How Deductibles Work with Medical Billing and Insurance Companies

We get lots of questions from healthcare providers wanting to know how to handle patients / client deductables. If you are in network with an insurance company, this is how deductibles work—at least for behavioral health.. Scenario ONE: Client A has Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) with a deductible of $500, and plan with a […]

Prepare your Clients for These 9 Issues — or Else!

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A Focus on Counseling Client Education Expectations are everything; and getting buy-in for how things work at your practice is an important part of facilitating happy, satisfied, clients. However, too often client education and informed consent resembles the oft-ignored “terms of use” contract in iTunes. Clients are handed a sheet with 2,000 words of 10-point […]

When Building a Counseling Practice, Brand Extensions Are Not the Answer

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Maintaining Brand Consistency for your Counseling Practice A counseling center in Nashville, Tennessee — called Healthy Mind* — is struggling to fill their clinicians’ caseloads. Management looks are their data and notices three alarming trends: Not enough people are calling Of those who call, not enough schedule Of those who start counseling, few stick around […]

How Much Money Can A Counselor in Private Practice Make?

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Building a Six-Figure Counseling Practice: How Much Money Can A Master’s Level Counselor in Private Practice Make? According to Salary.com, the average Licensed Professional Counselor working in Cambridge, MA makes $39,778 per year*. That’s beyond bleak. For a city where a 900 square foot apartment can run you half a million dollars, it’s dismal. Is […]

Stress Management and Rest for the Entrepreneur

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The Entreprenuer’s Nerves are not Made of Steel Building and sustaining a business is a day-in, day-out war between uncertainty and perseverance. Make few bad decisions or take your “eye off the ball” for just a minute, and it could be “game over.” As an entrepreneur, your ability to persist through prolonged times of risk […]

New Austin, Texas, Location Walkthrough (Before)

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Thriveworks is Opening a New Counseling and Coaching Location in Austin, Texas Our brand new Bee Caves Road franchise location in Austin, Texas, is getting close to opening day! To update you all on the progress, we’ve posted a video walkthrough, where we discuss what’s to come. Enjoy! Thriveworks Counseling and Coaching is opening up […]

5 Steps for Effective Communication in Your Relationships

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TRANSCRIPT: Hi. I’m Twilynn Jourdain, a licensed psychotherapist here at Thriveworks, and I’d like to speak with you about effective communication in relationships. We all know how important relationships are, and the key to having strong, positive relationships is our ability to communicate effectively our feelings, our thoughts and our needs. So I’d like to […]

The Importance of Trust in Therapy, with Atlanta Counselor Chris Waters

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TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Chris Waters and I work here at Thriveworks. I think the most important thing I’ve found over the last 30 years is that relational trust dynamics has affected our individual lives, our relationships both personal and at work, and that everything we do has something to do with other people. This is […]

Understanding Independent Mental Health Evaluations

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As part of a wider series, we will be discussing different elements of counseling and coaching practices. Michael Pilcher, owner of Thriveworks Knoxville and Thriveworks Bristol Counseling and Coaching, talks about the kind of work he does as a professional counselor, and, specifically, independent mental health evaluations and navigation of the civil and family law […]

Crisis Is Not a Disaster; it’s an Opportunity for Change

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By, Counselor Teresa J. Cooper, M.A., LPC-MHSP — Thriveworks Knoxville While you may be in the midst of a persona crisis, the sky isn’t really falling. A crisis can be big or small, but most often the “crises” we experience aren’t disasters, but opportunities for growth and for change. Change is possible, but it’s not […]

How to Reduce Stress in Your Mind and Body

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By, counselor Neal Hughes — Thriveworks Knoxville Throughout the day, pay attention to the areas of stress in your body […] and consciously work to relax the muscles.” The connection between mind and body is stronger than you think. Watch the video above and listen to Neal Hughes talk about a simple thing to keep […]

A Tip for Making Life Changes, with Counselor Justin Hall LPC

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By Justin Hall, LPC — Thriveworks Knoxville When looking to make changes in your life, think about the healthy or new things in your life you want to include instead of focusing on the areas of our life that you want to quit. This approach will help you to take a more active and positive […]

A Counselor’s Intro to EMDR Therapy

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Thriveworks Bristol counselor Patricia Starbird, LPC, gives a quick intro to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. The first in what will hopefully be a series of intro videos on EMDR, and just part of a wider range of topics we will be addressing in video form. Also, check out the Bristol counselor’s page […]

If You Hate Networking (and Marketing), Try “Colliding” Instead

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Introverts and extroverts misunderstand each other. They’re oil and water. They can be downright derisive to one another. The extrovert sees the introvert as frigid and snotty; the introvert sees the extrovert as loud, pushy, and off-putting.” It’s a paradox that for all the time we counselors spend communicating with persons in session, many of […]

Mindfulness Counselor’s Thoughts on the Observing Mind, Thinking Mind

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Writings on Mindfulness by K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Victor Frankl There once was a young man who lived with his wife and two young children out […]

How Long Does it Take to Open a Counseling Practice?

