Therapist Private practice’s mission is to help qualified professionals who are licensed in a social services field learn how to start and maintain a successful private practice.
I’m Anna Deeds, LPC. I started Therapist Private Practice as a blog to help therapists get into private practice. It began as a free website on WordPress.com. I came up with the name simply by stringing together the keywords for what the blog was about. Not the best way to name a blog, but I was new to the world of blogging. Like any new blogger, I made a lot of mistakes.
I started the blog as I was starting a private practice. A lot of people recommend having a blog to help market a private practice. It’s a way to get your name out there. The more active you are online, the more your name will show up in search results.
The first blog I tried was about addiction. It got some attention but didn’t seem to be really taking off so I decided to try something else.
At the same time, I was frustrated with how little therapists are paid. We put a lot of time, energy and work into our education but we are paid very little. I realized I had to start a private practice to improve my income and have greater freedom.
I spent a lot of time researching private practice but found it hard to find much information. It was nearly impossible to understand insurance, credentialing and billing.
To top it off, it seemed like no one was willing to explain the process too me. Other therapists in private practice seemed discouraging.
I thought if I’m having a hard time, others must be as well. I thought what better to write about than what I am learning as I start a private practice. That was the original blog for Therapist Private Practice.
Over time, I kept writing until I had a whole eBook on starting a practice. I called the eBook 35 Steps to Private Practice. Eventually, the blog turned into this website and I started selling my eBook.
Anyone who has been following along will know I struggled with the idea of pricing. I felt I put too much work into it to give it away. At the same time, I wanted to keep it affordable so it could help more people. I think I found a middle ground by giving everyone a lot for their money.
Where Did I Get My Information?
Before taking the advice of Therapist Private Practice, you probably want to know a little more about us and how we collected the information that is presented in this website.
I spent hundreds of hours researching private practice. I read books, went to trainings, watched videos and talked to other therapists.
I learned a lot but I still made mistakes when I started my practice. I learned more through trial and error than anything else. As I was getting started, I wrote about my experience and what I was learning.
Some information on the site is from other websites which have articles in the public domain. The source of the information is cited at the end of the article. It was included because it had important information. Public domain articles are only a small part of the information on this site.
The majority of what is available on the site is written by me. It is my experience about what has worked and not worked in my practice. As the site grows, I would like to include more information from other therapists.
My vision for Therapist Private Practice is to have a website where thousands of therapists can come together and work collaboratively. We can promote each other’s work, share information and network. I believe it can lead to new opportunities for everyone involved.
I hope you will join me and make my vision a reality!
Anna Deeds, LPC