Working for an agency as a counselor, therapist or other mental health practitioner can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. Until it is not… Making the shift from agency work into private practice can should be done in a way that is ethical and is a financially sound move.
- Leaving the agency needs to be done with a lot of planning and forethought.
- Prepare yourself financially before making that move
- Consider starting out part-time with an existing practice or group.
- Make sure there are no conflicts of interest or ethical violations
- Consider going into a niche that is not being served by the agency you are currently working for.
- Get your private practice infrastructure in place as a way to prepare to make the move.
- Simply making the decision to move into private practice has a way of bringing motivation and changing the attitude about the current job.
- Learn as much as you can about being self-employed and running a small business during while you are making the transition.
Leaving agency work to go into private practice is absolutely doable. It does need to be done with a plan in place and making sure you are covering your bases financially and doing things in an ethical manner.
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By L. Gordon Brewer, Jr., MEd. LMFT – Gordon is the President and Founder of Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC. He is also a consultant and business mentor at The Practice of Therapy. Follow us on Twitter @therapistlearn. “Like” us on Facebook.