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Zero to One Client in Seven Days I was speaking with a licensed counselor and she asked me “If I wanted to get started in private practice, how long would it take me to open my doors and see my first client?” I thought about the question for a minute, and replied “With a couple […]

The Neurological Effects of Mindfulness

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC There is a science to all of this, and in the absence of science there really is nothing to any of it. How would lasting changes occur in anyone unless neurology was involved? It is my contention that unless spiritual practice touches neurology then no […]

Practically Speaking (On Mindfulness)

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC What is mindfulness? I like the definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, 
in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” It really is as simple and as difficult as that. Why is it difficult? Because our minds are geared […]

8 Tips for Naming your Counseling Practice

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What’s in a Name? A Guide on Branding Your Practice Naming your practice is like getting a tattoo. It’s painful. And, excluding expensive surgery, it’s something you’re stuck with for life. In this month’s column, I’ll provide some pointers on picking a good name for your practice. 1. You don’t need a name to open […]

Chesterfield Counseling Center Grand Opening

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Thriveworks Chesterfield had it’s official grand opening today. Hosted by business location owner Christie Blaylock, dozens of persons from the community, Thriveworks headquarters representatives, and the local chamber of commerce attended. Thriveworks is a growing chain of premium counseling offices, with offices in 7 US states. Chesterfield marks the opening of the Thriveworks’ 12th office […]

5 Beginner Tips (and 5 Pro Tips) For Counseling Websites

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Giving website tips is tricky. While some counselors are overwhelmed by the thought of managing a website, others are quite savvy. Still, I wanted to share some thoughts because, in general, counseling websites tend to be a little soft when compared to other small business industries like private practice attorneys, yoga studios, and realtors—to name […]

Can a Counselor Ethically Officiate a Wedding?

Question Dear Anthony, I have a dilemma that I am wanting to work through. I would benefit from your insights. I have been working with a couple who have been experiencing some anxiety and pre-marital concerns. We have worked though their problem issues and I am about to begin termination process with them. My dilemma is […]

Counselors’ Top 10 Marketing Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Below are the top 10 marketing mistakes that are commonly made by mental health professionals. 10) Taking a Big, Blind Swing Too often, novice advertisers overspend on ineffective advertising. I’ve seen this happen time and time again: A counselor takes a $9000 dollar gamble on an event sponsorship, television ad, or […]

Warning: Your Employees are Quitting! Are you Ready?

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If you’re like many entrepreneurs, when you start your practice you’re doing just about every job: You’re the counselor, manager, bookkeeper, interior decorator, and janitor. In short, you do anything and everything your business requires. However, as you find success and your caseload grows, multitasking is pushed to its limits. If you’re in session, you […]

Welcome Lisa Shankman

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We would like to welcome Lisa Shankman, LMFT to our Thriveworks Atlanta location. Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. She works with individuals, couples and families who seek change and have a desire to build upon one’s own strengths and resources in tackling life’s challenges. Lisa draws upon her […]

New Introduction Video For Thriveworks

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We are happy to announce the release of a new video that will introduce the world to Thriveworks! For years, we’ve been building a business that makes counseling more accessible and affordable than ever for people all over the country. We’ve got the momentum and are growing rapidly, but there is much more for us to accomplish.

The ICD-10 Transition: An Introduction to October 2014 Changes

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The ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases (ICD)) codes that are used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by the ICD-10 code sets in October of 2014 (This is not to be confused with the 2013 CPT codes. The CPT codes for 2014 will remain relatively unchanged from the previous year). About […]

6 Places Where Counselors Should Spend Money To Make Money

For many of us, finding success in private counseling practice involves working with a shoestring budget, and making up for our lack of capital with a lot of sweat equity. While this approach works, there are some areas where under-spending can hurt your practice in the long run. Below I list 6 places where counselors […]

Are Panels Opening in 2014? (VIDEO)

Insurance Panels are going to be opening up their panels in 2014 because there are going to be a lot of new patients for these companies. Insurance companies have to make sure that they have enough providers to handle all of the new patients. Many of your big name companies will be opening up in […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Medical Billing Service

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Hiring a team of experts to manage your medical billing could be the best decision you’ve made in a while. There’s an old cliche that we’ve all probably heard: you have to spend money to make money. Nowhere is that more true than in the medical field, and especially in getting payment. Outsourcing your billing […]