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Selling the Couch with Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.

Selling the Couch is the podcast for aspiring and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best advice for other practitioners, their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts to help you become a better business owner. What you get are bite sized, practical and no nonsense tips and advice to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey.
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Nov 17, 2016

Today’s topic is how to start a therapeutic group in your practice. My guest has started not one, but two groups in her practice that specializes in trauma. Diane Webb is a licensed mental health clinician in Albany, NY, and she’s happy to share what she has learned from her experience. She covers many aspects of this topic, including the need to approach it with realistic expectations. Join us for more!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session101

Nov 10, 2016

Welcome to Episode 100! I’m grateful to all my listeners and very humbled to have come this far. I never dreamed in the beginning that this milestone was possible, but here we are! Today’s episode deserves to be a little different, so I’ve asked for private practice-building tips from some faithful listeners. I think these are helpful to hear, so join us!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session100

Nov 3, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Sarah Gilbert, LCSW in Connecticut. Sarah is a colleague who has been in private practice for about two years and has just reached the milestone of seeing 100 clients. She has wisdom to share about the lessons she’s learned on the journey to a successful private practice. Join me for a great conversation with Sarah!

 

Oct 27, 2016

 Today’s guest is Jennifer Blough, a counselor in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. Jennifer’s passion is working within the animal welfare community, specifically in the field of compassion fatigue. She’s here to share details about the dream to write a book, including the emotional and practical aspects of writing from a clinician’s viewpoint. Do you have a book in you? Join us to find out more!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session98

Oct 20, 2016

Welcome to session 97—a solo episode! Today we are talking about the benefits of naps. There is so much evidence about the positive effects of naps, and I’ve experienced these firsthand. I regularly take a 25 minute nap EVERY day, and I’ve done this for several years! Unfortunately, there is a stigma around adult naps, like naps are for lazy, non-productive people or just for young kids and the elderly. Many successful people in history have extolled the benefits of naps, like Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Salvador Dali. (Isn’t that an impressive list?) Join me now as I share what I’ve learned on my personal journey as a diehard adult napper.

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session97

Oct 13, 2016

My guest today is Jo Muirhead, a rehab counselor in Australia. Jo helps health professionals grow successful practices and has helped clinicians for over 20 years! We’re discussing some great topics today, so join us!

 

You can access the full show notes and all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session96

Oct 6, 2016

Welcome to a helpful and honest look at strengths and weaknesses. My guest is a friend, Beth Luwandi, LPC in Cincinnati, OH. Beth works with mid-lifers in her practice and is the creator and host of the Midlife Love Bites podcast. She describes it as a podcast to address issues of dating, mating, and relating in midlife! Let’s talk with Beth about using strengths to address weaknesses as entrepreneurs. Join us!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session95 

Sep 29, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Lourdes Viado, LMFT, in private practice in Las Vegas, NV. We are discussing the private practice journey, its fears and challenges, and how to be successful. You’ll be captivated by Lourdes’ words of wisdom, authenticity, and transparency. Join us!

 

Sep 22, 2016

Today’s guest is Sarah Leitschuh, LMFT in Minnesota. Sarah has been a very active member of the STC Facebook community for a LONG time. I’ve wanted to have her on the show ever since she wrote a popular blog post about an important topic: How Comparison can Steal our Joy. For clinicians and people in other professions as well, this is an important topic about which we can probably all use some encouragement and inspiration. Join us!

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session93

 

Today's Awesome Sponsor:Kelly and Miranda!

Go to http://sellingthecouch.com/kellyandmiranda and take the Mini Business School Bootcamp and get access to free trainings on private practice that therapists rave about, and that can help you make the change you need to have the happy practice that you want. 

 

Sep 15, 2016

Welcome to this solo session about my morning routine. I know this is a different sort of topic than we normally cover, but I’ve been so impressed with my own improved productivity that I just have to share with you what I’ve found that works for me. Maybe you will find elements that you can incorporate into your own morning routine to improve your day, your health, and your mindset. Join us!

You can read the show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session92

 

Today's Awesome Sponsor:Kelly and Miranda!

Go to http://sellingthecouch.com/kellyandmiranda and take the Mini Business School Bootcamp and get access to free trainings on private practice that therapists rave about, and that can help you make the change you need to have the happy practice that you want. 

 

 

Sep 8, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Liz Higgins, LMFT Associate, in the Dallas area. Liz has a private practice that specializes in relationships and marriages of millennials. Instead of focusing on a particular diagnosis, Liz focuses her practice on an entire population. I’ve been intrigued by this and I’m thrilled to learn more along with our listeners. You may wonder what a “millennial” is, and why a therapist would choose to target that group for her clientele. Those topics and more are the focus of our conversation, so join us!

Today's Awesome Sponsor:Kelly and Miranda!

Go to http://sellingthecouch.com/kellyandmiranda and take the Mini Business School Bootcamp and get access to free trainings on private practice that therapists rave about, and that can help you make the change you need to have the happy practice that you want. 

 

 

Sep 1, 2016

My guest for today’s conversation is Dr. Jessica Dolgan, a psychologist and one of the founders of Therapy Partner. Jessica practices in Denver, serving adolescents and young adults with therapy needs. Therapy Partner provides electronic health record services for healthcare providers and clinicians. Today, our conversation surrounds the trends in healthcare and practical information for mental health providers and private practice clinicians. Join us!

