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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing SOAP Notes

4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing SOAP Notes

Thorough, consistent documentation of your interactions with your clients and their progress are vital parts of treatment. They’re also important … Continued

What We’re Reading – January 2021

What We’re Reading – January 2021

Although in-person bookclubs aren’t possible these days, that hasn’t stopped us from reading and discussing the books we’ve loved. Our … Continued

10 Art Therapy Activities for Teenagers

10 Art Therapy Activities for Teenagers

Most people probably wouldn’t describe themselves as creative, but creativity has many different forms. Just because someone doesn’t feel creative … Continued

What We’re Reading – December 2020

What We’re Reading – December 2020

As this year comes to a close, it’s clear that the challenges of 2020 won’t simply disappear in the new … Continued

Is It Ethical to Exchange Gifts With Clients?

Is It Ethical to Exchange Gifts With Clients?

Can you accept gifts from your clients? Can you give them? To avoid awkward moments in your sessions, you should … Continued

What We’re Reading — November 2020

What We’re Reading — November 2020

This year has taken a serious toll for a lot of people. There are plenty of reasons people may be … Continued

What We’re Reading — October 2020

What We’re Reading — October 2020

“Normal” is a word we’ve been hearing a lot of in the past few months. Early in the spring, people … Continued

What We’re Reading – September 2020

What We’re Reading – September 2020

In just the first six months of 2020, so many tenets of American society have been thrown into question. Now, … Continued

6 Things Every New Therapist Needs to Know

6 Things Every New Therapist Needs to Know

If you’re a therapist who has recently graduated and is still in the very early stages of your career, it … Continued

What We’re Reading – August 2020

What We’re Reading – August 2020

Therapy, online dating, discussions about race, class, and gender—everything in the year of a global pandemic is under review and … Continued

How to Build a Client List

How to Build a Client List

As a small business owner, you should always be thinking about how to build your client base. This is essentially … Continued

What We’re Reading – July 2020

What We’re Reading – July 2020

Beef wellington, European bans, and the queer countryside… It doesn’t have to be Pride Month to celebrate the vibrancy and … Continued

What We’re Reading – June 2020

What We’re Reading – June 2020

This month, we’re amplifying Black and POC voices because the content we read, watch, and listen to is an essential … Continued

What We’re Reading – May 2020

What We’re Reading – May 2020

Staying informed can feel like a full-time job as we all settle into our new normal. And if you’re like … Continued

Why Your EHR’s Customer Support Team Matters

Why Your EHR’s Customer Support Team Matters

As a private practitioner, your time can be consumed by the day-to-day operations that are necessary to keep your business … Continued

20 Essential Telehealth Tips for Your Virtual Practice

20 Essential Telehealth Tips for Your Virtual Practice

Pamela Suraci, MA, LMFT, CIRT is a certified telemental health provider with an office in San Luis Obispo, California. She … Continued

How the Stimulus Package Impacts Your Practice 

How the Stimulus Package Impacts Your Practice 

Jennie Schottmiller, LMFT, CPA is the founder of Simple Profit—an educational resource for small business owners. As a licensed therapist … Continued

The Ultimate Telehealth Insurance Roundup

The Ultimate Telehealth Insurance Roundup

Are you making the transition to telehealth but finding the insurance side of things to be muddy at best?  Instead … Continued

What We’re Reading – April 2020

What We’re Reading – April 2020

Even though we’ve all been met with some unique disruptions to our daily lives this month, it’s inspiring to see … Continued

Top Psychotherapy CPT Codes Billed in 2019

Top Psychotherapy CPT Codes Billed in 2019

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you’re using the correct Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes? Knowing the proper codes … Continued

What We’re Reading – March 2020

What We’re Reading – March 2020

From building healthy habits for your practice, to tips for disease prevention — we have you covered this month. Listed … Continued

