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November Quandary: My Client Hasn’t Paid Me but Still Wants to Meet!

Five Clinicians Give Their Take

Chris Lyford • 12/8/2018 • No Comments

By Chris Lyford - Carla has been seeing her therapist for almost six months. She’s been good about paying for sessions in the past, but she recently lost her job, is short on cash, and has missed her last five payments. She still wants to see her therapist weekly, but says she’s unsure when she’ll be able to pay in full. This isn't sustainable for him. Here's how five therapists say they'd respond.

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Adjusting to Therapy's Changing Landscape

Assessing Our Values in an Age of Therapeutic Quick Fixes

Jeffrey Kottler • 10/25/2018 • 1 Comment

By Jeffrey Kottler - Ultimately, there have been some huge seismic waves that have shaken our profession to its core, many of which present new challenges and a changing landscape that bears little resemblance to what may have once been expected.

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VIDEO: What Keeps Clients Coming Back?

The Power of Transparency

Lynn Grodzki • 10/17/2018 • 1 Comment

What keeps clients coming back? Lynn Grodzki—psychotherapist, business coach, and author—encourages therapists to be proactive in helping clients understand what to expect from the therapy process. This might seem simple, but it requires clear communication at two critical junctures.

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Giving the Perfect Workshop

Those Who Do It Well Keep This One Principle in Mind

David Wexler • 8/19/2018 • 2 Comments

By David Wexler - I’ve spoken at more than a thousand conferences, and over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what works for speakers and what doesn’t, as well as how best to design an engaging professional workshop. Here’s what I’ve found.

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The Art of "Selling" Therapy

Six Steps for Winning Over New Clients

Robert Taibbi • 8/17/2018 • 1 Comment

By Robert Taibbi - However we may resist the idea, we’re in the therapy business, and the reality is that our initial contact with clients represents the same challenge faced by salespeople seeking to turn shoppers into satisfied customers. Our job isn’t to make people buy things they don’t need, but to assess people’s needs and show them the match with what they have to offer.

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Reclaiming Therapeutic Excellence

The Crucial Ingredients May Surprise You

Mark Hubble, Scott Miller • 7/21/2018 • No Comments

By Scott Miller and Mark Hubble - Working harder isn't about filling the week with additional hours on the job. Reaching the top requires hard work of an entirely different order: consistently and consciously pushing to reach objectives just beyond one’s level of proficiency. Because of the human tendency to underplay our shortcomings, measurement and feedback are vital

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Why Would Anybody Become a Therapist?

Reflecting on the Soul of Our Professional Identity

Barry L. Duncan • 7/6/2018 • 3 Comments

By Barry Duncan - It’s no secret that this is a tough time to be a therapist. In public agencies, we’re underpaid, overworked, and held to unattainable "productivity standards." So why would anybody choose to enter such a field? Recent findings reveal that therapists stay in the profession not because of material rewards, but because they value connecting deeply with clients and helping them to improve.

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Getting "Ghosted" by Clients

Four Stories from Therapists, and What They Learned from Their Experience

Chris Lyford • 6/15/2018 • 5 Comments

By Chris Lyford - We've all seen it happen. Maybe some of us are even guilty of it ourselves: Sometimes it's easier to simply ignore people than respond when they reach out. But this disappearing act, or "ghosting" as it's become commonly known, also happens to therapists quite often. Here, four clinicians share their stories.

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When Money Comes Up in Therapy

Two Ways to Make Your Fee Policies Clear and Easy to Talk About

Lynne Stevens • 3/16/2018 • 3 Comments

By Lynne Stevens - Most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. It has taken me years to understand that therapy is not separate from the exchange of money. I am in this profession because I care and have skills and knowledge that can help, and I also need to make a living.

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Is Sport Psychology a New Clinical Direction For You?

An Opportunity to Expand Your Practice

Mitchell Greene • 10/27/2017 • No Comments

By Mitchell Greene - There are plenty of similarities between my clinical and sport psychology work. Like any group, however, athletes have their own lingo, culture, rituals, and lifestyle. Understanding the ins and outs of them can give you a leg up on establishing rapport, trust, and mutual understanding.

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