Archive for November, 2010

Beyond Managed Care

November 30th, 2010

Welcome to the online forum for the Beyond Managed Care event. Please feel free to share your insights and learning from the Beyond Managed Care Tele-Forum Event Dec 6-10th.  If you have questions for our speakers please share them, and we may use these questions during the LIVE calls.

In case you missed it, here are the event details:

I know as a helper and healer it is in your heart to be of service and help people, it’s innately what you love to do ( me too)! Here’s the thing, many therapist struggle with helping more people AND creating consistent income. They believe it’s either one way-serving clients, or the other way- making money.

Well, I’m so excited to share with you a F*R*E*E (everyone loves F*ree!) paradigm-shifting event that will help you discover how you can have both- a thriving practice with consistent income while helping many, many more people.

Join me as part of the complimentary Beyond Managed Care Tele-Forum: How to Stop Giving Your Time and Money Away to Insurance Companies, December 6-10. (Don’t worry if you don’t take insurance, this event will show you practical ways to help more clients WITHOUT taking insurance! Yippee!)

Click here to learn more:
www.managedcareforum.com

I am bringing together a panel of experts to talk about working WITH AND BEYOND insurance- and I know this will be of immense value to all the LCATs out there who are looking for ways to increase their income and help more clients.

Regardless if you accept insurance or not, you will leave this event with practical information you can apply to your practice to see immediate results.

Image how this information will impact your practice when you learn how to:

  • Streamline your working with managed care, to save you time and head-aches
  • Welcome new clients into your practice, regardless if you accept insurance or not
  • Increase your fees 20- 30% (or more) without offending or losing your current clients
  • Focus your time and energies so you connect with more potential clients (and I can honestly tell you it’s not what you’ve been taught)

I’d love for you to join me in this truly transformational event December 6-10!

Click here to learn more:
www.managedcareforum.com

Thanks so much for being a part of this paradigm-sifting event! I’m truly honored you are here. Please add you comments and questions below and I look forward to connecting with you at the tele-forum!

Until we connect again, let your brilliant light shine!

Dr. Laura JJ Dessauer, EdD, ATR-BC,LCAT,LMHC
Creativity Queen, LLC & Founder of the International Association for Therapists in
Private Practice
www.thecreativityqueen.com
www.iatpp.org

P.S. Please free to pass this information on to friends and colleagues, we’d love to have them join us and they are welcome to attend this complimentary event!

Here are some links to help you keep a pulse on the latest news on health care reform:

Fiscal Commission’s Recommendations on Health Care Spending

New York Times Health Care Reform

Kiaser Health News

New York State Assumption of Medicaid Administration

Health News Florida

Boston Globe Health Forum

Los Angeles Times Largest Health Care Plans Fined


Mandala Mondays are back-Yippee!

November 29th, 2010

Okay, it’s the holiday season and often this causes great chaos and imbalance, since a ‘normal routine’ gets a bit jumbled with holiday gatherings, and lots of rushing about to get things done.

As I was reflecting I realized that one of the most calming periods I can remember in recent years was during the period where I was doing daily mandalas. There was something so purging and calming during those months where my daily practice involved centering with art before I stepped into the busyness of the days.

So I invite you to join me on a delicious journey back to self. I will be making mandalas daily, and although it may not be possible to create your daily mandala, I invite you to join me on Mondays as we celebrate ‘Monday Mandalas’.

Here’s the Mandala De Jour

“Cracked Wide Open”

Please share your mandala links, your artwork, and your centering rituals as we move joyously into a season of centered celebration!


Are you unconsciously pushing clients away from working with you?

November 17th, 2010

I bet you are reading the title to this article and thinking, “no way”, however you may be doing, and thinking, some things that may actually be pushing your clients away from working with you. Read this short article and see if you’re unconsciously pushing away your clients and how you can put the welcome mat out on your practice!

So how do you know if you are pushing your clients away? Here are some signals to look for.

1. You don’t have systems in place.

You may be thinking ‘systems’? What’s a system, and why the heck would I need one? If you don’t have systems in place you’ll be spending so much time and energy on doing things again (and again), you may feel exhausted and overwhelmed when a new client comes along.

How do you know if this is problem for your business? Ask yourself if you would feel overwhelmed and stressed out if your business were to double? If the answer is yes, then it’s likely you’re pushing clients away.

Systems are ways to repeat a series of actions to achieve a specific result. As a creative pioneer, I hesitated creating systems because I thought I would be bored! What I realized instead is that a system acts like a bookend and allows the flexibility and freedom to play within the structure.

So here are areas you can create systems for your business. Create systems for follow-up, for client conversations, for your intake process, after networking and speaking events. Once you do so you’ll have a repeatable system that takes the guess work out of what to do or say, and you’ll be able to focus your energies elsewhere.

2. When the phone rings you get nervous.

Yes, a bit of nerves may be common, but if you’re feeling anxiety about taking on new clients this may be a sign that something else is going on. Take a minute and check-in to see what’s underneath the nerves. Do you feel like taking on another client is too much, do you feel concerned you don’t know enough to help this person, are you worried about being overwhelmed with more paperwork and filing insurance for your clients?

