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Presentation at Pace University: Getting started in private practice

As in years past, I presented on April 20, 2012 to the class of predoctoral interns and externs at Pace University’s counseling center on the topic, Getting Started in Private Practice. It was a pleasure to give this talk to a bright, motivated group of students who are in the final stretch of doctoral studies.

While graduate study in psychology may offer excellent clinical training, it does not begin to teach how to start and run a private practice. This year’s talk focused on topics that included niche development, social media, and clinical supervision.

The purpose of the presentation was not only to impart practical know-how, but also to counter the excessively discouraging and cautionary  characterization of private practice that unfortunately is often conveyed in graduate programs in psychology.

For more information on practice development, see the consultation page

Biography

My ambition to become a psychologist traces back to my first experience in psychotherapy as an adolescent. The psychologist I saw then not only helped me during a turbulent time in my life, but her example allowed me to imagine that I could develop the capacity to work in the kinds of ways she did, helping me to make connections among my experiences while offering guidance in an empathetic, caring manner.

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Case Management Policy

I run my practice in as independent and private a manner as possible by choosing not to be contracted with insurance companies that are likely to impose excessive bureaucratic requirements. Even on an out-of-network basis, some insurance companies may request additional information about your treatment in the form of utilization reviews or requests for additional information about you. My default response is to refuse such requests for the dual purpose of protecting your privacy and maintaining the autonomy of my practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m posting some of the most frequent questions I receive. I also welcome you to contact me directly with any additional questions.

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Qualifications

License, Education, Experience, Memberships

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