PPJ 011: Amanda Petrik – Private Practice Journey Discoveries in March ‘17!

On this episode of the Private Practice Journeys podcast, Amanda Petrik, a licensed clinical professional counselor, discusses what new and exciting things have happened since starting her practice. Give it a listen and find out why you’ll want to follow these therapists on their journeys into private practice! https://youtu.be/Pfgl7ekLXNU

Learning Along the Journey

* Learning to manage time – Amanda is still in the process of adjusting to the pace of private practice schedule as she came from a community mental health center environment in which everything was fast paced. Seeing client after client in private practice can be exhausting, but working in community mental health prepared Amanda for this schedule.

* Learning to develop successful habits – Amanda sets priorities and is self-disciplined. She uses her time wisely to get things done that need to get done; otherwise, things will pile up, which creates stress.

* Learning how to care for yourself – Amanda’s stress signals include migraine headaches, feeling tired, agitation and having difficulty “leaving things at the door” (i.e., turning off her mind) when she comes home from work. She signs up for classes (e.g., exercise, woodworking), hangs out with friends, etc. to get her mind off from work and de-stress.

* Learning about private practice and personal relationships – Amanda’s fiancé – who is a therapist with a part-time private practice – has been very supportive of Amanda throughout her plunge into private practice. He is understanding and has given her advice, which she has found to be very beneficial. Going into private practice has provided Amanda with more flexibility, which has had a positive effect on their relationship. The only real challenge has been when Amanda feels as though she needs to discuss business-related matters with him when he might want to talk about other things. Maintaining balance in relationships is key.

* Learning to develop a private practice mindset/identity – The “money mindset” has been the challenging aspect of transitioning into private practice. For example, Amanda has found it difficult to come to terms with what she’s worth. What has helped her in this regard is looking at things from a consumer standpoint (e.g., “If my doctor asked for a $30.00 co-pay, I don’t think anything of it. Or if I get a bill and it shows that I haven’t paid my deductible, I don’t think anything of it.”).

Stops Along the Journey – Check it Out:

* Amanda Petrik’s website: amandalcpc.com

* Amanda’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaPetrikLCPC/

 



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