When you identify what your anxiety is about there is an opportunity to make changes. If you’re not sure about the underlying feeling, take 15-minutes and write words or draw images of what you’re feeling. You get clear quickly, so you can shift your energies to welcoming new clients.

3. You’re really busy with lots of things, but they are not activities that put you in conversations with potential clients.

Is your office activities and business a distraction from connecting with clients? If so, then you are likely to take on more projects and stay really busy doing and redoing things (and checking and rechecking your emails). Instead, shift the focus and put your efforts and energies on connecting with and engaging in conversations with your potential clients and referral resources.  The cool thing is once you create systems (see #1) then, you’ll have the exact process to connect and follow-up with your potential clients.

4. You terminate with clients before they are ready.

My therapist friend and I had a great conversation the other night about the length of working with clients. She spoke candidly about having clients she worked with for years, and how early on in her career she would feel compelled to move clients out of her practice. Now she realizes that clients continue to come to sessions (year after year) because they value having someone fully present listening to them. She realized it was her  ‘stuff’ that wanted to move people out of her therapy office.

So how do you respond to termination? Even if you work in a short-term or a program model, do you provide the option for maintenance sessions or follow-up check-ins?  If not, you may be missing out on an area to further support your clients and you may be unconsciously pushing your clients away.

Are you ready to take action and receive instant access to tools and information to help you accelerate your practice so you can help more clients?

This exciting, professional International Association for Therapists in Private Practice is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly training calls, checklists, forms, templates, an active and amazing community to support you in growing your practice, and more…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to learn all the exciting details.


What I learned my 1st year at my new business

November 3rd, 2010

What I learned my 1st year at my new business: How I created a new business helping over 1100 people in 1-year, and how this information can help you transform your business too!

I can honestly tell you I had no intention of launching a new business this last year. It just evolved and I found myself being asked for business advice from other therapists and healers. I love sharing what I had learned over the years and I found myself joyously sharing what was successful for me (as well as all the mistakes I made along the way).
I was being called to do this work and I just couldn’t deny it. A part of me tried to stay small (and rationalize why I shouldn’t do it) and found I just couldn’t disregard what I desired. The more I resisted moving into what was next for me, the more disconnected I felt. So I listened to my heart, took a bold leap of faith and found when I follow my heart, invested in my vision, and created a clear plan with consistent support, it lead to remarkable transformations!
Here are 4 gems I learned in the process and I know they will help you as you create your own path for the work you are meant to do.
1. Use both sides of your brain to create what’s possible for your business.
Your intuition and divergent thinking can to help you move into what’s next for you and your business. It is in this place of possibilities where you can discover intuitively and soul-fully what’s right for you. When you don’t listen to yourself at an intuitive level, you act from a place that’s very left brained and logical. Often this left brained thinking is based upon what you believe you ‘should’ do (and what you believe others want you to do), which limits your possibilities thinking for your personal and professional growth.
In turn, left-brained thinking helps you get into action and create your step-by-step action plan to help more people, so you can create powerful changes. The blend of intuition and possibilities thinking will help you expand your business vision, and the logical liner left-brained thinking will help you create systems and take action, to make your vision a reality. What expansive joy to play in both aspects and watch how the logical and intuitive converge to create amazing transformations.
You’ll find the magical formula of listening to your intuition, following you heart, then creating an action plan and implementing are the alchemy to making all powerful business decisions. Welcome both of these aspects into your business and watch yourself expand and your business soar!
2. In order to help the people you are meant to serve you must heal your relationship with money.
Money is a direct reflection of your beliefs about love. That’s a powerful statement and I encourage you explore that and notice what comes up for you. Notice how you experience your relationship with money. Do you welcome it and look forward to receiving it, do you push it away because you feel like it’s not important, do you horde it because of fear that it wouldn’t be enough? Just notice any parallels that come up between love and money and then release any beliefs that do not serve you, without judgments.
When you heal your relationship with money and hold your unique gifts as gems with immense value, then you’ll find money will flow to you more easily and effortlessly.
3. Creating products and re-doing your website are exciting…and if you are looking to fill your practice they are not where you should be focusing your time and money.
There are very clear activities you can do to build your business. Although having a website is important, and there’s lots of talk about creating products and multiple streams of income- unless you have a step-by-step plan on how you work with clients, (with one activity leading into the next), these are just random strategies and they will likely leave you feeling disenchanted with marketing and doubting your self when it comes to making business decisions.
So where should you spend your time, energies, and money? All your energies should be spent on activities that will help you connect with your potential clients or working with your current clients, plain and simple. When you decide to revamp your website or create a product, you should do so in a systematic way, as part of your business plan, to support you in connecting with more clients and helping more clients. All of these in alignment will help you create more opportunities to help more clients.
4. You can only grow your business as far as you grow yourself.
We know that as therapists we continually invest in our personal development so we can heal ourselves, and help guide our clients. It’s been said that, “you can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself” (Gene Mauch). This is not only true in the therapy office, but in our businesses too. If you are not growing and expanding your business learning then you cannot grow your business. Yet, so many therapists and healers do not take the time to invest in growing their business. They may read a book or take a course, then expect to see results and when they don’t see the results they desire they stop marketing.
I found that each time I invested in a big way in growing my business and growing myself, I saw rapid changes. Was it the information I invested in, or the act of making a commitment, or placebo effect? Likely all of the above just like with our clients, when they courageously step forward into what’s possible, and then shifts happen (at times subtle, and other times quite profound).
So take a minute and reflect on how you desire to grow your business over the next 6-months and then make a commitment to learn more business skills and grow yourself in the process.
Are you ready to take action and receive instant access to tools and information to help you accelerate your practice so you can help more clients?
This exciting, professional International Association for Therapists in Private Practice is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly training calls, checklists, forms, templates, an active and amazing community to support you in growing your practice, and more…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to learn all the exciting details (LINK****)

