Growing Your Group Practice Through Consultation with Shannon Heers | GP 142

An image of Shannon Heers is captured. Shannon is a licensed therapist, clinical supervisor, blogger, and owner of the group practice Catalyss Counseling. Shannon is featured on the Grow a Group Practice podcast, a therapist podcast.

Do you have support structures for yourself within your practice? How can you bolster income while doing more of what you enjoy? What are some basic ways to prevent and treat burnout as the CEO?

In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about growing your group practice through consultation with Shannon Heers.

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Meet Shannon Heers

An image of Shannon Heers is captured. Shannon is a licensed therapist, clinical supervisor, blogger, and owner of the group practice Catalyss Counseling. Shannon is featured on the Grow a Group Practice podcast, a therapist podcast.

Shannon Heers is a licensed therapist, clinical supervisor, blogger, and owner of Firelight Supervision, and the group practice Catalyss Counseling. Shannon is passionate about working with professionals, parents, and postpartum moms to manage stress, tame anxiety, and process grief.

Visit Firelight Supervision and the Catalyss Counselling website. Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

Connect with Shannon Heers on LinkedIn.

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In This Podcast

  • Find and work with your passions
  • Adding clinical consultation to a practice
  • Burnout in private practice
  • Separate admin from clinical

Find and work with your passions

As the group practice owner, at the start of your practice journey, you will probably wear all the hats!

But as your business grows and you start getting full, you need to hire out, delegate, and start to focus on working with your passions because as the CEO, the business relies on you working with your strengths.

What you eventually want to do is get yourself into those roles that you’re really good at and you’re really passionate about.

Shannon Heers

Adding clinical consultation to a practice

Firstly, as you begin to find your niche and your passions, look for someone who also has that expertise and learn from them.

That’s who you want to get clinical consultation from, someone who does that same work and is just maybe either ahead of you in their growth and development, or knows how to supervise someone who is passionate about that area.

Shannon Heers

As a group practice owner, you can offer regular ongoing clinical consultation groups because it is a fairly cheap and easy way to get started.

Burnout in private practice

Since the pandemic, the rate of burnout in private practice has almost tripled in some instances.

Now more than ever, practitioners need to make systems that work so that they can remain happy and healthy while providing services to their communities.

Shannon’s burnout prevention tips include:

  • Doing your own clinical work and seeing a therapist
  • Getting business consultation on how to run your practice
  • Getting clinical consultation to develop yourself and your expertise

I think the combination of all three of those things can be quite an investment, but you’re also investing in yourself. We are the instrument that we use to do our work, [so] why wouldn’t we make sure that it’s tuned as fine as it can be?

Shannon Heers

Separate admin from clinical

Whoever is doing admin consultation in your practice should not be doing clinical consultation in your practice.

To get started with clinical consultation, have a firm grasp on your niche, the population that you serve, and how you want to strengthen your skillset.

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Meet LaToya Smith

An image of LaToya Smith is captured. She is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling. LaToya is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

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 outcome.

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.

Apply to work with LaToya.

Email her at latoya@practiceofthepractice.com

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