Marketing, office planning, networking, managed care, legal liability. These are probably not the words that encouraged your decision to pursue a career in the field of mental health. Before practicing the clinical aspects of therapy, most mental health professionals must first deal with the business of therapy. Independent Practice for the Mental Health Professional, co-written by a veteran therapist and a therapist just beginning in her practice, offers the information needed to balance the demands of running a business along with being a therapist. Based on Joan Beigel and Ralph Earle's previous work, Successful Private Practice in the 1990s, this book offers specific tools for building a successful private practice for the next century.
It took seventeen days before I could bury my husband. I decided I better think about what to do and to make a list of what needed to be done and the order it needed to be done. I decided to turn in and wait until morning to start again. I didn't think I would sleep after all I had been through. To my surprise, I slept late in the morning. Guess I was more exhausted than I thought. Forty years of marriage and now a widow. Scary thought. Here's the list: Mail, death certificates, and payment on bills; Change all documents with both names; Count number of death certificates needed (cars, banks, house, insurance, etc.) See about new housing, or repair the one I am in now; Job; Safety on all sides of me, house and car; And, Dating(?)."
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