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Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for aspiring, new, and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best tips and strategies, and their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts. What you get are bite sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. Start Your Journey at http://sellingthecouch.com/start

Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for aspiring, new, and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best tips and strategies, and their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts. What you get are bite sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. Start Your Journey at http://sellingthecouch.com/start
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Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for aspiring, new, and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best tips and strategies, and their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts. What you get are bite sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. Start Your Journey at http://sellingthecouch.com/start

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Episodes

175: Pros And Cons of Charging For The Peer Supervision Group

10/18/2018
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Have you thought about starting a peer supervision group? It’s a great way to get feedback from colleagues, combat the isolation of a private practice, and even gain cross-referrals. Where do you start? How do you structure the group? What do you cover in the group? Who needs to be in the group? You can see that this topic gives way to many questions about making it work. Today’s show dives into the nuts and bolts of a peer supervision group. Now’s your chance to learn more! Jill Kaufman,...

Duration:00:26:13

174: Respecting Your Life Seasons as a Business Owner And Doing Things With Pace, Structure, And Flexibility

10/11/2018
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As business owners, we want freedom and flexibility, but as we evolve, we encounter the difficulties of life. Sometimes we find ourselves out of balance with what’s really important and we are obligated and overextended in ways we didn’t envision. Today’s show is all about respecting the life seasons in which we find ourselves and giving ourselves permission to say YES or NO to the demands on our time. Naphtali Roberts, LMFT, is based in Montrose, CA. She is a busy private practice...

Duration:00:29:29

173: What is The Immigration Evaluation Process and How to Set Fees And the Systems & Processes For it?

10/4/2018
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How do the worlds of immigration and LCSW intersect? It may not be a connection that you think of, but the need is there for immigration evaluations to be done, and this is where my guest today has stepped in and found her niche. Cecilia Racine, LCSW, has a private practice in Fairfax, Virginia. Even though she didn’t start out in the immigration field, she came upon this niche through specific circumstances. Today she shares how she got started with her first client and what the...

Duration:00:27:57

172: How to Market a TeleMental Health Practice

9/27/2018
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With the growth of the telemedicine industry in recent years, have you considered using this technology in your private practice? If your curiosity is piqued, then you might wonder about the differences in marketing online counseling vs. a traditional private practice. Join us to learn more about this intriguing concept. Shelly Smith, LMFT, shares a private practice with her business partner, Jennifer. They have ventured into online counseling with their practice, United Counseling...

Duration:01:07:49

171: Three Non-Traditional Marketing Methods For Introverts To Market Their Practice Effectively

9/20/2018
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How do you succeed in marketing your practice when you tend toward introversion? So many clinicians are not extroverts and don’t feel comfortable with the traditional networking that is required in marketing. There are challenges to face, and fortunately, there are non-traditional forms of marketing that can be done. This show will give you some valuable information and practical insights about marketing for non-extroverts. Patricia Young, LCSW, is based in California, but also offers...

Duration:00:29:29

170: How to Get Credentialed and Paneled and Mistakes to Avoid in the Process

9/13/2018
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No doubt you’ve heard questions---and experienced some confusion about how to get credentialed and get on insurance panels. We have had many questions about this topic in the STC community, so today’s show seeks to dispel some of the mystery surrounding this process. Jeremy Zug, from Practice Solutions, works with clinicians with insurance billing issues. He handles your insurance billing problems so you can focus on providing superior care for your patients. In today’s conversation, we...

Duration:00:29:56

169: How to Build a Private Practice While Dealing With Grief, Mourning, And Loss

9/6/2018
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Grief, mourning, and loss---they aren’t topics we usually enjoy discussing, but whether we like it or not, they are processes that we all have to go through at some point in life. For a therapist, how do you build your private practice while dealing with these intense feelings, and what would prompt you to find your niche within this realm? Today’s guest answers these questions and more as we delve into this topic to begin a new season of STC. Nikki Sewell, LCSW, has tackled building a...

Duration:00:31:56

168: How Much Is "Enough" In Our Business?

7/26/2018
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When it comes to your business, how much is ENOUGH? How do you even know what enough is? These are questions we can all use some clarity about, along with evaluating the success of our business. Today’s show is a solo episode and the last one before I take the month of August off for a time of self-care and refreshment before returning with new shows in September. I’ve begun doing this a few times each year and have seen great benefit in the downtime. This particular break has added...

Duration:00:23:08

167: Maintaining The Balance of Being a Helper And a Healer And Being a Business Owner at The Same Time

7/19/2018
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Have you ever neglected your own needs to work with your clients? Have you sacrificed time for personal self-care to squeeze in “one more client”? Most clinicians are probably guilty of this behavior, called Sacrificial Helping Syndrome. I know what it is because I have lived it, as most other clinicians have done also. Let’s address this common problem in today’s conversation. My guest is Katie Vernoy, LMFT, in Torrance, CA. Many clinicians struggle with giving so much of themselves...

