Choosing to start a Private Practice

March 5, 2017


 Several months ago I heard that it was likely that the agency I worked for would be closing the St. Paul office.  This was not because of anything I had done or hadn't done, but was simply a business decision.  


I struggled with knowing what to do next.


Since my first car accident shortly after I turned 16, I have experienced anxiety about driving and very much dislike driving in rush hour traffic.   Moving my work to the primary office in Golden Valley, to work full-time, would mean a minimum of eight hours of driving and approximately 225 miles each week.  This is not my idea of fun.  So, I started looking for counseling opportunities on the east side of the Twin Cities.   Needless to say, the opportunities that were a good fit were slim.   For several of the months I prayed about what I was supposed to do.  I did not have peace about leaving my company - I feel like part of the family where I am at.  But, I knew I needed to be able to take care of myself and my family when this transition happened. 



I don't remember exactly what gave me the exact "umph" needed to take the plunge.  Maybe it was a combination of a long-held dream, research, frustration, and concern about the lack of quality Christian counseling in the southeast metro area.  I am sure, that there was a good dose of prayer and guidance by the Holy Spirit; because before I really knew what I had done, I had obtained a Federal Tax ID number, and found an old journal article which shared that the "biggest barrier to being successful in private practice was a lack of confidence".  Since then, the rest of everything seems to have fallen into place little by little.  I am sure there will be difficulties and frustrations, but I know that as I long as I have some cheerleaders and supporters of my dream on my side that I will be successful!  For those that have long dreamed of opening their own private practice, and have been hesitant to do so, please seek me out; I will be happy to share what I have learned and the resources that I have gathered.  



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