PPJ 015: Amanda Petrik – Private Practice Journey Discoveries this Month!

On this episode of the Private Practice Journeys podcast, Amanda Petrik, a licensed clinical professional counselor, discusses what new and exciting things have happened in her practice since 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/YN6_QswOSH8

Learning Along the Journey

* Learning about a niche – Amanda believes it is important to find out what you like to do and are good at in relation to counseling and that people will start making referrals to you as a result because you are “known” for helping certain types of clients with certain types of issues. She has felt less burned out since paring down whom she counsels.

* Learning about your personality – Amanda is a Type-A personality (time-managed, organized and ambitious). This personality style has helped her in that if she has a cancellation she does progress notes, invoices, etc.  In other words, she takes advantage of times she has available to benefit her business.  In terms of personality-related challenges, Amanda finds it difficult to be mindful and present in her sessions and at home as business-related matters creep in her mind…so this is something that she is working on.

* Learning about fee setting & fee negotiation – Amanda determined her rates in a somewhat random way in that the biller she was using at the time asked her if she wanted to charge a particular rate because “that’s what everyone else in town is charging.” Given that Amanda bills insurance for most clients those rates have worked well for her.  There have been a few potential private pay clients who have balked at her rates and she has referred them elsewhere.  She has placed information on her website for people to read pertaining to the benefits of paying for services out-of-pocket.

* Learning from other therapists or professionals – Amanda learns from other professionals on Facebook groups such as Private Practice Journeys, Selling the Couch and Private Practice Toolbox.

* Learning from clients – Amanda has found that when she comes across as confident her clients reciprocate and treat her with respect. Using the “act as if” technique (i.e., “fake it until you make it”) can be helpful if you are struggling to navigate business-related matters with clients.

Stops Along the Journey – Check it Out:

* Amanda Petrik’s website: amandalcpc.com

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

* The First Phone Call: Obtaining Client Information and Verifying Insurance Benefits (from chrisquarto.com):  https://www.chrisquarto.com/the-first-phone-call-obtaining-client-information-and-verifying-insurance-benefits/

* Professional Facebook groups that Amanda recommends to obtain private practice information:

** Private Practice Journeys – https://www.facebook.com/groups/704499516382080/?ref=bookmarks

** Selling the Couch – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529269850672775/

** Private Practice Toolbox – https://www.facebook.com/privatepracticetoolbox/

* Simple Practice – https://www.simplepractice.com/


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