I had a thriving part time private practice clientele for a while. But then I found that the more my clients demanded my time, the less time I had for me and my husband. Eventually I found I was working 6-7 days a week. I was too stressed out and I couldn’t take any time off. Now I’ve pulled back on my commitment and stopped taking new clients. I am only seeing a couple of long term clients one evening a week (in addition to my full time school therapist job). In the future, I may expand it again and attempt to go full time private practice, but not for a while. 5 years ago
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How I did it: I found a woman in private practice, interviewed with her, clicked with her, became her employee and built a part time private practice clientele. I was lucky in that the woman who owned the practice rented me her office in the off-hours for a very low fee and provided me with consultation for free. She is a wonderful person and will continue to be a mentor for me. I charged a low self-pay fee ($50 per hour, sliding scale down to $30) and never had to deal with third party payers. At first, I just received overflow clients from this other therapist. However, through word of mouth referrals my private practice clientele began to grow... it became harder to balance their requests for certain times and days for therapy... it became harder also to respond to their crises, last minute cancellations etc. I found I was working 6-7 days a week to accommodate the needs of my private clients. So I decided to stop taking new clients and now I only see a couple of long-term clients one evening a week. It's much more manageable, though I don't feel it's worth it financially to do this. I keep this one evening a week as an option for me and my clients; I can also keep "part time private practice" on my resume. Read how I did it… 5 years ago
Well, this is going to happen in a different way than I first thought. I’d been working on becoming an independent contractor through this private practice agency, but apparently that’s not possible until I achieve full licensure. So now I’m working on becoming a W-2 employee there instead. A small, bureaucratic difference in what I’m called and how I’m paid, but nonetheless it’s coming along. 7 years ago