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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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Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a millionaire? Most of us have probably spent some time dreaming about how we would use that kind of wealth, but you might be surprised to learn that millionaires don’t live and spend the way we think they do.

The show will take a short break for the month of April. This is because I like to practice what I preach about self-care; to stay at my optimal health, I’ll take this break and then return with more shows in May. Today’s show centers around topics presented in a book I read recently, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. Let’s dive into the best takeaways from this book!

www.sellingthecouch.com/session155

Mar 22, 2018

Niching, SEO, blog and website design----these are concepts we need to be familiar with as clinicians, but don’t they tend to be confusing? How do they fit together—or do they? Today’s show will break down the terminology and answer your questions about how these aspects of your practice can work in your favor. We’re talking all about niching and how it connects with our website and how everything factors into search engine optimization.

My guest is Paul Steinke, LPC in Colorado, and the owner of the Karibuni Center. If you know Swahili, then you know that “karibuni” means “welcome.” Paul has created a private practice where he works with people and their relationships around marriage and couple issues. Interestingly, Paul is a former wedding photographer who transitioned into the therapist’s chair, and his former career taught him a lot about marketing, web design, and visual images. Now Paul is all about helping couples in crisis, especially through affair recovery and divorce. Don’t miss my amazing conversation with Paul!

www.sellingthecouch.com/session154

Mar 15, 2018

What are the essential elements in creating a successful private practice? We all know the list of things to consider and plan goes on and on and on! Everywhere we turn, there are new challenges to meet and new details to handle. Today’s show features a clinician who has navigated this journey, faced the ups and downs, and created a beautiful practice that focuses on relationships.

Shirani M. Pathak, LCSW, practices in the Bay area of the Silicon Valley of California. She has created a successful private practice that focuses on helping women who struggle in relationships. We discuss how she intentionally chose the phrasing on her website, how she took a step back to learn to “speak her clients’ language,” and the lessons she has learned in her practice-building journey. Shirani explains how she uses her mission statement and email newsletter for a deeper purpose beyond the walls of her practice.

www.sellingthecouch.com/session153

Mar 8, 2018

How are you at thinking outside the box? As private practitioners, that kind of creative thinking is vital, but we know that any journey has its bumps in the road. This episode is perfect for everyone who has thought about creating, marketing and selling a product. What is the process like? How do you take care of all the little details? What about the marketing piece of your product? We’re diving deep into these questions and more on today’s show.

My guest is Rosanne Marmor, LCSW, in Portland, Oregon. She created a Feelings Wheel as a way for clients to identify their feelings both inside and outside the therapy room. Rosanne went on a journey that took almost two years of gathering data, development, and production. She was finally able to put this tool in the hands of her clients and has been overwhelmed by its success.

 

www.sellingthecouch.com/session152

Mar 1, 2018

What if your clients did their homework? Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your clients engaged in- between sessions? These questions are behind the development of Therachat, a HIPAA-compliant, encrypted app that helps with the process of therapy homework. Join us to learn more!

Kouris Kalligas is the founder and CEO of Therachat. When I heard that Kouris was developing this app and I understood the immense research that went into its development, I knew I had to have him on the show to tell us more. This is a practical topic, and our discussion of client homework involves how to assign the work and how to motivate clients to complete it. Kouris interviewed over 500 clinicians about their homework practices and has developed new ideas about incorporating homework into a therapy practice. The challenge is how to keep the homework short, sweet, intentional, and customized, and Kouris has helpful tips to share.

www.sellingthecouch.com/session151

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