Trends in Private Practice and Predictions for 2021, with Allison Puryear | GP 46

Trends in Private Practice and Predictions for 2021, with Allison Puryear | GP 46

What are some professional predictions to keep in mind for 2021 that could help your private practice grow? How can private practice owners adapt their practices to overcome possible hurdles in the new year post-pandemic? Does observing the present better prepare you for the future?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Allison Puryear about trends and predictions for private practice in 2021.

Meet Allison Puryear

Allison Puryear is an LCSW with a nearly diagnosable obsession with business development. She has started practices in three different cities and wants you to know that building a private practice is shockingly doable when you have a plan and support.

You can download a free private practice checklist to make sure you have your ducks in a row, get weekly private practice tips, and join the Abundance Party to gain the confidence and tools you need to succeed.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here.

In This Podcast


  • Trends and predictions

Trends in 2020 and predictions for 2021 in private practices

Allison talks about the fact that the community that you live in dictates how your practice evolves, and because each community is very different, the practices that grow within them differ too.

  • Due to the fact that so many private practices are doing telehealth or working from home, and that some are enjoying it or prefer it, Allison Puryear predicts that people will continue working online from home well into next year.
  • Many people have released their rental office spaces due to the pandemic and are working from home, next year there will be a lot of commercial space available, and therefore if you are considering purchasing or renting next year to get your finances in order, because there may be a booming buyers’ market.
  • There have been growing trends where insurance companies cap the coverage on telehealth, and Allison Puryear recommends that practice owners openly advocate, even those owners who do not take insurance, for the benefit of those clients and practitioners who do.

I feel that is something we need to come together on as an industry to say that this is actually not acceptable. (Allison Puryear)

  • During the pandemic, some agencies have been disrespecting their employees’ health by forcing them to go into the office and see clients, and this has driven more clinicians to go into private practice where they are perhaps better-taken care of. Therefore, Allison predicts that in 2021 there will be more private practitioners opening their own group practices.

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Meet Alison Pidgeon

A portrait of Alison Pidgeon is shown. She discusses ways to grow your group practice on this week's episode of Practice of the Practice. Alison is a serial entrepreneur with four businesses, one of which is a 15 clinician group practice. She’s also a mom to three boys, wife, coffee drinker, and loves to travel. She started her practice in 2015 and, four years later, has two locations. With a specialization in women’s issues, the practices have made a positive impact on the community by offering different types of specialties not being offered anywhere else in the area.

Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016. She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.

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