Private Practice Bootcamp will be back for Fall 2020In the meantime, you may be interested in the "How to Set up a Private Practice" Online Workshop. Learn how to build a thriving private practice business on your own time, at your own pace. Learn more about the "How to Set up a Private Practice Online Workshop"
Are you a therapist, counsellor or wellness professional?
Are you looking for the freedom and flexibility of your own private practice, but don’t know where to begin or how to make your business grow?
You aren’t alone.
I know you take your work seriously and you want to do what’s best for your clients.
You want to provide the services you know your clients need. You’re tired of following someone else’s mandate, only having time to put Band-Aids on concerns, and needing to send clients to other services right when you’re getting to the core of the issue.
You’ve invested in yourself and your career.
You have spent years (and tens of thousands of dollars) learning how to do this work well. Now you have bills to pay, a life to live, and loved ones you need to support. You want to build a career that allows financial freedom and the time to spend with those that matter most, while also providing incredible care for your clients.
You’ve put in the time, completed your clinical training, have set your sights on private practice, and now realize something is missing from the equation…
How to actually run a business! And it’s not your fault.
Starting and maintaining a private practice business is never even talked about in most clinical training programs.
But don’t worry, with the right plan and support, you can confidently set-up, market and manage your own private practice, even without prior business experience.
What you need is the roadmap, so you know what to do, where to go and how to get there.
and that’s where I come in…
Hi. I’m Constance.
I empower therapists and counsellors just like you, to create profitable practices that reflect their lifestyle and values, so you can quit worrying about the business details and focus on what matters most, helping your clients grow.
I’m also a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor and Associate Power Coach with my own full-time private practice in Vancouver B.C.
I filled my practice within 6 months of opening the doors, and I want the same for you. With the right plan and preparation, you can set yourself up for success.
I want to help you do that. Let’s build your practice together.
Welcome to Private Practice Bootcamp. It's time to get your practice in shape!Private Practice Bootcamp is an online training program that combines business logistics, professional exploration, strategic planning and group coaching to help make your private practice grow
By the time I finished the program, I had DOUBLED my practice!!
Jenny Watt, MA
Private Practice Bootcamp was like being near-sighted and putting on prescription eyeglasses for the first time – such an eye-opening experience that brought focus to all the important aspects to allow for a thriving private practice. Not only do I feel more confident as an “entrepreneur”, I feel more grounded as a therapist as well!
So what’s covered?
Private Practice bootcamp is a 9-week program broken down into two sections – Inner Exploration and Outer Expression, with an integration week in between. Each section contains four intuitively sequenced topics that seamlessly lead to the next, so all you have to do is focus on what’s in front of you. No more wondering what to do next!
The Exploration phase is all about prep work. Figure out the type of practitioner you want to be, what your niche is, who your ideal client is, and identify any roadblocks that might get in your way before you run into them. Create the broad vision of the practice you want to build so that when it comes to the logistics, you know where to focus so you don’t waste time on things that don’t help create your dream.
- Explore your identity as a business owner
- Learn time management and organizational techniques
- Understand your current priorities and roadblocks
- Plan your registrations and insurance
- Create the initial roadmap for your practice
- Determine your business structure and name
- Learn what sets you apart from the crowd
- Investigate the existing market
- Learn to truly identify the clients you were born to work with
- Understand how to speak your client’s language so they know you’re talking to them
- Discover how to craft your practice to meet the needs of your dream clientele
- Determine your Business Core Values and how to use them in practice
- Solidify your business mission, tagline and descriptor
- Explore simple branding tools such as logo, colours, fonts and themes
Formalize your business systems and nail your marketing plan. Solidify your brand, master your finances, and learn how to manage your online presence and discover where to find your ideal clients. Many traditional marketing approaches aren’t appropriate for therapists – but fear not! There are ways you can reach your clients and still stay true to your profession – and I’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
Take everything you have done to date and craft a bio that can be used in directories and on your website. Finalize your business foundations and confidently move into the planning stages of your practice.
- Learn how to confidently tell others about your work without feeling “sales-y”
- Discover how to authentically build your network with ease
- Figure out how to track what works for you so you can market more efficiently and effectively
- Explore various marketing techniques that match your style and personality
- Style your website so it becomes a client magnet
- How to setup your bank accounts & credit cards so you won’t cry at tax time
- Learn what taxes you are responsible for and tips for bookkeeping
- Determine how to set your rates and make sure you are getting paid
- How to set up a sliding scale and if it would even work for your practice
- Determine your Launch Timeline
- Discover how to let the world know when you are open for business
- Implement support systems to keep you on track
- Establish habits to keep you and your practice vital and healthy
Maedean Myers, BFA, MA
I walked away from this program with only one regret: that I wasted so much time and hundreds of dollars trying to cobble together the information I needed before, when this course had it all in one comprehensive package. One conversation with Constance saved me countless hours of research!
