Archive for June, 2010

How to create the practice your heart desires!

June 16th, 2010
I spoke to two different therapists within 24-hours who were talking about feeling burned out. That’s a terrible feeling, and I know all of us who have worked with clients for any length of time have felt that way. It’s essential to nourish ourselves and re-charge our batteries, and I hope you are creating space in your life to do so.
I’m honoring my heart’s desire to travel, connect, and chill-out this summer. First with a trip to Washington DC, where I’m being flown out by SORE to be a part of a video they are creating (how cool is that), and then off to NY for 6 weeks “playcation”. I’ll be spending lots of time on the lake, taking some time to read, do art, hike, nap, be with family and friends, while working with select practice building clients, and my platinum group.
Sounds delicious, right? You may even want to eradicate me from your email box, angrily thinking, “Well that just works for you Laura”. Here’s the most joyous part of this, you can recreate what your practice looks like, so it honors you, and what you desire.
How?
Let’s break it down, so you too can start to see the possibilities. In the process you’ll get to engage both sides of your brain, working first with your creativity and intuition, then with your logical linear thinking.
First, get very clear on what you desire, exactly what it looks like and feels like for you to be living in alignment doing your heart’s work being of service to others, AND how you are being of service to yourself.
Secondly, you need a step-by-step plan. This is where the logical and linear mind shows up to support you, with a clear and concise plan of action to take. This is what will help you move from point A to point B, and reach the goal you desire.
When I did this in my own therapy business it became crystal clear on what I needed to focus on to help me move toward the goal I desired, it also helped me get clear on what I was doing that was a waste of time, energy, and money.
Here’s my question for you, do you have your ‘how’? Do you have a step-by-step plan in place with the clear actions you need to take to create the practice your truly desire?
Your Creative Practice Building Homework:
1. Create your ideal vision of your therapy business, what you are desiring to create. This is where you can invite your intuitive, creative, knowing side to come forward and play. Pull out the art supplies and collage materials, or write with your non-dominant hand, or wave you magic wand and wish, whatever gets your creative juices flowing…then allow space for you to witness what arises without judgment and censorship.
2.Create an action plan. Start by identifying what you desire to create, your outcome, then break it down into small steps to get there. First identify your clients, then develop your system on how you work with clients, then how you will connect with them, then how you will create a system to continue to follow-up with clients who are not quite ready, then create a plan on how to leverage your time, so more people will have access to the gifts you have and you’ll be of service to many more clients. When you break it down into smaller steps you’ll have a map for your business and you’ll see results quickly!
Ready to be handed all the information necessary to move into action quickly and create your step-by-step action plan? Then you are going to want to jump on this final opportunity to join the Fill My Practice NOW Bootcamp. This offer ENDS TONIGHT (after midnight poof, it’s gone), and you are not going to want to miss this value packed program!! …(link to bootcamp)

I spoke to two different therapists within 24-hours who were talking about feeling burned out. That’s a terrible feeling, and I know all of us who have worked with clients for any length of time have felt that way. It’s essential to nourish ourselves and re-charge our batteries, and I hope you are creating space in your life to do so.

heartsdesireI’m honoring my heart’s desire to travel, connect, and chill-out this summer. First, with a trip to Washington, DC where I’m being flown out by SCORE to be a part of a video they are creating (how cool is that), and then off to NY for 6 weeks “playcation”. I’ll be spending lots of time on the lake, taking some time to read, do art, hike, nap, be with family and friends while working with select practice building clients and my platinum group.

Sounds delicious, right? You may even want to eradicate me from your email box, angrily thinking, “Well that just works for you Laura”. Here’s the most joyous part of this, you can recreate what your practice looks like, so it honors you, and what you desire.

How?

Let’s break it down, so you too can start to see the possibilities. In the process you’ll get to engage both sides of your brain, working first with your creativity and intuition then with your logical linear thinking.

