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Whether you’re looking to start a mental health private practice; market more effectively; or are struggling to find clients – these podcasts will give you invaluable information for FREE!

These Podcasts Make Private Practice Easy!

best podcasts for mental health private practiceIf you’re not exactly sure what a podcast is or where to find them, visit this post first to get all the details. We have talked about Stacey’s favorite podcasts for mental health professionals before but these are specific to those who are in private practice! Whether you’re looking to open a solo practice or expand your solo practice into a group practice, these podcasts have the free expertise you need.

Stacey’s thoughts – Before I joined a group practice, I spent 2-1/2 years working in home-based hospice. I spent a lot of time driving, usually 700 miles a week minimum. That gave me a lot of time to listen to podcasts. These are the podcasts that helped me be successful in filling my schedule quickly and marketing myself to the kind of clients that I want to see! (None of these are sponsored by the way!)

The Private Practice Startup Podcast

The Private Practice Start-up

Hosted by: Dr. Kate Campbell & Katie Lemieux

Why we like it:
Kate & Katie are fun and personable. They interview experts in fields like marketing and also successful private practitioners so that you can learn from a variety of professionals.

It’s upbeat, very informative, and you can pick and choose the episodes that are relevant to you from their 4 years worth of episodes! They also have a free Facebook group that is very helpful as well as their coaching programs and e-courses that you can purchase.

abundance practice building podcast

The Abundance Practice Podcast

Hosted by: Allison Puryear of Abundance Practice Building

Why we like it:

Allison is so upbeat and positive! She keeps it real too; it always sounds like she is giving her honest, unvarnished opinion. 

You can tell Alison loves what she does and that enthusiasm is contagious.
She also offers courses as part of the abun-DANCE Party.
The “Ask Allison” episodes are short

and really informative. The coaching calls with members of the Abun-DANCE Party Inner Circle are always information you can apply to your own practice. Allison is also committed to decolonizing private practice and immediately started covering topics that were relevant to that when BLM became a national topic. 


Where to Listen:

Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts

Check out these episodes:

  • Episode 153: Where to Focus and How to Get More Clients
  • Episode 187: No Time to Market
  • Episode 151: When to Transition From Part Time Practice to Full Time Practice
  • Ask Allison Episode 47: Defining Your Niche, One Niche or Two, Struggling to Niche
  • Ask Allison Episode 55: HIPAA Compliant Billing, Building the Right Practice, Hiring an Assistan

Modern therapist's survival guide podcast

Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide

Hosted by Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy

Why we like it:

Stacey’s thoughts: I’m a millennial. An “elder millennial” but still definitely a millennial. I think we look at life and the world a little differently than our Baby Boomer & Gen X counterparts. 

Curt & Katie get that we are “modern therapists” hence we think, live, and work differently.

Maybe you are on Tik-Tok or are looking to make better use of social media to fill your practice. Perhaps you want to focus more on self-care than you currently do. The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide is going to talk about things that are relevant to you in a way that you relate to!

Therapy for your money

Therapy for Your Money

Hosted by Julie Herres of GreenOak Accounting

Why we like it:

Therapy for your money is really useful, easy to understand, and topics that are essential for understanding the money side of your private practice! Most of us did not get any sort of business

training in graduate school. Our clinical skills are definitely not all that we need to successfully run our private practices. Julie makes it really accessible for practitioners who really don’t know where to start (like Stacey!)

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Practice of the Practice

Hosted by Joseph R. Sanok

Why we like it:

This is one of the longest running and perhaps one of the first podcasts about private practice. Somehow I missed it when I started my private practice podcast journey but I’m making up for it now!

With over 400 episodes, any subject that you can think of has been covered! Joe interviews a variety of people who are experts in their fields to give you the best information on whatever topics you need to learn more about.


Where to listen

Everywhere you get your podcasts!  As with several others, you can also listen on the podcast’s website.


Check out these episodes:

  • 490 Instagram for Therapists
  • 122 How to Name a Business
  • 244 Brian Greenberg Wants You to Enhance Your Google Business Profile
  • 211-213 How to Grow Your Business During the Pandemic parts 1-3
  • 104 Nick Usborne Will Teach You Controversial Copy-writing

*I did not link to individual episodes because the player is embedded in the website. Click on the link to the left to find all the episodes if you want to listen on their website!


Is there a podcast you love that we missed?

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Comment below and let us know so we can include it!

Stacey Aldridge, LCSW

Stacey is the owner of Inspired Happiness Therapy & Wellness in Ridgeland Mississippi and the founder of Inspired Practice. To learn more about therapy with Stacey please visit her website.

