing writer on practiceofthepractice.com, TODAY Parenting Team ǀ today.com, psychcentral.com and she is a regular contributing guest on Radio 103.5FM WNHH “The Culture Cocktail Hour”. Having learned from personal experience she is passionate about helping women heal from the past and embrace their future.


How to Work Through the Fear of Starting a Private Practice

Swearing, Cursing, Cussing, Profanity: Is It Ok To Swear With Your Clients In Therapy?

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Private Practice

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Biller In Private Practice

Using Mindful Self-Compassion For Support When Starting a Private Practice

Top 5 Reasons To Blog In Private Practice

7 Reasons To Podcast In Private Practice

Are You Feeling Stressed in Private Practice? 3 On the Spot Tips to Help

Planning The Interior Design And Décor For Your Private Practice


Our Guest Contributors


Abby Ghattas

Abby Ghattas studied Business Administration and Economics at Maryville University. She has spent the majority of her professional career in healthcare administrative roles; bringing with her experience in behavioral health, long term care, acute care, and neurosurgery. She utilizes this perspective in the Success Department to better serve the healthcare professionals we partner with. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.


How To Get Your Practice Online


Amy Fortney Parks

Amy Fortney Parks describes herself as a life­long educator, a passionate psychologist and often stressed­out, but mostly happy, mom of four! She is the Executive Director of WISE Mind Solutions, LLC, a Northern Virginia­based practice focused on children, teens and families. She is also the owner of The Wise Family – a comprehensive brand for kids and parents designed to inspire, educate and energize families!


4 Reasons To Get Out And Talk



Catherine Park

Catherine Park is a professional Content Writer and a blogger, full of energy and positivism. Currently, she is working with a team at BackOfficePro, a well-known back office outsourcing firm. She is expert in writing exclusive content on business and technologies that are helpful for large enterprises, SMEs, and business startups.

Follow her on Twitter & Facebook and check recent articles!



Calvin Black

Calvin Black is a clinical counsellor in Victoria B.C. He leaned into his Strength of Empathic listening and Positivity and started Calvin Black Counselling. Calvin offers counselling and coaching for men. He is also a certified Strengthsfinder coach.


Start Your Practice By Knowing Your Strengths




Ciji C. Gamble

Ciji C. Gamble, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Kalamazoo/Portage Michigan area, and the owner of Maternal Counseling Services, a counseling private practice that specializes in the mental wellness of pregnant and postpartum moms. As a counselor Ciji helps women, at all stages of life, find peace in their present and hope for their future.


Motherhood, Money, and Private Practice



Clay Cockrell

Clay Cockrell, LCSW is the founder of Onlinecounselling.com – a listing directory with the mission of helping clients all over the world to find the therapist or life coach that will best meet their needs.  The site also works through their educational resources and podcasts to help counselors work online in an ethical, responsible and legal manner.  This is a site for online therapists developed by an online  therapist.  Originally from Kentucky, Clay moved to New York City with his wife in 1997 and started the concept of Walk and Talk Therapy – he walks with his clients in Central Park instead of meeting in an office.  He has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Doctors.  He has also been profiled in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Pubic Radio.

www.onlinecounselling.com | Take Your Practice to a Global Audience.


Top 5 Reasons To Create An Online Therapy Practice



David Klein

David Klein, LCSW-R, began his practice in Brooklyn in 2013. He has extensive training in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, as well as Focusing, , and practices in a humanistic, experiential way. davidkleintherapy.com.


My Experience(s) With Burnout

How To Overcome The Anxiety Associated With Blogging




Eric Smith

Eric S. Smith, MMS, PA-C is a family practice physician assistant (PA) operating since 2001 in Clearwater, FL. He is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Florida State University and a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant graduate of Nova Southeastern University.


Get Doctor Referrals: Three Tips




Eva Wislow

Eva Wislow is a career coach and entrepreneur from Pittsburgh. She is on a mission to help people find their true calling. Eva maintains a strong interest in bringing the digital revolution in human resources. She finds her inspiration in writing and peace of mind through yoga. Connect with Eva on Twitter.


