Help I need more clients NOW!

September 3rd, 2009

If you are a therapist in private practice then you know the feelings around these words. There is a feeling of fear and overwhelm as you see fewer clients on your schedule. We have all been there, and know that panicked state. Here are 5 strategies to help you through this phase:

1. Get back to basics—Connect!

Reconnect with those who refer to you and catch up for a cup of coffee or send them a hand written note. These gatekeepers are people who know about your services and recommend clients to you. If you don’t have referral sources, now is the time to start building relationships.

2. Connect with your clients

Connecting with your clients should be be done on a regular basis. This means sending out your newsletter, calling to follow-up, or sending out a follow-up note.

3. Become THE expert

When you establish yourself as the expert in a specific area you become the “go to” person when people are in need of the specific solution you offer. Don’t be afraid to stand out of the crowd, that is exactly how you will get noticed!

4.  Start thinking like a business person

When you think like a therapist in private practice you think of trading dollars for hours. This limits the number of people you can help and the how much money you can make. When you start to see yourself as a business person you can explore different ways to leverage your time so you can reach many more people and free up your dollars for hours mindset.

5. Seek support

Surround yourself with people who are at where you want to be. Stretch yourself by being with people who are a few steps ahead of you- meaning they are experiencing the lifestyle and “workstyle” you’d like. Mentors see what is possible because they are already there. Surround yourself with these folks and you’ll find yourself pulled forward into what’s possible!

If you’d like more support and specific strategies to jump start your therapy business join our Fill Your Practice NOW program. Click here to read more…

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