From Skilled Nursing to Private Practice

From Skilled Nursing to Private Practice

Speech-Language Pathologist Private Practice Have you thought about setting up a private practice? If you’re a speech-language pathologist, you’re not … Continued

What We’re Reading – February 2020

What We’re Reading – February 2020

2020 is off and running. With so many articles shared daily, it can be hard to keep up—so we’ve rounded … Continued

10 Tips that Will Change How You Feel About Marketing

10 Tips that Will Change How You Feel About Marketing

Meet James Guay, LMFT When James Guay entered the mental health profession as an intern in San Francisco in 1999, … Continued

This Clinician Incorporated Mindfulness into Her Private Practice—with Powerful Results

This Clinician Incorporated Mindfulness into Her Private Practice—with Powerful Results

Meet Nikki Rubin, Psy.D Nikki Rubin realized early on in her career that every mental health practice has two equally … Continued

What We’re Reading – January 2020

What We’re Reading – January 2020

At the beginning of the year, it’s easy to stumble upon thousands of different posts on the topic of resolutions … Continued

Top 10 Surprising Facts We Learned in 2019

Top 10 Surprising Facts We Learned in 2019

In 2019, SimplePractice Learning customers have enrolled in more than 14,000 hours of continuing education through our on-demand video platform. … Continued

What We’re Reading – December 2019

What We’re Reading – December 2019

Tired of sifting through the endless sources of news articles online? We’ve rounded up a collection of the most interesting … Continued

What We’re Reading – November 2019

What We’re Reading – November 2019

Tired of sifting through the endless sources of content online? We rounded up some of the most interesting articles and … Continued

What We’re Reading – October 2019

What We’re Reading – October 2019

This month, we read about a poet managing obsessive compulsive disorder, how to organize an overflowing email inbox, the science … Continued

Letter Templates for SLPs

Letter Templates for SLPs

Are there any parts of your job you wish you didn’t have to do? Like putting together an authorization for … Continued

Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 3 of 3)

Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 3 of 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice, we covered insurance and … Continued

What We’re Reading – September 2019

What We’re Reading – September 2019

Overwhelmed by the amount of articles and blogs on the web? We’ve narrowed down some of our current favorites and … Continued

The 4 Features Every Mobile Entrepreneur Needs

The 4 Features Every Mobile Entrepreneur Needs

For some health and wellness specialties, your office isn’t four walls — it’s wherever your clients need you to be. … Continued

What We’re Reading – August 2019

What We’re Reading – August 2019

There are a ton of articles and blogs on the web. We wanted to share some of the most thought-provoking … Continued

Top 20 ICD-10 Codes of 2019 (Year-to-Date)

Top 20 ICD-10 Codes of 2019 (Year-to-Date)

If you’re interested in examining the top ICD-10 codes used by SimplePractice therapists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors so far … Continued

Therapy Session Rates by CPT Code

Therapy Session Rates by CPT Code

Understanding your market To survive in any industry, you need to charge an amount that enables you to stay in … Continued

SimplePractice is the Most Popular Therapist Billing & Practice Management Platform

SimplePractice is the Most Popular Therapist Billing & Practice Management Platform

SimplePractice was recently named the #1 Most Popular Therapist Billing & Practice Management by Zencare, an online service that connects … Continued

Mental and Behavioral Telehealth in Private Practice

Mental and Behavioral Telehealth in Private Practice

As technology continues to improve — from the computers on our desks to the phones in our hands — it … Continued

Fill-in-the-Blank Letter Templates for Your Private Practice

Fill-in-the-Blank Letter Templates for Your Private Practice

Save Time with Free Letter Templates Trying to write a business letter from scratch can be a challenge, especially when … Continued

Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 2 of 3)

Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 2 of 3)

Picking up from Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 1), here are some more actions you … Continued

Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 1 of 3)

Tips to Improve the Financial Health of Your Practice (Part 1 of 3)

‘What’s the financial health of my practice?’ It’s a question that many business owners don’t ask often enough or at … Continued

Preparing Your Practice for Generation Z

Preparing Your Practice for Generation Z

A new generation of clients will soon be knocking on your practice’s door (or visiting your practice’s URL). We’re talking … Continued

Getting Started with Telehealth

Getting Started with Telehealth

Are you ready for telehealth? Making the decision to add telehealth services to your practice may seem daunting—why bother? Well, … Continued

Should I get paneled with insurance payers?

