Private Practice

Learn Why Counselors Should Start Their Own Private Practice

I believe it is very important to educate counselors about the path to building and marketing their private practice. It is important since this part is usually missing from the counseling master’s programs, and by default, counselors either choose to go and work at an agency or simply stumble and fall through the process of starting their own private practice, usually without any previous business knowledge. 

I believe that the beauty of education is in learning new and useful information. Many times I see my colleagues invest their valuable time and many in constantly expanding their clinical skills. I believe that this is crucial for the development and competency of every counselor. That being said, many counselors do want to go to private practice, but the knowledge about the business and marketing side of running a private practice is missing. That many times leads to enormous fear and failure to take action or making crucial mistakes along the way. 

My principal objective in educating counselors about this topic is to prepare them to build a thriving private practice so that they could serve the clients they were taught to serve, and also thrive themselves. There is no reason why professional counselors with at least three years of training and hundreds of hours of experience through their practicum and internship experiences can’t do the same thing that agencies do and simply cut out the middleman. By doing so they can create the freedom to schedule their own hours and boundaries, choose the clients they want to work for, get paid more, and many times deal with much less bureaucracy, politics, and paperwork. 

I am not saying that counseling agencies are not a valuable resource for society, because they clearly are. A big majority of these agencies offer incredible mental health services, and often very affordable ones. I do believe that therapists need to realize that it is not the only option, that they can still offer affordable therapy if they want and still get paid more than at an agency, and that it can be many times easier to run a private practice than working at an agency, given that you get educated about the business and marketing side of things, and truly understand that this becomes a big part of your work when building your private practice.

About the Author Sasha Raskin

Sasha Raskin, MA, is an  international #1 bestselling co-author , the founder of  The 6 Figure Practice, a  life coach, and business coach and a  psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. He is working on a P.h.D in Counseling Education and Supervision and is an adjunct faculty at the Contemplative Counseling master’s program at Naropa University, from which he also graduated. Sasha has been in the mental health field for more than 10 years, worked with youth at risk, recovery, mental health hospitals, and coached individuals, couples, families, startups, and groups. He has created mindfulness stress reduction and music therapy programs within different organizations. Whether it’s in person or via phone/video calls, whether as  a counselor , a  life coach or a  business coach, Sasha uses cutting-edge, research-based techniques to help his clients around the world to thrive.   As a  coach Sasha Raskin provides individual and group  coaching in Boulder, Colorado, and worldwide via video and phone calls, drawing from over ten years of experience. His services include:  life coaching,  business coaching,  career coaching,  ADD coaching,  ADHD coaching,  ADD coach,  ADHD coach,  leadership coaching, and  executive coaching. Schedule your free 20-minute  coaching phone consultation with Sasha Raskin As a  counselor in Boulder, CO, Sasha provides  individual counseling in Boulder, CO ,  family therapy in Boulder, CO, and  couples therapy in Boulder,  marriage counseling in Boulder, and  couples intensives /  couples retreats, drawing from over ten years of clinical experience.  He does  couples therapy Boulder,  online couples therapy,  Online Marriage Counseling  ,  online relationship counseling,   and marriage counseling boulder.

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