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Tips, Lessons and Insights from Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice

My name is Jena Castro-Casbon, MS CCC-SLP (of The Independent Clinician and The Private Practice Solution).I am part of a group of private practitioners who have taken client care into our own hands.We are skilled clinic
Latest Episode8/2/2021

Starting a Private Practice "On The Side" and In My Home with Kathy Hindman

Ep. 127
Have you ever thought about starting a private practice out of your house?This episode with Kathy Hindman, a speech-language pathologist in Lawrenceville, NJ, is one of my most popular episodes to date, and I can attest that to so many SLPs being interested in her on the side, in-home practice.Kathy Hindman has over twenty years of experience that includes evaluating and treating children and young adults in a variety of settings: from working several years in an intensive behavioral-based program for students with autism and developmental disabilities to working for local preschool programs and elementary schools to spending many years working in Early Intervention with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with various delays and challenges in all areas of development.In this episode, we get into the details and talk all about what it takes to run a speech therapy private practice out of your own home. We also talk about what she had to learn along the way and the little mistakes she has made that turned into learning experiences.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:Time and expense involved in creating space in your homeTips for using SEO to get discovered onlineDeciding when the timing is right for youMistakes that turn into learning experiencesWhere you can advertise your in-home businessKathy went into private practice because she had the safety of a solid income coming in and was able to slowly build it up. I think this is what a lot of SLPs are most interested in, so I am glad Kathy shared that with us.I also love that she mentioned how simple it was to set up her private practice in her home! It does not have to be super complicated or expensive, so if that is something that has worried you, don’t let that hold you back!If you are ready to start your private practice whether it is in your home or not, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System.I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website www.independentclinician.com/ to learn more.Resources Mentioned:www.connections-speechtherapy.comwww.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistWhere We Can Connect:Follow the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
8/2/2021

Starting a Private Practice "On The Side" and In My Home with Kathy Hindman

Ep. 127
Have you ever thought about starting a private practice out of your house?This episode with Kathy Hindman, a speech-language pathologist in Lawrenceville, NJ, is one of my most popular episodes to date, and I can attest that to so many SLPs being interested in her on the side, in-home practice.Kathy Hindman has over twenty years of experience that includes evaluating and treating children and young adults in a variety of settings: from working several years in an intensive behavioral-based program for students with autism and developmental disabilities to working for local preschool programs and elementary schools to spending many years working in Early Intervention with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with various delays and challenges in all areas of development.In this episode, we get into the details and talk all about what it takes to run a speech therapy private practice out of your own home. We also talk about what she had to learn along the way and the little mistakes she has made that turned into learning experiences.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:Time and expense involved in creating space in your homeTips for using SEO to get discovered onlineDeciding when the timing is right for youMistakes that turn into learning experiencesWhere you can advertise your in-home businessKathy went into private practice because she had the safety of a solid income coming in and was able to slowly build it up. I think this is what a lot of SLPs are most interested in, so I am glad Kathy shared that with us.I also love that she mentioned how simple it was to set up her private practice in her home! It does not have to be super complicated or expensive, so if that is something that has worried you, don’t let that hold you back!If you are ready to start your private practice whether it is in your home or not, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System.I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website www.independentclinician.com/ to learn more.Resources Mentioned:www.connections-speechtherapy.comwww.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistWhere We Can Connect:Follow the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
7/26/2021

Growing Out of Her School Job and Into Private Practice with Quintina Briscoe

Ep. 126
Do you feel called to do more as an SLP?Quintina Briscoe, my guest in this episode, felt the exact same way before she started her private practice during the pandemic.Quintina Briscoe is a speech-language pathologist, mentor, and clinic owner in the greater D.C. area. She went from being a solo private practitioner, just seeing clients on the side of her school job to employing many therapists, having a brick-and-mortar clinic, and serving clients via telephone therapy in her private practice.In this episode, Quintina tells us a story about being in the school setting and realizing that she was ready to do something greater. I think a lot of SLPs can connect to this story whether they are in a school or a hospital setting. There is only so much we can do without limitations when we are in them. Luckily, Quintina is walking us through exactly what she did to become a private practice owner once she realized she could do so much more.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:Being in a space that you can grow inTrying to determine your path for private practiceOutsourcing for the growth of your businessNavigating rapid growthWhy it doesn’t matter what kind of area you live inFilling gaps in the SLP worldUnderstanding your responsibilityI completely agree with what Quintina said about being made for more and being able to do much more than she could if she had stayed in her school job.If you find yourself in the same situation as Quintina, you have choices. You can either stay where you are and hope it gets better, or you can create a new job for yourself through private practice.Starting a private practice is so much easier if you know the right steps to follow. Learn more about the ins and outs of private practice by watching our FREE on-demand training: www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar.To get started with your speech therapy private practice sooner, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System. This is happening so soon, and I don’t want you to miss out!Resources Mentioned:www.theslpsocial.comhttps://www.instagram.com/theslpsocial_https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitliststartyourprivatepractice.com/webinarWhere We Can Connect:Follow the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
7/19/2021

