Comments for Real Psych Practice LLC Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:03:24 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Smart and Ethical Marketing by Avery Lee Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:03:24 +0000 As a clinician in private practice I have been read a lot of advice about how to market and much of it has felt iffy. This article gives advice that doesn’t raise ethical red flags. Thank you!

Comment on Checklist for Starting Private Practice by Kristin Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:06:04 +0000 Great advice! Definitely book marking as I’m just beginning the process. Thank you!

Comment on What Are the Best Hours to See Patients? by realpsych Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:42:14 +0000 Beverly-
Thanks for sharing what you’ve been doing with your practice. Thinking “out of the box” like you have can really have benefits for both you and your patients. I think your example really shows that when we can get our heads out of the traditional practice model, great things can happen.


Comment on 3 Ways to Stand Out When Marketing Your Therapy Practice by realpsych Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:29:10 +0000 How about getting other websites to link to yours by posting comments on their blog posts? Nicely played Eli… (And your post on 10 ways counselors can build their caseloads is spot-on.)


Comment on 3 Ways to Stand Out When Marketing Your Therapy Practice by Eli Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:40:54 +0000 Heather,

What a great thought provoking article. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about counselors and marketing principles. I just wrote an article on 10 ways that counselors can build their caseload and marketing themselves.

I would love to have your input! Is there anything you would add? And thoughts that would help counselors out?


Comment on Hiring for Your Practice – Contractor or Employee? by realpsych Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:02:27 +0000 Gordon-
I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Here’s a quick case synopsis related to
psychologists off the top of my head:

A rehabilitation hospital failed to demonstrate that its psychologists were
independent contractors rather than employees because it had the right to
control the means and methods by which they performed their work. Although
the taxpayer did not provide the psychologists with significant employee
benefits and they had control over the specific times they worked, they were
hired at an hourly or yearly rate, were required to work for a set period
per year, and performed all of their work on its premises. The taxpayer
provided significant support services, paid for required training and
conferences, and provided billing services. Moreover, only the director of
psychological services had any role over the process of hiring or firing
support staff.

Kentfield Medical Hospital Corp., DC Calif., 2002-2 USTC ¶50,542, 215
FSupp2d 1064.

A competent employment law attorney could certainly advise you of the most
up-to-date case law in this area. Typically, the IRS (or other government
agency) does not initiate action unless a claimant or claimants have come
forth and alleged harm. There will probably be a rise in re-classifying
folks throughout all industries in the coming months and years as employers
attempt to dodge the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so we may see
more diligence on the part of the government in investigating claims.


Comment on Hiring for Your Practice – Contractor or Employee? by Gordon Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:09:46 +0000 Hello Heather. I found your article on contractor vs. employee to be very informative. Do you have any information on recent cases by the IRS or other government agencies regarding mis-classification of psychologists and clinicians in a practice?

Comment on New HCFA Forms Coming 2014 by Lisa Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:41:57 +0000 Thank you so much for posting about this! I just bought a new supply and refrained from buying in bulk due to fears that it would be changing. Thankfully my instinct was right.

Comment on Checklist for Starting Private Practice by Liza Sun, 25 Aug 2013 03:27:00 +0000 This was very helpful for me. Straight to the point and easily explained. Thank you for this post.

Comment on Managing Fee and Payment Expectations by Lisa Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:25:10 +0000 Having just started my own private practice after leaving a group practice, I have found it necessary to confront my own discomfort with talking about money. I have also found that it works better to follow the directives stated above, as clients will respect your own expectations if you respect them yourself. I have only had one couple not pay for therapy up front due to confusion with health insurance issues, and sent out a bill with a due date on it. I will also discuss this with them at the next session. I am grateful I have developed enough self-respect to put my financial and professional needs first in order to be more successful in this venture.