Isn’t it time to put your dreams in motion…

SOULTENDERS

Considering private practice?

Many new clinicians upon completing a Master’s or Ph.D. program decide they want to go into private practice. However, most don’t know how to get started.

  • Do you remember any of your classes teaching you the basics of running a small business like how do you lease office space?
  • How do you market yourself? Should I have a specialty?
  • What happens if I have a crisis case and who do I consult with?
  • How do I get on insurance panels?
  • …and many other questions that go along with starting on your own.
If your program was anything like mine, no one addressed anything about the “business side” of starting your own private practice and much less how to be successful at it.

Are You Private Practice Minded?

What exactly do I mean “private practice minded” you ask? Well, putting this group practice together didn’t happen overnight. I went through a lot of trial and error. Many times hiring people and then 3-6 months later having them quit because they found another job never communicating to me that they were on their way out; turning back to the stability that DMH work offers; a regular paycheck; health insurance; and a routinized schedule. Some people rely heavily and thrive on this type of work environment but this is not the framework for private practice. This is how I discovered the concept of being “private practice minded”
which basically consists of the following qualities:

Self-motivated

Strong desire to build a private practice and develop a specialty and doing anything you need to do to get it off the ground i.e. consult with colleagues, research the community, “pound the pavement”, make phone calls/network, get a certification…Be open to learning the best and most effective ways to retain your clients and build a thriving practice.

Patience and Foresight

Many new clinicians do not realize it takes time to build your practice and become very discouraged when their first few paychecks are much less than expected. Remember this is a business and it takes time. As a “private practice minded” person you need to be able to foresee that it doesn’t happen overnight and be able to not be shocked by all the challenges that come with building a private practice. Don’t worry the money will come. It always does. Like everything it’s a process and the possibilities are endless… Did I mention it takes time!

Self-disciplined

Willing to put together a plan and stick to it discovering new ways to build your practice; setting up a schedule to accommodate your clients while keeping “self-care” in mind.

Passion and Commitment

Passion for the work; desire to work towards your goals and achieve them; excitement about your field of study and/or a specialty; share your passion with the community, your clients and your colleagues. We want to see you light up when you talk about your work and how you would like to practice it!

A strong work ethic

A desire to work hard; taking work when it comes; volunteering time to build your practice; not waiting around for the clients to fall in your lap!

Excellent communication

Ability to ask questions; letting us know when you’re struggling and need help; communicating with others in the group (sharing knowledge and giving feedback)

Flexibility

Willingness to take clients as they come even if the appointments are not back to back in the beginning; willingness to switch your clients around as needed in the beginning in order to start building. As you become more established in your practice you will be able to customize your schedule but until then you need to start somewhere.

Participation

Showing up…coming to networking events; sharing marketing strategies; consistently attending weekly peer supervision meetings; working with colleagues to help your clients and/or refine your skills as a clinician.

The best part…

I love my job!!!!!!!! How many people can truly say that? Every day I look forward to seeing clients, working with colleagues, brain-storming new marketing ideas, building the group in new and different ways and mostly watching my colleague’s excitement as they thrive in their practices. My grandfather told me many years ago you have to have a vision; a very, very detailed vision of what you want. Once you have that, it’s almost as if the path is laid in front of you. It took me some time to get that vision focused but once I did everything seemed to come together. Soultenders is the result of that vision and if you find yourself saying, “Yes! I’m a private practice minded person” then we want you. Come interview with us and see if we are a good match.

We are doing amazing things and looking for amazing people!