Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC, discusses Private Practice Resolutions for 2019

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Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC, discusses Private Practice Resolutions for 2019. Thank you to our sponsor, Therapy Notes.  For two months free, sign up here: or just the code: Amanda Connect with Amanda WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK:… TWITTER:

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This year, I’m in full Christmas mode! December is a special time for many businesses. As therapists, many clinicians report a dip in referrals. My experience has been that I’m generally pretty busy during the holiday season because clients need support with all the family time. Heck, I might even need some additional support from my support system after all my family time! December also signifies the end of the fiscal year our businesses. This is the last chance for you to get write-offs for 2018. While I don’t advise that you overspend in write-offs to lower your tax liability,… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways Therapists Can Outsource Work to a Virtual Assistant

For more therapists, when you first open your private practice, you are the therapist, social media manager, sanitation specialist, content writer, marketer, office manager and personal assistant. Probably before you realize you’re ready, you’ll want to begin to outsource some of your work. If you plan to keep a busy practice or you want to scale your solo practice to a group practice, you’re going to need help. Virtual assistants can be used for many tasks. The most popular ways therapists can outsource work to a virtual assistant are listed below: 1. Answering the phones Please stop answering your phone!… Continue Reading This Article

How much should I make as a therapist in private practice?

People eager to leave their agency jobs often wonder how much should I make as a therapist in private practice.  This question is tricky because it depends on a lot of variables. Some people will tell you that you can make tons of money in private practice, no matter what area you are in, if only you believe in your worth.  While this thought process often helps, it’s not the only factor in how much a therapist should make in private practice. A quick Google search tells me that the median salary for a masters level and licensed clinician is… Continue Reading This Article

Top Five Ethical Ways For Therapists to Get Reviews

Reviews matter and they are going to continue to matter and they will probably start to matter even more than they do now.  Consumers use reviews to make decisions about what restaurants to eat at, what products to purchase and what healthcare professionals to use.  The tricky part for therapists and mental health providers is that we can’t ask our “customers” for reviews. Most business savvy restaurants put a sign up somewhere in their restaurant asking for reviews. Mental health professionals can’t exactly put up a sign and ask for reviews. We are bound by our ethics.  So, how will… Continue Reading This Article

Top Five Tips for Therapists Who Want to Take Insurance in Florida

If you are in Florida, in mental health and have/want a private practice, you will want tips for therapists who want to take insurance in Florida.  It is very common for clients to want to use their insurance for mental health services. There are a lot of therapists in private practice who are serving the population and making a living by accepting insurance.   If you are interested in learning more about accepting insurance, follow these top five tips for therapists who want to take insurance in Florida:   1. Gather all your paperwork and information You will need a… Continue Reading This Article

The Top Thirteen Directories for Therapists

There are a ton of directories out there for therapists and business owners and here are the top thirteen directories for therapists outline for you.  Directories are a common way therapists can get referrals and leads, especially for private paying clients. If you do a Google search, these directories are usually the first sites to come up which means people are using them to find therapists.  Now, you don’t have to be on every site; however you may want to try each directory for a period of time and look at how many leads you get and how often you… Continue Reading This Article

Top Three Recommendations When Creating A Niche

You’re starting out in private practice and it’s time to determine who you are going to work with.  You are going to get a lot of advice about creating a niche. It’s actually really good advice and something you need to heed when it is given to you.   Creating a niche is one of the ingredients to starting and establishing a successful private practice, whether you take insurance or you are only private pay.  The more you are known for something, the more people will think of you specifically when they have a potential referral for you. Here are… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Back to School Anxiety

Five Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Back to School Anxiety  School is almost in session and your child may need some ways to help cope with back to school anxiety.  Every parent knows the anxiety that comes with the first day of school. Whether children are returning or just starting their first day of kindergarten, first day of school anxiety is normal and to be expected. Children and teens can experience anxiety about a teacher, starting a new school, the subject matter, or even just being away from home and not knowing what might happen. As parents, it… Continue Reading This Article

Five Ways to Reduce Test Anxiety

Five Ways to Reduce Test Anxiety Test anxiety is an issue for many students.  Whether you’re in high school taking your SAT or an adult taking a driver’s license exam, taking a test can be nerve-wracking for a lot of people. Based on feedback, everyone has experienced test anxiety at some point in their lives (perhaps some more than others) but it is important to know that it is completely normal to experience anxiety and stress surrounding exams.  Here are some ways you can reduce test anxiety. 1. Be prepared for the test Make sure you are studying for the… Continue Reading This Article