Create The Practice That Works For You with Dr. Sarah Bren | GP 176

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Are you a private practice owner? How can you build a practice that feels the best fit for you and your clinician base? What is your definition of a work-life balance?

In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about how to create the practice that works for you with Dr. Sarah Bren.

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Meet Dr. Sarah Bren

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Dr. Sarah Bren is a licensed clinical psychologist and mom of two, whose passion is helping parents find their inner confidence and raise healthy, resilient kids. Dr. Sarah is the host of the podcast Securely Attached and the co-founder of Upshur Bren Psychology Group in Pelham, NY where she treats parents, children, and families.

Visit Dr. Sarah Bren’s website, connect on Instagram, and listen to her podcast.

In This Podcast

  • Take what you like and work with it
  • Achieving and offering an honest work-life balance
  • Work with a consultant

Take what you like and work with it

Dr. Sarah Bren and her colleague – and later fellow co-founder of their group practice Emily – decided to take what they loved about working at a hospital and integrating it into a business that they would run their own way.

They liked:

  • The didactics
  • The interdisciplinary teams
  • Access to cutting-edge research

[We left] the things that we didn’t love so much about that like the bureaucracy and the hierarchy and the red tape … and [we did] the same thing with the private practice world, what did we love about [it]?

Dr. Bren

As a team, they went through all the pros and cons of their past work experience to find the perfect combination to start their private practice. They made it their own and then welcomed others to join.

Achieving and offering an honest work-life balance

Another big aspect of creating a private practice that felt genuine to Dr. Sarah Bren, especially as a working mom, was to allow her clinicians the flexibility to choose their working days and off days without incurring punishment.

We don’t limit people’s days off, like, if you need to be with your kids then go be with your kids … we really value work-life balance [and] we really value collaboration.

Dr. Bren

To make this work, Dr. Bren’s private practice pays the clinicians a base salary, and they can earn more depending on how many clients they see. Therefore, the amount that a clinician can earn is partially in ratio to how many clients they put into their schedule.

Work with a consultant

One of the best ways to build a business that fits you and your passions like a glove is to work with a consultant.

They have experience, connections, and first-hand advice to share with you which can help you to find some shortcuts and connect faster to the things that really matter to you.

I love it! Because I love the community piece [in private practice]. I love the consulting because it allows me to get very specific on the things that I’m trying to work on and get answers for.

Dr. Bren

When you work with a consultant within the Practice of the Practice network, you also gain access to the smaller groups with more information, connection, and community.

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Meet LaToya Smith

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LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired


She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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