First, get very clear on what you desire, exactly what it looks like and feels like for you to be living in alignment doing your heart’s work being of service to others, AND how you are being of service to yourself.

Secondly, you need a step-by-step plan. This is where the logical and linear mind shows up to support you with a clear and concise plan of action to take. This is what will help you move from point A to point B and reach the goal you desire.

When I did this in my own therapy business it became crystal clear on what I needed to focus on to help me move toward the goal I desired. It also helped me get clear on what I was doing that was a waste of time, energy and money.

Here’s my question for you – Do you have your ‘how’?

Do you have a step-by-step plan in place with the clear actions you need to take to create the practice you truly desire?

Your Creative Practice Building Homework:

  1. Create your ideal vision of your therapy business, what you are desiring to create. This is where you can invite your intuitive, creative, knowing side to come forward and play. Pull out the art supplies and collage materials, or write with your non-dominant hand, or wave your magic wand and wish, whatever gets your creative juices flowing…then allow space for you to witness what arises without judgment and censorship.
  2. Create an action plan. Start by identifying what you desire to create, your outcome; then break it down into small steps to get there. First identify your clients; then develop your system on how you work with clients; then how you will connect with them; then how you will create a system to continue to follow-up with clients who are not quite ready; then create a plan on how to leverage your time, so more people will have access to the gifts you have and you’ll be of service to many more clients. When you break it down into smaller steps you’ll have a map for your business and you’ll see results quickly!

Ready to be handed all the information necessary to move into action quickly and create your step-by-step action plan? Then you are going to want to jump on this final opportunity to join the Fill My Practice NOW Bootcamp. This offer ENDS TONIGHT (after midnight poof, it’s gone), and you are not going to want to miss this value packed program!!

Sign up here! www.businesssuccessfortherapists.com/bootcamp


Want a new client today? Here's a tip how

June 10th, 2010

I’ve been getting a lot emails asking for some strategies to jumpstart your private practice and quickly help you see an increase of new clients.

So, I wanted to share with you 3 tips that I know will help you immediately start to see flow in your private practice NOW.

Today I’m sharing Tip #1 to help you get into action quickly.

Tip #1

Make a decision you are going to get a new client today, plain and simple. When you make a powerful decision and take action, you will see results. So take a few minutes to set aside what you are doing. Take a deep breath and visualize welcoming the new client to your practice. Feel their presence and see them coming into your office ready to make powerful changes in their lives. Allow this to resonate with you.  Open up a new folder for them with all the intake paperwork and set it on your desk, welcoming your new client.

Your creative practice building homework:

CONNECT!

I have a folder with the names and numbers of people who called for information about my services; these are folks who weren’t ready at the time, or we were unable to connect for some reason. If you have a similar folder (and you should) pull it out and, go through it. Give a call to each person, letting them know you wanted to follow-up and offer them an opportunity to come in to meet with you to discuss where they are at with resolving their problem.

If you don’t have a folder with names, then reach out to people you know (both family and friends) letting them know you’re taking new clients and who do they know who could benefit from what you do?

If you are nervous or fearful come from the mindset that you are there to be of service and your call may just be the thing that helps them to finally take action and resolve the problem they are struggling with. You are offering them a gift; show up with that energy when you connect and you will feel authentic and aligned as a healer and helper.

Filling your practice authentically from a place of service does not need to be so difficult. When you are given the tools, and show step-by-step how to do it, it can be very fulfilling and FUN too! If you are ready to take action and create a full practice then click here to learn about the upcoming Fill My Practice Bootcamp where you get specific strategies to quickly and authentically fill your practice!

Want more tips?  Check back next week for Tip #2, a strategy to help you create more income quickly.


Are you missing something in your therapy practice?

