Category: Tips for Therapists

July 24, 2016

By Steve Litt, LCSW If you are starting a private practice you probably know there are many ways to fail. Here I give you 50 that occur to me. I am open to hear any additions you might have. PLEASE!! Of course, I have made a lot of mistakes in my 49 years of practice, the biggest may be telling you how many years I’ve been at this. Some are obvious and some you may not agree with. The idea is get you thinking about how to be successful. I want you to succeed. My life has been wonderful and a great deal of that is a direct result of my private practice and the flexibility and freedom it has offered me. The 50 1. Spend too much on furniture and rent. 2. Rely on someone else to build and maintain your website. 3. “Specialize” in everything. 4. Only go into the office when you have appointments. 5. Only do PR when your caseload is low. 6. Only bill monthly. 7. Only take insurance. 8. Refuse to take insurance or learn how to help your clients with claims. 9. Stay in your office and only go to required CEU workshops. 10. Work alone and don’t share your struggles with others. 11. “Coach” folks and avoid the problems of a state license. 12. Dress like the dork that you really are. 11. Take your time returning calls because you are only working those hours. 12. Limit yourself to a structured week, let oth