Duration:00:31:08

166: Dealing with Chronic Illness While Maintaining Private Practice

7/12/2018
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How can a clinician deal with chronic illness? Is it possible to continue running your business and furthering your career? This is a topic I’ve wanted to dive into because I know many of my private practice colleagues are dealing with some form of chronic illness or chronic pain. We all know that life and your business don’t stop when illness strikes, so let’s jump into this discussion. Daniela Paolone, MS, LMFT, is a counselor in Westlake Village, CA. She’s here to discuss her journey...

Duration:00:33:16

165: Understanding Our Money Stories and Setting Private Practice Fees in Order to Honor Our Stories

7/5/2018
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What are your “money stories”? This is a topic many of us struggle with related to the stories we tell ourselves about money. Our money beliefs affect everything about our practice, our work as business owners, and how we view and work with our clients. Let’s dig in and address the issues around our money beliefs so that we can better serve our clients and ourselves. Deb Lyman, LCSW, has a private practice in Oakland, CA. She does a lot of work with clinicians, helping them work through...

Duration:00:34:22

164: 3 Practice Building Insights After 100 Conversations With Successful Practitioners

6/28/2018
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When you’ve talked with as many people as I have, you tend to learn a lot of lessons and gain great insights into what it takes to build a successful private practice. Today’s show is a solo episode inspired by a presentation I did recently. We are focusing on three lessons I’ve learned, along with key takeaways and the biggest mistake for each lesson. www.sellingthecouch.com/session164

Duration:00:17:49

163: Creating Private Practice In Only Two Weeks with The Help of Intentionality And Relationships

6/21/2018
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Every once in a while, you’ll hear the success story of someone who breaks the mold and goes against the norms. Today’s show highlights the story of a therapist who bucks the trend of everything we normally learn on the podcast and is the direct opposite of what the experts say about building a private practice. Katie Zimmerman, LMFT, practices in Arroyo Grande, CA. She endured some crazy circumstances that led to her leaving one job and having to quickly figure out how to create and open...

Duration:00:37:19

162: How to Ensure Your Personal Safety As a Clinician

6/14/2018
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What safety measures do you have in place? As clinicians, we may not think about personal safety as a concern, and we certainly hope it’s never an issue, but we should be proactive and prepared. We’ve never had safety issues as a podcast topic before, but there have been many conversations about this in the STC Facebook Community. Adriana Alejandre is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Porter Ranch, CA. She has learned some practical things related to safety, so she’s here to share...

Duration:00:23:22

161: How to Successfully Implement Counseling Practice Online

6/7/2018
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Have you considered online counseling? As clinicians, we all have questions and fears around this endeavor and how it works. We have discussed the practical aspects of online counseling on the show before, but today’s conversation focuses more on the day-to-day aspects of the therapeutic relationship. Shelley Smith and Jennifer Labanowski are LMFT’s who have a wealth of knowledge about online counseling. They worked in the same practice until moves to different places separated them in the...

Duration:00:42:08

160: Money Pitfalls That Come With Business Success

5/31/2018
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Do you “have it all together” when it comes to your business finances? My hat’s off to you if you do, but for most of us, the painful truth is that any business journey comes with its own set of challenges and lessons, some of which must be learned the hard way. Like many of you, I like to pretend that I have it all together, but today’s show is all about transparency and baring it all---the good, the bad, and the ugly. Every few weeks I like to a solo session to share with you what I’m...

Duration:00:18:50

159: The Ins and Outs of Google AdWords with John Sanders

5/24/2018
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Have you found yourself intimidated, but still curious, about using Google AdWords? Maybe you’ve wondered how it really works and if it would be helpful for you as a clinician. I’m in this category also, as I’ve wanted to know more and learn the ins and outs from a knowledgeable person. Today is the day! Join us to learn more! John Sanders is an expert in the field of Google AdWords, as he has been in the field for many years and helped healthcare providers use wise marketing dollars to...

Duration:00:31:19

158: Developing a Niche In Supporting Gender-questioning or Transgender Clients with Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC

5/17/2018
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How do clinicians hone in on a particular niche? Is it important to focus on a specific ideal client? Our conversation today is one that’s needed in today’s world because it’s a focus on developing a niche in supporting gender-questioning or transgender clients. There aren’t a lot of therapists who focus solely on helping with these issues. Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC, is located in Colorado Springs, CO. Dara works exclusively with people in the LGBTQI population. We’re discussing Dara's journey...

Duration:00:35:10

157: How to Transition From a Therapy Model to A Coaching Model with Mary Bicknell

5/10/2018
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What are the nuances to consider if you want to make the transition from therapy to coaching? It’s something that many therapists think about and wonder if it would work for them and their practice. We cover the ins and outs in today’s episode! Mary Bicknell, LCSW, moved to Portland and wanted to start a coaching practice. As she made the move, she thought a coaching practice would be more family-friendly and match up better with what she wanted to accomplish. We’re discussing how she made...

Duration:00:33:08

156: Understanding Disability Insurance with Aaron Channing

5/3/2018
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What happens if you receive a serious diagnosis or injury that puts you out of work? It’s obviously something that we don’t want to think about, but the reality is that any of us could face this situation and be forced to step away from our regular income. What happens to your family? How do you deal with the sudden loss of income for your business? We’re discussing these topics and more in today’s show, focusing on disability insurance. www.sellingthecouch.com/session156

Duration:00:36:21