Find Private Practice DIY Resources

Private practice is an awesome goal, but also a huge responsibility. If you’re like me when I first started, you want to learn all you can about private practice but aren’t sure where to start. You have heard of groups and training programs but don’t have the money you wish you did to invest into something like that. I get it, that was me too.

I honestly wish I would have paid for professional help earlier, BUT we all learn in our own time. This page is for the DIYer who wants to learn about private practice and business skills but needs some resources to make their business take shape.

If you leave this page before getting the checklist, you’re slacking!! Below (scroll down to the pink box) is a FREE step by step checklist of actions to take to launch your private practice. If you need something more tailored, I offer one to one coaching support as well as an online self-paced program to launch your private practice (LYPP). You will get video outlines and worksheets of step by step things to create the strategies behind your business. Take a look at what to expect from the video modules to LAUNCH YOUR PRIVATE PRACTICE HERE. 

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This webpage has loads of resources if you’re looking to launch your private practice completely on your own. If you’re a reader, scroll down for some good books on business. If you’re looking to get in and out of this site quickly, I would hands down recommend the FREE private practice step by step checklist below. Also I’ve listed other resources like podcasts and recommendations for other professionals I have used to help my business along like a brand developer and photographer.

Building your private practice can be tough, and so can sustaining it if you don’t have the right systems in place. If you need more direct support from The Counselors Mentor, jump over to the training support page to find a group that can help you launch and grow your private practice!

Private Practice Step By Step Checklist

Below is the ultimate guide I’ve created to start your mental health private practice. It’s a step-by-step checklist from the business perspective when starting your private practice. Remember, owning a private practice is so much more than being a great clinician. If you’d like a self-paced online setup to learn the ins and outs of your private practice business from initial steps to launch it, click here to get more information on the Launch Your Private Practice Training Group.


Private Practice Professional Partners

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As a solo private practice owner, you can’t expect to do it alone. Trust me, I’m a DIYer at heart too, but it’s important not to tackle business ownership alone. Believe it or not, having a team behind you not only saves you time, but money in the long run too.

Here’s who I recommend for business backend support:

  • A bookkeeper/ accountant like JoinHeard (email me your first and last name and email address if you’d like to get a $100 gift card when opting in for services),
  • Website designer like Emily Almendariz,
  • Legal support like Kenda Dalrymple,
  • Photographer like Tomas Rivera,
  • Online Software system for client records like SimplePractice (email me your first and last name and email address if you’d like to get a $150 off after your first month of paid services).

Private Practice Podcasts

Are you a podcast listener like me? Take a listen to these folks who talk more about sustaining mental health private practices:

I’m a huge believer in self-education, but learning from someone else can be super helpful too. If you’re needing a classroom-type setting to learn more about business basics, check out the training and accountability page for more about the group The Counselors Mentor offers.


Books On Business

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Much of my major learning happened in two places, but both while reading: books and online articles. Reading books on areas of weakness, which for therapists in private practice is usually all things business, can help tremendously in learning business foundations. Here are a few I have read and recommend:

  • “Predictable success” by Les McKeown,
  • “Personal MBA” by Josh Kaufman,
  • “Clockwork” by Mike Michalowicz,
  • “Fix this Next” by Mike Michalowicz,
  • “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott,
  • “Think like a CEO” by Byron Morrison,
  • “Profit First for Therapists” by Julie Herres,
  • “Speak like a CEO” by Suzanne Bates,
  • “She Means Business” by Carrie Green.



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