Ever notice that when you start talking about opening up your own mental health private practice you don’t always feel warm and fuzzy feelings? When you consider it further, maybe it’s met with some resistance from loved ones, making you wonder if you shouldn’t. Perhaps the negative conversations happen within your own mind. What of I don’ make it? How will I pay all of my bills? What if I don’t grow? Maybe deep down inside, you’re the one scared and telling yourself you’re not going to be successful as a business owner.
This blog is part one of the series “Get Rid of the Fear in Launching your Private Practice.” The series will address some of the reasons you may feel worried or have experienced resistance from loved ones when considering opening up your own private practice. Not only will negative mindsets be discussed but solutions as well.
Here is one common negative mindsets that will forever deter you from taking the leap into private practice.

The Scarcity Mindset.

In simplest terms, a scarcity mindset suggests we have limited access to resources and could at any moment not have enough. Everything is scarce, and as a result, you live accordingly. You don’t take chances, you don’t invest and you don’t take risks. You prefer the saying “rather be safe than sorry.” Your actions remain safe and predictable. While this mindset is understandable and can be quite helpful depending on situation, it can also be limiting- especially if you’re considering opening up your own business.
Any business owner will tell you opening up a business requires a certain level of risk. Not everything is certain. However, taking a risk does not have to be foolish. Opening up a business, requires a well thought out and structured game plan, that includes an objective look at finances, growth and structure. Educated and well informed decisions on the topic of business is highly encouraged. With modern technology, you have a host of videos, articles, tutorials and guides that help guide you when creating the foundation of your business. One area I wish I started using sooner was podcasts!
Here is a list of platforms and individuals I highly encourage taking a look at:
  • Author: Mike Michalowicz
  • Private practice owner: John C. Clarke
  • Private practice owner: Dr. Marie Fang
  • Group Practice Owner: Maureen Werrbach
While I highly recommend learning before doing, many business owners will tell you they learned as they went. Myself included! Research shows it can be successful as well but can be very challenging-it’s called experiential learning or self- directed learning. So the next time you’re worried you may not have enough within you to succeed as a business owner- just do it. Stop holding yourself back and do it. If you’re unsure where to start, reach out and get help. Don’t doubt yourself to the point of not choosing entrepreneurship.
Where can you find help in launching your own private practice you ask? RIGHT HERE! The counselors mentor is launching the next accountability and training program this year for those who want to take the leap and become a business owner of a solo private practice. Email today for more information.