David Portesi, MHP, MCP
The information presented covered a wide variety of areas without being overwhelming. I honestly learned things I didn’t even realize I needed to know and can only imagine the headaches I avoided!
Who is this program for?
Private Practice Bootcamp is designed specifically for Helping Professionals who want to build thriving and sustainable practices while still adhering to their professional code of ethics.
This includes Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Professional Counsellors, Registered Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Art Therapists, Music Therapists, Behavioural Therapists among other Wellness Professionals. If your business is helping others, and you have to align your conscience AND a regulatory body for your clinical and business decisions, this program is for you.
Whether you’re a recent graduate who wants to understand how to ethically set-up your own practice, or you’re a seasoned practitioner, confident with clients, but ready to get serious about running your own business, Private Practice Bootcamp will support you through all the steps you need to run and grow a successful practice.
Courtenay Crucil, MA
The tips and tools that were shared saved me years of troubleshooting, and helped me hit the ground running. Thank you Constance for your thoughtful support, sound expertise and infectious passion!
Additional Three Mini Courses
In addition to the core live Bootcamp training, you also have access to three additional self-guided courses as part of Private Practice Bootcamp.
Upon Registration you will gain immediate access to the first two mini courses – Business Basics and Website 101 so you can get familiar with some new concepts and inspire your imagination prior to the Bootcamp starting.
1) Business Basics
This course walks you through all the first time business owner start up steps so can make sure you have your bases covered and your business is legal. Included information on business registration, insurance, licensing, bank accounts, scheduling and file storage plus much more.
2) Website 101
This new course walks you through creating the structure of your own website. Learn what pages you need, what should be on them, and what can wait. Perfect for those who want ideas for their own DIY site, and those who need to know what to ask when talking to their website developer. Find out how to write copy that encourages callers to become clients, discover how to get found online, and learn simple ways to make your website look clean and professional.
Halfway though the program (on Your Break) you will get access to Practical Paperwork and Policies to help you build the infrastructure to support your vision when you are ready.
3) Practical Paperwork and Policies
10+ Paperwork, Form and Policy templates that can be tailored to your specific practice. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Some people have said this alone was worth taking the program. Examples include:
- Initial Contact Screening, Informed Consent, Intake, Consent to Release information & Confirmation of Attendance Forms
- Electronic Communications, Late Client/Cancellation, NSF/Non-payment & Social Media Policies
Mary Ann Pelzer, MA
A huge bargain! It’s cheap at twice the price and worth every penny!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !!!
Fall 2019 registration is now closed.
If you are interested in the next version of Bootcamp, please add your name below to be notified when the program is available again in a new form.
Ros Best, MA
Since taking Private Practice Bootcamp I have had a steady flow of clients in my practice with Middle and Older Generations and I absolutely LOVE counselling.
Mandy Shewfelt, MSW, RSW, RCC
Constance leads a supportive, well organized learning community; providing current, relevant, business-savvy, (& anxiety reducing!) exercises for practitioners to follow, integrating their love of authentic practice with smart business planning. I’m walking away clearly informed, feet on the ground, and going forward with a business plan that allows me to get back to my #1 passion of practicing!
How is this different from other business building programs?
Not all business practices and marketing plans are created equal. There are lots of business coaches and programs available that can introduce you to the world of business. Private Practice Bootcamp incorporates business building and marketing techniques that honour the unique dynamics created in therapeutic relationships. Discover how to work within your ethical codes and still build a flourishing practice.
Support as you build your practice
Designing and building a business doesn’t happen overnight. Live calls and length of the program allows you to time to act upon and integrate everything you’re learning, with support every step of the way.
Say goodbye to overwhelm. Building a practice can seem like a daunting task filled with too many decisions to even list. It can be paralyzing if you don’t know what needs to happen first and what can wait until later. This program takes you through a series of topics and decisions in a specific order so they build upon one other. You’ll be surprised at how natural the process can feel when you know the next steps to take.
Individualized Business Planning
Your practice should be as unique as you. This program empowers you build a practice that aligns with your personal vision, values, and lifestyle – and for every person that looks different. Private Practice Bootcamp walks you through all the steps but you make the decisions. There are no one-size-fits-all answers here.
Website and Marketing Copy Creation
No more staring blankly at a computer screen with no idea what to say. The exercises contained in Private Practice Bootcamp flow seamlessly into helping you create your website and marketing content. Learn how to authentically speak about yourself and your work, in a way that resonates with your perfect clients.
