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Selling the Couch with Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.

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Rank #189 in Careers category

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Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for aspiring, new, and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best tips and strategies, and their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts. What you get are bite sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. Start Your Journey at http://sellingthecouch.com/start

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Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for aspiring, new, and current mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about the business side of private practice (e.g., how they get referrals, their best tips and strategies, and their daily habits, etc.) as well as the world's top business, marketing, and social media experts. What you get are bite sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. Start Your Journey at http://sellingthecouch.com/start

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Fabulous!

By RLLombardi - May 11 2020
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Melvin is a wonderful host! His warm and kind personality shines through in each episode. This is my go-to resource as a therapist in private practice. I have learned so much through his recommendations.

This is an incredibly helpful resource!!!!

By awr5379 - Dec 15 2018
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Great podcast and one I wish I learned about in graduate school!

iTunes Ratings

269 Ratings
Average Ratings
259
7
0
2
1

Fabulous!

By RLLombardi - May 11 2020
Read more
Melvin is a wonderful host! His warm and kind personality shines through in each episode. This is my go-to resource as a therapist in private practice. I have learned so much through his recommendations.

This is an incredibly helpful resource!!!!

By awr5379 - Dec 15 2018
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Great podcast and one I wish I learned about in graduate school!
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Selling the Couch with Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.

Latest release on Oct 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 190: 19 Colleagues Share "The #1 Way I Get Referrals For My Practice."

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This episode features . . . .you! Nineteen of our listeners took the time to record their tips for getting referrals, which just happens to be the most-asked question for clinicians. This episode is bittersweet for me because it’s the last one of this season. I’m taking some time off to focus on being a husband and daddy and to take some much-needed time for self-care. But before I say goodbye, for now, let’s listen to these great ideas for getting those coveted referrals!

You can read the full show notes at: Session190

Mar 28 2019

44mins

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Rank #2: 2: 5 Years And A Thriving Private Practice

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Camille McDaniel shares how she's building a thriving private practice even though she started just a few years ago. Camille talks about the moment she knew that she had to make the leap into private practice, how she worked through the initial struggles, and the her advice for someone who’s just starting out.  In this episode, you’ll learn about a quote that inspires Camille on a daily basis, the moment where Camille decided that she was getting too comfortable and how it lead her to take the leap into private practice, how not doing her research beforehand let to this big mistake when starting out, how adding video on her website has impacted referrals, how adding a spiritual orientation on her website has impacted referrals, and the first step that Camille would take if she wanted to start a private practice and only had $500 and her laptop.

Mar 05 2015

37mins

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Rank #3: 44: Common Mistakes Almost Every New Private Practitioner Makes

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In this episode of Selling the Couch, Melvin interviews Dr. Traci Lowenthal.  Track has 2 private practice locations, and she's here today to share her private practice journey, as well as the common mistakes almost all new private practitioners make.

Oct 08 2015

21mins

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Rank #4: 177: How to Find Ideal Clients And Why It’s Best to Focus on The Ideal Clients

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Where do your ideal clients hang out? Who are the people and organizations that are serving them? These are questions you should answer as you consider narrowing your focus and attracting your ideal clients. Today’s show dives into the practical steps you can take to accomplish these important goals.

Keri Nola is a dear friend who has been on the show before. Keri has branched out of her psychotherapy background to mentor, awaken, and support healers of all kinds through her newly established practice in San Diego. She has a lot of answers to the questions we might ask about attracting ideal clients. She explains why it’s best to focus on the ideal client, how to find those ideal clients, and why those ideal clients need the services you offer.

This will be the final episode of 2018, as I take some time to focus on my new responsibility as a father and enjoy the holidays with my family. I hope you’ll plan to join us for more great conversations in 2019!

You can read the full show notes at: Session177

Nov 01 2018

40mins

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Rank #5: 4: Building a Private Pay Practice

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Tips to build a insurance0free practice.  Can you build a private pay practice in this day and age?  That is the question that Keri Nola and I explore in Session 4 of the Selling the Couch podcast.  Keri’s a licensed psychotherapist who helps therapists build the private practice of their dreams.  In this episode, you’ll learn about: How to overcome the fear of telling a client that you’re private pay, how to use “out of network benefits” for a client who wants to use their insurance, what to say to clients when discussing an increase in fees, how often to consider increasing fees, and how do setup a practice so you can increase fees as demand increases.

