4 key questions to help you prepare personally and professionally for managing maternity leave in private practice.
I’m a mother of four children. My first two children were born during my educational journey and my last two were born while I was in private practice. Being in private practice provides many perks for balancing work and family life. The flexibility of being my own boss has been wonderful. However, taking time off for extended periods of time, like maternity leave, can prove to be tricky. Unlike working for an agency, in private you don’t get paid leave in private practice, you still have expenses to pay even when you’re not seeing clients, and you have unpredictable income as you “wind down” to take time off and then build your client load back up after taking family leave. Becoming pregnant while in private practice and planning for the new addition in your family requires some extra planning, coordinating, and saving.
As I reflecting back on 10 years in private practice I did a few things right, mostly by chance.
With a business license, professional license, and big dreams, I opened a private practice ten years ago. Having never taken a business, marketing, or management course, I have learned “on the job” how to be a small business owner. Hopefully, you can learn from what I accidentally did right and intentionally apply them as you build your private practice.
I’ve had an amazing response to my call for therapists to let us peek inside your office by submitting a virtual office tour video. It’s been so fun to see inside the waiting rooms and offices of other shrinks. I never realized how many therapists shop at IKEA!
Our first virtual office tour is the office of Peter Hannah MA LMHC, in Seattle, WA. I love Peter’s video because his warmth and genuineness really comes through on the video. And I have to admit that I am SO jealous of his view. Water is amazingly therapeutic. Thanks Peter for letting us peek into your office space!
To learn more about Peter’s practice visit www.changingforgood.com
If you’re interested in submitting a YouTube virtual office tour video get details here
Ask me about my private practice and I light up. I love it. I just spent the last day and a half furnishing and decorating an additional office location in a neighboring city. I’m excited to be able to expand the reach of my practice and help clients in other geographic locations. There is such a satisfaction in feeling fully self-expressed professionally and to make a difference in the lives of my clients and my colleagues. My passion for building a private practice is why I asked Dr. John Grohol, CEO of PsychCentral.com if I could start this blog. I can’t imagine being happier with a work situation and I want to help you develop the tools to feel the same way about your practice.
I asked several successful private practice therapists the question, “What do you love about being in private practice?” I wanted to share their answers with you to inspire those of you who are considering going into private practice to do it! If you’re unhappy with your practice, I hope you’ll draw from these successful private practice experiences to create a practice that you love. Read more
Who do you want to work with? was the question I asked workshop participants in a recent private practice workshop at a local university. For many workshop participants, this was the first time they’d ever even considered asking themselves which clients they wanted to see in their clinical practice.
Shrinking funding, crowded managed care panels, and a saturation of therapists have left private practitioners feeling desperate to fill their schedules with anyone who is willing to see them. However, based on my personal experience of nearly a decade in private practice, Who do I want to work with? is one of the most important questions a clinician can ask themselves.