Are you thinking about starting a private psychotherapy practice?
Are you wondering what it’s like? If it would be a good idea for you?
Are you lost or unsure where to start?
Do you need help navigating unfamiliar territory?
Would you like to know what the steps are to seeing your first private practice client, without spending a fortune or hunting the internet for information for endless hours?
I can help you with these and many more questions about starting your private psychotherapy practice.
And… I want to tell you why I am doing this. If you don’t want to know, scroll down to see what I offer. I won’t be offended. Time is golden and I won’t waste yours. The short story?
Paying it forward!
I remember those days in 2013/14 when I was ready to give private practice a try. It was the next, and last goal, on my career itinerary but I didn’t know how to proceed. I thought (and talked!) about it for over a year before I took the first step.
That first step was the beginning of an amazing, professionally and personally fulfilling, and financially satisfying career advancement.
How I did it.
A therapist friend, who had experience with a thriving and dynamic private practice, generously shared knowledge for months. When I was ready, she helped me look for an office and gave me tons of information to help me make my decisions. She patiently answered my most basic questions like, “What do I do first?” and “How much do I charge?”
I didn’t even know what an NPI was until she told me.
If you don’t know what an NPI is either, it’s okay. There’s a link at the bottom of this page for more information. The point is, my friend was one of those people who come into your life for reasons you’d never anticipate.
Learning about private practice is sorta like learning a new language, except it’s easier. You already know how to help people – in some ways that was a new language you learned. It’s what your career is all about: helping others. Now, you need to learn how to use it in your own unique private practice.
Are you ready to give it a try or do you just want to get a feel for what it’s all about?
When I started out…
…there was so much to learn, but I couldn’t find a map that would tell me where I needed to go first to get my practice started. I found snippets of information that weren’t enough and big books with more information than I wanted to read. I needed to be able to ask a question and the follow-up questions when they came to me.
As cool as it was (and still is!) to have a friend I could text, email, or call just about anytime, I needed so much information that it didn’t feel right to depend solely on her.
I started asking my own therapist questions. The biggest one was, “Can I really do this?”
Turns out my friend and my therapist were right. I could and I did!
My friend and my therapist made my journey into private practice possible. They showed me the way, provided the map so to speak, encouraged me, and cautioned me when needed. They still do and I am ever grateful.
Because I continue to thrive and learn more about the ins and outs of private practice, colleagues have asked me for help starting their practices. I love that I’ve been able to help them and watch them succeed!
Because “Mentor, Coach, Consultant” is just awkward, I decided to call myself your “Private Practice Navigator.” As a child, I dreamt of being an aviator. Life happened and social work became my career ambition. Helping others navigate their private practice startup is the best alternative to real flight navigation I can think of!
Thus, the Quick Guide to Starting Your Solo Private Practice
PrivatePracticeNavigator.Coach was born.
Here’s the deal.
If you are a licensed clinician (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC or related), with at least two years of post-licensure experience, considering private practice and need help navigating your journey, I can help you.
If you are not interested in a high priced coaching package, my style might be just what you are looking for. Here’s what I offer to get you started quickly without breaking the bank:
- A Quick Guide for Starting Your Private Practice – priced at $19.99
- A free Q&A Hour included – phone or online video via Doxy.me or Google Meet
- This is the best way to get started as the Guide answers many of your questions. Use your free hour to ask questions that aren’t answered in the Guide.
- Navigator News blog & occasional Newsletter
- The following practice navigation is offered on a limited basis at this time:
- 3 Hour Practice Navigation Intensive $270 Online Video-conferencing or phone. This intensive is for 3 consecutive hours.
- The 3 Hour Intensive is the best way to get started, after your free telephone consult. During this time we will identify your vision, current situation, and a potential timeline to seeing your first client. I’ll review and answer your questions and share my knowledge freely. If you are ready to get started, I’ll point you in the direction of your next steps and offer ideas for success.
- Hourly Rate $90 – Online Video-conferencing or phone
- 15-Minute Free Telephone Consult – Contact Bonnie
I offer a reasonably priced blend of coaching, mentoring, and consulting along with the Quick Guide to Starting Private Practice to get your practice started quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend you have an idea of the steps before you make any major decisions such as choosing an office.
When you are ready to talk, get in touch and we’ll see if my style of navigation is right for you.
Bonnie’s Philosophy about Your Business
You are the pilot of your career. You know where you want to go. You just need someone to show you the map and co-navigate while you fly new horizons. Bonnie can be your co-navigator and help you get your practice off the ground as smoothly as possible.
Depending on your regional area, the options you choose to start with when setting up your practice (assuming you sublet a few hours/week to start), and without coaching costs factored in, you can likely be ready to see clients after spending less than $1,000.
With the dedication of just a few hours a week and a bit of luck or blessings, you can be seeing your first private practice client before you know it.