Starting a solo private practice while juggling a full-time nine-to-five job is a lot! So when we got to sit down with Nadyne from Busichio Counseling we couldn’t wait to find out how things were going for her. We first got to meet this powerhouse woman when she joined Next Level Practice in September 2022, and we’re so excited to finally share her story with you all. We hope that it inspires you to sign up during Level Up Week (March 20-23) and to start your own Next Level Practice journey.
What Made You Start Your Private Practice?
For me it began with reevaluating a lot. I think this kind of happened to a lot of people during Covid. I was (and still am) working in a high school which I do enjoy, but at the same time, I began to feel very much that this wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to have my own practice, but I didn’t know how to go about that.
How Did You Go About Starting Your Practice?
I saw a post Joe Sanok shared on a Facebook group. He had so much knowledge that I wanted to find out more about what he did. I continued to follow him and then something just clicked:
I knew that I needed to start taking the steps that he said, as now all of a sudden I felt like I had a direction. I knew exactly how to start going about things, whereas before I just felt like I had no idea.
Now I thought, “just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it” – and so that was Joe and Next Level Practice. He was very clear that he had what – I felt – was a road map, and he had all these different steps that were just simply outlined. I need that kind of direction, and I need that kind of clarity.
I joined Next Level Practice without hesitation as soon as the cohort opened. I got into the courses, I started listening to them and following them. I got my website going, I got a web designer to do everything because I knew I wasn’t savvy in that so let me have somebody else take care of it. We launched the website and then started doing a lot of things, like SEO and everything I needed to do for my Psychology Today profile. We also covered what I needed to do in terms of niching down. It all just worked.
I was scared at first. I mean it wasn’t like I went into this fearless. I went into this terrified because this was a very huge move for me. I’m still scared because I still feel all of those things – you know, the Imposter Syndrome and all of that because it’s new and it’s a huge jump, but I also knew that I needed to do this to get was what I always wanted. Namely:
- More flexibility in my schedule.
- To be with my kids
- To have more freedom
…and I held on to that so tightly that I felt like: okay, I just have to keep doing this, and because I had the direction and then the support, just being part of that was the biggest thing.
I felt so isolated before NLP that when I was able to join a group that I could connect with every other week, that was huge for me because this can be a lonely journey.
If you are deciding to go by yourself and have other like-minded people who “get it” and who know what you’re trying to achieve and can help guide you – that’s priceless.
How Did Next Level Practice Small Groups Help You?
I still am with my group and we still meet every other week. Sometimes it’s a little bit difficult because I do still work full-time in my nine to five, and so I have to part-time my practice for now.
I knew going in that’s what I wanted to do full-fee private pay because I didn’t want to have to be on panels with insurance companies, along with a lot of other reasons that went into that. The NLP group I meet with are all in that same position, so it’s nice to be with people who are on that same journey and get that support – especially because I am still full-time and there’s a lot of hesitation for me to take the leap.
So to have the support of that group and to sit and hear them tell me “quit your job and take that leap” – yes, it’s good to hear and to know I have their support.
What Is Next For You?
I have these conversations pretty regularly with my husband. We’ve spoken about the big ‘date’ where I am gonna turn around and say: okay, you know, I gotta make a change, this schedule is not sustainable and something’s gotta give. I know that everything built up with my practice has been what I’ve always wanted, so the next step would be taking that leap and going full-time with that.
From there I do want to level up and start to grow into a group practice – that’s something I didn’t realize I wanted until I found out more about private practice and all the options available. But for now, I’m at that point where there’s no way that I could take on another client with my current setup. I would just love to be able to continue to help people so for me that would mean bringing on more clinicians so that I can do that.
That is definitely the next move: to leave my full-time 9 to 5 and then go on to level up into a group practice and keep moving forward.
About Next Level Practice
Next Level Practice is an on-going support system for mental health clinicians, counselors, and coaches who want to start and scale their own private practice featuring HUNDREDS of trainings, LIVE calls with our experts, a robust resource library, exclusive online community, and SO MUCH MORE!
About Nadyne Busichio (MA, LPC)
Nadyne is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing for over 15 years. She is passionate about helping couples and individuals learn healthy communication, break patterns of conflict and build connection. Nadyne has completed the Level 3 Practicum in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Gottman’s Affair Recovery & Couple’s in Crisis Training, as well as EFT and EMDR training through the Trauma Institute and utilizes these methods when working with couples.
In addition to working with couples, Nadyne also works with individuals who desire personal growth and want to take back control over their lives. Through research-based practices, she empowers clients to heal from past wounds so that they can build a more meaningful and fulfilling future.
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