Apr 30, 2018
For many counselors, therapists, social workers,
and psychologists, the dream of being in private practice, or even
owning their own practice, seems daunting. In this four-part series
of the Practice of Therapy Podcast, Gordon talks about the steps
needed to make the transition from doing agency work, as a mental
health clinician, to being in private practice. The series
discusses: 1.) Knowing your “WHY”, 2.) Making a Plan, 3.)
Setting-up an Office, and 4.) Marketing & Getting Referrals.
In this course you will be emailed 4
lessons, one each day, that will walk you through a way to think
about making the transition from agency work into private practice.
Knowing Your “WHY”
For me, the place to always start is
to ask “Why”. Why do you want to go into private practice to
begin with? And why did you chose this profession to begin
with? We all have different
motivations for why we do what we do. The main point is the
importance of having a sense of purpose and direction in life. To
be really clear for yourself the reasons behind pursuing private
practice. A good visioning
exercise is to begin thinking about where you see yourself 5, 10,
20 or even 30 years? Think about what the steps would be
needed to begin moving towards those goals or aspirations.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What are your financial
- If you were to create your ideal
week, what would that look like?
- Is your motivation to go into
private practice more about having more autonomy or
- Why would you NOT just want to
keep doing what you are doing?
- If you were to change your
“attitude” about your current job, would things be any
- What supports could you draw on
to help you reach your personal goals?
- Why are you doing what you are
doing now? Is it a stepping-stone to something else or is it just
because the opportunity came up?
FUN FACT: You are 40-60%
more likely to reach a goal simply by writing it
A good way to begin to capture all
of these ideas is to start journaling about those things.
Maybe also create a timeline for yourself with some realistic
and attainable goals. Check
out this blog post: “Why
Asking WHY Matters Most”
“Follow your bliss. If
you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that
has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you
ought to be living is the one you are living…”
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Counseling Associates, PLLC
. He is a therapist, consultant,
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