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How to Increase Client Referrals for Your Private Therapy Practice

Posted: April 18, 2018 | TheraNest Team

Tips to Increase Client Referrals for Your Private Practice

A lot goes into building a business and because your private practice is a business before anything else, it is no different. In fact, we think it might require even a tad bit more effort to build a successful private practice than it would your run of the mill retailer.


Building a successful private practice means creating a trusting and lasting connection with your clients. You’re not selling a product they can buy anywhere, you’re selling a service that is personalized to their needs. Because of this niche category that therapy services fall into, building a strategy for growth is not as clear cut as it is in other industries.

However, this does not mean it’s not possible. In this post we’re going to be outlining initiatives you can take to increase your client referrals and build a solid client referral strategy to build your private therapy practice.

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How To Go Paperless In Your Therapy Office

Posted: March 26, 2018 | TheraNest Team

How To Save Time & Resources: Go Paperless

Going paperless at your therapy private practice might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Having the right tools and processes in place before you begin transitioning to a paperless practice can save you both time and headache. Not to mention, taking the time to go paperless now will help set your private practice up for future success in the future.

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Marketing Automation for Private Practice: A Hands-Off Approach

Posted: March 12, 2018 | TheraNest Team

The Private Practice’s Guide to Marketing Automation

Marketing automation allows you to do everything from engaging prospective clients on the need for mental health services to reminding current clients of upcoming appointments. There’s a misperception that marketing automation is only for big practices, but I’d argue that marketing automation is even more useful for small to medium practices where staff and other resources are limited. Automating your marketing allows you to stretch your reach without constantly performing the same tedious day to day tasks that business growth requires. In this post, we’ll explain how to get started with marketing automation for private practice.

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How the New Tax Code Impacts Therapists and their Tax Deductions

Posted: March 2, 2018 | TheraNest Team

New Tax Code, Now What?

As if taxes were not already overwhelming enough, they just got just a little bit more confusing this year. As you probably know, a new tax code was passed in December, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This new tax code is raising a lot of questions and comments from therapists to accountants alike.

It is important to note here that neither the IRS nor most accountants have a full understanding of what this new tax code entails–it is an extremely complex piece of legislation. The IRS will continue to release new information regarding the tax code over the next few months.

In the meantime, we’re breaking down the parts of the tax code that we know impact therapists and private practice owners and answering some of the questions you’re probably wondering about right now.

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8 Automated Emails to Send to Your Therapy Clients

Posted: February 26, 2018 | TheraNest Team

8 Automated Emails You Should Always Send

Sending automated emails is one of the best strategies to stay top of mind with your therapy clients. But if you’re new to the world of email marketing, you may not know which emails to send and when.

In this post, we’ll guide you through the most important automated emails that you should always send to your clients and why. Let’s get started.

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Are Your Psychotherapy Notes HIPAA Compliant? - TheraNest Blog

Are Your Psychotherapy Notes HIPAA Compliant?

Posted: February 20, 2018 | TheraNest Team

How to Maintain HIPAA Compliant Psychotherapy Notes

HIPAA compliance is a topic that is always on a therapist’s mind–after all it impacts almost every aspect of running a private practice. Not only is HIPAA important for protecting clients’ rights, but it also grants therapists powerful protections as well.

The most common questions we get here at TheraNest, often have to do with HIPAA compliance–especially as it pertains to psychotherapy note taking.

In this post, we’re discussing the HIPAA privacy rule and how it applies to your notes, including both progress and psychotherapy (or process) notes. 

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7 Advantages to Offering Online Counseling - TheraNest Blog

7 Advantages to Offering Online Counseling

Posted: February 19, 2018 | Guest Author

This post has been authored by Valerie Kuykendall-Rogers, MA, LPC-S as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Valerie at the bottom of this post.

How To Become an Online Therapist

The world of Online Counseling! It has so many different names–Tele Mental Health/Tele Counseling, etc. It can be confusing, at best, to determine if Online Counseling will be a good fit for you and your small business (aka private practice).  There are so many misconceptions, misunderstandings, and just plain old mistakes when it comes to deciding whether to offer Online Counseling and my goal is to address them here. So, take a moment to sit back, relax, and discover the top 7 advantages to offering Online Counseling.

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How I Practice with Sarah Buino

Posted: February 13, 2018 | TheraNest Team

How I Practice... with Sarah Buino

The following  interview has been lightly edited for clarity. The How I Practice series asks therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners to share their successes, shortcuts, routines, and more.

Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Let us know here!

1. First of all, tell me a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.

I actually majored in music education in undergrad. After I graduated I ended up doing arts administration work until I came to a realization: I had always wanted to be a therapist. In the past, I didn’t really know how. I didn’t know what the steps were to get there. Once I figured out a plan, I followed through: I went straight to school and got my Masters in Social Work.

Therapy is a second career for me. I think coming to a second career, there is a little more seriousness than just coming out of school. I will say I think my administrative background really helped me in starting my private practice–it gave me the experience I needed to tackle the administrative side of private practice.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes When Starting Your Private Practice in Counseling

Posted: February 9, 2018 | TheraNest Team

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Private Practice

Finally, you’re in business for yourself. Congratulations! Starting a private practice can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. There’s something so satisfying about being your own boss, and providing a much-needed service for your community. You have the freedom to work with whomever you choose, whenever you choose.

But before you can start celebrating, there are a few things you must consider when opening your private practice. Let’s look at the most common mistakes that private practitioners make, especially within the first year of starting up. We’ll also share some tips on how to avoid making these mistakes in the future.

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