Checking Your Ego and Narcissism of Social Media

Checking Your Ego and Narcissism of Social Media

I have yet to meet a therapist who has embraced social media with open arms. If you are one, please step forward and introduce yourself, because right now your existence is on par with magical unicorns.

Most therapists I meet and connect with are deeply plagued by how to use social media effectively and even deeper fears of being seen on these platforms.

The field of psychology is way behind the curve in embracing social media and online platforms as the new norm. We are riddled with messages of narcissism and pseudo-connection, and even scorned if we do choose to step into the current culture and utilize all of the platforms and opportunities available to us.

What It Means to be an Entrepreneur in Private Practice

What It Means to be an Entrepreneur in Private Practice

Entrepreneur is definitely a hot word right now and we are living in a time where more and more people are stepping into and embracing themselves as entrepreneurs, especially with all of the opportunities afforded to us with the internet.

But does going into traditional private practice qualify us to call ourselves entrepreneurs, or are we small business owners?

Where to Start if You're Brand New

Where to Start if You're Brand New

If you’re like most therapists new to private practice, or even just beginning to consider entering into private practice, you have likely experienced some of the overwhelm and uncertainty of where to begin.

The solution to this problem is this: Start with a Dream and End With a Goal.

What Do You Believe About Private Practice

What Do You Believe About Private Practice

I was sitting at lunch last week with a therapist who had reached out to connect with me as he is getting ready to move into his post-doctorate life, and he asked me, “So, Jenn, how did you do it, how did you build a successful private practice?”  Good question, right?  I thought so, and I took a minute to reflect on what he had asked me.  I gave him the most honest, heartfelt response I had, which was that “I always knew I would.”

I went into grad school knowing that my ultimate destination was private practice. I can remember the messages being delivered those first few days of school of how I could expect to make no money as a psychologist and not to bother with private practice because it's too hard to build a sustaining practice. Whether it was naiveté, or arrogance at the time, I chose to brush off those messages as foolish and I'm so thankful that I did because how we think about ourselves, our business, and our potential for success is critical to the amount of success we achieve.