June 3rd, 2010
Imagine a potential client with a specific problem that’s impacting them. (I know you can image this clearly). They’ve had the problem for a while and it is impacting their life. They are feeling overwhelmed, and frustrated. They’ve been reading some books and visiting websites to learn more about their problem, and although they understand it better, they still continue to struggle. They feel isolated, disconnected, and they are not seeing any change from their efforts.
Then they decide to work with you in therapy, and they begin to feel validated and understood. With you as a witness they begin to discover aspects of themselves they had not seen or explored before. You have created a safe space for them to grow and they start to shift their thoughts and behaviors. From this sacred space they begin to make changes in their self-perception and as they honor their self and let go of patterns, stories and behaviors, than no longer serve them, they deepen their love of self and the relationships with others.  You are a witness to their journey because you held the space for transformation, exploration, self-expression, pain, and growth. (read on blog)
NOW imagine you are in private practice and you have a problem with growing your business that is impacting you. You’ve had this problem for a while and it’s impacting your self-esteem and confidence, as well as your potential to help others and create a consistent income for yourself. You are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. You’ve visited some websites and read some books on building your practice, and although you understand the problem better, you are still continuing to struggle. You feel isolated, disconnected, and you are not seeing change from your efforts.
Then you decide to invest in learning how to build your practice. You feel validated and understood as you learn and implement new information, you were unaware of. You are part of a community of like-minded people who are also interested in growing their practice, and you feel supported in this safe place, to try something new. From having a place of support, accountability and feedback you start to try new ideas in building your practice and you begin to shift your thoughts around building your business and talking about your services. You begin to let go of stories and beliefs around struggling in your practice and you start to implement new ideas and you feel an increasing self-confidence and mastery as you celebrate your progress with your “tribe” of peers who truly understand the importance of the healing work that you do. You are part of a transformative journey together and as a result of their support and feedback you’re experiencing a new level of awareness, energy, and excitement and you’re seeing results in your practice, you haven’t experienced before.
Yes, our work in our therapy business often parallels the process of our client’s work. It’s about taking risks outside of our comfort zone, about seeing things in a new light, about awareness of what we desire and what’s not working, and about another bearing witness to our journey, and helping us to see areas where we are stuck (or unaware of), and how we can grow.
So what you may not realize in your journey to grow your practice is that without support and encouragement you may continue to struggle, just like the client who visits the websites and reads books, but hasn’t yet committed to therapy.
However, you can take big leaps forward in your practice when you commit to learning new information AND you receive support and feedback. Whether it’s a tribe of like-minded peers, a mentor, or coach, you will be able to create transformations much more quickly when you do it with others.
Here are 5 things you can do to accelerate your therapy practice, keep you focused, and hold you accountable to make changes in your therapy practice.
1. Create a “reading club” with other therapists. Read the same book and implement the practices. Hold weekly meetings for support and accountability.
2. Brainstorm with other therapists. This can be a mastermind program where each therapist has an allotted time to explore new ideas and receives feedback from their colleagues. Make sure you set this up consistently, so there is on-going accountability.
3. Contact SCORE or other business mentoring programs and receive counseling on business practices. Having a perspective from someone outside of the therapy field will help you grow your business in new ways.
4. Join a practice building group. These are like-minded peers who have invested in a program and are ready to take action. You’ll be pulled forward by the successes of others and you will be held accountable to follow through on new practices.
5. Commit to 1:1 coaching. Yes, this may be the largest investment, and it’s also the fastest way to grow your practice, allowing you to quickly learn new information and implement new strategies.
Your Creative Practice Building Homework: Pick one and take action. Yes, I’m known for encouraging my practice building clients to commit to “imperfect action”. Waiting to do things perfectly leads to inactivity, and I’m sorry to say, you’re likely to stay in the same place hoping things will be different. So choose one from the list above and start to take imperfect action!
Are you ready for more support NOW? Learn step-by-step how to authentically Fill Your Practice NOW and receive support and feedback from your peers, as well as myself.  Read on…(link to bootcamp)

