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Category Archive for 'Therapy Office Procedures'

I’ve kicked around building a practice management system with my brilliant programmer buddy from my consulting days. Everything I could find out there was overbuilt, and hence too complicated for a ten-minute break that includes saying good-bye, going to the bathroom and making a cup of tea. But we learned some years ago that a [...]

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All I want is a piece of therapist software that: 1. Allows me to enter the cash and checks I receive, and print statements. 2. Keeps my calendar, allows people to book appointments online, and sends reminder emails. 3. Lets me enter reminders for the next session. 4. Provides a way to enter session notes. [...]

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My needs as an individual therapist in a private practice are so simple. I just want to keep track of appointments and money, and keep simple notes about each session. There are dozens of software packages for therapists out there, this should be a slam-dunk. But it isn’t. I’ve now looked at 15 or 20 [...]

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Oy vey, I’ve been combing through the (many, many) software packages which offer to make my life much simpler as a psychotherapist and automate psychotherapist tasks, and so far they’ve all gotten carried away with all the EXTRA neat things they could help me do – except I DON’T WANT TO! I just want to [...]

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In California, we’re supposed to have the bluntly named pamphlet displayed in our waiting room.  Except I share a suite with psychoanalysts, and there is no way they want to introduce that into the “field,” every time a patient sits down in the waiting room.  I left a note with a copy of the pamphlet [...]

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This looks like a promising, more up-to-date guide book for the therapist in private practice.  She gets into office operations, agreements, psychotherapy finances and more. Here’s her blurb. Book Overview Are you planning to be or already in private practice? I decided to write this book to share some strategies that have worked for me [...]

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When Therapists Die

I recently inherited several clients from a therapist in our area who suddenly died. It reminded me that I don’t have a “Therapist’s Professional Will.” Synchronously, a friend emailed me a link to a guide to creating them on Ken Pope’s site. Ken Pope is THE BEST information curator working in psychology. More on him [...]

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Found a practical, thirty-year-old guide to all this called The Business of Psychotherapy by Robert L. Barker. It looks like it was intended as a text book for a class on setting up a private practice. And by the way has anyone ever seen a school offer that? It’s rare to hear about CE courses [...]

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So one of my best friends needs an office for a couple days a week, and that will work right now because I’m working out of the office some of the time, it’s just for a couple months, he can help with the rent, sure why not? You’re waiting maybe to hear that something bad [...]

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Psychologist Ed Zuckerman has a book that includes an exhaustive collection of the forms we use: I still want to do it all electronically, though…

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I’ve just moved into a beautiful new office.  2nd floor, big tree and the rooftops of Berkeley out the large windows.  So many therapists I know keep a “blank slate” office but it’s just not me, I’ve crammed my office once again with paintings by my friend Stan Washburn, with African tribal statuary, a special [...]

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