The Practice of Therapy Podcast with Gordon Brewer

The Practice of Therapy Podcast with Gordon Brewer

This podcast is here for therapists, counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, and mental health clinicians in their practice journeys. I'm Gordon Brewer and the person behind The Practice of Therapy Blog and Website that provides tools, resources and advice for people starting, growing or expanding their private practices. The podcast will help you learn from other experts in the field to move your private practice forward to success.... Show More

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In this episode of the Practice of Therapy Podcast, Gordon talks with Holly Chantal about how she helps therapist, counselors and other service providers package and present what they have to offer in a way that attracts your ideal clients.  Holly and Gordon discuss what should go on your “about page” and how it should make people connect with you. Then, Holly explains why narrowing down your client base will help you get more clie... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks with David Sturgess, LPC about making the transition from working in a hospital setting to full-time private practice. David was able to make that transition over time by starting part-time with his private practice working just a few evenings a week. David shares how he was able to decide when to go full-time with his practice. Also, Gordon and David discuss understanding the financial leap into priv... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks again with Whitney Owens, LPC and they discuss the difference between hiring independent contractors versus employees. Overall, hiring an independent contractor is less paperwork, but you will also have less control over their supervision. Then, Whitney explains how she uses promotion groups to bring clients to her practice and how she plans to help private practice owners incorporate faith into their ... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon and Stacey Lanier, LPC-MHSP discuss their time working together and Stacey’s new business ventures. Stacey describes her transition to private practice and also her tipping point. Then, we learn all about Stacey’s latest business venture – The Atelier, a wellness co-working space for people to have a community of other professionals. Plus, Stacey reveals some of her most significant barriers when it comes to... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks again with Joe Sanok about the importance of making connections and developing relationships in building your private practice. They also talk all about Killin’It Camp which is an upcoming conference that runs from October 20-23, 2019 in Estes Park, CO.  Gordon and Joe discuss how attending the conferences are an investment in personal development as well as the future success of your private practice.... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks about what is needed to bring clients to your practice and the various “touch-points” and tipping points that make that possible. In many ways, this episode is about marketing but goes in a little deeper to discuss some of the concepts Gordon has learned from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point; How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference. Maven, Connector, and Persuader According to The Tipping... Read more

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Gordon’s first ever guest on the Practice of Therapy Podcast is back! Dr. David Hall of PsychMaven discusses how he has felt unqualified in more than one business venture. One of the ways David has followed his passion is by starting a continuing education group called The Narrative Institute. Also, David touches on some ethical issues in private practice and gives a little sneak peek into what he and Gordon will be presenting on a... Read more

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What if the real key to a more productive and fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a sustainable company of one? In this episode, Paul Jarvis explains why the smarter solution is to do just that. Gordon and Paul also discuss how to work toward simplicity and the importance of building relationships in business. Meet Paul Jarvi... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks with Dr. Tara Vossenkemper about how to know what you are doing as a clinician is working. Tara recently started a group practice and looks at lots of different numbers to determine how the business is operating. Also, Tara and her clinicians use multiple different methods to determine if their clients have valuable experiences during therapy. Stay tuned to hear about anonymous feedback surveys, DAS sc... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon answers questions he has received from multiple listeners concerning hiring employees or contractors, and how to pay them. First, Gordon explains the difference between hiring an employee versus hiring a contractor. Hiring a contractor is undoubtedly the more straightforward route and will mean less oversight and less paperwork for the business owner. Hiring an employee is more complicated for the business o... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon discusses some things he has learned so far about private practice. Being in private practice is an ongoing process as you grow. It is important to be prepared to change things as time goes on. Ultimately you can do what you want to do in your way. Don’t measure what you are doing by what others are doing.   Always celebrate the small wins, and focus on one thing at a time. Know when to outsource and invest ... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon and accountant Julie Herres discuss common mistakes private practice owners make in regard to accounting. The first mistake is not knowing your numbers. Some standard numbers every owner should know are how much you are bringing in, your overhead, variable costs, and how much you need to take home each month. Another common mistake private practice owners make is not spending enough money?! Julie explains ho... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks with Marissa Lawton about thinking outside the box in regards to how you are going to run a private practice. Most people in graduate school tend to go through it with an idea of getting clinical training, then working for someone else. However, there are many different ways your career can lead you. One way to diversify income is by solving a particular problem and learning how to articulate precisely... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks with Vanessa Lech about her anger management and addiction niches. Vanessa reveals some unconventional private practice strategies and shares ways to diversify your income streams. Find out why Vanessa says the number one way to diversify your income is through your thought process. Then, Gordon and Vanessa discuss working with people in the criminal justice system and becoming a court mediator. Meet V... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon speaks with Brad Pliner, the CEO, and Founder of TherapyNotes. Brad discloses his background and what inspired him to start TherapyNotes. Then, we learn why clinicians who use TherapyNotes will pass an audit with flying colors. Brad explains the benefits of keeping notes in an electronic health record system and how security is the top priority of TherapyNotes. TherapyNotes even keeps backups for your record... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon speaks with Melvin Varghese of Selling the Couch Podcast. Melvin shares what inspired him to start the podcast and all the challenges he has faced along the way. Eventually, people reached out to Melvin and wanted to know exactly how to start a podcast. This led Marvin to create webinars and an online community to help others get started on their podcasting path. Meet Melvin Varghese Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks about making the transition from part-time to full-time in private practice.  It’s a question Gordon gets pretty frequently.  First, ask yourself what is your “why”… why do you want to be in private practice, to begin with? Gordon started his private practice to focus more of his attention on his family and pursue his passion of helping people, being a practice owner and entrepreneur. The most signific... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon discusses some life adjustments he has made lately and some of the things to consider when starting a group practice. Once you start having more clients than your capacity allows, it may be time to start a group practice. Starting a group practice means hiring people to work for and there are two options, employees or contractors. Employees are people who work directly for you; however, there are lots of di... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon talks again with Jeff Geunther, LPC about how client’s experience finding a therapist and going to counseling.  Jeff talks about his new podcast, “Say More About That”, in which he interviews people that have gone to therapy and what they were looking for in a therapist. He also asks his guests if they have advice for therapists to help them be better or more effective counselors. Jeff and Gordon also discu... Read more

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In this episode, Gordon speaks with Lindsey Davis about tapping into niches and how therapists can utilize the help of a dietitian. Lindsey explains in what situations would a therapist want to refer to a dietitian and how the two can work together to assist their clients. We also learn the steps a dietician would take to help their clients and then we hear Lindsey’s thoughts on fad diets. Later, Gordon gives Lindsey some advice o... Read more

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