Plan B

I had a serious, logical talk with my mom, the successful businesswoman last week. I told her about plan B. She liked plan B. She suggested I wait two years until I quit my current job.

Two years? Why two years?

*I am 55 1/2 years old this month. Retire at 57 1/2. Save money to cover total expenses for two years. Then at 59 1/2, I can officially retire.

*Add to retirement fund

*The new board chair will be elected for two years starting this month. Praise God!

My mom is politically plugged in. She told me to have a more open attitude. The former chair was a real estate broker/agent who “helped our agency” purchase a new building for 1.5 million. And “helped” his daughter get a promotion to supervisor. And helped 60 plus people quit from a full-time staff of 130.

She told me to refuse to give up my full-time job. Do I need to change the name of my blog?

How about “Working my ass off at age 55 to make my dreams a reality”?


Plan B – Building my Private Therapy Practice in 2018

Regroup. Reset. Reboot.

New date of launch 🚀: July, 2018.

1. Complete E-book “Goddess Guide to Habits and Addictions” with my sister by Feb 14.

2. Complete self-esteem workbook by July, 2018.

3. Have my website looking good with links to ebook, workbook, and relaxation video by July, 2018.

4. Save my money for the first year of private practice.

5. Increase my visibility in the community by hosting workshops, doing interviews at local radio stations, and volunteering to talk with churches and local colleges about topics in ebooks.

I will withdraw slowly from my Richmond work site. Use that time to work on the above.

Finding the Right Location in Growing you Therapy Private Practice

Two days ago I was blown away by finding our private practice location was soon to be closed by unforeseen events. It took 24 hours for this info to sink in (Denial). The next emotion was Depression. This lasted a few hours. And then my depression rolled into Anger. All within 48 hours.

I am still in Anger. It is New Year’s Eve. My husband invited his bowling team over to come over before the New Year. I share my frustration.

One of his team mates tells me they are moving and they have space for rent. It is next to her husband’s business. They want someone they can trust to not trash the place. It is in an area that I previously looked for a rental. The perfect location – between two areas that I have been looking that are void of counselors.

I previously had canvassed this area with no luck finding the right location. We shall see. 😆

Growing my private therapy practice continued . . .

Now to focus on growing my home based private practice.

My favored method of advertising is word of mouth. It is free and I love to talk. I can start this now.

My second thought is to host a workshop in my town. I am thinking of several topics including raising self-esteem, improving communication, becoming more balanced, and coping with stress.

My third thought concerns advertising. I can go on the radio and publicize my business for free. I can pay to put advertisement in the paper. I need to wait on advertising due to the conflict of interest with my current job.

My last thought is a question. Do I want to have an office in a nearby small town? My answer is yes. I want to have an office away from my home. I can run anger management groups. I can see court-ordered individuals at my “office”. Yes!!

This will also allow me to hold workshops in my office. Needs include enough parking, easy to find and reasonable.

I reread my blog. I sound all enthused. I am not. I’m 91% angry, 7% disappointed and 2 % enthused that my Richmond gig is not happening.

I’m pissed off that I am going to be working on the Crazy Train for at least 6 more months. I’m disappointed as I have to regroup and try a different path. I am teensy bit enthused of moving more quickly into my own business than planned.

One positive thing – My Finances are in excellent condition due to my obsessive-compulsive planning. Only six more months on the Crazy Train.😮

More Challenges in Growing a Private Practice.

Truth is stranger than fiction! I went to my office and Richmond and noticed a “For Rent” sign at the entrance to the large office building where I work. I didn’t think anything of it.

I later shared with another therapist that I plan to tell my clients at my full-time job that I am leaving.

She told me the owner of the company is very ill at this time, and was hospitalized last week. He is out of the hospital now but his condition is unstable. He is in his late 60’s. His wife will have to take over running the business or sell it.

I am sorry that the owner is ill. He is a very nice and ethical man. I was looking forward to working with him. Plan A is kaput. Dead. Done. I am guessing the family asked the owner if they could get out of the lease. The owner is trying to rent the space to allow the family some financial relief. I pray for the owner and his family find peace.

I will not resign from my full-time job this spring. I need to regroup. Time to promote my own business. Five months to make my dream come true.

December 29. Termination Issues

Transitioning is tough work. To make my life easier and to allow a smooth transition for my clients, my last day is now March 15th.

When I return to work in January, I plan to get started on terminating my relationship with my clients. I have been in a therapeutic relationship for up to 15 years with some individuals.

My current clients struggle with severe mental illness. I want to give them enough time to process their feelings. Many of my clients experienced severe emotional and physical abuse as children.

They may feel abandoned and need to talk about their feelings. I want to give them that space.

Growing a Private Practice Continued . . .

December 26. Sixty four days left before the launch of my private practice. I will increase my billable hours at an established practice in Richmond to support my transition

In January, I plan to keep up my crazy three job schedule, and hopefully keep my sanity.

In February, I start working every Friday in Richmond. Scheduling seven to eight clients a day is 30 billable hours per month.

In March, I will add Tuesday afternoons/evenings. Goal of 40 billable hours per month.

Goal Income: 40 hours x $50 = $2000 month in Richmond.

Now for my home practice. . . That is the subject of my next several blog entries.

65 days till launch 🚀

Only 65 days until my transformation to Private Practice. I will spend the first few weeks of my Private Practice visiting family in Florida.

Sounds like a perfect start to a new chapter in my career.

I know in my gut that this is the correct way for me to start anew. I plan to soak up the Florida sun, play golf and swim. I also plan to bring a few notebooks to jot some ideas down.

As I am an intellectual dreamer type, this will allow me to nurture my intellect and my creativity. This is my way to success.

Growing a private practice, part 1

I sit in my home office and evaluate my surroundings. The book shelf is tidy and the furniture is comfy, high-end, and professional. And . . . there is paper everywhere. Pieces of paper stacked in small, medium and large piles. Stacks of paper sit on any flat surface available. Sadly, my office at the community mental health center is in a similar condition.

I have a “paper problem”. I need a solution. I have one cabinet to stored unused paper. I have paper charts in a portable tote. I have a small file cabinet for everything else. I have a shred box at my day job and I am determining where to put my shred box at my home office.

I need to file / trash/ return/ shred nightly. This is a positive change I need to make as I return to the world of paper charts.