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Turning Anger into an Ally

This post has been authored by Stephanie Wijkstrom MS, LPC, NBCC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Stephanie at the bottom of this post.

Therapy Techniques for Effective Couples Counseling 

One of the greatest challenges many therapists cite as a hurdle in working with couples is the thought  that marriage counseling has to ‘blow up.’ We all know couples therapy is one of the more challenging types of therapy to provide. Marriage counselors are trained to enter the lion’s den of heated emotion. The conversations being had in the therapy office are between two, often hostile or detached people. What the more seasoned therapists among us know is that the emotion of anger must be integrated into the therapy room. Anger is an effective tool that can be used to help the couple learn how to manage their conflict, emotions, and to further enhance their relationship.
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Therapeutic Activities for Teens

Therapy Activities for Teen Clients

Keeping teenagers engaged in therapy can be a difficult task–getting them to open up can sometimes even be near impossible. Thankfully, you’re not the first therapist who has had to deal with a disengaged teen and there are plenty of resources out there to help you get your young client to talk. We’re going to dive into a few therapeutic activities that you can use in your therapy sessions with teens to encourage them to open up. These activities center around a few different mediums ranging from art and writing to movement and meditation. These activities can be done during a session or assigned to be completed between sessions. They are designed to help encourage teenage clients to open up about themselves in ways that may feel less intrusive to them than a direct conversation in therapy.
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Marketing Automation for Private Practice: A Hands-Off Approach

The Private Practice’s Guide to Marketing Automation

Marketing automation allows you to do everything from engaging prospective clients on the need for mental health services to reminding current clients of upcoming appointments. There’s a misperception that marketing automation is only for big practices, but I’d argue that marketing automation is even more useful for small to medium practices where staff and other resources are limited. Automating your marketing allows you to stretch your reach without constantly performing the same tedious day to day tasks that business growth requires. In this post, we’ll explain how to get started with marketing automation for private practice.
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Podcasts You Should Be Listening to in 2018 - TheraNest Blog

Therapy Podcasts You Should Be Listening to in 2018

Top Therapy Podcasts for 2018

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.

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2017 in Review: TheraNest’s Top Ten Blog Posts of the Year

A Year in Review: Top Blog Posts of 2017

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on what’s been happening on the TheraNest blog over the past year. 2017 has been a very exciting and busy year for us, we’ve published over 30 articles ranging in subject from SEO for your therapy website to figuring out how to take a vacation with your busy schedule. Not only that, but we’ve also launched a guest posting series that we’re excited to keep building on in 2018.
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How to Blog for Your Private Practice When You Have No Time and No Ideas

How to Start a Blog for Your Private Practice

Everyone’s granted the same 24 hours in a day, but as a therapist, you need at least 25. Between seeing clients, running a small business, marketing your services, and attempting to have a personal life, you don’t have much time to devote to blogging. You know you need to blog for your private practice (or at least that’s what you’ve heard), but it’s so hard to find the time to actually sit down and write. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we’ll tackle in this post: How to blog when you have absolutely no time in your schedule to do it. But before we go into the how, let’s talk about the why. Why should you even make time to blog? Is it enough to have a website?
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How to Find a Therapy Mentor

Tips on Finding a Therapy Mentor

One of the most important professional partnerships you can ever have is that of mentor/mentee. While you can learn everything you need to know on your own, why should you if you can work with a person who’s already learned it and is willing to share their wisdom with you? This type of relationship benefits both you, as the mentee, and the mentor. You’ll gain knowledge and perspective. Your mentor will gain personal fulfillment by sharing what he or she knows with you. Of course, that’s only scratching the surface. There are a lot of benefits to this time-honored, professional relationship. If you’re open to finding a mentor, you’re probably asking yourself these two questions:
  • How do I find a therapy mentor?
  • What are the best practices for working with a mentor?
In this guide, we’ll discuss the answers to both of those questions and more. Let’s get started.
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How Do I Use Email Marketing For My Private Practice?

Using Email Marketing in Your Private Practice

Email marketing is a great way to grow your private practice. Not only will it enable you to build awareness for your services and stay top of mind with your clients, you can also use email marketing to develop long-lasting and meaningful relationships. For a minimal investment of time and money, you can increase retention rates, improve client education, and solidify your reputation as a trusted source of information. Knowing the value of email marketing is one thing. But figuring out how to implement email marketing in your private practice belongs in its own category. The good news is you’re in the right place. Below, we’ll discuss how to use email marketing effectively as a therapist.
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Here’s Why You Need a Blog

Do You Need a Blog?

You probably think that blogging is for the other guys and you just don’t have the time to do it yourself. You may even think that you’re not that good at writing or you don’t have enough topics to write about. In this post, we’re going to discuss why the benefits of blogging outweigh all of the excuses to not blog. Plus, blogging is a lot easier than you think, especially after you’ve read this post. Let’s get started.
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How to Market Therapy Services to Your Local Community

How to Market Your Therapy Services to Your Community

Marketing to your local community takes a multi-pronged approach. Recently, we discussed cheap and effective ways to market your private practice online. In this post, we’ll tackle offline strategies to reach your clients, too.
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