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What You Need To Know About Online Sessions

In mid-march, the group practice that I am part of made the decision to transition from traditional face to face counseling sessions to online only sessions. The state of Mississippi had only a few cases of COVID-19 but the licensing board for counselors made the decision to loosen restrictions. Prior to the pandemic counselors needed specialized training and certification to offer tele-mentalhealth but now any licensed professional counselor can offer online sessions.

Initially, I was unsure about doing sessions over video. I enjoy the energy exchange that comes with face-to-face therapy. Would clients actually benefit from talking to me over secure video the same way they would in my office? I was not convinced that the quality of sessions could be the same.




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Why Clients Like Online Sessions

  • Ease of access – clients can have a counseling session from home, work, wherever they are. They do not have to worry about child care, taking time off work, or transportation.
  • Comfort – clients feel more comfortable at home than they do in an unfamiliar office. They also do not have to worry about someone they know seeing that they are going to therapy.
  • Those with disabilities do not need to worry about finding an office that is accessible.
  • Caregivers of the elderly, ailing partners or parents, or immuno-compromised individuals who are ill themselves do not have to leave home. 


Online Therapy Has Been Successful For Nearly 20 Years

When the decision was made to continue online only sessions through the end of April, I decided that it was time to do some research. I was surprised by what I found! While it seems new, telemental health has actually been around for a while! The VA has been using mental health services through telehealth for veterans for almost 20 years. In some cases, online mental health services for depression and anxiety actually had better outcomes for clients than face to face services did!

There are many considerations a mental health professional needs to address prior to beginning online sessions.

  1. Does your professional liability insurance cover online sessions? Not all policies are created equal so it’s worth double-checking that you are covered.
  2. What secure video platform will you be using? As Zoom video has become popular for online classes “zoom bombing” has also become popular. Zoom Bombing is when unauthorized users join a zoom session and disrupt it in some way. My practice uses SecureVideo but there are many other HIPAA complaint secure video platforms. Make sure that whatever service you choose is HIPAA complaint. You may need a business service agreement with the video provider. 

While restrictions have been loosened to allow for use of non-secure platforms like FaceTime and Skype it is always advisable to err on the side of caution.


     3. Do you have a  video consent release for clients to sign? Just like with in-person counseling sessions informed consent is a step that should not be skipped. The link above is an example of an informed consent for online counseling release.

     4. Are you familiar with best practices for online therapy? Even though my particular license requires no additional tele-mentalhealth certification I took an online training course to familiarize myself with best practices. As I often tell clients “some things you don’t know that you don’t know!”

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Important Things to Cover With Clients

At a minimum you need to cover the following:

  • Where the client will be during sessions. At the beginning of each session verify that they are in the specified location. In case of emergency it is essential that you know where to dispatch emergency services. This can include not only a client with suicidal ideation but something like a medical emergency. Be sure to have the physical address.
  • Who is their emergency contact? Get a name and phone number at the bare minimum.
  • Whether they will be using a phone or computer for sessions.
  • What type of internet connection they will be using. Are they using home wifi or their phone’s 3G/4G?
  • How will you handle technical problems? Is it up to them to reconnect with you or will you be reaching out to them via phone?
  • Will you charge a cancellation fee if they cancel last minute or “no show” for an online appointment?
  • Are you seeing all the same populations as you do face to face? Will you still see children, families, couples or will it be limited to individual adults?

“Online therapy isn’t simply doing psychotherapy online. It’s a different medium, requiring a new set of skills that a professional must learn and master before seeing clients online.” – Dr. John M. Grohol

video therapy session

While I was hesitant initially, I have found that in practice online video sessions are a great way to connect with clients during this time. Many of us are self-quarantining and states are issuing stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. I plan to continue offering online sessions even after face-to-face sessions can resume. Before educating myself, I had no idea how much research has been done on online therapy! I had no idea how effective it has proven to be.

I hope this has opened your mind to online therapy and given you a good start in transforming your therapy and counseling practice during this unusual time.

Additional Resources

GoodTherapy: What Mental Health Professionals Should Know About Online Therapy Today

Private Practice Start-Up: Podcast Episode 178 Preparing Your Practice and Website for Telehealth

Stacey Aldridge LCSW

Stacey Aldridge, LCSW

Stacey is a therapist in private practice in the Jackson, MS area.  To learn more about therapy with Stacey, please visit her website.

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Self-care Is Not Just For Our Clients

Once, a counselor told me: “counselors are great at telling our clients to practice self-care but bad at practicing it ourselves.” I have found that to be very true. Earlier in the week, after sessions full of encouraging clients that they should prepare but not panic about COVID-19, I found myself having difficulty sitting mindfully in the unknown.

