Optimizing your Therapy Session Pricing

Posted by Brian Dear on Oct 17, 2016 4:42:15 PM


For mental health practitioners, especially those working with cash therapy clients, setting the correct price for your sessions is often an exercise in hope mixed with a little optimism combined with a little more anxiety. In fact, choosing pricing for any product or service can be a challenge! This article ought to help demystify the process or at least provide you with some action items that can help you set optimal prices that maximize your private practice profit.

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Topics: Therapy Practice Management

The Basics of Therapist Websites

Posted by Brian Dear on Sep 26, 2016 1:24:16 PM

I admit it. I love design. To me there's nothing better than looking at mid-century modern furniture or the architecture of old churches or even watching an entire film about the font Helvetica. So when it comes to websites, I'm probably harsher than most when confronted with a bad design.

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Topics: Therapist Marketing

iCouch for mental health practice management

Posted by Brian Dear on Sep 25, 2016 11:17:18 AM

We get many inquires at iCouch about what our product is all about. Probably several dozen a week from practitioners probably a lot like you. This post is to answer some of the common questions and shed some light on just what this iCouch "thing" actually will do for your behavioral health practice.

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Topics: About iCouch

Password Security for Therapists

Posted by Brian Dear on Sep 24, 2016 9:07:04 PM

Should you let your web browser remember your passwords for online services? We all do it. Modern web browsers make it really easy to do this and, given how frequently we use passwords, it can be a huge timesaver. However, a browser that remembers passwords is only as secure as the computer running it. What this means is that if your computer is outside of your control (it's stolen, someone else in the office borrows it (even for just a few minutes,) it creates a considerable risk.

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Topics: Therapy Practice Management, Client Privacy

Online therapy or just therapy?

Posted by Brian Dear on Sep 22, 2016 12:52:25 PM


What's the difference between online therapy and in-person therapy?

Nothing really. Online therapy is simply a modality. It's not a distinct "thing." We get inquiries almost every day from people who want to become an online therapist. The interesting thing is that some of these people aren't mental health practitioners at all, yet there's a pervasive myth that becoming an online therapist is somehow different than becoming a "regular" therapist. It's not. Online modalities are just that: modalities. It just a method by which treatment is delivered.

There are some differences however between delivering a counseling session using the internet and delivering treatment in an office.

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Topics: Therapy Practice Management, Online Therapy, Clinical Practice

Elevating Therapy

Posted by Brian Dear on Sep 12, 2016 10:42:35 PM

Hear iCouch CEO Brian Dear explain the ideas and passion behind iCouch.




Therapy has been a bit of a step child in health care.

A child has a sore throat and parents race to the pediatrician only to be told to gargle with salt water. A child has depression and parents often think to do nothing by try to cheer her up.

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Topics: About iCouch

Is CBT effective? Is the decline of CBT a thing?

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 25, 2016 1:20:34 PM

In the May 11, 2015 Psychological Bulletin of the American Psychological Association assert that the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for treating depression is falling. Norwegian researchers Tom J. Johnsen and Oddgeir Friborg conducted a meta-analysis of psychological trials from 1977 through 2014. Their conclusion? CBT is less effective now than it used to be. It's an interesting study and of course a person might ask:

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Topics: Clinical Practice, Behavioral Health Research

Mental health Practitioner Networking Slack Group

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 17, 2016 10:29:01 PM

Today we just launched the Practitioner Networking group on Slack. Slack is a team collaboration and chat tool that is used by a large number of companies for corporate chat, however, we re purposed it into a great community for mental health professionals, interns and students.

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Topics: Therapist Professional Development, Therapist Motivation, Mental Health Profession

Therapy Appointment Scheduling with iCouch

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 16, 2016 5:24:10 PM

If you improve your therapy appointment booking process, you accomplish two things. 
  • You maximize your productivity.
  • You improve the client experience.
iCouch is getting ever-closer to launching our amazing therapy practice management system and one of the most incredible features is our client booking system. We're really proud of it! The reason we're proud of it is because we set out with a goal of "optimizing therapists' scheduling." And, we were able to execute on that goal which means you'll soon have the most powerful, easiest-to-use therapy appointment scheduling system ever created.
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Topics: About iCouch, Clinical Practice

In response to a comment about iCouch HIPAA compliance

Posted by Brian Dear on Jun 9, 2016 9:05:57 PM


In our recent post about the iCouch therapist calendar, we discussed some of the great new features coming to the new iCouch therapy practice management system. A commenter, Mr. Daniel Jackson, had several concerns about our product. First, I want to thank Mr. Jackson for his thoughtful comment. It's clear that he cares deeply about taking care of patients and protecting their privacy. We certainly share his passion. I would like to respond to each of Mr. Jackson's concerns here.

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Topics: Online Therapy, Client Privacy, About iCouch