Shrink Think is Saving Therapists Time and Money, with Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins | FP 130

A photo of Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins is captured. They are the Co-owners of Discover Counseling and Life Discovery Counseling. Aaron and Nathan are featured on the Faith in Practice podcast.

What is an easy way to save time answering client questions as a therapist? How can you optimize and automate responses to frequent questions? Can you save yourself time and your client’s money by making use of videos?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins about how Shrink Think is saving therapists time and money.

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Meet Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins

A photo of Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkins is captured. They are the Co-owners of Discover Counseling and Life Discovery Counseling. Aaron and Nathan are featured on the Faith in Practice podcast.

Aaron Potratz and Nathan Hawkings are Licensed Professional Counselors in Oregon. They are the co-owners of the Discover Counseling and Life Discovery Counseling Services – two private group counseling practices. Each of them maintains his own client caseload while also managing and supervising his counseling staff.

They are also the co-hosts of the Shrink Think Podcast, which aims to normalize and demystify therapy for those beginning or continuing their mental health journey.

Visit Aaron’s website and connect with him on LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Connect with Nathan on LinkedIn.

Visit Discover Counseling and connect with them on Facebook.

Visit Life Discovery Counseling Services and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

In This Podcast

  • The issue with repeated small questions
  • Make mini videos
  • Aaron and Nathan’s advice to Christian counselors

The issue with repeated small questions

Therapists often find themselves answering the same questions many times over.

They may have to deal with the same administrative problem time and time again or have the same therapeutic process breakdown with clients.

Over time, this can cost them in-therapy session time with the client, and the client may end up paying more than they need to, simply to have time to speak to the clinician to answer questions.

Make mini videos

There are so many common questions that come into the therapy room that, not only are you saving your therapist time but you’re also saving the clients money because they have to pay for a session to discuss the topic that you’re breaking [down]. (Whitney Owens)

Consider creating a series of mini-videos that are available on your website or that your clinicians have and can send to clients when they have repeated questions.

By handing out this information freely and digitally, you save your therapists time and your client’s money by having their issues outside of therapy resolved outside of the therapy room itself.

If you add all that up, that’s time and that’s money that you are not working on therapy stuff … it can even get in the way of some of the momentum that you might have. If you can remove that so that it’s done outside of the session, you are saving people time and money. (Aaron Potratz)

Aaron and Nathan’s advice to Christian counselors

Nathan: for both your Christian and non-Christian clients, speak to the design of things when you are helping them find peace. The big picture is designed, so focus on that.

Aaron: your faith background does not blatantly have to be in everything that you do. Nothing has to be specifically Christian unless you want it to.

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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 or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at whitney@practiceofthepractice.com

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