Hello! I’m Anna Deeds, LPC, the creator of this website. I do the writing, design, marketing and…I actually do everything on the site. LOL. It keeps me busy. That’s me in the picture on the right. A few years ago, I started Therapist Private Practice as a blog to document my progress with starting a practice.
I know the name is kind of clunky and hard to say. I came up with it by stringing together keywords. Keywords are one way people find a website. Over time, I started shortening the name. I like to call it TPP.
I’m so happy you found my website! I hope you enjoy reading the posts and eBooks. I want you to get some practical information that will help you start a private practice.
Helping therapists break into private practice is my passion. It started when I realized there is a huge gap between how much one-hour of therapy costs and how much most therapists are paid for an hour.
We offer a professional service. Why should other people make money off the service we provide? I understand when they provide us something in return. Maybe they get you clients or do the billing. But a lot of places don’t do anything for us but they want to take MOST of our money. And even when they do offer services like billing or answering phones, we can usually hire people for less money.
I had enough! I got angry. So I got off my butt and made my own way. I hope you’ve had enough too. The only hard part about starting a practice is knowing how to do it. I’ve solved that for you by creating this site. 😀
Anyway, I wrote a short bio (the boring stuff) for you.
My Professional Bio…
I have a Master’s degree in Counselor Education (MSEd) from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. The picture on the left shows my graduate degree.
I completed my 3,600 supervised counseling hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2011. I posted a picture of my PA professional counselor license below my degree. The picture links to the Pennsylvania licensing board. You can verify my credentials there.
I’m a proud member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) too. I believe they do a great job advocating for our profession. I like that they are trying to get word out to the public about counselors. I think most people don’t understand the difference between counselors, social workers, psychologists and similar fields.
I worked with children for many years as Therapeutic Staff Support and with adults with mental health issues at a Partial Hospitalization Program. I worked at methadone clinics in Pittsburgh and Uniontown, PA as an Addiction Specialist and Partial Coordinator.
For a while I was writing paid, professional articles about addiction for a website called Choose Help. I could still do that but I don’t have the time. And I’ve written for several blogs. I started the original blog, Therapist Private Practice at WordPress.com. It eventually became this website.
I started my private practice in January 2013 in a tiny office in my hometown. I loved my little closet. Really, it was a closet. I’ll share the story of my first office and some pictures below.
My First Office…
I was on unemployment before I started my first office. I had to go to a hearing about some vacation pay I collected. I noticed there was a social worker with a private practice office in the building. I took one of her business cards as I was leaving.
I called her and asked to meet with her about private practice. It turned out she was only in that office a couple days a week.
She was a nun associated with Catholic Charities who also has an office in the building. She told me when she needed an office, the building manager converted a storage closet to an office for her. (I told you my first office was a closet! LMAO)
She offered to share the office with me. Since it was such a small space, the rent was only $140 a month. It was an incredible find for someone starting out. And I only had to pay half. Where else can you rent an office for $70 a month? To find an affordable first office, you may have to be creative. That is how I got started in private practice.
My Journey into Private Practice…
After leaving methadone counseling, I opened a private practice office and worked hard to build a clientele. I had a decent caseload and was booking about 30 sessions a week. But I started to feel isolated. I thought I’d like to find another therapist to share an office with.
Through LinkedIn, I met a family therapist who later became my business partner.
Okay, that didn’t work out so well. I’ll write you an article about why to get everything in writing. I know, I should have known better. Chalk it up to the trusting nature of counselors. But I learned a lot from the experience. And I still have a thriving practice.
On December 1, 2015, I opened Deeds Counseling in Uniontown, PA. It is my third office. I know I will have this office for a while. I signed a 5-year lease. LOL.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m bragging but it is a beautiful office. I’m so proud of it. And I’ve been getting a ton of new clients. I’ll tell you how in a post.
Or maybe I’ll write a marketing eBook. 😉
I posted a few pictures on the right. ➡ The first one is my office building. I took the second one like someone is walking into my office. That’s the reception/waiting room although I didn’t get a receptionist yet. In the closing section below, you can see a picture of my office. It still needs some decorating but I really love it. One day I’ll have time to get everything finished. LOL.
The best thing about my new office is I have room to grow. There’s a second office beside my office plus the building has other offices available that I can lease if I need more room. I’m planning on expanding by 2017.
Please enjoy the site. Use the Contact page if you have any questions or comments. I will answer as many as I can. I hope to get to know many of you who become a part of this site. Go to the forums! No one is posting on there. We can make that a place for all of us to talk if everyone would post.
If you want to be in private practice, one of the first things you need to do is get on all the directories that you can. I have to post this on my website to verify my identity:
It’s free so why not sign up for it? Plus, they’re connected to Vitals.com, which is a huge listing for doctors. I’m also on Psychology Today. It costs a bit but it’s worth it. Later, I’ll post a list of sites you’ll want to be on.
I wish you good luck with your private practice!
Anna Deeds, LPC