I’m back! Oh and I got my LPC and started a private practice!
Wow that feels good to say. It seems so far in my past that I’ve made it through that licensure process. I could probably write tons of posts on every twist and turn of that wretched process but I think it’s still too soon. I want to do a series on starting your own private practice because there’s really not that much guidance out there. I’ll probably do this in multiple posts but here are the basic steps:
- Find an office space.
- File for an LLC.
- Get your finances in check.
- Create all your forms.
- Decide what you want to specialize in.
- Write your personal statement.
- Post an ad on Psychology Today to get clients.
- Create your website.
If you like how that goes and you are succeeding on your own. You can then start to expand which is what I’m doing now. These are the ways to do that:
- Get the supervision training required by the board.
- Submit for the courtesy review of becoming a clinical supervisor and wait to get approved.
- Post a job ad looking for contract therapists.
- Find good therapists and start having them work for you.
- Pay it forward by helping them get licensed and teaching them the ropes.
I’ll write a post for each step so you’ll have a detailed guide. Also feel free to contact me with any questions. I offer coaching sessions to help you through this process. I wish someone was there to help me!