I'm six months into my 4th year of practice! I discuss adding another associate, shifting from maintenance to growth mode and plans for an exciting new project.
In this episode I talk about my third year in private practice; adding an associate, starting a second business and immersing myself in learning.
Today I chat with Sherry Shockey-Pope about;
- her ability to put people at ease since high school
- balancing going to school and working full-time
- her jump into private practice following a 17 year career with the county
- what she has found most helpful in marketing and growing a successful multi-clinical practice
- how she has packaged her private practice knowledge into the Therapist Practice In a Box
Find more information at www.therapistbox.com
Check out my conversation with Ernesto Segismundo, LMFT; we discuss
- his original (surprising!) career path
- his entry into private practice as a way to protect himself from burn out
- what he learned about marketing in a room full of real estate agents
- his expansion from private practice owner to visual artist
Find Ernesto at www.fylmit.com
- how developing an ideal client was the game changer in my private practice
- transforming my website using Squarespace
- developing multiple niches around my ideal client
- how I upped my networking game
Check out my conversation with Sharon Martin, LCSW where we discuss;
- how being of service to others is a family trait
- the number of options we have as therapists which can be both exciting and overwhelming!
- Sharon’s blogging journey from writing for her own private practice to writing for platforms like PsychCentral
- how she helps other therapist find their blogging voice
Today I speak with Laura Long, LMFT of Your Bad Ass Therapy Practice. We discuss;
- how Oprah influenced her career choice
- why Marriage and Family Therapy was a great fit for her
- how a talk in graduate school influenced her career path
- finding her way to private practice and figuring out that she was really good at it
- how helping other therapists became a new business; Your Bad Ass Therapy Practice
Find Laura at http://www.yourbadasstherapypractice.com/
Episode 9: Debt, Freak Outs and Grit: My First Year in Private Practice
Dr. Agnes Wainman describes how her first year in private practice was a bit of a mess; too few clients, locked into a 5 year lease of a huge office space, and more money going out the door then coming in. Despite the struggles, she persisted (she actually had no choice) and made major changes to change the course of her practice.
In this week's episode I talk with Sarah A. Gilbert of Transitions Therapy. We cover;
- how Sarah accidentally fell into social work
- how she balanced an agency job while building her own private practice
- the parallels between being a new mom and a new practice owner
- shifting from information gathering to taking action
- the inspiration behind being more vulnerable and open in her own life and how that has influenced how she shows up in private practice
You can find Sarah at www.transitionstherapyllc.com
Today I chat with Maureen Werrbach, LCPC. Maureen is the owner of Urban Wellness in Chicago and The Group Practice Exchange. We talk about:
- how being an only child influenced Maureen’s career choice
- our Eastern European bond and the culture's perception of therapy
- Maureen’s work with entrepreneurs and why she loves this work
- her transition from renting a single office on her own to two locations and 17 therapists
- how she helps other therapists grow their own group practices
You can connect with Maureen at The Group Practice Exchange.
Inspired by Episode 5, Therapists, Money and Cat Fur, Dr. Agnes Wainman talks about her own money journey in her private practice. From financial ostrich to financial shame slayer, she discussed being an immigrant as a child surrounded by wealth, her destructive beliefs about earning money and how she has reframed her thinking about debt.
Episode 5: Therapists, Money & Cat Fur: Psychotherapist and Consultant Tiffany McLain
Today I speak with Tiffany McLain, a San Francisco based psychotherapist. Today we talk about;
-how I bonded with Tiffany over knitting with cat fur
-her clinical work with people of colour working in technology
-using her own story to market her practice, despite her psychoanalytic background
-how she has used her own private practice as a testing ground in private practice development
-what Tiffany has learned about therapists and money
Find Tiffany at www.heytiffany.com.
Today I chat with Rebecca Wong, Relationship Therapist and Consultant. We discuss;
- her eclectic path to becoming a therapist
- the role of play in her clinical work (including playing Jenga!)
- how she works with couples to tap into their curiosity about each other
- helping new parents transition to their new roles
- her amazing private practice website
- her project “The Practice of Being Seen”
- her move to a home based practice
Find Rebecca at
The first question I ask all of my guests is “Why did you become a therapist?”
In this episode, I answer this question myself;
- why my answer now is very different then how I would have answered at the beginning of grad school
- my foray into collecting urine samples
- what I learned about myself during my graduate training
- why I began the Blissful Practice podcast
- how I have come full circle to my childhood career dream
Visit me over at www.blissfulpractice.com for more of my story.
Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS is a therapist and consultant at Abundance Practice Building.
- We talk about how her own experiences influenced her career path;
- her experiences in agency positions;
- how she started and grew a private practice in 3 different locations;
- and her tips on networking your way to private practice success.
Today I chat with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C! Laura talks about;
- her “aha” moment in a sociology class that influenced her career path
- her desire to make widespread change in the world,
- how she overcame the idea that private practice was “selling out,”
- how her personal growth has influenced her career and why she launched her podcast, Therapy Chat.
- what are a recent trip to the stables taught her about herself and therapy
You can connect with Laura at http://www.laurareaganlcswc.com/
Dr. Agnes Wainman, a registered psychologist, introduces the Blissful Practice podcast. She will be interviewing mental health professionals who are in private practice; why they became a therapist, their journeys through their careers and their experiences in private practice. She also shares parts of her story of how she took her own private practice from hot mess to Blissful.