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Imagine the warm sun on your face, the sound of waves gently crashing on the sand, the water just touching your feet as the tide comes in and out as you lounge in your new beach chair, the ocean breeze bringing that refreshing smell only it can.
 
Decisions are made this way. No, not you sitting in such a serene place thinking and deciding on where you will have lunch. I'm talking about the imagination part of the exercise above.
 
Each of us makes a decision to do or not do something twice. First, we have to imagine ourselves doing or not doing that thing we are contemplating. Most of us make this decision on pure emotion when we should be using our intellect and reason.

 

Are you thinking about starting a private practice? Starting and running a small business is no small thing. Are there signs that you may be a future therapy practice owner?

 

I have the privilege of talking to practice owners from all over. There are some constants when it comes to owning a successful private practice.

 

I also have the opportunity to consult with practice owners who have made some mistakes. I have made my fair share too. Many of these mistakes were avoidable. This is why I created the Start a Therapy Practice websitepodcast, book and The Academy of Private Practice.

 

Below are the skills and characteristics of a future practice owner:

 

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I am always looking for good therapists to hire. Even if I don't have a full caseload for a new therapist, I am always looking for therapists to hire part time or in the future.

Even if you are a solo practitioner, you should be looking for therapists to hire later on. Start networking, and collect names of people to hire.

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In my many years of interviewing and consulting with private practitioners I have found a common thread when it comes to newbie mistakes.  I want to share these with you in hopes that you can avoid them from the get go and begin private practice on the right foot.  If you are already in private practice, this list will still help you evaluate where you are and where you want to go.

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A short video for my fellow Rebel Therapists