How to Use Your Email Newsletter
You want everyone to know that you are the therapist in the area to see. So, you’ve started collecting email addresses (or you will be in the near future), but you’re not sure how to create a must-read email newsletter? You’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to dive right into discussing how to make an email marketing campaign that turns prospective leads into clients and hopefully superstar referrers.Read More
Top Therapy Podcasts for 2019
If you’re like most of us, you probably spend a fair amount of time in the car or walking to work. While you love listening to the radio (who doesn’t, right?), maybe you’ve found yourself wondering if your commute time could be spent in a more fruitful and engaging way, something more meaningful than just listening to songs you’ve heard too many times before. Maybe you have some free time and you’re wondering what to do with it. Perhaps you have an upcoming trip planned and you’re wondering how you can occupy your time during that long car ride?
Well fret not–we have the answer: podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to turn what would be wasted time into a learning and engaging experience. As the new year rolls around, now is a great time to decide to dedicate more time to building your podcast listening library.Read More
How to Select the Best Mental Health Practice Software for Your Practice Choosing mental health software for electronic health records (EHR) can be tricky. There are many things to consider when determining if a product is right for your practice’s needs. From practice size to growth trajectory to deciding to do your own billing–every detail […]Read More
Lessons Learned From My First Private Practice
This post has been authored by Elizabeth Shoop, LPC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Elizabeth at the bottom of this post.
On December 8, 2014, the testing center attendant casually handed me the piece of paper and wished me a nice day before turning to her other tasks. It was just a regular day for her. For me, it was a landmark moment. I passed the licensure exam, and would soon be fully credentialed to embark on the adventure of opening my own private practice. This document affirmed that I had what it took in terms of clinical skill and ethical knowledge to serve my clients well. Yet, I stood under the shadow of a looming question; did I have what it would take to run a business? Could I really be a successful entrepreneur? I had that roller coaster feeling, like when you’re lurching up the track toward the crest of the first hill, without a view of what’s ahead.Read More
When Can Client Confidentiality be Broken?
As a therapist, your relationship with your clients has therapeutic, economic, and legal dimensions. These relationships are governed by laws which require confidentiality on your part as a therapist.
Confidentiality is a legal construct which prevents the disclosure of the events of therapy. Therapist confidentiality gives the client the assurance they can share whatever they want with you.
Nonetheless, there are a number of critical limits of confidentiality in counseling. In some cases, due to forces outside your and your client’s control, your client can’t expect you to keep their disclosures private. Certain exceptions to confidentiality in counseling are at your discretion. In other cases, you are obligated to breach confidentiality in the name of public safety or your client’s health.Read More
2019 Updated CPT Codes for Therapists
This September, the American Medical Association announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set. This update includes 335 code changes, however only a handful of these changes impact mental and behavioral health providers.Read More
How to Start Offering Teletherapy (Online Therapy)
Are you thinking of offering online therapy, also called teletherapy, to your clients? Are you currently drowning in a ton of questions, such as:
- Is telethrepy or online therapy a good idea?
- Is it even possible legally to offer therapy services online?
- Can you offer online therapy service in addition to your established brick-and-mortar private practice?
- If you do offer online therapy, how do you get started?
- How do you find clients for online therapy?
- What tools do you need to “meet” with online therapy clients?
If you’re currently searching for the answers to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to discuss the most important things to consider about online therapy, including whether it’s the right choice for you and how exactly to get started. Let’s dive right in.Read More
Simplified & Printable Superbills & CMS 1500 Forms To Save You Time
In this post, we’re doing a deep dive into two billing words you’ll hear often as a therapist in private practice: superbills and CMS-1500 forms. We’ll be outlining what superbills and CMS 1500 forms are, while also explaining what purpose both of these documents serve in your private practice and in the medical billing world at large.
For many therapists, generating superbills for clients and printing claims forms (CMS-1500, formerly known as HCFA) serve as the backbone of their income, meaning that efficiency and reduced costs in this area, can have a significant impact on their practice and sanity.Read More
Tips to Increase Client Referrals for Your Private Practice
A lot goes into building a business and because your private practice is a business before anything else, it is no different. In fact, we think it might require even a tad bit more effort to build a successful private practice than it would your run of the mill retailer.
Building a successful private practice means creating a trusting and lasting connection with your clients. You’re not selling a product they can buy anywhere, you’re selling a service that is personalized to their needs. Because of this niche category that therapy services fall into, building a strategy for growth is not as clear cut as it is in other industries.
However, this does not mean it’s not possible. In this post, we’re going to be outlining initiatives you can take to increase your client referrals and build a solid client referral strategy to build your private therapy practice.Read More
How I Practice… with Dr. Dodini
The following interview has been lightly edited for clarity. The How I Practice series asks therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners to share their successes, shortcuts, routines, and more.
Have someone you want to see featured or questions you think we should ask? Let us know here!Read More