Create a Thriving Practice

Most of us were trained without much attention paid to the “business” of therapy. And most of the elements that contribute to a thriving practice often remain hidden from our awareness, at best. At worst, we are told that we aren’t business people and have no business being financially successful.

In fact, have you ever heard people say, “well, you didn’t go into therapy to make money, now did you?” That’s not very fair, it doesn’t have to be true, and it limits our worth as helpers.

These resources will highlight everything from your values & vision to systems management and setting fees that match your worth. When you are confident about these elements, and they are running smoothly, then operating a thriving practice is a few good referrals away!

  • CounselingWise (Becky DeGrossa, computer scientist turned psychotherapist, founded this popular therapist website-building  company that helps therapists with websites, copy, SEO, and much more)
  • ZynneMe Kelly + Miranda Private Practice Experts (Private practice building site, free tools, & paid resources)
  • Abundance Practice Building (official site of Allison Puryear, private practice building guru)
  • Tame Your Practice (official site of Rob Reinhardt, private practitioner and tech & business admin expert
  • The Private Practice Startup (Website of resources, paid courses, and podcast on all things related to building a successful private practice)
  • Become a Group Guru (with Katie K. May, group psychotherapy expert)
  • The Practice Academy (boosting SEO & web presence like a pro, by Jeff Guenther, LPC )
  • Dance with Life Consulting (Mindfulness-based Career Counseling for creatives & individuals desiring to flourish)
  • Marie Forleo (dubbed by Oprah a thought-leader of the next generation, Marie Forleo is an entrepreneurial rock star coach and mentor)
  • Sunny Lenarduzzi (Social media and YouTube guru for building wildly entrepreneurial businesses)
  • Michael Hyatt (official site of Michael Hyatt, leadership and change guru)
  • Therapy Den (Therapist Finder site by Jeff Guenther, LPC)
(Dr. Matt Hersh does not receive any affiliate commissions from recommended programs/apps unless explicitly stated.)

Mindfulness

Thousands of scholarly & empirical articles now show the benefits of mindfulness training – from mitigating anxiety, depression, and trauma to managing chronic pain, healing illness, altering genetic expression, training of attention, and enhancing performance.

Mindfulness practice, however, is rooted in a deeper and larger network of life and spiritual practices that contribute to our journey of awakening, connecting, and healing.

Importantly for our work, being a mindful practitioner means that we can be non-judgmentally and curiously aware of our clients, our relationships, and ourselves. This makes us more likely to remain both grounded and compassionate in the face of our clients’ suffering – thus, the risk of developing burnout and empathic distress fatigue is reduced. And the likelihood of flourishing is greatly enhanced!

Smart Phone APPS

  • 10% Happier App (mindfulness training)
  • Headspace App (mindfulness training)
  • Calm App (mindfulness training)
  • Insight Timer App (mindfulness training)
  • Stop, Breath, & Think App (mindfulness training)
  • MetaFi App (emotion and mindful awareness training)
  • Happify App (mindfulness and positive psych training)
  • Koru Mindfulness App (mindfulness training for 20 somethings)
  • Happy Not Perfect (mindfulness and well-being training)

Positive Living

Some would argue that living fulfilled comes from a deep gratitude for what already is AND a strong drive and action to let yourself and the world truly see your gifts. The processes and practices that facilitate this way of living can be integrated into our daily lives.

These resources help inspire our drive for self-growth, service & contribution, gratitude, humor & creativity, and inspiration, awe, & elevation.

  • Daily Good (“News that Inspires”; online positive news source containing inspirational and positive stories to inspire growth, joy, and connection)
  • Live & Dare (official site of site of Giovanni Dienstmann for meditation, spirituality, and personal growth)
  • Instagoodness (site devoted to “spreading some good” in the world – viral and non-viral videos and stories to inspire, motivate, and just make you feel pretty good about life)
  • Louise Hay (official site of affirmations and positive living guru, Louise Hay)
  • Laughter Online University (Online platform of laughter free & paid resources for wellness, healing, & fulfillment )
  • Kindess.org (Online home for Kindness. “Small acts have a big impact”. Create a kinder world).
  • Daily Dose of Kindness
  • Random Acts of Kindness 
  • Michelle Marks & Psychological Fitness programs
  • Greater Good Science Center (Website for creating a meaningful life through science)
  • Esther Hicks / Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction (official site of Esther Hicks & the Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction method )
  • Esther Hicks / Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction (official site of Esther Hicks & the Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction method )
  • Joe Vitale (Mr. Fire, Miracles Coaching) (official site of Mr. Joe Vitale (aka Mr. Fire) to ignite everyday people to live extraordinary lives)
  • A Course in Miracles (official site of A Course in Miracles, spiritual and self-development self-study programming)
  • Zero-Wise (official site of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew-Len, founder/promoter of modern day Ho’oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness, love, gratitude, and repentance; practitioner of Divine Love teachings
  • MindBodyGreen (site devoted to all things health-related in clean, green, and nourishing ways
  • Brendon Burchard (official site of motivational speaker & entrepreneurial guru)
  • MindValley (official site of one of the most diligent companies bringing wellness & flourishing teachings to over 3 million people worldwide)
  • Positive Parenting Solutions (free resources and paid online courses for stressed parents looking to get back their sanity and parent their children without yelling, nagging, or getting overwhelmed)
  • Peaceful Parenting Institute (free resources and paid e-courses for bringing greater peace and peace of mind to parenting and the home)
  • Tony Robbins  (official site of Tony Robbins, leadership psychology and life transformation guru)
  • Brain Pickings (site devoted to happiness and the meaningful life)
  • Practice of Being Seen (site by Rebecca Wong devoted to how stories shape relationships and relationships shape
  • FinerMinds (positive living blog brought to you by MindValley)
  • Tara Cousineau (clinical psychologist, researcher, and kindness expert)
  • Inspiration Corner (Online home of awe-some, inspiring, & elevating videos, quotes, stories
  • Daily Good (Facebook page for “News that Inspires”;  inspirational and positive stories to inspire growth, joy, and connection)
  • Psych-Fitness (Psychological Fitness Training Program by Michelle Marks, PhD)
  • Abraham-Hicks Law of Attraction Workshops 
  • MindValley (programming of all kinds on wellness & flourishing, mindfulness, meditation, energy work and more – highly recommended by The Therapist Therapist & Dr. Matt Hersh)
  • Positive Parenting Solutions (free resources and paid online courses for stressed parents looking to get back their sanity and parent their children without yelling, nagging, or getting overwhelmed)
  • Peaceful Parenting Institute (free resources and paid e-courses for bringing greater peace and peace of mind to parenting)
  • The Peaceful Parent (from Lisa Smith, parent coach devoted to helping parents with inner and outer work of parenting for deeper connections and more peace in the home)
  • Breakthrough (smartphone app created by Tony Robbins designed to help individuals break through barriers and move toward their highest potential)
  • Zen Habits Sea Change Online Course (created by Leo Babauta, mindfulness and positive living blogger & guru)
  • Wonders Wellness programs (coaching and workshops created by Lynn Louise Wonders, professional counselor, play therapist, wellness coach, and consultant to helping professionals looking to thrive & grow)
(Dr. Matt Hersh does not receive any affiliate commissions from recommended programs/apps unless explicitly stated.)