photo by Rob Ortho

photo by Rob Ortho

I can honestly tell you I had no intention of launching a new business this last year. It just evolved and I found myself being asked for business advice from other therapists and healers. I love sharing what I had learned over the years and I found myself joyously sharing what was successful for me (as well as all the mistakes I made along the way).

I was being called to do this work and I just couldn’t deny it. A part of me tried to stay small (and rationalize why I shouldn’t do it) and found I just couldn’t disregard what I desired. The more I resisted moving into what was next for me, the more disconnected I felt. So I listened to my heart, took a bold leap of faith and found when I follow my heart, invested in my vision, and created a clear plan with consistent support, it lead to remarkable transformations!

Here are 4 gems I learned in the process and I know they will help you as you create your own path for the work you are meant to do.

1. Use both sides of your brain to create what’s possible for your business.

Your intuition and divergent thinking can to help you move into what’s next for you and your business. It is in this place of possibilities where you can discover intuitively and soul-fully what’s right for you. When you don’t listen to yourself at an intuitive level, you act from a place that’s very left brained and logical. Often this left brained thinking is based upon what you believe you ‘should’ do (and what you believe others want you to do), which limits your possibilities thinking for your personal and professional growth.

In turn, left-brained thinking helps you get into action and create your step-by-step action plan to help more people, so you can create powerful changes. The blend of intuition and possibilities thinking will help you expand your business vision, and the logical liner left-brained thinking will help you create systems and take action, to make your vision a reality. What expansive joy to play in both aspects and watch how the logical and intuitive converge to create amazing transformations.

You’ll find the magical formula of listening to your intuition, following you heart, then creating an action plan and implementing are the alchemy to making all powerful business decisions. Welcome both of these aspects into your business and watch yourself expand and your business soar!

2. In order to help the people you are meant to serve you must heal your relationship with money.

57419882Money is a direct reflection of your beliefs about love. That’s a powerful statement and I encourage you explore that and notice what comes up for you. Notice how you experience your relationship with money. Do you welcome it and look forward to receiving it, do you push it away because you feel like it’s not important, do you horde it because of fear that it wouldn’t be enough? Just notice any parallels that come up between love and money and then release any beliefs that do not serve you, without judgments.

When you heal your relationship with money and hold your unique gifts as gems with immense value, then you’ll find money will flow to you more easily and effortlessly.

3. Creating products and re-doing your website are exciting…and if you are looking to fill your practice they are not where you should be focusing your time and money.

There are very clear activities you can do to build your business. Although having a website is important, and there’s lots of talk about creating products and multiple streams of income- unless you have a step-by-step plan on how you work with clients, (with one activity leading into the next), these are just random strategies and they will likely leave you feeling disenchanted with marketing and doubting your self when it comes to making business decisions.

So where should you spend your time, energies, and money? All your energies should be spent on activities that will help you connect with your potential clients or working with your current clients, plain and simple. When you decide to revamp your website or create a product, you should do so in a systematic way, as part of your business plan, to support you in connecting with more clients and helping more clients. All of these in alignment will help you create more opportunities to help more clients.

4. You can only grow your business as far as you grow yourself.

We know that as therapists we continually invest in our personal development so we can heal ourselves, and help guide our clients. It’s been said that, “you can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself” (Gene Mauch). This is not only true in the therapy office, but in our businesses too. If you are not growing and expanding your business learning then you cannot grow your business. Yet, so many therapists and healers do not take the time to invest in growing their business. They may read a book or take a course, then expect to see results and when they don’t see the results they desire they stop marketing.

I found that each time I invested in a big way in growing my business and growing myself, I saw rapid changes. Was it the information I invested in, or the act of making a commitment, or placebo effect? Likely all of the above just like with our clients, when they courageously step forward into what’s possible, and then shifts happen (at times subtle, and other times quite profound).

So take a minute and reflect on how you desire to grow your business over the next 6-months and then make a commitment to learn more business skills and grow yourself in the process.

Are you ready to take action and receive instant access to tools and information to help you accelerate your practice so you can help more clients?

This exciting, professional International Association for Therapists in Private Practice is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly training calls, checklists, forms, templates, an active and amazing community to support you in growing your practice, and more…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to learn all the exciting details.