Mar 17 2015

24mins

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Rank #6: 110: How to Become Known in Your Niche by Your Own Community

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Welcome! My guest today is Amanda Petrik, LCPC in Topeka, Kansas. In addition to her counseling work, Amanda is also a registered play therapist. She recently made the transition from part-time private practice to full-time, which may sound easier than it actually is! Our discussion today stems from a post Amanda made in the STC Facebook community that got an overwhelming response. Join me to hear how she wrote letters to introduce herself and her practice to healthcare providers in her area, the response she received, and what she’s learned along this unconventional path.

Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session110

Mar 02 2017

29mins

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Rank #7: 172: How to Market a TeleMental Health Practice

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With the growth of the telemedicine industry in recent years, have you considered using this technology in your private practice? If your curiosity is piqued, then you might wonder about the differences in marketing online counseling vs. a traditional private practice. Join us to learn more about this intriguing concept.

Shelly Smith, LMFT, shares a private practice with her business partner, Jennifer. They have ventured into online counseling with their practice, United Counseling Wellness, based in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Shelly will share what she has learned in this endeavor and how the therapy field is changing. She will also answer a few listener questions about online counseling, liabilities, and client screening.

You can read the full show notes at: Session172

Sep 27 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: 149: How to Build a Successful Private Pay Practice with Dr. Erika Martinez

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How do you build a successful private pay practice in an area heavily dominated by insurance pay practices? It’s a question that many clinicians either struggle with, or think about, and this is our topic for today’s show. This topic has been frequently discussed in the STC community, so I know it will be impactful for you, regardless of which kind of practice you currently find yourself.

Dr. Erika Martinez is a psychologist in the Miami area, and she set out to build a private pay practice in 2015. She’s learned many lessons about what to do and what not to do, and she’s here to share with us. Her initial journey into this kind of practice was based on her circumstances, and she certainly could have given up with the mental anguish she had to endure, but she kept working hard to make her dreams become reality. She’s sharing how she found her niche and overcame the struggles she faced. She also talks about how to navigate the conversation with a client who wants to use your services but also wants to use insurance. Erika caps off our conversation by sharing her three biggest lessons learned along her path, so I hope you’ll join us and find your own nuggets of wisdom from Erika’s story.

www.sellingthecouch.com/session149

Feb 15 2018

34mins

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Rank #9: 203: Melvin Varghese PhD: How I Structure My Days

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As we wrap up this season, it’s a good time to evaluate where we are in our businesses. I thought it would be good to talk about how I structure my days and weeks to maximize productivity, focus on self-care, and stay intentional about working ON my business and not IN it. As a self-proclaimed productivity nerd, I’ve learned these things through trial and error and trying new things and tweaking them until they work best for me. I hope there are some good ideas here that will work for you!

You can read the full show notes at: Session203

Jul 25 2019

20mins

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Rank #10: 59: Create an Amazing About Page

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My guest today is Nicole Bonsol, who worked in the mental health field before launching into independent work in music and writing. She’s here to share her expert advice on creating an “About” page. If you have a website, or might have one in the future, then this episode is for YOU! Don't miss it!

Jan 28 2016

28mins

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Rank #11: 51: Overcoming Money Shame

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In this episode of Selling the Couch, Jane Carter talks with Melvin about money.  It's hard for clinicians to charge for their services many times, and Jane and Melvin talk about ways to overcome the stigma around money.

Dec 03 2015

30mins

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Rank #12: 163: Creating Private Practice In Only Two Weeks with The Help of Intentionality And Relationships

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Every once in a while, you’ll hear the success story of someone who breaks the mold and goes against the norms. Today’s show highlights the story of a therapist who bucks the trend of everything we normally learn on the podcast and is the direct opposite of what the experts say about building a private practice.

Katie Zimmerman, LMFT, practices in Arroyo Grande, CA. She endured some crazy circumstances that led to her leaving one job and having to quickly figure out how to create and open her private practice---in about two weeks! She found office space that was appropriately perfect, established a name for her practice, and got it going with some foundational clients. It may sound impossible, but it speaks to the importance of intentionality and relationships. Katie shares reflections on the reasons for her success, the narratives we struggle with about what we can accomplish, and the importance of certain training modalities. Join us!

You can read the full show notes at: Session163

Jun 21 2018

37mins

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Rank #13: 214: [ENCORE] How to Find Ideal Clients And Why It’s Best to Focus on The Ideal Clients

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Where do your ideal clients hang out? Who are the people and organizations that are serving them? These are questions you should answer as you consider narrowing your focus and attracting your ideal clients. Today’s show dives into the practical steps you can take to accomplish these important goals.

