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How to Make a Welcome Package That Is Simple and Effective

Create a Simple and Effective Welcome Package

Are you finding that you have a hard time keeping clients coming back? Are the administrative facets of your practice in a state of disarray? Could those things be related? We think that they are and we want to help you consolidate so that your clients experience is engaging, efficient and memorable.

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Social Work Notes in Mental Health

Social Work Notes in Mental Health

For those in the social work and the mental health fields, one of the most important aspects of the job is completing paperwork in an accurate and timely manner. Many times, this paperwork is used in court cases and other hearings and can be the determining factor in how judges or other officials rule on cases. As more and more offices today go paperless, one of the best ways to make sure therapy notes, billing paperwork, and other social work notes are kept well-organized is by using social work software such as TheraNest. Along with the software, there are many factors to take into consideration when preparing professional documents such as these.

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7 Free Strategies to Market Your Private Practice

How to Market Your Private Practice

Marketing is a crucial part of growing any private practice. However, if you run a small or solo practice, you probably don’t have a large budget to invest into marketing.

The good news is that some marketing strategies only require the investment of time. In other words, these strategies are completely free!

Let’s take a look at seven completely free and effective marketing strategies that can help you grow your private practice.

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Great Software Tools for Art Therapy

Great Software Tools for Art Therapy Art has been used for several years as a therapeutic medium. It aims to improve the mental and emotional well-being by using the creative art-making process. Art therapy has proven useful for patients of all ages. Therapists that use art in their practice often use the creative process to […]

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How to Improve Client Confidentiality in Your Private Practice

Improve Client Confidentiality in Your Practice

Is your private practice private? Can your clients feel safe in your office? As a mental health practitioner, you’re tasked with protecting your clients’ confidentiality, and that can be daunting. The following tips will help you improve privacy for your clients in your office setting.

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Should You Offer a Sliding Scale?

Should You Offer a Sliding Scale?

If you’re looking for one guaranteed way to make a therapist cringe, ask about sliding scales. Specifically:

  • Do you offer a sliding scale?
  • Why don’t you offer it?
  • Should you offer it?
  • What is an appropriate minimum rate for a sliding scale?
  • How do you decide who deserves reduced rates?

Cringing yet? No doubt, these types of questions are maddening. But these are the very questions you must ask yourself because eventually, someone else will ask them of you.

When you delve into the topic of sliding scales, be prepared for both ardent supporters and passionate opponents.

In this post, we won’t take a hard stance for or against sliding scales, but we will go over the pros and cons of implementing one in your private practice. We’ll discuss how to determine if this system is the right option for you and your clients. And finally, we’ll also provide you with excellent alternatives to the sliding scale model if you’re still uncomfortable with the idea of reduced rates.

First, let’s start with a quick definition of sliding scales.

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How to Handle No Shows and Cancellations

How to Handle No Shows and Cancellations

In a client-centric profession like therapy, no shows and cancellations can dramatically affect your bottom line. You probably only schedule a few appointments each day, so when one of those appointments cancels or doesn’t show up, it can be hard to recover financially. Each missed appointment can represent $100 or more in lost revenue. Multiply that by how many appointments you miss each month, and it could be in the thousands.

Let’s talk about how to minimize cancellations and no shows by implementing a policy and a set of procedures.

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5 Ways to Go Paperless in Your Private Therapy Practice

Go Paperless in Your Therapy Practice

Dreaded paperwork. It’s one of the guaranteed hassles of private practice. Looming behind the reception desk of many private practices is a humongous wall of paperwork that could rival the Great Wall of China. Whether it’s health records, miscellaneous client files, insurance bills, payment receipts, procedurals, marketing flyers, or all of the above, you’re starting to feel boxed in and intimidated by all of your paperwork.

How can one practice produce so much paperwork?

If you’re starting to develop papyrophobia or the fear of paper, you’ve come to the right place.

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A Complete List For Getting More Private Pay Therapy Clients

Earn More Revenue For Your Practice With Private Pay Clients

Are you interested in getting more private pay clients for your therapy practice?

Glad you’re here. That’s exactly what we’re discussing in this post.

One of the best ways to grow your private therapy practice and create a lifestyle that you love is through accepting private pay clients. We’ve discussed the virtues of the private pay model before and, if you need a primer, be sure to check out this post:

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Private Pay or Insurance: Which One Should You Choose for Your Private Therapy Practice?

Should You Accept Private Pay or Insurance

Before you hang your shingle as a private therapy practice, one of the first questions you’ll need to ask and answer is this one: Should I go with insurance or a self-pay model?

Even after you’ve been in practice for a while, you may find yourself revisiting this question as insurance rates or even local demographics change. For example, if a large employer in your area closes down, it can negatively affect how many people have access to insurance and therefore, your insurance-based private practice. It would make better sense to set up a self-pay strategy so that you’re able to anticipate and accommodate cash paying clients.

But on the positive side of that example, a large employer can decide to move to your area and set up shop. They’ll hire and provide insurance to a group of employees to whom you can market your private practice. In this case, it would be smart to accept insurance, specifically their insurance.

As you can see, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all payment model for private practice. In this post, we’ll tackle the top reasons to choose either self-pay or insurance for your private practice. Also remember that you’re free to do both, as well, however most practices lean more toward one or the other.

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