8 Habits of Emotionally Strong Leaders

7 Ways to Significantly Improve Your Online Reputation



Gloria Kopp

Gloria Kopp is an ecommerce marketing manager and a content writer at Academized. She is a contributing expert writer at Huffingtonpost and UK Writings blog. Besides, Gloria is an author of Studydemic blog where she writes her online reviews for students and educators.


6 Ways For Private Practice Business to Handle Negative Reviews




Hannes Wessels

Hannes Wessels is an educational psychologist based in Centurion, South Africa. Hannes has a special interest in cognitive behavioural therapy, career counselling and anxiety treatment. The psychological uses and impact of social media on people is also a field that intrigues him greatly. Therefore, he does various workshops related to social media use for parents, schools and health professionals.


How Can Career Counseling Help?



Laurie Eldred

Laurie Eldred is a licensed master of social work and certified drug and alcohol counselor in Lowell, MI.  She is also the owner of Eldred’s Clinical Services. The goal of Eldred’s Clinical Services is to help teens and adults with transforming their lives from sobriety to recovery in a way that is empathetic, supportive and long lasting! Laurie has over 10 years experience in a variety of systems. These include community mental health, child protective services, the prison system, and inpatient substance abuse treatment. She can be reached through her website: www.ecstransforminglives.com, or through email at laurie@ecstransforminglives.com. You can also follow Eldred’s Clinical Services on Facebook or Instagram.


Substance Abuse is Related to Mental Health: 3 Things Therapists Should Know




Melissa DaSilva

Melissa DaSilva, LICSW is a licensed therapist in private practice located in Providence, RI. She is the owner/president of her group practice East Coast Mental Wellness. Melissa has been a therapist for over 10 years, is an advocate for LGBT rights and public speaker.


Are You Breaking Up with Me?

One Therapist’s Journey Through The Insurance Jungle


Mike Jones

Mike Jones enjoys writing about mental health. He hopes society will understand that going to a therapist isn’t a sign of weakness, but of strength. Mike advocates for seeking professional help and stopping the stereotypes surrounding mental illness. More of Mike’s work can be found on Twitter, @mike_jones35.


4 Misconceptions People Have When Going To a Therapist



Moira Howard

Moira Howard is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in Private Practice in Palm Beach County Florida. Moira assists clients in developing coping skills, which includes increasing their capacity for emotional regulation and self-acceptance. Moira is EMDR trained and a yoga teacher. Moira provides therapy to adults in her Private Practice and can be reached via email at MoiraHowardLMHC@gmail.com or her website at www.Counselingpalmbeach.com.


How Yoga Expanded My Practice and My Mind



Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen, LPC, NBCC owns private practice in the surrounding metro area of Grand Rapids, MI. He specializes in improving and strengthening relationship and communication habits between teens and their parents, dating & married couples.


5 Helpful Tips For Starting / Growing a Private Practice





Nazanin Moali

Dr. Nazanin Moali is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. Dr. Moali provides treatment to adolescents and adults in her private practice in Torrance (South Bay Area of Los Angeles County) and also online, depending on her clients’ needs and locations. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her family.


Three Marketing Tips I Learned from Comic-Con International



Syrenna Kononovitch

Syrenna Kononovitch is a certified school counselor in New Jersey and the editor of OnlineCounselingPrograms.com – offering individuals interested in the field of counseling, supportive resources on counselor education, career pathways, and mental health advocacy.


Counseling Profession Pathways






Tom Quinn

As a progressive clinician in the field of ADHD and Male Psychology, Tom Quinn is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Originally from Scotland, Quinn is former Clinical Director of Addiction Services at Sage Neuroscience Center and more recently Clinical Supervisor at Walsh Counseling. Quinn brings a wealth of experience and expertise accumulated from over 30 years as a hands-on, practical counselor. As an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis Community College, Tom taught both lecture and online classes in Alcohol and Drug Studies, Human Growth and Development, General Psychology and Addictions and Compulsive Behavior.


Stages Of Change Into Private Practice: The Pre-Contemplation Stage (Part 1 of 5)

Stages of Change into Private Practice: The Contemplation Stage (Part 2 of 5)


Victoria Greene

Victoria Greene is a freelance writer and branding consultant. On her blog, VictoriaEcommerce, she shares tips on content and digital marketing. She is a passionate about using her knowledge to help businesses increase their online brand equity.


How To Grow Your Private Practice With Email Marketing: Beginner’s Guide