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Howard Spector

Howard is the CEO and Co-founder of SimplePractice. Howard has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. He is proud to have earned his MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

How to Navigate Private Pay & Insurance for Your Clients

How to Navigate Private Pay & Insurance for Your Clients

Understanding the differences between private pay & insurance options If you accept private pay, insurance, or even individualized payment plans for … Continued

15 Important Office Procedures and Policies for Counselors and Therapists

15 Important Office Procedures and Policies for Counselors and Therapists

Are you these office procedures and policies part of your private practice? Congratulations! You run a thriving private practice, and … Continued

7 Types of Stress Reducing Foods Clients Learn to Love

7 Types of Stress Reducing Foods Clients Learn to Love

A list of stress-reducing foods helps your clients practice self-care As Julia Child said,“People who love to eat are always … Continued

How to Create Great Counseling Business Cards That Increase Referrals

How to Create Great Counseling Business Cards That Increase Referrals

Working on marketing materials? Freshen up your counseling business cards. Marketing your business as a counselor, psychologist, or social worker works … Continued

Stress Reducing Exercises for Anxiety-Prone Clients

Stress Reducing Exercises for Anxiety-Prone Clients

Suggest these stress-reducing exercises your clients can practice when they aren’t in session The American Psychological Association’s 2015 Stress in … Continued

How to Design a Counseling Brochure For Local Mailings That Brings in New Clients

How to Design a Counseling Brochure For Local Mailings That Brings in New Clients

Mailing a counseling brochure will reel in new business from your community. Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service … Continued

19 Free Resources for Mental Health Professionals

19 Free Resources for Mental Health Professionals

With so many free resources for mental health professionals available, how can you choose which to try first? Who was … Continued

Client or Patient? Using The Right Lingo in Your Practice

Client or Patient? Using The Right Lingo in Your Practice

You can call your consumer either a client or patient, but first, realize the significance behind both words. Your first … Continued

7 Great Counseling Conferences to Further Your Career

7 Great Counseling Conferences to Further Your Career

Attend counseling conferences to network, earn continuing education credits, and visit new states (or even countries!) you’ve never been to … Continued

How to Write a Social Media Policy for Employees of a Mental Health Practice

How to Write a Social Media Policy for Employees of a Mental Health Practice

A social media policy for employees sets a clear line on what and who are allowed to post on behalf … Continued

10 Psychologist Marketing Ideas That Connect With People Looking for Help

10 Psychologist Marketing Ideas That Connect With People Looking for Help

Implement psychologist marketing strategies that are welcoming, motivational, and even more important – not spammy! Welcome to the days where … Continued

4 Kids Anxiety Apps To Share with Parents

4 Kids Anxiety Apps To Share with Parents

Kids anxiety apps are changing how parents help their children Parents of young children suffering from anxiety will do anything … Continued

The Office Manager’s Guide to Therapist Billing Software

The Office Manager’s Guide to Therapist Billing Software

Finding quality therapist billing software is easy when you know what features are most important. It’s Monday morning. You organized … Continued

How to Write a Collection Letter to a Client with Tact in a Therapy Practice

How to Write a Collection Letter to a Client with Tact in a Therapy Practice

Follow our tips (and use our template!) before sending out another collection letter to a client behind on payment. As … Continued

Stress Reducing Music To Play in Your Office & Share with Clients

Stress Reducing Music To Play in Your Office & Share with Clients

Change up your practice by incorporating stress-reducing music into your sessions and waiting area We’ve all heard how music can … Continued

7 Therapeutic Activities for Teens that They Actually Appreciate

7 Therapeutic Activities for Teens that They Actually Appreciate

Choose from this list of therapeutic activities for teens during your next session This post is very personal for me … Continued

10 Unbreakable Rules of Therapist Confidentiality

10 Unbreakable Rules of Therapist Confidentiality

From billing practices to mandatory reporting, here are some things to consider when establishing therapist confidentiality and building trust with … Continued

How to Be a Good Receptionist in a Therapy Office

How to Be a Good Receptionist in a Therapy Office

Valuable tips on how to be a good receptionist in a therapy setting to facilitate healing There is more involved … Continued

Social Anxiety Apps That Can Get Clients Through Work, Meals, School, and Life

Social Anxiety Apps That Can Get Clients Through Work, Meals, School, and Life

The person who said technology is hurting us hasn’t met these ten social anxiety apps that are giving clients their … Continued

What Your Office Says About You

What Your Office Says About You

Your office and waiting room are two important factors that contribute to your client’s experience with you. Those of us in … Continued

How to Avoid Therapist Burnout in 5 Daily Steps

How to Avoid Therapist Burnout in 5 Daily Steps

It's Wednesday morning, and you're thinking about some past-due client invoices and a conference next week, when all of a sudden your client interrupts to ask if you've been listening to him. Sadly, this isn't the first time you've found yourself daydreaming in a session.

Why a Butterfly?

Why a Butterfly?

Four years ago a designer presented us with a variety of logos to review. Among them were various depictions of … Continued

Costs vs Investments – do you really know the difference?

Costs vs Investments – do you really know the difference?

Our first guest podcast where we cover tons of great ways to build your business. It’s been a while since our … Continued

One Simple Change that Doubled My Productivity (and Happiness)

One Simple Change that Doubled My Productivity (and Happiness)

In business and life, there is a lot to do. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, it seems like the … Continued

Why We Sweat the Details!

Why We Sweat the Details!

How paying attention to the ‘little’ things can make or break your brand.   For a business, there are few … Continued

How Saying “No” Actually Made Our Business Better

How Saying “No” Actually Made Our Business Better

Knowing where you want to go provides the foundation for all your other decisions.   Last week we launched a … Continued

Our Journey to Building a Complete Business in 2015

Our Journey to Building a Complete Business in 2015

Finding the balance by remembering the vision! The call to adventure! Joseph Campbell famously outlined the archetypal Hero’s Journey which … Continued

Progress note or Psychotherapy note: Are you sure you know the difference?

Progress note or Psychotherapy note: Are you sure you know the difference?

One of the most popular questions we get asked is, "What is the difference between Progress Notes and Psychotherapy Notes?" Read this post to find out!

Auto Save Therapy Notes

Auto Save Therapy Notes

Here is a list of the latest additions and updates. Added auto-save feature for session notes Increased secure document upload … Continued