I know it can be anxiety-provoking and overwhelming for independently licensed therapists to "take the jump" into private practice work and over the past year, I have learned a great deal to make things work. I continue hearing the same concerns from therapists I'm working like:
Where do I even start?
How do I get referrals?
Will I be able to make it? What are the REAL costs?
How do I use an electronic health record and get reimbursed by insurance companies?
How do I manage the business end? I know how to provide therapy, but I'm not an entrepreneur!
How do I build a website? Can you help me with that?
How do I pay taxes?
I believe I can continue to help other therapists in the area strategize and develop plans. Consulting is very rewarding for me, and I think in assisting others to build their dreams and answering questions honestly. These are the areas I can support with:
Offering a packet of "first steps" and a "how to" guide of considerations to make the process less overwhelming.
Developing marketing materials + website design. I remember a professor in grad school stating that all past experiences can be a useful tool in your future as a social worker. This comment has served me well. Before my work as a therapist, I built websites and took many classes in graphic design and computer science. I still enjoy this part of my life, and it's been enjoyable to mesh this skill set together in my life.
Networking you with others in the Des Moines community to help you get this off the ground. You don't have to do all of this yourself, and the costs are reasonable.
Cutting costs. With a little ingenuity, you can go a long way. I have some tricks to help.
I've spelled out details on my services page if you're a therapist and interested in consultation work with me, shoot me an e-mail on my contact page.