Imagine a potential client with a specific problem that’s impacting them. (I know you can image this clearly). They’ve had the problem for a while and it is impacting their life. They are feeling overwhelmed, and frustrated. They’ve been reading some books and visiting websites to learn more about their problem, and although they understand it better, they still continue to struggle. They feel isolated, disconnected, and they are not seeing any change from their efforts.

rainbowThen they decide to work with you in therapy, and they begin to feel validated and understood. With you as a witness they begin to discover aspects of themselves they had not seen or explored before. You have created a safe space for them to grow and they start to shift their thoughts and behaviors. From this sacred space they begin to make changes in their self-perception and as they honor themselves and let go of patterns, stories and behaviors that no longer serve them, they deepen their love of self and their relationships with others.  You are a witness to their journey because you held the space for transformation, exploration, self-expression, pain, and growth.

NOW imagine you are in private practice and you have a problem with growing your businesshelp that is impacting you. You’ve had this problem for a while and it’s impacting your self-esteem and confidence, as well as your potential to help others and create a consistent income for yourself. You are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. You’ve visited some websites and read some books on building your practice, and although you understand the problem better, you are still continuing to struggle. You feel isolated, disconnected, and you are not seeing change from your efforts.

Then you decide to invest in learning how to build your practice. You feel validated and understood as you learn and implement new information, you were unaware of. You are part of a community of like-minded people who are also interested in growing their practice, and you feel supported in this safe place, to try something new. From having a place of support, accountability and feedback you start to try new ideas in building your practice and you begin to shift your thoughts around building your business and talking about your services. You begin to let go of stories and beliefs around struggling in your practice and you start to implement new ideas and you feel an increasing self-confidence and mastery as you celebrate your progress with your “tribe” of peers who truly understand the importance of the healing work that you do. You are part of a transformative journey together and as a result of their support and feedback you’re experiencing a new level of awareness, energy, and excitement and you’re seeing results in your practice you haven’t experienced before.

Yes, our work in our therapy business often parallels the process of our client’s work. It’s about taking risks outside of our comfort zone, about seeing things in a new light, about awareness of what we desire and what’s not working, and about another bearing witness to our journey, and helping us to see areas where we are stuck (or unaware of), and how we can grow.

streetsignSo what you may not realize in your journey to grow your practice, is that without support and encouragement you may continue to struggle just like the client who visits the websites and reads books but hasn’t yet committed to therapy.

However, you can take big leaps forward in your practice when you commit to learning new information AND you receive support and feedback. Whether it’s a tribe of like-minded peers, a mentor, or coach, you will be able to create transformations much more quickly when you do it with others.

Here are 5 things you can do to accelerate your therapy practice, keep you focused, and hold you accountable to make changes in your therapy practice.

  1. Create a “reading club” with other therapists. Read the same book and implement the practices. Hold weekly meetings for support and accountability.
  2. Brainstorm with other therapists. This can be a mastermind program where each therapist has an allotted time to explore new ideas and receives feedback from their colleagues. Make sure you set this up consistently, so there is on-going accountability.
  3. Contact SCORE or other business mentoring programs and receive counseling on business practices. Having a perspective from someone outside of the therapy field will help you grow your business in new ways.
  4. Join a practice building group. These are like-minded peers who have invested in a program and are ready to take action. You’ll be pulled forward by the successes of others and you will be held accountable to follow through on new practices.
  5. Commit to 1:1 coaching. Yes, this may be the largest investment, and it’s also the fastest way to grow your practice, allowing you to quickly learn new information and implement new strategies.

Your Creative Practice Building Homework: Pick one and take action. Yes, I’m known for encouraging my practice building clients to commit to “imperfect action”. Waiting to do things perfectly leads to inactivity, and I’m sorry to say, you’re likely to stay in the same place hoping things will be different. So choose one from the list above and start to take imperfect action!

Are you ready for more support NOW? Learn step-by-step how to authentically Fill Your Practice NOW and receive support and feedback from your peers, as well as myself.  Read on…http://www.businesssuccessfortherapists.com/bootcamp/