Bilingual SLP Starts a Part-Time Pediatric Private Practice with Ruth Marquez

Ep. 125
Do you dream of your last year in the school setting? Does the idea of leaving your school job to work for yourself interest you?My guest, Ruth Marquez, started her speech therapy private practice on the side of her school job, and she just recently left it to pursue her private practice full-time!Ruth Marquez opened the doors of Be Brave Speech Therapy in June 2020. Since then, she has done many evaluations which have led to continuous therapy sessions, and countless collaborations with families. In 2021, after a year of being a private practice owner on the side of being a full-time school-based SLP, Ruth decided to go all in and work on her private practice full-time! She is excited to have the time, freedom, and flexibility to help more families and children in need.From her pros and cons list to her marketing strategy, we are getting into what Ruth did to begin her private practice and how she was able to leave her school job after just one year!In Today's Episode, We Discuss:What to do when you feel limited in your settingAcknowledging gaps in service and filling itWhy you should talk to someone about wanting to start a private practiceWhat to do when you’re on the fence about starting a private practiceThe collaboration that you get to have with parents outside of the school settingWhat to do if you want to start but you’re moving “soon”Starting to market a new private practiceHow fear can overcomplicate your processDeciding what and how you are willing to invest in yourselfRuth is a wonderful example of someone who had a lot of doubt and fear but decided to invest in herself and her future by following the step-by-step Start Your Private Practice System!I love hearing stories like these, and I know how motivating they are for all of you! Send a message to Ruth over on FB or IG and let her know what your number one takeaway is from this episode. She will love to hear from you!If you're ready to learn more about how private practice can help you meet your professional, personal and financial goals just like Ruth, don’t forget to sign up for my brand new FREE training over at startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar!To get started with your speech therapy private practice sooner, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System. This is happening so soon, and I don’t want you to miss out!Resources Mentioned:www.bebravespeechtherapy.comhttps://www.instagram.com/bebravespeechtherapyhttps://www.facebook.com/bebravespeechtherapyhttps://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitliststartyourprivatepractice.com/webinarWhere We Can Connect:Follow the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
7/12/2021

How Do You Know If You're Ready to Start a Private Practice?

Ep. 124
Have you been thinking about private practice for a long time, but you aren't sure if you're ready?A lot of SLPs have internal worries and fears related to whether they are ready to start a private practice, and those often come from impostor syndrome which is something that we have talked a lot about here on the podcast.People feel like they need to be experts to start a private practice, but if you wait to become an expert, you will never feel expert enough to start.In this episode, I am talking to you about three ways to know if you are ready to start a private practice!In Today's Episode, We Discuss:What you must absolutely have before startingTaking back your flexibility and freedom through private practiceWhy you need to decide to be ready for private practiceRealizing that you are resourceful and qualified enoughYou might realize during this episode that you are done waiting and that you are ready to start your private practice. I want you to send me a DM on Instagram @theindependentclinican with the word “ready”. Let's talk about what private practice could mean for you in your life!If you're curious about private practice and want to make sure you're ready, you can also watch our FREE private practice training: www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar!Get notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System by heading over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist!Resources Mentioned:https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistwww.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinarWhere We Can Connect:Subscribe to the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
7/5/2021

Get More Freedom Through Private Practice

Ep. 123
What does freedom mean to you?One of the top reasons why SLPs start their own private practice is because they want freedom.In this episode, we are talking all about what freedom and independence mean as a clinician and how you can get more of it through private practice.I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I accepted my first private practice client and realized that I was going to be able to use private practice as the vehicle to freedom in my own life. It was truly thrilling, and I am so glad that I took that leap 15 years ago!We are getting into that story and why I think that everyone deserves that feeling too.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:The independence that comes with owning a businessHow and why I began my private practiceThe thrill I felt when I realized I could create my own freedomThe steps you can take to have professional, personal and financial freedomI truly believe that the only way to truly have professional, personal and financial freedom is by owning your own business and in our cases, private practice, because there is nothing more independent than owning your own business.Remember, if you want more freedom, you have to do something about it! Make a plan and take action!Whether you want to start a private practice or grow your existing private practice, I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. If you are ready to get started, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System. I don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity.If you're ready to get more FREEDOM from your private practice and want to learn the steps, you can also watch our *brand new* free training www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar!Resources Mentioned:https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistwww.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinarWhere We Can Connect:Subscribe to the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
6/28/2021

