FaceTime is Apple’s amazing video chat app that comes free on Macs and iOS devices. Given that it’s ubiquitous with Mac and iOS users, it seems like it would be a great choice for online counseling. Unfortunately, it’s not.
If you’ve been around the internet for more than a minute, you’ve likely heard of Talkspace and BetterHelp. If you’re a practitioner, there is certainly an attraction to not having to source your own clients, however is the loss of autonomy worth it? What are the benefits and downsides to working as the therapy equivalent of an Uber driver?Continue reading “The therapy equivalent of an Uber driver”
One of the most widely diagnosed conditions, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, affects about 3% of Americans. If you’re a mental health practitioner, it’s likely that this is one of the most common diagnoses in your practice. What does the latest research tell us about GAD? Spoiler alert: CBT combined with Motivational Interviewing results in better outcomes than CBT alone.
I was in an online forum discussion recently and a newly licensed practitioner was aghast at the “travesty” of behavioral health salaries at the masters level. She compared professions such as Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Genetic Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors and was “flabbergasted” that the LCP salary she posted was around $45,000 per year while Genetic Counselors make $78,000.Continue reading “Are Counselors Underpaid?”
Are you paying thousands per year to your group practice? Are you worried about building someone else’s business and not your own? Taking the plunge too start your own private counseling practice can be scary! However, it doesn’t have to be. The key is in the planning and doing an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, both as a practitioner and as a businessperson. This article has some overlap with our older post So you want to start a private therapy practice. Be sure to check that one out as well!
What makes for a good online therapy platform? What are some of the key differences between systems? When you’re looking to add online therapy to your behavioral health practice, you’ll (rightfully) have a lot of questions. This article will help you learn how to cut through the marketing hype and understand the elements of a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing system that matter most.Continue reading “Online Therapy Platforms”
It was about nine years ago that Jessica and I first started iCouch and during that time, online therapy went from a niche to a massive industry. We were there at the start — for a while, it was just iCouch and Breakthrough. Breakthrough has long ago been acquired and we’re still pushing forward. Finally, we’re starting to see the mental health profession take online therapy seriously, because frankly, they have no choice. That’s where the customers are headed.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet. — Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II
Most behavioral health professionals use their own name to name their practice. Others create names that might sound good, but fall short when it comes to creating a memorable and relevant image of your business. How should you choose a name for your therapy practice?Continue reading “Naming your Therapy Practice”
Data, Assessment, Plan. These are the fundamental building blocks of the DAP note. While they serve the same purpose as a SOAP note, DAP is a slightly different format. What you choose is entirely up to personal preference. This article should help you understand the basics of DAP notes and how to use them in your behavioral health practice.
The SOAP note format has been in wide use in the medical community for decades. Dr. Lawrence Reed developed the problem-oriented medical record decades ago and from that, SOAP emerged. For mental health professionals, SOAP is tried and true. Although the behavioral health profession uses a variety of different clinical note formats, SOAP is still a fundamental format worth knowing about!Continue reading “SOAP Notes for Counseling”