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.