Starting a Mobile FEES Business with a Partner with George Barnes and Allie Mataras

Ep. 122
Have you ever thought about offering mobile fees? Are you wondering how to regroup, rebound, and truly grow a mobile fees business after COVID? Do you want to know more about the realities of starting a private practice with a business partner?My guests, George Barnes MS CCC-SLP and Allison Mataras MA CCC-SLP, are joining me in this episode to cover all of these topics.George and Allie started their company, FEESible Swallow Solutions, in January of 2020 - just before the pandemic started. This came from years of working in hospitals and feeling like not enough patients were getting access to the instrumental swallowing exams they needed. Now, they bring the quality of a hospital swallow evaluation to their patient’s facility for a fraction of the time and cost. This allows patients to avoid the risk of going to the hospital and stay in the comfort of their own bed with family by their side.We get into the need for mobile instrumental swallow evaluations as well as how they navigated their brand new business during the pandemic as business partners. Their energy and enthusiasm about their services and professional goals are inspiring and motivating throughout our entire conversation.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:Defining the needs for services in the fieldDefining your own professional needsSteps to take to lay the groundwork for your businessThe value of doing a SWOT analysisNavigating a new business during the pandemicHow to divvy up responsibilities with a business partnerDifferent approaches you can take with marketingOvercoming self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and challenging yourselfHow to guarantee expertise for yourselfGeorge and Allie are a great example of an effective partnership based on mutual respect, shared goals, and just enough differences to be stronger together when they join forces.While they thought their company would never get off the ground, they managed to turn a terrible situation into an opportunity to help underserved communities get the swallow evaluations they needed. I am so inspired and motivated by that, and I hope you are too.There is such a need for mobile instrumental swallow evaluations, and if you are interested in learning more about that, I highly recommend that you connect with George and Allie and check out their freebie linked below!If you are ready to get started with starting your speech therapy private practice, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System. I don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity.Resources Mentioned:https://www.feesibleswallowsolutions.com/https://www.instagram.com/dysphagiadude/https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistFreebie: How to get FEES in your facilityWhere We Can Connect:Subscribe to the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook
6/21/2021

Adult-Focused Private Practice Success with Katie Brown

Ep. 121
Are you interested in working with adults? Are you interested in learning from a fairly new SLP who built a specialty practice to full-time within six months?Katie Brown, who is joining me in this episode, is who you want to hear from if either of these (or both) are of interest to you!Katie Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS is a speech-language pathologist and certified brain injury specialist practicing in Buffalo, NY. She owns a private practice called Neuro Speech Solutions which specializes in therapy for adults with neurogenic communication and cognitive disorders. Katie is passionate about providing meaningful, functional therapy to those with aphasia and cognitive impairments related to stroke and TBI.Outside of her private practice, Katie is active in the SLP community. She is an advocate for person-centered care and creates digital materials aiming to help other medical SLPs feel more confident in providing personally relevant therapy. Katie is a mentor for the Start Your Private Practice Program and an SLP consultant for the aphasia app company, Tactus Therapy. She volunteers for several non-profits and provides a monthly workshop for brain injury survivors.In this conversation, Katie and I talk about what happens when SLPs decide that they've had it in traditional settings and want to work outside of the box. We also get into how she got started in her specialty, what it took to grow her private practice so quickly and so much more.In Today's Episode, We Discuss:What it’s like to start a private practice early in your careerWhy you need to always be talking about your private practiceThe difference between being helpful and being salesyCreating community over competition with other SLPsLimiting beliefs that might deter you from starting a private practiceWhy you should find a mentor to guide youKatie is a shining example of what is possible in private practice. She followed the step-by-step plan, did the work, and built a private practice that she's proud of by being a part of the Start Your Private Practice program. She is one of my top success stories, and I'm very proud of what she's done!If you were inspired by Katie or have questions about the program and whether it's right for you, please reach out to Katie via Instagram. You can find her @NeuroSpeechSolutions - https://www.instagram.com/neurospeechsolutions!If you are ready to get started with starting your speech therapy private practice, head over to https://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist so that you will be notified as soon as we re-open the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System. I don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity.Resources Mentioned:https://www.neurospeechsolutions.com/https://www.neurospeechsolutions.com/slpshttps://www.instagram.com/neurospeechsolutionshttps://www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlistWhere We Can Connect:Subscribe to the PodcastFollow Me on InstagramFollow Me on Facebook