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Welcome!

Welcome, I am glad you are here! This space is about supporting other therapists and small business owners with tips, tools and resources. So take a look around, ask questions, and let's connect!

A little bit about me: My name is Mari and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Small Business Coach and Consultant, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Supervisor, Founder of Growth Counseling Services, Author, Speaker and Workshop maven.  My passion is helping fellow therapists grow their practices and feel confident in their business skills.
Kindly and in support, Mari

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Best Private Practice Tips for New Therapists or Therapists New to Private Practice

Best Private Practice Tips for New Therapists or Therapists New to Private Practice

Starting a private practice often feels like a daunting undertaking for most therapists with many confusing steps along the way. 28 successful therapists and diverse experts in private practice share their top tips as a support to our clinical community. Great info for those who are new to the field or are new to private practice....

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Six Things Your Entrepreneur Friend or Family Member Wish You Knew (but is too polite to share)

Six Things Your Entrepreneur Friend or Family Member Wish You Knew (but is too polite to share)

I recently met with 6 entrepreneurs and picked their brains about what they wished their friends and family members knew, but have not had the guts to share until now. Are you a small business owner, or are you a spouse, partner, friend or family member of a small business owner? If so, this may offer you some eye opening (and heart opening) information to consider...

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What to do if you have been added to a "therapist directory" without your permission

What to do if you have been added to a "therapist directory" without your permission

More and more therapists are reporting that they are being targeted by a new "therapist directory" scam. Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S has written this blog as a support to colleagues to describe what this unethical and illegal trend is, and to share important steps to take in order to protect yourself and potential therapy clients...

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Growing Pains: How to Lean in to Risk and Create Opportunities in Private Practice

Growing Pains: How to Lean in to Risk and Create Opportunities in Private Practice

Leaning in to new opportunities and next steps is part of every small business owner and private practice therapist experience. Mari A. Lee, The Counselor's Coach shares a practical tool that helps private practice therapists who are ready to grow other areas of their business, or those who would like to take the leap into private practice, learn to lean in to the risk in order to get to the reward.

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How to Handle Freebie Requests Like a (gracious) Boss

How to Handle Freebie Requests Like a (gracious) Boss

How to respond to brain pickers, "quick" questions with good boundaries and graciousness can be challengng. As small business owners we have likely been on both sides of the fence; the newbie who is just getting started with very little cash, but a whole lotta' questions, and the expert who is fielding weekly emails, text messages, PMs, and calls from what I call the "brain pickers"...

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How to be an annoying coach and turn your potential client way the eff off.

How to be an annoying coach and turn your potential client way the eff off.

Are you sick and tired of receiving inauthentic marketing junk mail in your email in box? You know the kind I'm talking about: the email subject line is a hook, the email starts off sounding as if the person knows you only to launch into their sales pitch? No one likes this kind of bait and switch...yet, why does this practice still continue to be taught by coaches as an ethical and effective marketing approach?...

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Stuff Happens: The Personal Side of Private Practice

Stuff Happens: The Personal Side of Private Practice

Do personal challenges = professional shame for therapists? Is there too much negative competition in the clinical field? And, what if we take regular self care time away, like a 5th week off, and then end up in financial ruin? Or what happens when the shitty seasons of life hit? What happens when the personal impacts the professional? Unexpected stuff. Heartbreaking stuff. Infuriating stuff. Shaming stuff. Scary stuff. Deflating stuff. Hurtful stuff. Keeping it real in this blog...

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Therapist Fees: One Size Does Not Fit All

Therapist Fees: One Size Does Not Fit All

High fee, low fee, sliding scale, insurance, fee for service only? Ah, the clinical debate continues. In this blog, I offer a different perspective that challenges the current group think on charging your worth. I also invite other clinicians to share their own perspectives so that together we can begin to change the discourse on how we "should" be discussing money, fees, and so forth in the clinical community.  My hope is that this blog will inspire each of us to make room for, and consider many points of view. NOTE: If you feel triggered in reading through this, I hope you will not personalize or "kill the messenger." Instead, do what you need to do to take care of yourself as a professional business person. One size does not fit all...

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