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent.
Caring for myself is an act of survival.”— Audre Lorde

Why Mental Health Professionals Need To Practice Self-Care

Professionals should know that self-care is not just spa days and vacations. True self care that we can practice on a daily basis does not cost anything. Just because we don’t have the budget to get a massage every month (although I find it helps a lot if I do!) it does not mean we cannot practice self-care.

Self-care is taking an active role in our own good health and mental well being. This is important on a daily basis but especially during times of physical illness or stress.

Self care is not selfish

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Maya Angelou

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Practice What You Teach

Working with people at difficult times in their lives can be extremely stressful. Stress is often called “the silent killer” because it contributes to many underlying health conditions that can go unnoticed. Stress is often what leads us to overeat, under exercise, zone out as a way of relaxing, and mentally check out of our personal lives in a way that can become unhealthy. It can lead to heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, GI problems, and many other chronic health concerns. One of the best ways to combat stress is to practice self-care.

Daily self-care involves taking care of our physical and mental needs in a loving way. It means putting ourselves first in a way that many counselors and therapists may find difficult at first.

Some people, often women, feel that taking care of themselves is selfish. This could not be further from the truth! We can’t take care of others if we are not first healthy ourselves.

Daily Self-Care Includes Things Like:


Eating and Choosing Healthy Foods

I have seen many a therapist grab something full of sugar because they have run over on their sessions and don’t have time to eat lunch. Some people will go all day without eating which puts physical stress on the body! We might encourage clients to eat healthy but then drive through a fast food restaurant on the way home because we are too exhausted to cook. We might pack a lunch for our children but not for ourselves. If the office break room is filled with donuts and cookies, it’s too easy to relieve your stress by snacking on sweets after a tough session. Overeating can be another response to stress that leads to us feeling bad both physically and mentally.

Self-care involving food means making time to eat and preparing healthy meals for ourselves. Some people prefer to meal prep for the week while others might prefer buying healthy frozen meals that fit better with their schedule. Whatever works best for you, eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low in sugar is a form of self-care.


Moving Your Body

Experts agree that our modern lives are not good for our bodies. Working as a counselor or therapist often means sitting for 8+ hours a day at work, plus commute time. We might crash and watch Netflix at the end of the day because we are exhausted. Lack of movement is leading to many of our health problems. Even people who regularly exercise are likely more sedentary than is ideal!

Not everyone likes exercise. Maybe you love going to the gym five times a week or going out for a run every morning, if so – that’s great! If you don’t like exercise or just the idea of exercise seems intimidating replace it with the idea of moving. Do you love to dance to music in your living room? Do it! Does your dog enjoy walks? Take him out for a long walk a couple times a week. If you have an Apple watch or Fitbit you can set it to remind you to stand up and walk around once every hour. Instead of sitting at your desk between sessions, get up and move or stretch. Small changes can make a big difference. Mental health professionals need to remember that symptoms of burnout can be difficult to spot before they become severe.


Saying “No”

Do you allow your clients to text you after hours? Are you on call 24/7 rather than paying for an answering service? Do you bill your clients for after hours calls? Have you found that it’s difficult to respect your boundaries around time so you are constantly running behind? Is your specialty a type of therapy or client that requires a lot of emotional energy such as trauma counseling or Borderline Personality Disorder?

If you are not respecting boundaries around your time and energy, you are not practicing good self-care. We also have demands on our time away from work with children’s activities, professional associations, boards we may serve on, church, and more. Saying “no” to the activities you truly do not want to do, but feel obligated to, is self-care in itself. It also gives you precious time to focus on an activity you truly enjoy. If you hate taking notes say “no” to serving as secretary of a professional organization. If you genuinely love helping at your child’s school that is a much better task to agree to. Figure out how much time you have and say yes only to thinks you truly want to do. Sound impossible? Tiny Buddha has some great tips on how to stop saying yes.

Researchers focusing on practitioner burnout for a 2012 journal article found that as many as 2 out of every 3 mental health workers “may be experiencing high levels of burnout.” Inability to say “no” at work or in other areas of our lives may contribute to burn out.


Doing At Least One Thing You Enjoy Every Day

Does this sound unrealistic? Then you need to make a change. Time is our greatest resource and once it is gone we never get it back. If all of your time is spent working, running errands, cleaning up, taking care of family/kids, and sleeping, where is the room for joy? We are made for more than just completing all the tasks on our to-do list.