Should I get paneled with insurance payers?

Weighing the pros and cons of joining payer panels Will you join one or more payer panels, or will you … Continued

5 Steps for Hiring MFT Associates

5 Steps for Hiring MFT Associates

Finding the right MFT associate for your practice or agency takes time, but it can be well worth the effort, … Continued

Make What You’re Worth: How to Set Your Psychotherapy Session Rates in Private Practice

Make What You’re Worth: How to Set Your Psychotherapy Session Rates in Private Practice

NOTE: This research is based on 2017 data. Here is the latest version based on 2018 data.  Also, check out … Continued

The Most Frequently Used ICD-10 Codes in Behavioral Health in 2017

The Most Frequently Used ICD-10 Codes in Behavioral Health in 2017

Top 25 ICD-10 codes Curious about the top ICD-10 codes being used by your fellow SimplePractice customers in 2017? Great … Continued

Does Meditation at Work…Work?

Does Meditation at Work…Work?

When I walked into SimplePractice on my first day a few months ago, I instantly felt that this place was … Continued

Creating a Welcome Package for New Clients in Therapy That Keeps Them Coming Back

Creating a Welcome Package for New Clients in Therapy That Keeps Them Coming Back

Increase your efficiency with a template for your welcome package for new clients As part of your practice policies, you … Continued

What They Didn’t Tell You About Starting a Counseling Practice

What They Didn’t Tell You About Starting a Counseling Practice

Starting a counseling practice was always a goal of yours, but understand that there are a lot of unexpected challenges … Continued

Sidewalk Talk: I am heard, therefore I exist

Sidewalk Talk: I am heard, therefore I exist

A core component of our business here at SimplePractice are the unique partnerships we form with different organizations. But life … Continued

How to Get Therapy Clients To Keep Coming Back

How to Get Therapy Clients To Keep Coming Back

Build rapport and be supportive to reduce no-shows For the second time this week you had a no-show. Today, you … Continued

A Guide to Tax Deductions for Psychologists

A Guide to Tax Deductions for Psychologists

Do you know which tax deductions for psychologists you’d qualify for? It’s tax season. Are you prepared? Even if you’ve … Continued

How to Attend a Psychotherapy Conference and Get the Most Out of It

How to Attend a Psychotherapy Conference and Get the Most Out of It

Getting the most out of a psychotherapy conference involves preparation and organization. It’s time to get your annual CEUs and … Continued

The Best Feng Shui Office Colors for Psychologists

The Best Feng Shui Office Colors for Psychologists

Use feng shui office colors to help your clients feel calm and at ease “The most important thing to understand … Continued

5 Mental Health Performance Indicators Every Practice Should Track

5 Mental Health Performance Indicators Every Practice Should Track

Mental health performance indicators help private practice owners know if they’re growing, and if not, where to focus their time … Continued

How to Write a Voicemail Script for Any Private Practice Office

How to Write a Voicemail Script for Any Private Practice Office

Use this clinician voicemail script to ensure you’re not missing any important information As you know from working with clients, … Continued

9 Psychology Journals and Magazines for Therapists

9 Psychology Journals and Magazines for Therapists

If you’re looking to add to your subscription list, try one of these psychology journals. Better yet, try them all! … Continued

How to Create Psychotherapy Business Cards That Leave an Impression

How to Create Psychotherapy Business Cards That Leave an Impression

Psychotherapy business cards are one of your biggest marketing tools. Invest in a hard-working design that attracts prospective clients for … Continued

