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Skills to Start a Therapy Practice

Mar 25, 2024 | Careers

Embarking on the journey of starting my own private practice brought with it a flood of questions, chief among them: Do I possess the necessary knowledge and skills? Moreover, the financial aspect loomed large — did I have sufficient funds to tide me over as I navigated the learning curve essential for establishing a successful practice? The transition to private practice is fraught with challenges that extend beyond clinical expertise, involving tasks such as billing, patient acquisition, and setting up an office space, not to mention handling the myriad administrative duties that come with running a business.

The paramount question that haunted me in the initial stages was whether I could acquire and apply the requisite knowledge swiftly enough to sustain myself financially while still in the throes of figuring everything out. Launching a practice requires a significant upfront investment — both financial and emotional. With some savings at my disposal, I decided to take the plunge, fully aware of the uncertainties that lay ahead. This period of doubt was not only a test of my financial resilience but also of my ability to quickly learn and adapt to the demands of private practice.

The fear of financial instability and the daunting list of new skills to be mastered can deter many clinicians from venturing into private practice. The worry is not unfounded; the initial phase is indeed a critical time when the foundation for future success is laid. My experience, however, is a testament to the fact that with hard work and determination, it is possible to navigate through this uncertain period.

Recognizing these challenges, I am motivated to share my experiences and insights through a series of videos aimed at clinicians considering a similar path. These resources will focus on practical guidance for establishing a thriving practice, covering everything from the initial setup to effective patient management and administrative efficiency.

The goal of this series is to demystify the process of starting a private practice and to provide clinicians with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. By addressing common concerns and offering actionable advice, I hope to encourage more clinicians to take the leap into private practice, equipped with the confidence that they can overcome the hurdles and build a fulfilling career.

Dr. Anton Babushkin

Author: Anton Babushkin, PhD

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