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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 16, 2017

Today’s episode is a bittersweet one since it’s the final one of 2017. I always take a break from the podcast from Thanksgiving through the end of December, to focus on self-care and give myself some rest. Usually, these final episodes are different in some way; as an example, listen to Episode 100 if you haven’t already. Today’s show, however, is a reflective one, as I share some of what I’ve learned about private practice building. Join me!

You can read the full show notes at:

www.sellingthecouch.com/session142

Nov 9, 2017

My guests today are Dr. Kate Campbell and Katie Lemieux, from The Private Practice Startup Podcast. Our topic is this: How do you create a positive culture in private practice? I’ll admit that I’ve been fascinated by the unspoken aspects of creating culture. So, what are my big values? How do we make hires that align with that culture? Let’s get some answers to these questions and MORE from Kate and Katie!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session141

Nov 2, 2017

My guest today is Maureen Werrbach, an active member of the STC community and owner of a group practice in Chicago. Maureen manages around 20 clinicians and staff members who work for her at Urban Wellness. She is also the owner of The Group Practice Exchange, which supports clinicians who want to build and grow their group practices.

Maureen shares her wisdom and insight into managing staff as a group practice owner. We discuss how to make the mindset shift to a managerial role, how to handle the hiring process and tools for efficient inter-office communication. Join us!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session140

Oct 26, 2017

Today’s podcast is a solo episode about My Struggle with Chasing the Shiny Objects in Business. I’ve experienced this struggle as I’ve built STC and gone through the challenges of entrepreneurship. My desire is to encourage all of you by being transparent about this issue.

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session139

Oct 19, 2017

Today’s guest is Debra Roberts, LCSW, who is in private practice specializing in relationship therapy. Our topic today is one that many clinicians have probably pondered at one time or another. We’re discussing how to take our clinical expertise and turn it into some kind of digital product that extends far beyond the therapy room. Over 20+ years in private practice, Debra realized that she was having success with her clients and finally mustered the courage to write a book that has since branched into a course, training, webinars and more. Debra shares her journey, what she’s learned about her strengths, and some practical aspects to consider about creating a webinar. Join us!

Resources:

Find out more about Debra: www.therelationshipprotocol.com

Explore Debra’s course: www.mycommunicationtools.com

Find out more about creating your own webinar: www.easywebinar.com or www.zoom.com

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session138

Oct 12, 2017

Michelle Richardson, LCSW, started her group practice in Audubon, NJ in 2015. Her practice, the Mindful Soul Center for Well Being, focuses on women’s issues. Michelle shares how she had a vision for the practice and kept moving forward to make it happen. We’re discussing what the naming process entails when you begin a new practice, the marketing and referral pieces, and much more!

 

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session137

Oct 5, 2017

Elizabeth Cush, aka “Biz,” is in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Her practice focuses on those with anxiety. Elizabeth is an active member of the STC Facebook Community, and she went back to school in her 50’s to get her master’s degree before plunging into private practice. We’ll discuss how she made the leap into private practice and identified her niche. We also talk about the best ways to structure a website and write effective copy that speaks to your ideal clients. Join us!

Resources:

Visit Elizabeth’s website to find out more: www.progressioncounseling.com

Find Elizabeth on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session136

Sep 28, 2017

Today’s episode is a solo session in which I discuss Smart Ways to Repurpose Blog Content. I tried doing a Facebook Live recently on this topic, but there were technical difficulties. I knew it would be a great topic for the STC podcast, so we’re talking about taking existing content and presenting it in different ways. Join me!

 

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session135

Sep 21, 2017

My guest today is Nicol Stolar-Peterson. She spent 12 years working in the child protective services field, so she has the experience to tell us about prepping for court and the challenges it brings. We all know that making a court appearance can be anxiety-provoking for anyone. Nicol answers common questions about the subject and shares how her own anxiety prompted her to research the topic and become an expert. Join us for this valuable conversation!

Links:

Nicol’s resources: www.therapistcourtprep.com

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session134

Sep 14, 2017

Today’s guest is Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a psychologist in private practice in Decatur, GA. She is the creator of the website, blog, and podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. Her practice mainly focuses on African-American women who have gone through breakups. Dr. Joy and I are discussing how she has built this therapy and brand, and how she developed it while staying authentic and true to herself and her calling.

Links:

Dr. Joy’s practice: www.therapyforblackgirls.com

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session133

Sep 7, 2017

My guest today is Molly Papp, a therapist who works with couples and individuals in California. As the mother of a three-month old son, Molly has personal experience with today’s topic. We’re discussing how to return to private practice after having a baby. We’re covering what it looks like to plan for this leave, how to transition to and from paternity/maternity leave, and how to handle this situation best with your clients. Join us!

Links:

Visit Molly’s website to find her blog and all contact information: www.bellavidatherapy.com

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session132

Aug 31, 2017

Today’s show is a solo episode with yours truly, and we are discussing Five Ways to Authentically Connect with Referral Sources. We all know that these connections are important for our practices, and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned personally. Join me!

Links:

www.speakpipe.com

www.bonjoro.com

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session131

Aug 24, 2017

Today’s topic is email correspondence with clients, specifically, the parameters to follow in staying secure. My guest is Anabeli Fernandez of Hushmail, and we’re diving deep into the world of email. Anabeli takes terms and concepts that can be confusing and explains them in an easy-to-understand way. Join us to learn more!

Links:

Find out more about Hushmail at www.hushmail.com

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session130

Aug 17, 2017

Today’s guest is Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS, and she’s here to talk about a topic that many find full of panic, anxiety, and struggle. We’re talking about the idea of marketing; how do we market in a way that is kind, authentic, and from a place of service? Allison has a great framework for creating marketing strategies that are kind and graceful. I hope you’ll join us for this conversation and take advantage of Allison’s tips for terrific marketing!

