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This has been an adrenaline rush of a journey!  I created The Counselor Entrepreneur out of a desire to help students and professionals in their career growth and business development.  I am also in private practice seeing clients and I have been doing so even before The Counselor Entrepreneur was born.

If you are on my e-mail list, you already know that I am always available to help professionals who are trying to learn how to build a strong private practice. That includes getting new client referrals,  acquiring strong community networking and marketing strategies, and understanding insurance to list a few services.  You would also know that in the last 2 years, I have not been e-mailing much because I was giving my time to motherhood and family, then private practice, and then The Counselor Entrepreneur.  People knew that if they needed my help they could contact me.  Thankfully, they did this and I was available.  

SIDE NOTE:  Expecting people to just contact you when you haven’t already built genuine connections is not a good move.  You really have to stay engaged to get client referrals or consultation referrals.  I did see a decrease in the number of consultations I conducted because I was not promoting myself as much. However, this worked out well for me as I had fewer time slots available for consultation.

Today I am at a place of needing and wanting MORE TIME with family and friends, to take on new helping projects, and do this without compromising my private practice and clients.  This means I had to re-examine my responsibilities and create a new structure.  For me to start something new, I have to make proper room to do so. If I don’t, I won’t operate effectively.  I will share my new structure and what this means for TCE.

** NEW STRUCTURE FOR MY PRIVATE PRACTICE
When I started my private practice January 1, 2010, I was alone, solo, all by myself.  I actually had been in private practice under a colleague’s practice for a year or two prior to opening my own.  In the following years I starting a group practice.  

I actually found my very first website!!! LOL I can’t believe it is still on the internet. I thought of taking it down but I want to save it first. Take a look http://www.healingpsychotherapyga.com/Site/Our_Team.html.  That website has come a long way!  Look at us today http://healingpsychotherapyga.com/.

Around year 2 or 3 my income was a combination of clients, contractors, clinical supervision, sublessee, business consultation clients, and mentoring program for counseling students.  I know that looks like a lot and it was, but I collaborated with other professionals on the biggest projects like the mentoring program and setting up platforms to offer business consultation.

Over time, my needs and wants changed and my business vision grew in new ways.  Today, knowing that I wanted and needed more free time, my practice is not set up like a group practice anymore. I have a contractor working for me, more people who sublease space, and I see all my clients on 4 days of the week.  Then I had to restructure the way I offer business help…

** I PUT OUT A SURVEY FOR THE COUNSELOR ENTREPRENEUR
You probably have seen the message by now. I put out a survey to see if the information I have acquired and shared in programs over the years was information that people would like me to place on a well managed platform, like Udemy. That way they could consume the business lessons at their leisure and have them forever. Some would be free lessons and some would come with a fee. The survey results are in!!!  

Everyone who took the survey definitely wanted the opportunity to access the business and client building information that I had to offer.  However, there were not enough survey submissions for it to be a conclusive YOU MUST MOVE FORWARD and place it on Udemy.com.  There was just a fraction of a percent of completed surveys, compared to how many people received the survey.  So I took this data along with other website data to make a final decision.

I will be closing The Counselor Entrepreneur website on May 12, 2017, without creating online courses.  However, I will be available for any group or individual business strategy sessions that you might want to conduct through my private practice Healing Psychotherapy Practices of Georgia, LLC.
Just send inquiries to: info@healingpsychotherapyga.com

I will also be providing you REFERRALS below: 
These are people I have had more than 1 or 2 interactions with in the past or currently.  I am also listed and I know myself quite well. 🙂 They are actively practicing in private practices and they are thriving in how they help clients and/or mental health professionals.  I feel confident that they will provide quality business consultation services.  I hear all the time that “There are so many business coaches to choose from! How do you know they are good?”

These professionals ARE GOOD because I have had the chance to either talk with them, purchase consultation from them, and/or follow them for some time and see the work they are doing.  They are really strong in their ability to help you in business.  I personally also appreciate the fact that they are not:

  • Clinicians who tried private practice and failed but are now telling you how to build a practice.
  • Clinicians who tout having a full practice of seeing clients and state they will help you create a full practice of clients but you learn they only see 4-6 people a week.
  • Claiming to know how you should build a practice but never had a practice before and don’t have additional qualifying business training that might cross over to help you in business.

SIDE NOTE:  These referrals are not giving away their services. As far as I am aware, this is not one of their current “give back” areas.  They give back in MANY other ways regularly. Please do not contact them trying to haggle prices with them.  Please. 

 

1. Building a Successful Practice that Accepts Insurance:

Camille McDaniel, LPC – e-mail: info@healingpsychotherapyga.com

Samara Stone, LCSW-C –  http://www.perfectedpractice.com/

Michael Stokes, LPC – https://stokesconsultingservices.com/

 

2. Building a Cash Only Private Practice:
These clinicians see clients in their practices. Between them all, they cover clinical supervision, consulting with corporations on their structures and programs, conference presenters, former university educators, and the list goes on.  They have been in this field hard at work for many years. They have extensive resumes.

Ruby Blow, LPC, NCC, BCC, CPCS, DCC – http://developmentcounts.com/coaching/

Deborah Owens, LPC – http://debowens.com/lpc-clinical-supervision.html

Eddie Reese, LPC, DCC – https://gettingalong.net/ 

Pam Dyson, LPC-S, RPT-S –  Works with established professionals and newbies who need help building a basic foundation. http://www.pamdyson.com

Amy Flaherty, LPE-I, RPT – Works with established professionals who want to take their business to its next level.  e-mail: amyf@southernsandtray.com


3. Building a Successful Play Therapy Practice:

These clinicians have a variety of talents in this area.  Their talents overlap so I will just list several services that are provided by either.  Please see their website and contact them for details about their business consultation services.  Providing CE trainings for other mental health professionals, presented at conferences, see clients in their own practice, providing clinical supervision. One is a 100% cash only. The other is a 99% cash only business. I cannot say enough about these two professionals.  They are hard working and they have the business success to prove it!

Pam Dyson, LPC-S, RPT-S – (solo-preneur)  She works with professionals with already established businesses and newbies who need help building a basic foundation to their play therapy practice. http://www.pamdyson.com

Amy Flaherty, LPE-I, RPT – (group practice) – Works with established professionals who want to take their business to its next level. e-mail: amyf@southernsandtray.com

 

4. Building a Successful Group Practice and Understanding Insurance: 
These clinicians have wildly successful group practices. Samara Stone also teaches in university and does business and mental health trainings.  Michael Stokes also has trained others and is in the process of getting his doctorate in counseling and supervision. They both have had to expand their group practice space to accommodate the success they are having in meeting the needs of their communities.  All of this while having successfully navigated the world of insurance.  They are rocking it!

Samara Stone, LCSW-C –  http://www.perfectedpractice.com/

Michael Stokes, LPC – https://stokesconsultingservices.com/

 

5. Building a Business that Provides Consultation for Corporations:

Ruby Blow, LPC, NCC, BCC, CPCS, DCC – http://developmentcounts.com/coaching/

Deborah Owens, LPC – http://debowens.com/lpc-clinical-supervision.html

Eddie Reese, LPC, DCC – https://gettingalong.net/

 

 

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