Keri Nola is a dear friend who has been on the show before. Keri has branched out of her psychotherapy background to mentor, awaken, and support healers of all kinds through her newly established practice in San Diego. She has a lot of answers to the questions we might ask about attracting ideal clients. She explains why it’s best to focus on the ideal client, how to find those ideal clients, and why those ideal clients need the services you offer.

This will be the final episode of 2018, as I take some time to focus on my new responsibility as a father and enjoy the holidays with my family. I hope you’ll plan to join us for more great conversations in 2019!

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session214

Nov 14 2019

48mins

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Rank #14: 99: Lessons from Building A Practice to 100 Clients

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Welcome! My guest today is Sarah Gilbert, LCSW in Connecticut. Sarah is a colleague who has been in private practice for about two years and has just reached the milestone of seeing 100 clients. She has wisdom to share about the lessons she’s learned on the journey to a successful private practice. Join me for a great conversation with Sarah!

Nov 03 2016

30mins

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Rank #15: 122: Creative Ways to Scale Your Business Into Multiple Streams of Income

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My guest today is Nicole Liloia, LCSW in New Jersey. We’re talking about thinking outside the box when it comes to creating multiple income streams and scaling our businesses. Nicole has the experience to teach us how to NOT be dependent on trading time for income. Want to know more? Join us!

Resources:

www.nicoleliloia.com (Find out more about Nicole's work)

www.nicoleliloia.com/batchlikeaboss  (Find Nicole’s resource, Batch Like a Boss!)

Find Nicole on all social media platforms: @Nicole Liloia

www.upwork.com (Find freelancers when you need them!)

www.fiverr.com (A global online marketplace of tasks and services)

www.toggl.com  (Learn how to track your time!)

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Today’s Awesome Sponsor: TheraNest

TheraNest helps behavioral health professionals manage their practice with ease and efficiency.

Get 21 days free trial and 20% off the monthly fee for the first 3 months: http://sellingthecouch.com/theranest

You can read the full show notes at www.sellingthecouch.com/session122

May 25 2017

37mins

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Rank #16: 48: Creating Multiple Streams of Income

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Welcome!  Today’s guest is Dr. Cory Bank, who was the very first guest on Episode 1!  Cory focuses on consulting, online coaching, and teaching others.  He is an expert on creating multiple streams of income for professionals, and that’s the focus of our conversation today.  Join us!

Nov 05 2015

29mins

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Rank #17: 142: 5 Lessons I've Learned From Successful Private Practitioners Melvin Varghese, PhD

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Today’s episode is a bittersweet one since it’s the final one of 2017. I always take a break from the podcast from Thanksgiving through the end of December, to focus on self-care and give myself some rest. Usually, these final episodes are different in some way; as an example, listen to Episode 100 if you haven’t already. Today’s show, however, is a reflective one, as I share some of what I’ve learned about private practice building. Join me!

You can read the full show notes at:

www.sellingthecouch.com/session142

Nov 16 2017

21mins

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Rank #18: 218: [ENCORE] 3 Practice Building Insights After 100 Conversations With Successful Practitioners

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When you’ve talked with as many people as I have, you tend to learn a lot of lessons and gain great insights into what it takes to build a successful private practice. Today’s show is a solo episode inspired by a presentation I did recently. We are focusing on three lessons I’ve learned, along with key takeaways and the biggest mistake for each lesson.

www.sellingthecouch.com/session218

Dec 12 2019

22mins

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Rank #19: 50: Tips for Building an Awesome Website

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In this episode of Selling the Couch, Kat Love comes on the show to talk about your website.  Getting your practice online isn't the end of it - it's so much more than that!  Kat shares some very practical tips for enhancing your website and making it more user friendly and more SEO friendly.

Nov 19 2015

31mins

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Rank #20: 168: How Much Is "Enough" In Our Business?

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When it comes to your business, how much is ENOUGH? How do you even know what enough is? These are questions we can all use some clarity about, along with evaluating the success of our business.

Today’s show is a solo episode and the last one before I take the month of August off for a time of self-care and refreshment before returning with new shows in September. I’ve begun doing this a few times each year and have seen great benefit in the downtime. This particular break has added meaning, as we prepare to welcome our first baby in just a few weeks. I know that this transition to parenthood will mean changes in my personal life and in my business, so it’s a very fitting time to take a reflective look at this concept of ENOUGH.

You can read the full show notes at: Session168

Jul 26 2018

23mins

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