Starting Up: How to Get Counseling Clients For a New Practice

Starting Up: How to Get Counseling Clients For a New Practice

You didn’t learn how to get counseling clients in school, but that doesn’t mean you won’t do so quickly. You … Continued

8 Substance Abuse Group Topics for Addiction Treatment Counselors

8 Substance Abuse Group Topics for Addiction Treatment Counselors

Liven up your treatment schedule with these tried-and-true substance abuse group topics. If you’re a certified or licensed substance abuse … Continued

How to Use Social Media in Your Private Practice

How to Use Social Media in Your Private Practice

Social media, for health & wellness professionals is a great tool to nurture potential clients and network with colleagues. “Don’t … Continued

5 Self-Care Activities for Groups That Promote Overall Wellness

5 Self-Care Activities for Groups That Promote Overall Wellness

Self-care activities for groups will keep participants engaged and teach them how to be kind to themselves. Your groups are … Continued

4 Keys to Balancing Life and Work as a Therapist or Counselor

4 Keys to Balancing Life and Work as a Therapist or Counselor

Balancing life and work may seem impossible for a therapist, but it’s easier than you think “Never permit a dichotomy … Continued

How to Use Outcome Measurement Tools in Mental Health

How to Use Outcome Measurement Tools in Mental Health

Outcome measurement tools, in mental health therapy, empower you—and your clients—to set goals and determine the treatment’s effectiveness. “Our goals … Continued

9 Great Websites for Therapists to Find Ideas, Resources, and Support

9 Great Websites for Therapists to Find Ideas, Resources, and Support

These websites for therapists will help you stay in the know and work with clients Do you find yourself searching … Continued

How to Improve Your Private Practice Therapy Business in 10 Steps

How to Improve Your Private Practice Therapy Business in 10 Steps

Are you ready for a thriving private practice therapy business? “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful … Continued

5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Employees in a Group Practice

5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Employees in a Group Practice

If dealing with difficult employees stresses you out, these five strategies will ease your struggles. Ah! The joys of managing … Continued

Must-Have Telephone Manners for a Mental Health Practice

Must-Have Telephone Manners for a Mental Health Practice

When was the last time you thought about telephone manners? Make sure yours are up to par before picking up … Continued

5 Stress-Reducing Activities for Families

5 Stress-Reducing Activities for Families

Keep a list of stress-reducing activities for your clients to use with their entire family, regardless of whether you treat … Continued

How to Use Psychology Workshops as a New Revenue Stream

How to Use Psychology Workshops as a New Revenue Stream

You can market psychology workshops to clients or other counseling professionals. Who will you target? It doesn’t matter if you’re … Continued

5 Group Therapy Activities for Adults

5 Group Therapy Activities for Adults

There are many group therapy activities for adults. Be innovative with your counseling approach. “Alone we can do so little, … Continued

How to Create a Self-Care Journal: 4 Ideas for Journaling Paths to Improvement

How to Create a Self-Care Journal: 4 Ideas for Journaling Paths to Improvement

Dedicating time to a self-care journal helps counselors fight burnout. “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” —Isaac … Continued

When Does a Therapist Have to Break Confidentiality?

When Does a Therapist Have to Break Confidentiality?

Ah, confidentiality. One of the primary reasons clients choose to enter into a counseling relationship. They want to know they can share their inner fears, secrets, and desires with a neutral party, and that individual will not, and cannot, share that information with anyone else.

Why is Self Care Important for Mental Health Practitioners?

Why is Self Care Important for Mental Health Practitioners?