Resources:

Visit Allison’s website: www.abundancepracticebuilding.com

Visit Allison’s website for her monthly subscription group and find e-courses, scripts, templates, and MORE!  www.abundanceparty.com

 
Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session129

Aug 10, 2017

My guest today is Laura Vaillancourt, LHMC, a geriatric mental health specialist in Olympia, WA. Laura is doing amazing things in serving the elderly, providing a variety of services including case management and assessments. Part of her work includes consulting with other geriatric caregivers and facilities. Our conversation gives an opportunity to think about what can grow and evolve when you focus on serving a population for which you have a genuine passion.

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session128

Aug 3, 2017

My guest today is Sue Marriott, LCSW, in Austin, Texas. She has run multiple therapy groups, even some long-term groups that have run for over a decade! Sue shares her inspiration, marketing techniques, and what it takes to make the switch to group therapy, along with her favorite tips for making group therapy successful! Join us!

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session127

 

Jul 27, 2017

I’m going solo today to have an honest conversation about My Struggle with Finding a Niche. It’s been a difficult path that stills feel a little raw and emotional for me as I’ve taken the leap back into private practice this year. Join me now as I share some thoughts and tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Resources:

Selling The Couch

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: Brighter Vision

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session126

Jul 20, 2017

My guest today is Annie Schuessler, MFT, who coaches clinicians through her private practice in California. Our topic is a fun but important one: Finding and Owning your Superpowers as a private practitioner. We’re each gifted in some ways, but the challenge is often sifting through it all and focusing on what we’re best at. Then we have to know how to delegate or de-emphasize the rest. The process can be a struggle, but I hope this conversation will help you know it’s ok to be you and help you own what you’re good at.

Resources:

Today's Show Sponsor: Brighter Vision

www.coachingwithannie.com

Look for Annie’s podcast: Therapist Clubhouse

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session125

Jul 13, 2017

Today’s guest is Daniela Tempesta, LCSW, who has a private practice in San Francisco. She has an amazing story to share about starting and re-starting her practice while dealing with the sudden loss of her mother. She’s written a NY Times article about her experience in continuing to build her business when life brings unexpected adversity. Daniela’s story speaks of the resilience and courage she found to keep moving forward, and it may be just what you need to hear today. Join us!

Resources:

Find out more about Daniela at www.danielalcsw.com

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: Brighter Vision

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session124

 

Jul 6, 2017

Today’s guest is Kim Engstrom, a colleague who practices in my local area, just south of Philadelphia.  Our topic is perfect for my return after a break; it’s about practicing mindfulness. As practitioners, we must learn to take time for ourselves, even when we’re battling the daily grind. Mindfulness is a basic idea, but a powerful medium that can be helpful for anyone, no matter what your profession. Let’s join Kim to hear what mindfulness means for her and how she fits it into her life.

Resources:

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: Brighter Vision

Find out more about Kim: www.kimengstrom.com 

Email Kim:  ke.counselingservices@gmail.com

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A favorite mindfulness app: Headspace

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session123

May 25, 2017

My guest today is Nicole Liloia, LCSW in New Jersey. We’re talking about thinking outside the box when it comes to creating multiple income streams and scaling our businesses. Nicole has the experience to teach us how to NOT be dependent on trading time for income. Want to know more? Join us!

Resources:

www.nicoleliloia.com (Find out more about Nicole's work)

www.nicoleliloia.com/batchlikeaboss  (Find Nicole’s resource, Batch Like a Boss!)

Find Nicole on all social media platforms: @Nicole Liloia

www.upwork.com (Find freelancers when you need them!)

www.fiverr.com (A global online marketplace of tasks and services)

www.toggl.com  (Learn how to track your time!)

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session122

May 18, 2017

Welcome to this solo episode! I’m talking today about all the things I thought I knew about podcasting that turned out NOT to be true. I want to help you avoid these mistakes if you’re considering embarking on your own podcasting journey. My podcasting journey spans almost 2-1/2 years now, which is still hard for me to believe. So, here we go; let’s jump right into Five Podcasting Myths and How to Avoid Them.

Resources:

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

www.upwork.com (Find top quality freelancers!)

www.zencastr.com (Find professional help with your podcast!)

www.teampodcast.com (For all your podcast production and editing needs! Enter “Help” for 20% off, or just mention that Melvin sent you!)

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session121

May 11, 2017

My guest today is Opher Ganel, who is the spouse of a mental health practitioner. Although he trained as a physicist, he has a passion for small businesses. In working with his wife in her practice, he has noticed the struggle that many feel around setting rates. That’s our focus for today’s show; we will discuss setting fees in your private practice, which can be an uncomfortable subject. Join me for some helpful information!

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioural health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session120

May 4, 2017

My guest is Cathy Berman, a private practitioner in Oakland, CA. She began her career as a nurse practitioner in the ob-gyn field. It was a natural transition for her to become a marriage and family therapist who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum issues.

Join us for this real and open conversation about Cathy’s practice and her struggles along the journey.

 

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session119

Apr 27, 2017

My guest today is Melissa Thompson, LMFT, who practices in NYC. Our topic is how to create an e-course, which is something she and two colleagues have done. They began with a blog that they expanded upon to provide the e-course for moms. E-courses can be a great way to expand your authority and reach, and they create additional income streams as well. Melissa shares her favorite tools, tips, and what she’s learned in thinking outside the box to meet her clients’ needs. Join us!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session118

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