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Part 2: Top 10 Tips for Graduate Students Targeting Private Practice!

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 25, 2021 7:32:00 AM
Part 2: Top 10 Tips for Graduate Students Targeting Private Practice!

Welcome back to my Top 10 Tips! I started this as a single-part blogpost but realized that I simply had too many tips for graduate students in psychology to squeeze into one post.  So if you’re wondering why the tips start at #6 below, it’s because the first five tips are in Part 1 of this post. If you’re a future therapist in private practice who wants to lay the groundwork for success today, I hope you enjoy the tips below!

Part 1: Top 10 Tips for Psychology or Counseling Grad Students Targeting Private Practice

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 24, 2021 7:31:00 AM
Part 1: Top 10 Tips for Psychology or Counseling Grad Students Targeting Private Practice

Many graduate students in fields like clinical or counseling psychology plan to have a private practice one day, but have been discouraged from thinking too much about that exciting part of their professional life till much further down the road.  As a clinical psychologist who was able to start a thriving practice within weeks (yes, weeks) of getting my license, I respectfully disagree-- the good news is that there are plenty of smart and relatively simple steps you can take now to be poised for success when the time comes.  One of the biggest fears that graduate students have is how they will get clients, and they are often given very few resources to address this-- probably because their professors aren't necessarily private practice experts and may not really know how to go about it either.  If you're a graduate student wondering how you can sow the seeds for private practice success today, read on for some quick and easy tips!

How to start a private practice (or prepare for one!) while at a day job or graduate school

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 22, 2021 7:36:00 AM
How to start a private practice (or prepare for one!) while at a day job or graduate school

Many psychologists, social workers, LMFTs, LMHCs, or other therapists find that creating a successful private practice while still working at a clinic, hospital, agency, or some other day job can be a “chicken and egg” problem: How are you supposed to create your private practice while you’re still occupied with your other work?  I know this dilemma from firsthand experience: I started my private practice while working full time at a demanding (yet wonderful) place where I had earned my licensing hours.  A lot of the steps below can be done while you're working a full time job and building your practice, or even just in anticipation of opening a practice if you're still in graduate school.  I laid the groundwork for myself as much as possible so I wouldn't have to worry about all these things upon licensure; when I'd want to just focus on seeing clients as much as possible.  It worked out REALLY well.  Here’s how I did it!

How to Get an Affordable Receptionist, Assistant, Bookkeeper, and other Support Staff!

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 21, 2021 7:36:00 AM
How to Get an Affordable Receptionist, Assistant, Bookkeeper, and other Support Staff!

Are you just looking for a reliable receptionist to answer your phone on a "pay by the number of calls answered" basis?  Someone who will take messages, answer basic questions from callers about your practice fees, location, insurance, and other simple questions, and then coordinate a callback time so that you don't waste time with phone tag?  If yes, you may be better off using this service (click here) than going through the steps below, but totally up to you!  Feel free to experiment and find the right solution for your practice!

9 Proven Tips To Attract Clients Using Your Blogs

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 20, 2021 10:23:00 AM
9 Proven Tips To Attract Clients Using Your Blogs

If you’re like most therapists, you weren’t taught much about marketing in graduate school, especially about online marketing.  Online marketing for therapists is an incredibly easy (yes, easy!) and inexpensive way fo let your ideal clients know who you are and how you can help them.  A super easy and inexpensive form of online marketing is blogging, but there are a few tricks you need to turn a random blog into an online marketing tool. So what are we waiting for?  Let’s dive in and learn how to do it!  By the way: If this seems like a lot of information and you'd like support in the process, please feel free join my program for an extra sense of support!

Private Practice Therapy Fees: Nurture Them!

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Oct 18, 2021 10:44:00 AM
Private Practice Therapy Fees: Nurture Them!

As a mental health professional, you will need to determine what fees are most appropriate for the services you provide. As your experience and your client base grows, you may be faced with the decision to raise your fees for your own financial benefit; and to improve your space or the amenities you provide to your clients. It’s understandable that there may be some discomfort or fear about how raising your fees might affect your practice and customers. However, through slow and steady increases over time, you will find that many of your customers can absorb these costs and the few that leave will be replaced by new customers.

How to Choose an Online Therapist

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Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD Sep 6, 2021 3:03:02 PM
How to Choose an Online Therapist

 

This article, which I wrote to help consumers choose a therapist, originally appeared in US News and World Report. This article is also helpful for therapists seeking to attract online clients since it would help them understand what sorts of factors clients might be considering in choosing a therapist.
You may also check out the article
 here and my author page here.

Snowstorm? No problem! Have the sniffles? Stay in your pajamas.
And do your therapy session from home!

Online therapy offers numerous benefits to clients. It's a convenient way to see a therapist without having to waste a moment of precious time on even a short commute.

Online therapy..

  • gives clients the ability to connect with therapists who may be too far geographically, even if the client were willing to commute.
  • Online therapy also allows clients to have a greater choice in therapists as well as schedules, making therapy more convenient than ever.
  • And allows many clients to be more vulnerable and share things they might find more difficult if they were actually sitting in a doctor's office

    My office has done online therapy since 2012, and we have a large number of online therapy clients in New York, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as a large number of online coaching clients around the world. 

Related: What Kind of Therapist – and Which Type of Therapy – Is Right for You?