How To Set Up a Private Practice in Therapy

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This article is about setting up your own professional private practice in therapy – where you won’t be merely the viewer, as in the popular television show, but the star of the show.

The best thing about having your private practice, as with owning your own business, is that you’d be the boss and you get to determine your time, your system, etc. Plus, you’d be sure to get most of what you earn – in other words, you’d be making yourself rich, and not filling up the pockets of some private medical business or corporation. You are your own corporation. Isn’t that exciting?

There are downsides to setting up your private clinic, however, and these include having to oversee the little details of your business, including private nurses to supervise, the papers to file and the dues to be paid. Also, you’d have to work extra hard to gain a client base and to make a name for your private care institution, since you’d likely be starting from scratch. However, if you’re willing to take the risks of setting up your private practice in therapy, then here are some pointers that would definitely help you out:

  1. Brush up on your professional training. A private care business or becoming a private therapist is a results-oriented business, that is, the more satisfied clients you have, the more referrals your business would have as well. That’s why it’s essential that you do indeed cater to the needs of your patients. Go the extra mile for them; be available for them whenever they need you; make sure that you are up-to-date with medical and therapy practices that do work. The key here is to do your job well, and before you know it people would be waiting in line to see that top-of-the-line private therapist – which is you.
  2. Attend business seminars. Apart from honing your professional and medical skills, remember – by setting up your private practice, you’d be setting up a business too. By attending business seminars, expect to receive training for such concepts as marketing and promotional techniques, legal matters you’d have to follow, basics of financial administration and analysis, etc.

    In addition, make sure that you know software and tools that you could utilize for various business aspects, such as organizing files, auditing accounts and for promotions and marketing. Hone your Internet know-how. Be aware that the Internet is a very powerful tool for letting people know of your private therapy practice. Why not blog about your profession, or set up a free online consultation service? The possibilities are virtually endless.

  3. Learn how to manage people. One of the challenges to setting up a private care institution would be the administration of people. Consider taking short courses on management so that you’d know how to best be a leader among your employees. You could take courses online, or at a community college near you.
  4. Network. Connecting with people within the same profession is a very smart strategy to employ – by doing this, you’d be able to learn of and gain access to valuable training, advice, and different kinds of opportunities to improve your business.
  5. Plan for the details. Where would you set up your practice? Who would be your target customers? How many employees would you be hiring? These are just some of the things you’d need to plan for. Why not do this: go to an established private therapist, let him know of your own plans to set up your therapy practice, and ask if you can spend a few days learning the ropes and being his “apprentice.” Be observant of the smallest details of his private practice, note this down and incorporate your thoughts and ideas into your own business plans.

There you have it! Though setting up your own private practice in therapy is definitely not that simple, know that what may be the most important part will be planning for it. Stop being a supporting character of somebody else’s TV show – be the lead actor or actress of your own business! That’s a great idea, don’t you think? Good luck!


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