PPJ 003: Meet Amanda Petrik!

On this episode of the Private Practice Journeys podcast, Amanda Petrik, a licensed clinical professional counselor, discusses how she got involved in the helping profession, why she decided to go into private practice and what she did to prepare herself to “take the plunge.” Give it a listen and find out why you’ll want to follow these therapists on their journeys!  https://youtu.be/kPSbTVDP1TA

Learning Along the Journey

* Some therapists like Amanda specialize in treating clients with certain types of psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders) in order to attract more clients.

* Preparing for private practice

  • Starting a website
  • Establishing contacts with doctors, school counselors, social workers, psychologists & university counseling center to set up referral network (i.e., obtain & make referrals)
  • Making personal contact with referral sources helps establish relationships (referral sources feel more comfortable with you).
  • Following through on what you tell referral sources you will do is critical in order to establish yourself as a “person of your word” and to generate additional referrals.
  • Starting a practice is like being on an emotional roller coaster; it can be exciting, but nerve wracking when you don’t hear anything or aren’t getting calls from potential clients.
  • Trying to figure out how to balance time (i.e., work time vs. personal time) can be challenging as a private practitioner. It is important to set boundaries in terms of work hours vs. personal hours so you don’t burn out.
  • As a private practitioner, you need to figure out ways of caring for yourself.
  • Words of wisdom: Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find out what other successful private practitioners have done to start and operate their practices.

Stops Along the Journey – Check it Out:

* Amanda Petrik’s website (including blogs and other helpful resources): http://www.amandalcpc.com/

 

 



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