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Episode 85 5 Ways Therapists Can Start a Private Practice

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Startup Nation, Meet:
Jessica Richards, LMHC
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Jessica Richards, LMHC owner of The Center of Life Counseling and Administrator of The Beginning Counselor’s of Florida. During my last year of grad school, in 2013, I knew I wanted to be in private practice and work with college age students struggling with anxiety and depression. It was the very reason I began my degree in psychology and counseling in the first place.

Little did I know that the journey would be met with many hurdles and struggles that I was not prepared for. I now take my experience and journey and share it with new grads and registered interns providing tips and tools to have a successful internship to licensure journey.

A few fun facts about my experience:

1. My licensure experience lasted from 2013-2017, approximately 4 years. More than the 2 year’s many assume it takes. 
2. I had over 4 qualified supervisors throughout this period, most at the same time. 
3. I was in private practice the entire journey along with agency and group contract work. 
4. I took 4 months off from the field altogether after a “post-grad existential crisis” 
5. I took the NCMHCE 3 times. 
6. I taught CEU courses for licensed clinicians during internship. 

A few fun personal facts about myself are I freaking love love adventures, traveling, fishing is a new hobby I’ve started within the last year or so, painting, and animals. I’m trying to learn how to golf but, have no idea what I’m doing just seems like a Floridian thing to do.

Show Notes:
  1. Starting a website

  2. Creating a niche

  3. Creating and selling products

  4. Financial options for new beginners

  5. Intern’s rights in private practice.

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What’s up #StartupNation!?! We’re so excited you’re here. In case you’re new to our community, I’m Dr. Kate Campbell, LMFT (on the right) and my business partner aka “BP” Katie Lemieux, LMFT is on the left.


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