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Math Makes Fee Setting Fun!

Stacey Steinmiller of Authentic Self Counseling has been a part of the Abundance Practice-Builders Group for what feels like forever. She’s been an incredible support for folks and it’s been awesome to watch her practice grow from across the internet.

Stacey had an “ah ha” moment around fee setting and I love this perspective as an addition to the many ways we can go about deciding what to charge. Hopefully this is helpful for perspective! Here’s Stacey:

Math Makes Fee Setting Fun

Setting fees fo…

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

I was having a conversation with one of my closest friends this week about spending money. She’s someone I lovingly teased when at craft night years ago she showed up with socks to darn and undies to mend instead of the thrift store frame + newly bought modge podge + various purchases for whatever later-unused and objectively ugly thing I probably created. Not that I judge my visually creative pursuits harshly or anything.

Anyway, my friend and I were talking about how thriftiness, a concept that…

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Should You List Your Fees On Your Website

This question has come up a lot in the Facebook Group (hop in!): Should You Post Your Fees on Your Website?  It’s a great question and we’re divided on it as a field so I’ll explain the argument for each side and I’ll give my two cents. Be clear, there’s no right or wrong as long as a client is clear on your fee before your first appointment. So choose whichever side feels like the best fit for you and your business and let us know in the comments.

Anti-Fee Posting

My business coach hosted a retr…

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The Myth of the Saturated Market

Market Perspective

When my family moved to Seattle this phrase “saturated market” kept coming up. I worried that in a city with more than 1,200 therapists listed on Psychology Today, I wouldn’t have a place.

Because I didn’t really have the option to fail, I tried my best not to pay attention to it. I held on to my business mantra and did what I had to in order to build. I came at my business with the same plan I was using in my life: a smaller community within a much bigger system. It all worke…

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Boundaries and Passing The Buck

Boundaries

So we’ve talked about saying no in our practice. We’ve talked about making sure you’re fitting your practice into your life (rather than vice versa), working when you want, marketing the right way for you, upholding your no show and late cancellation policy… I could go back over alllll the blogs and I’m guessing 90% of them mention at least something boundary-related.

It’s not that I’m obsessed with boundaries. Not really. It’s just that those boundaries are the difference between wor…

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When Partners Have Concerns

This suggestion came up in the Facebook Group (which you should join!) as a blog topic and it was the first one I wrote about because it’s something I see a lot. I’ve had several conversations with partners of therapists who wanted to join the Abundance Practice-Building Groups but their loved one had some reticence around private practice (and thus the investment in the group).  I think our partners' unfamiliarity with the private practice possibilities, in tandem with the risk, makes for some …

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Brew Your Practice

I'm taking a few minutes out of my maternity leave (June is sleeping) to tell you about a super-fun and educational get together with Joe Sanok, Jane Carter, me, and hopefully you.

Something exciting is brewing…specifically, a possible “Brew Your Practice” event this September, if enough of you express interest! I’m teaming up withJoe Sanok, LPC, NCC of Practice of the Practice and Jane Carter, LPC of the National Association of Counselors in Private Practice for a potential 2-day mini-conference…

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No Shows and Late Cancellations

One of the questions I see pop up most often in the Abundance Practice-Builders Facebook Group (feel free to join) and in day-to-day questions I get from private practitioners is how to handle last minute cancellations and no-shows. I put these questions in two camps: the I-don’t-know-what-my-policy-should-be camp and the I-don’t-know-how-to-enforce-my-policy camp. Let’s talk about both.

What Should My Policy Be?

For the most part, you get to decide what your policy is. If you’re on insurance pan…

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The 6 Money Mistakes You're Making in Your Practice

It's a little presumptuous of me, isn’t it? Assuming you’re making the same mistakes I did. But here’s what I’ve seen as I’ve helped people build their practices over the last few years: I see patterns. And the money side of private practice often has the most predictable problems.

You may remember that January is self-care month here at Abundance. You’re probably no stranger to finances impacting your self-care. Getting your finances straightened out can create so much freedom and let you B R E…

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Why Consultation is the Business Version of Supervision

If I were to tell you that all you had to do to become a therapist was to read some blog posts and  books and then you’d be prepared to manage clinical relationships, crisis intervention, relapse prevention, someone with delusions threatening you, sit with someone in their deepest moments of despair, what would you think? Some people with a voracious appetite for learning, friends who were therapists that they could go to, and a natural ability to navigate boundaries could turn out some great se…

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