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Tips on building a successful therapy or counseling practice for counselors, therapists, psychologists and social workers.

Become a Drug Court Treatment Provider

Drug Court is the most exciting and fastest growing part of the many efforts of the criminal justice system and the treatment community to treat substance abuse. A whole new approach to how the courts approach individuals convicted of substance abuse offenses, Drug Courts work with clients—supporting them with regular and positive interventions in addition […]

Sources of Clients for Therapists

As therapists, we are often so consumed with our day-to-day practices that we fail to analyze the sources of our client base and our pattern of responses to them. Lynn Grodzki has been a mentor to many, providing insight into the machinations of referral sources while advocating that therapists make conscious decisions about their practices. […]

Marketing for Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Twenty years ago when the Soviet Union had recently disintegrated, I heard a discussion between some young Russians on capitalism and marketing strategy. Only a couple years out of the cold, these men had virtually no sense of business. What’s disturbing to me is that many counselors, social workers, and psychologists in private practice have […]

Ten Things Not to Do when Building Your Therapy Business

Don’t advertise. One shot advertising is seldom successful and long-term advertising is always expensive. Don’t spend big bucks on business cards and letterhead. People do not decide on getting therapy at your shop on the basis of your printed materials. Don’t buy expensive furniture. Don’t buy cheap furniture. Don’t promote long-term therapy. Don’t take sides […]

Counseling in Troubled Times

In this time when people have lost money in their 401Ks and worry about losing their jobs, they get picky about how to spend their money. Counseling is less important than a redo of their spare bedroom for their unemployed son or even a trip to visit their cousins. As a therapist, you see your […]

The Successful Entrepeunerial Therapist

These days, it isn’t enough to be a great therapist. Especially in difficult economic times when people have less money, there are too many therapists and too few clients. To make a good living, you need to be an entrepreneurial therapist, part-businessman, part-therapist. The successful entrepreneurial therapist is smart, observant, decisive. Whether you’re in private […]

Build Your Own Successful Practice Helping Court-Referred Clients

Twenty years ago, Janet Reno sparked a revolution when she initiated the first Drug Court in Dade County, Florida. Her revolutionary action was born out of frustration with recidivism and overcrowding in prison facilities. Since then, the revolution has spread, leading to a transformation in how the courts handle certain types of offenders. The concept […]

Counseling is Expendable

Counseling is expendable. That’s what people think in an economic downturn. They stop buying designer clothes and start eating at Culver’s. They stop counseling: it’s an intangible, and it’s harder to see its value compared to buying a new kitchen stove or putting vinyl siding on your house. If you’re a therapist and some of […]