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  • Writer's pictureRachel Dubrow, LCSW

How do I know when it's time to start my private therapy practice?

You're considering starting a private practice and aren't sure what time is the right time. In this post, I walk you through things to think about when thinking about if you're ready to dive into starting a private counseling or therapy practice.

What you may be feeling...

  • You're feeling burnt out by your agency or healthcare job

  • You're feeling stuck in the same routine everyday

  • You're feeling like something is missing in your job as a therapist or counselor

What you may be missing in your job...

  • You have a passion for providing individual, couples, family or group therapy in a long term context

  • You want to build relationships with your clients that are highly personal and don't have the option to do so right now

  • You want to spend less time doing paperwork after hours

  • You want to work fewer than 40-50 hours a week

  • You want the option to have part time work that fits your schedule

You may be ready the launch your private counseling or therapy practice if...

  • You are fully licensed in the state or states in which you intend to practice

  • You have a network of professionals who know and respect you for your role as a counselor or therapist so far

  • You have the desire to market yourself online, in person, or both

  • You have an ideal client or clients in mind that you want to help as a therapist or counselor

  • You understand that starting a private therapy practice takes time, energy, and money and are willing and able to have patience in this process

  • You are someone who works well with lots of moving parts and can stay organized as you get set up

Does this sound exciting? Daunting? Worth tackling? If so, I'm here to help you get started and guide you along the way! Check out Private Practice on Demand for affordable course offerings designed specifically for therapists wanting to a start a solo private therapy practice. Contact me if you want additional help with deciding what you need or want individualized consulting. I look forward to hearing from you!


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