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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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When You're Unmotivated

If you're unmotivated in private practice, I’m not going to tell you to get over it. When you’re unmotivated there’s probably a reason. That reason may need to be addressed or it may need to be set aside or it may need to breathe a little. Let’s check in to see what’s going on and what to do about it.
  1. You’re burned out. Totally the #1 reason I hear from the practice-builders I work with. Many are working a job while building their private practice. They’re also doing their best to be a good…

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Does the Way You Date(d) Impact Your Practice?

What if You Dated Like You Practice-Build?

This may be a weird analogy, come along with me anyway. You know how when we work with clients over time we see patterns in how they do life? Like maybe they study last minute and complete projects last minute and call their mom on her birthday at like 11 at night. Maybe they’re 5 minutes late to every appointment and their boss is on their case for tardiness.

Well, you know your business doesn’t exist in a vacuum, right? I’ve noticed some patterns that r…

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Real Connection Requires Courage: How to Write Great Copy

Nikki Bonsol is awesome. She's a designer and copywriter who REALLY understands what we do, partly because of her experience working in social services. I'll be honest, I've worked with a copywriter before who really didn't get what we do and it was a huge disappointment and financial mistake. I've been a little leary of copywriters for therapists ever since until I "met" Nikki. Nikki gets that we have professional boundaries. She gets that we need to find that balance of professionalism and aut…

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Creating Physical & Digital Space

Have you noticed what happens to your space as your life gets more hectic? Your house gets messier, your car starts to look a bit trashed, your desk gets covered with piles? Then it feels overwhelming when you come home to the clutter, drive to work in the clutter, open your office door to clutter. Life feels more chaotic. While I believe your office needs to be clean enough that it isn’t distracting to your clients, I’m going to make a case for your home and car to be cleanish as well. I swear …

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How and When To Be Professional in Private Practice

Part of the allure of having your own practice is creating your own rules: starting and ending your work days when you want, going on vacations without asking permission, getting away from dress codes and bureaucracy.  There are ways in which being overly professional hinders your practice, like with website copy. Sometimes people go a little overboard with their freedom and it can impact their relationships with their clients and their reputation in the community. Here are some guidelines to ke…

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When You Screw Up

It’s going to happen. You’re going to screw up somehow. You’re going to be well-intentioned but distracted or think you’re making the right choice and realize later that you were way off base. Whether it’s an expensive marketing blunder or double booking clients, you may have a momentary, strong desire to retreat back to an agency. Your inner critic may say something like, “See, I told you you’re not up to this!” Slow your roll. Let’s talk about it.

Simplify your organizational systems. I had 3 …

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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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Learning to Take Better Care of Yourself

When I was considering who I knew that would be a great example of self-care for our February guest blog post, I immediately thought of Corey Brown. Corey’s a therapist and yoga instructor here in Asheville, we have a ton of common friends, we’ve been in trainings together, I refer clients to her groups and classes, she makes me feel calm anytime I’m in her presence. She definitely has the whole self-care thing coursing through her veins. I made that mistake many of us make where we assume someo…

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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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