It might be watching a television program you enjoy, taking a long bath, listening to your favorite music, but if you can’t find just 30 minutes a day to do something for yourself that is a sign that you’re not practicing self-care.

These are just a few ways that you can begin to make self-care a bigger priority in your life.

You Deserve The Same Energy You Give To Others

It may be counter-intuitive that a time of so much uncertainty is the most important time to practice better self-care. However, when you are out of your routine – working from home, the kids not in school, self-quarantined, it is actually the perfect time to disrupt the status quo by doing something different. The time and energy that you give others is important, but just as important is giving that same time and energy to yourself. We are trying to prevent getting sick, and taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do to prevent illness.


What are some ways that you practice self-care?
Please share in the comments below!

mental health professionals and self care

A version of this post for clients and patients is available on the Inspired Happiness Blog.


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, Including you.”

– Anne Lamott


Stacey Aldridge LCSW

Stacey Aldridge, LCSW

Stacey is a therapist in private practice in the Jackson, MS area. She practices self-care by meal prepping every Sunday, spending time with her dogs, and playing the game “Gardenscapes” on her phone. If you are interested in learning more about Stacey’s practice please visit her website.

Best podcasts for counselors and therapists

Can a Podcast Help Me with My Professional Therapy Practice?

So you’ve heard about podcasts and you’re like, what the heck are those? Or perhaps you love podcasts but you’ve only been listening to true crime or your favorite comedian’s podcast. If you want to branch out into something that can benefit your professional life podcasts are easy and free! Here’s a quick roundup of my favorite professional interest podcasts for social workers , counselors and mental health professionals.


So you've heard about podcasts and you're like, what the heck are those? Or perhaps you love podcasts but you've only been listening to true crime or your favorite comedian's podcast. If you want to branch out into something that can benefit your professional life podcasts are easy and free! Here's a quick roundup of my favorite professional interest podcasts for social workers , counselors and mental health professionals.

If you have an iPhone, there is an app called “Podcasts” installed when you get the phone. For android you may have google podcasts app or you may need to go to the app store to download one. Some popular podcast apps include:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • iHeartRadio
  • ScoutFM

Podcasts are free and you do not need to buy an app in order to listen. While people may use terms like “download” when talking about them you don’t have to do anything except press play on a podcast that interests you, in the podcast app of your choice.


Podcasts Are a Free Way to Learn New Things That Can Advance Your Career

I love podcasts. When I was doing home visits, I drove a lot which gave me lots of time to listen to podcasts. The first podcast I heard was the extremely popular true crime “Dirty John” podcast which became a television show available on Netflix! The more I drove, the more podcasts I needed because sometimes you get bored of one subject or burnt out on a topic so you need  variety. If you already know what a podcast is and how to access them, skip the next paragraph and go straight to my recommendations!


What is a Podcast and Where Do I Get It?

A podcast is like a radio program but without the radio. Like FM or AM talk radio, podcasts allow people to bring you content but unlike traditional radio anyone with a microphone and some editing software can create one. This means there are great ones and also a few bad quality ones.

If you have a cellular phone (and come on, who doesn’t?) you probably already have a podcast app on your phone.

Top 5 Best Podcasts for Therapists, Counselors, and Social workers

1. The Private Practice Startup with Dr. Kate Campbell and Katie Lemieux

You can actually listen directly on their website for this one! Dr. Kate Campbell and Katie Lemieux, are both LMFTs with six figure private pay therapy practices. They have a new episode each week about everything related to private practice. If you have ever wondered, how do I start a private practice? Where do I begin? They have you covered. They talk to professionals from different fields like marketing, website design, as well as other clinicians to answer questions you may have about private practice. Even if you’re years away from embarking on that journey I highly recommend checking out their podcast episodes. You don’t have to listen to all of them or in any particular order, just pick the topics that interest you.

mental illness happy hour

2. Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin

Recommended to me by several people who have mental illness diagnoses, Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly podcast by people with a mental illness for people with a mental illness. If you visit their website you might recognize host Paul Gilmartin from the TBS television show Dinner & a Movie. Paul is a comedian and has been diagnosed with depression in addition to being  a recovering alcoholic. Paul interviews different guests every week and the podcast has been praised by Psychology Today and the New York Times. If you have to have a mental illness diagnosis, having a sense of humor definitely helps!

10 percent happier with dan harris

3. The Ten Percent Happier Podcast

Another familiar face (or voice) Dan Harris from Good Morning America brings a follow-up to his book Ten Percent Happier with this podcast! I also recommend the book if you have not checked it out. Dan is insightful and brutally honest about accepting who he is and learning to live with anxiety and self-criticism by integrating mindfulness into his life. He is definitely no “new age hippie type” and he was suspicious of meditation at first which I think makes his experience all the more relatable! Because he is a top journalist on a popular television show, Dan is able to bring famous guests like Brene Brown, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield to the podcast.

