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/

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