Private Practice

Starting a Private Practice: Yay or Nay?

August 27, 2014
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In this first week of my tenure as a full-fledged professor, I’m going to take a moment to reflect on my time in private practice. In some ways this seems fitting as until this week I have never held a full-time position as an employee.
I ran across a question I received awhile back from a [...]

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Do We Value Our Worth Enough?

June 25, 2014
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Money negotiation. This was not a skill I was taught nor, quite frankly, is it something I’m good at.
But it’s an important skill to practice, not only for your own personal security and happiness, but also for the profession as a whole. See, negotiating a salary or fee is not really about the money, per [...]

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Do You Have a Private Practice Partner? Or Go It Alone?

November 1, 2012
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I received a great question from one of my Twitter friends @Elisa9180. She asked:
I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on starting a private practice with a partner vs. going it alone!
That’s too big a question to answer on Twitter, so it gets its own blog post! There are certainly pros and [...]

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Employees vs. Independent Contractors: Knowing the Difference

September 27, 2012
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I am super-excited to share another fabulous article by music therapy biz whiz Jamie George. Happy reading…
Congratulations! You just landed a job as a music therapist! Your dreams are coming true!  But your new employer just called you a “sub-contractor”. What does that mean? Are you an employee? What are your responsibilities to the company? [...]

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Are You Sharing Too Much? 7 Tips To Make You A Killer Communicator

September 28, 2011
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I’ve had some interesting conversations with colleagues and friends recently about a phenomenon all to common…that of over-sharing.
It’s so easy to do! We start talking about music therapy–or some other topic we’re passionate about–and end up sharing way too much and losing our listener. We give a presentation and try to cram way too much [...]

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BLUE…or How to Get Off Your Butt and Start Your Blog Already

September 7, 2011
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This week, Laura Crum, a guest blogger at MusicSparks, issued a challenge to the music therapy blogging community to write a blog post inspired by the word “blue.”
It seemed like fun, so thought I’d jump on board
And somehow I found a way to fit “blue” into the topic I wanted to talk about [...]

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4 Tips to Easy, Painless Invoicing

August 24, 2011
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We’re getting close to that time of the month when many in private practice face what can be a mundane, dreaded task.
Invoicing.
But never fear! With the right planning, foresight, and tools, invoicing can be–dare I say–fun?
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3 Ways to Make Your Presentations Sparkle

August 17, 2011
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I am thrilled to introduce you to Natalie Mullis, a South Carolina-based music therapist who’s the brains behind Key Changes Music Therapy. Natalie (or @KeyChangesMT on Twitter) has spent the last several years building her private practice and, along the way, sharing her knowledge and adventures with her readers. Enjoy!
As a music therapist, I can [...]

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Using Social Media to Build Your Music Therapy Services

July 20, 2011
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I am very excited to share with you the wisdom of Tamara Suttle, mastermind behind the blog Private Practice from the Inside Out. Tamara is a licensed professional counselor out in Denver, CO who’s been practicing since 1991 and blogging since 2009. Needless to say…she’s got a lot of good information to share!
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