35 years after I sat down in my first psychology class, I’m fulfilling my dream of going into private practice. Along the way I’ve worked in various clinics, school counseling offices, detox facilities, and, back in the 70s when we did more of such things, I ran a program working with clients up in the woods.
I’m interested in developing a set of best practices for running a solo psychotherapy practice, so I thought I’d aggregate here what I come across. I’m curious to hear your ideas about how we can improve the way we do business as therapists. Anecdotes, sample forms, links to useful information? There are topic links to the right, please jump in!
A bit about me. I worked for a number of years in theater, and taught drama at The Greatest Prep School in the World, The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. We did Hamlet, King Lear, Sam Shepard, Chekov, corny musicals, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring fairies painted blue from head to toe. The more difficult the material, the more my brilliant students ate it up.
I was also CEO of a high-tech consulting firm during the dot-com years. We consulted to management in global companies and hospitals on the fusion of technology with corporate goals to improve work culture and customer relationships. Our team created one of the first internet-based electronic medical records, and designed and built software packages for a variety of industries, including healthcare and manufacturing.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, where I now teach Organizational and Group Interventions and serve as a Clinical Supervisor. I focus my consulting practice on the art of the project: project management, leadership coaching, team-building, conflict mediation and performance optimization.
I’m also a graduate of The College of Hard Knocks, where I worked as actor and director, journalist, high school teacher, highway flagman, short-order cook, nurse’s aide, house painter and cab driver.
All this adds up to a psychologist with a peculiar interest in how the office ought best to run, especially where technology is concerned.
So here goes!