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session90

Aug 25, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Jennifer McGurk, a registered nutritionist and dietician in Nyack, NY. She works with clinicians who see clients with eating disorders. Our topic is a recurring one within the STC community; we’re talking about how to build relationships and expand referral networks with clinicians and non-clinicians. Join us!

 

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session89. 

Today’s awesome sponsor is Brighter Vision, so don’t forget to check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/brightervision to get your first month free!

 

Aug 18, 2016

Today’s guest is Roy Huggins of Person Centered Tech Support. He is the biggest expert I know about how technology and safety intersect in today’s world. Specifically, we’re talking about the things you should consider when you correspond with clients via email. Join us!

 

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session88. 

Today’s awesome sponsor is Brighter Vision, so don’t forget to check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/brightervision to get your first month free!

 

Aug 11, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Jim Jonas, LICSW, LMFT in Minnesota. Jim has expanded his practice to six different locations. Our topic is about selecting a location for your private practice and how to secure additional locations when you need to expand. Who better to explore this topic than someone who has been through the ins and outs? Join us!

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session87

Today’s awesome sponsor is Brighter Vision, so don’t forget to check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/brightervision to get your first month free!

 

Aug 4, 2016

Welcome to a super-informational show! Our topic is electronic health records, known as EHR. In today’s digital age, we as clinicians are moving away from paper records, but there are important factors to consider. Rob Reinhardt, LPC, is here to help us with technical and practical tips in this area. Join us!

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session86

 

Today’s awesome sponsor is Brighter Vision, so don’t forget to check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/brightervision to get your first month free!

 

Jul 28, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Allison Puryear from the Abundance Practice Building community. Allison practices in Asheville, NC, and has a thriving coaching business for private practitioners. You may recognize her as my guest for Episode 49: Transitioning from Employee to Private Practice Owner. Today’s topic is one that is a struggle for many of us: Learning to say NO as a business owner. Why is saying NO such a hard thing? How does this apply to private practice? We’ll talk about these questions and more as we look at fees, niching, sliding scales, and boundaries. Join me for a great conversation with Allison!

You can read the full show notes and access all the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session85

Jul 21, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Daniel Fava, a web designer who helps therapists and private practitioners create and market their professional websites. The “nerd” in me is excited about what we can all learn from this conversation! Dan is discussing how potential clients experience your website. Are you doing it right or are there improvements that need to be made to maximize the space? Listen to the episode and find out! You won't want to miss these practical tips!

You can read all the show notes and access the links and resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session84

 

 

Jul 14, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Sovann Pen, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR. Sovann is here to talk about his private practice journey, the fears he faced, and what has kept him going. I hope you’ll join us and learn from the amazing tips in this conversation!

You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session83

 

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

Jul 7, 2016

Today’s guest is John Harrison, a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Cincinnati. John is here to discuss the need to “roll with the tough times” in private practice. Tough times are inevitable, and John has great pearls of wisdom about the ebbs and flows in our business. Join us!

 

You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session82

 

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

Jun 30, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Dr. Vanessa Scaringi, a psychologist in Austin, TX. She’s an active member of our STC Facebook community and is a great fit to share about her experience in private practice. Let’s talk with Vanessa!

You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session81

 

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

 

Jun 23, 2016

Welcome! Today’s episode is Part 2 of last week’s session with Clay Cockrell, LCSW in NY. Listen to Part 1 if you haven’t yet, and then you will have a comprehensive picture of what Online Counseling can do for YOUR practice.  Let’s jump right in!

You can read the full show notes and access all the resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session80

 

 

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

 

Jun 16, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Clay Cockrell, LCSW. Interestingly enough, I read an article about Clay while in graduate school. It was about his “Walk and Talk Therapy” in Central Park in NYC, which intrigued me while blowing my mind. Who knew that I would have the opportunity to connect with Clay again on this podcast? Clay has since transitioned to online counseling and has even created an online directory for online counselors. We are dividing this broad topic into two parts, so we’ll cover it in this week’s and next week’s show. Let’s learn more about this relatively new tool in the world of private practice.

To view the full show notes and access all the resources, go to www.sellingthecouch.com/79

  

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

Jun 9, 2016

Welcome! Today’s guest is Michelle Lewis, LCSW, a clinician in Salt Lake City. Her practice focuses on bariatric surgery and the issues of weight loss and eating disorders. Michelle is an active member of the STC Facebook community, and I’ve been intrigued by her ability to use the boost feature for her blog posts. She’s here to share her secrets and best tips with us! Join us!

 

Today's sponsor is Therapy Partner. Therapy Partner, 3.0 Is Uniquely Designed For Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists In Private Practice...Finally! All Your Business Of Practice Tasks Can Be Completed Using A Single Device…Available From Your Computer, Tablet, or Smart Phone.

Check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

You can read the full show notes and access resources at www.sellingthecouch.com/session78

Jun 2, 2016

Welcome! My guest today is Corey Busch, a Marriage and Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN. Corey has experience using public speaking as a way to grow his practice, whether it’s in getting referrals, building relationships, or securing paid engagements. Let’s explore this topic with Corey!

 

We'd like to thank today's sponsor, Therapy Partner. To check out all the benefits of this wonderful software, check them out at http://sellingthecouch.com/therapypartner

 

You can check out the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session77

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