Why is self-care important when you’re the counselor, not the client? Your clients may ask you, “Why is self-care important?” … Continued

10 Group Activities for Kids Who Are Acting Out

10 Group Activities for Kids Who Are Acting Out

10 group activities for kids to practice and play outside of their counseling appointments Whether they’re having tantrums at school, … Continued

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

We’ve all been there. We sit, we stare, we even start to clean as long as it means that we … Continued

Rebuilding a Practice in a New City: SimpleSpotlight on Lara Hanson

Rebuilding a Practice in a New City: SimpleSpotlight on Lara Hanson

Lara Hanson, LCSW is a recent San Diego to Los Angeles transplant, who has been re-building her private practice over … Continued

When Risk Taking Pays Off in Private Practice: A SimpleSpotlight on Kristin O’Rourke

When Risk Taking Pays Off in Private Practice: A SimpleSpotlight on Kristin O’Rourke

Kristin O’Rourke, LCSW, has a unique practice in the New York area, in which she sees her clients entirely in … Continued

How to Build an Abundance Mindset in Private Practice

How to Build an Abundance Mindset in Private Practice

At SimplePractice, we love the idea of therapists building efficient and successful practices — so last week, when I read … Continued

Do the Work and the Clients Will Come: A SimpleSpotlight on Lindsay McGrath

Do the Work and the Clients Will Come: A SimpleSpotlight on Lindsay McGrath

Even in a therapist-heavy city like Portland Lindsay McGrath, LMFT has built a consistently thriving private practice working primarily with … Continued

10 Simple Self Care Strategies in 10 Minutes or Less

10 Simple Self Care Strategies in 10 Minutes or Less

At SimplePractice, I have spent hundreds of hours interacting with and helping our therapists. And a recurring theme that I … Continued

Are You a Self-Compassionate Private Practice Owner?

Are You a Self-Compassionate Private Practice Owner?

Have you ever had moments of struggle as an entrepreneur and private practice owner? Of course you have!     … Continued

Ideal Practices DO Exist: A SimpleSpotlight on Tracy Tanner, LMFT

Ideal Practices DO Exist: A SimpleSpotlight on Tracy Tanner, LMFT

It is hard not to be moved by the passion of a therapist who loves her work. And even via … Continued

SimpleSpotlight: Alicia Taverner on Building a Practice with Baby

SimpleSpotlight: Alicia Taverner on Building a Practice with Baby

Alicia Taverner is an LMFT in private practice in Rancho Cucamonga, growing her practice during her 18-month-old son’s naptimes. We … Continued

Embracing Insurance: A Spotlight Interview with Danielle Kepler, LCPC

Embracing Insurance: A Spotlight Interview with Danielle Kepler, LCPC

Since venturing out from her group practice 9 months ago, Danielle Kepler, LCPC already has a full and profitable practice. … Continued

Can I Deduct That?

Can I Deduct That?

A quick guide to the common and not-so-common write-offs for private practice clinicians. For private-practice clinicians, tax deductions are critical to … Continued

Weathering the Ups and Downs of Private Practice

Weathering the Ups and Downs of Private Practice

Uriah Guilford on the Tears, Fears and Playing to your Strengths in Entrepreneurship For this SimpleSpotlight post, we’re talking with Uriah … Continued

Entrepreneurship as Self-Care: SimpleSpotlight on Kama Hiner, LCPC

Entrepreneurship as Self-Care: SimpleSpotlight on Kama Hiner, LCPC

Some therapists dive headfirst into the risks and rewards of private practice right out of school and never look back. … Continued

The ICD: What Therapists Need to Know

The ICD: What Therapists Need to Know

Earlier this week, Congress passed a measure to delay the implementation of ICD-10 from October 1, 2014 until at least … Continued

1 simple HIPAA step you may be forgetting

1 simple HIPAA step you may be forgetting

In the September rush up to the HIPAA compliance deadline, you were probably focused on the big items on your … Continued

Does HIPAA mean I can’t email with clients?

Does HIPAA mean I can’t email with clients?

This dilemma is being discussed endlessly on HIPAA boards, and opinions vary.  It is clear that emailing (or texting) clients … Continued