Dec 20, 2021
This episode reviews themes covered in the Practice of Therapy from 2021. A few topics have come up from the last fifty episodes or so. I dive into those subjects, including community, preparing for a worst-case scenario, updating your private practice, diversifying income, and using mindfulness in your business. Tune in as I talk about some of my favorite episodes from these topics and the most significant lessons learned from my guests this year.
During Covid, many of us had to think about preparing for the worst-case scenario. Most likely, you, your family members, or your clients have come into contact with Covid. So, many private practice owners started to think about what would happen to their practice if something happened to them. That's why I spoke with Judd Carlton; he is a financial advisor serving families, individuals, and businesses in Morristown, NJ, and beyond. We talked about why the sooner you start planning for retirement, the better off you're going to be in the long run. Even if it's just a tiny bit that you save towards your retirement, it's going to make a big difference!
One way to update and refresh your private practice is through your private practice website. My good friend and website guru Daniel Fava helped with my private practice website. He is from Private Practice Elevation, and I am so grateful for all of his assistance! This year we chatted all about the website redesign project that I have started, and we walked through the nuts and bolts of what needs to get done to take your private practice website to the next level. If you want to see the final product, check out Kingsport Counseling here: https://kingsportcounseling.com/.
One of the things about being in practice, particularly if you're a solo practitioner, is that you can quickly reach a glass ceiling with your practice. You can expand your practice and create more income by starting a group practice. If you want to learn more about starting a group practice, then you need to check out this webinar: Solo to Group Practice: Adding More Therapists to Grow Your Time & Income. This is a pre-recorded webinar with selected automated times. Please choose a time/date in the calendar above that works in your schedule for the one-hour-long presentation.
Another way you can increase your private practice income is through a side hustle. You can create a course or develop new products for other therapists or your clients. I did an episode with Chris Swenson about Self-Publishing For Therapists, Coaches, and Consultants. Chris dives deep into the self-publishing process, including the importance of an outline, an editor, and how to navigate imposter syndrome.
Dr. Lani Chin joined the show to talk about the process of creating an app in order to increase private practice income. CE Hub is a tool for mental health professionals to store their continuing education certificates and track their units earned toward licensure. You can upload your certificates, and CE Hub will take care of the rest. We talk about diversifying your income, the importance of outsourcing, and the nuts and bolts of creating your very own application.
Brett Hill, mindfulness guru, joined the show this year. Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention to the present moment. When you can harness the awareness that occurs, you can respond to reality in a new light. Brett explains the power of incremental growth and how it can change your private practice. Plus, Brett dives deep into how mindfulness can be a powerful tool for not only your personal life but also for your private practice.
Community is critical during Covid, so I wanted to talk to experts about the subject. The Therapist in the Attic is a way for therapists to get honest with each other. Leah talks about how she created a way to connect with others in complex, uncertain, and stressful times. When you think about it, we are all somewhat "stuck in the attic." Leah chats about the varied experiences many of us have faced in these uncertain times.
Plus, I talked with Ernesto Segismundo about having a community. Also, I chatted with Kelly and Miranda from ZynnyMe about incorporating an online community into the mix with a side hustle. You can check out those episodes here:
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