PPJ 009: Debby Simmons – Private Practice Journey Discoveries in February ‘17!

On this episode of the Private Practice Journeys podcast, Debby Simmons, a licensed marriage and family therapist, discusses what new and exciting things have happened since starting her practice last month. Give it a listen and find out why you’ll want to follow these therapists on their journeys into private practice! https://youtu.be/8nNCkxCK42w

Learning Along the Journey

* Learning by doing – Interviewing and hiring is something that a solo practitioner must learn how to do when expanding to group private practice. Trusting your intuition can play an important role in this process. Debby started her interviews with the question, “Tell me about yourself, your background and what you’re looking for.” Also, she asked, “Why do you want to use a holistic approach?” She evaluated whether their responses were in line with her thoughts about how she wanted to run the Center. Debbie kept the conversations conversational, which reduced the tension of the interview process. A final piece of advice is that when hiring people just don’t take anyone who comes along who expresses an interest in joining your practice.

* Learning from experience – It is important not to “put the cart before the horse” in terms of getting things into place (e.g., purchasing business cards) too early for a person who says they want to work for you or who has initially agreed to work for you because they may end up changing their mind. Figuring out how to get the telephone and e-mail systems set up for all of the practitioners in the practice is a learning experience. Getting input from the practitioners pertaining to various things about the practice is a good way to get “buy-in” from them.

* Learning to market – Debby is updating her website to include videos and other resources for clients/potential clients.

* Learning about finances – Debby is learning how to develop a good tracking system to track income of the practice. She’s currently using Quicken to keep track of income.

* Learning about yourself – Debby was feeling stagnant and needed to do something different to feel excited as a therapist. She finds that being a business owner of a group practice has re-energized her, which her clients have even noticed!

* Learning and wisdom – You’ve got to believe in yourself and have hope to be successful as a business owner.

Stops Along the Journey – Check it Out:

* Debby Simmons’ website: http://primrosehealingandwellness.com/

* Primrose Healing & Wellness Center phone number: 650-425-3451

* Awaken Sol Media website: https://awakensol.com/

 



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