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast

4. Therapy for Black Girls

Psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford has created a space for black women to talk about mental health in an effort to de-stigmatize therapy. This is especially important because women of color, especially black women, are often expected to be strong, supporting everyone else around them with little support for themselves. Dr. Harden Bradford covers topics like procrastination, domestic violence, friendship, grief and more! You do not need to be a black woman to enjoy this podcast, if you work with black women as clients and you want to hear more about their experience from their point of view, check it out! There is a whole community under the Therapy for Black Girls umbrella including a therapist directory on Dr. Harden Bradford’s website.

Rated LGBT Radio podcast

5. Rated LGBT Radio

A weekly podcast about topics relating to the LGBT community, covering things like social justice, politics, homophobia, and more. People from the LGBT community share their experiences and opinions on a variety of issues. Just like my last pick, Therapy for Black Girls, you do not need to be LGBTQIA to enjoy this podcast. As social workers and mental health professionals we work with a variety of populations and it’s important to listen to the experiences of different communities in order to better serve them.

Bonus podcast: NASW Social Work Talks Podcast over 42 episodes of social work related content directly from the National Association of Social Workers.


What are some of your favorite podcasts about mental health or professional interest for social workers, therapists, and counselors? Comment and let me know!


Stacey Aldridge LCSW
Stacey Aldridge, LCSW
Stacey is a podcast enthusiast and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in the Jackson, MS area.


Are Mental Health Professionals Immune From Racism?

Recently I read a very disturbing article on PsychCentral  entitled: “What’s In A Name? It May Determine If You Can Get Therapy” by Janice Wood. I was already familiar with the 2003 study that found those with black-sounding names were less likely to receive call-backs for job interviews than those with white-sounding names but I never dreamed that might be a factor in receiving mental health services!

Can A Counselor Be Racist?

A very small scale (but still disheartening) study by the University of Vermont published in The Counseling Psychologist found that while callback rates for black-sounding and white-sounding names were the same, clinicians were more likely to tell those with black-sounding names that their case loads were full and that they would not be able to see them. They found “Allison” was invited to speak to the therapist 12% more often than “Lakisha.”


What Is Institutional Racism?

Institutional racism is the: “…societal patterns that have the net effect of imposing oppressive or otherwise negative conditions against identifiable groups on the basis of race or ethnicity.” –Tom Head*, Civil Liberties,

Rather than the individual prejudice of one person, or in this case one clinician, institutional racism has to do with the prevailing ideas a society has about a race or ethnicity that lead to widespread negative ideas that can be so insidious we do not recognize them.


While callback rates for black-sounding and white-sounding names were the same, clinicians were more likely to tell those with black-sounding names that their case loads were full.





What Can Professionals Do About Institutional Racism?

I doubt that any one clinician says to themselves: “I won’t call Lakisha back” or “I don’t want a black client” but they may have preconceived notions about the class of a potential client based on race.

For example, they may assume that “Lakisha” has Medicaid or insurance with a lower reimbursement rate than “Allison.” Self-pay only clinicians might assume “Allison” can afford their advertised rate but “Lakisha” will want sliding scale. The may assume that “Lakisha” works a menial job with less flexibility to attend daytime appointments than “Allison” might.

While they might not realize that these stereotypes and assumptions are racist – they are. In fact, NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that African American males “are more likely to receive a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia when expressing symptoms related to mood disorders or PTSD.” In fact, African Americans as a whole are over-diagnosed with Schizophrenia according to William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, professor and chair of psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. [1]

Mental Health Professionals Must Be Overtly Anti-Racism

It is troubling that in 2016 an individual in need of mental health services might continue to suffer because of their race. It is especially upsetting when you take into consideration that “according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.” [2]

It is important that we, as professionals, strive to provide the same quality of care to all those who seek our services. We must speak out if we see institutional racism in our workplaces. It is equally important for people of color who are seeking mental health services feel empowered to advocate for themselves.

If you feel you have experienced discrimination in your search for mental health treatment you can learn more about self advocacy at For more on Racial Disparities in Mental Health Treatment visit SocialWork at Simmons’ blog.

* You will have to forgive me quoting an old friend. He just happens to be one of the most-read authors covering civil liberties on the internet!

Stacey is a therapist in private practice in the Jackson, MS area. She believes that mental health professionals should be at the forefront of promoting anti-racism and social justice.

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