Run by a Practicing Therapist
Someone who understands the complexities of therapeutic work and running your own business. I know what it’s like to be in your shoes and I bring all the clinical and business experience, training, and trial and error I’ve experienced in my own practice to my work with you. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. There are certain things that just work in building a business and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Fayza Bundalli, MSW, RSW
The program laid out the landscape of what I needed to learn/what skills I needed to grow, as well as concrete tools to move forward. I feel emotionally more prepared, as well as practically.
Heather Rattai, MA
Before this program, my practice felt hit and miss and I was overwhelmed trying to determine the best way to focus my work. I now have more confidence about the clients I am called to serve, and don’t feel that I’m chasing the next “shiny idea”.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'VE ALREADY STARTED MY PRACTICE, WOULD I STILL BENEFIT FROM TAKING THE PROGRAM?
Absolutely! I have targeted the work towards people who are taking steps to build their practice or those in the first few years of running their business.
That said, even if you have been in business longer than that, the steps this program takes you through are the same ones every successful business owner revisits throughout the lifecycle of their practice. If you are switching gears, or now really getting serious about your practice, this program can help.
Although some of the initial stage set-up information you may have already covered, I guarantee there will be something worth considering in each module regardless of how long you have been in practice. The step-by-step nature allows you to tweak what you already have in place, while filling in any missing pieces as you go along.
I'M JUST GETTING STARTED, WILL I BE READY TO LAUNCH MY PRACTICE BY THE END OF THE PROGRAM?
It’s possible, but it all depends on you, how quick you can move, and the stage you are starting at.
Everyone will be coming in with a different level of set-up, skills, and knowledge, as well as varying available time and financial resources. Things like getting your registrations in order, finding the right office, creating financial savings or developing a website can take longer than the nine-week time frame for some.
What I do promise is you will come away with a solid business plan, clarity, and know exactly the next steps you need to take to accomplish that plan within the 9-weeks. The rest depends on you.
YOU'RE BASED IN BC, CANADA. I LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE. WILL THE INFORMATION IN THE PROGRAM STILL BE RELEVANT TO ME?
For the most part – Yes.
Although the business structure, banking and tax information are based on current Canadian laws, the business principles described throughout the program are universal.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SET ASIDE EACH WEEK?
In general, I would say be prepared to set aside about 5-6 hours per week for business development.
This includes time for the group calls, reading the materials, working on the exercises, and implementing what you’re learning. Some weeks may be a bit more; some may be a bit less. Again this will depend on what you already have in place. Some weeks ask you to be introspective and build the vision of your practice, other weeks require you to actually go out and start building it.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM ONLINE?
You have access to the online program materials for six (6) months from purchase.
However, each module has detailed downloadable worksheets so you can refer back to as you move forward after the program is completed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M BUSY DURING THE LIVE GROUP CALL TIMES?
If you are not able to join live on the call, they are recorded and will be available for one week afterwards on the course platform. This means they can be listened to at a time that is convenient for you during the program. You are able to send questions in advance to be addressed on the call if you are unable to attend.
I DON'T THINK I NEED THE WHOLE PROGRAM, WHY CAN'T I ACCESS THE WHOLE PROGRAM AT ONCE?
Even if your practice is already established, going in the sequence that is laid out for you will actually save you time in the long run. Trust me, there is a method to the madness!
The modules are sequenced in a very specific order so you are building the foundation before you build the structure. Often people want to jump ahead and then realize they have to go back to figure out key pieces afterwards. Each week builds on the next and will make the creation of your business or business plan feel logical and straightforward in the end.
WHAT IF I REALIZE I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THE PROGRAM? CAN I GET A REFUND?
If during the first 14 days of the program, you think it’s not a good fit or life gets in the way, I am happy to offer you a full refund – no questions asked.
After the first two weeks, no refunds are available, so make sure you are able to commit to the program before you sign up. If you have any questions to help you decide if now is the right time for you to take the program, don’t hesitate to email me at connect@TheBusinessOfHelping.com.
CAN A FRIEND AND I TAKE THE PROGRAM TOGETHER?
For sure, as long as you have both registered for the program separately.
Although I can’t stop you, I am asking you to check your conscience on this one. I work very hard to bring together the highest quality product possible, and make it accessible to everyone. If you want free support and tools, I am happy to share, but the place for that is over at my mailing list HERE
WHO ARE THE GUEST EXPERTS IN THE LIBRARY?
If you keep scrolling below you can read their bios and there are more to come!
More questions? Don’t hesitate to email me at connect@TheBusinessOfHelping.com
Amber Lowdermilk, MCP
Private Practice Bootcamp helped me define who I am as a therapist, what I value in my work, and what I vision for my future. I am so thankful that I took this program right after I finished my Master’s as I’ve gained valuable tools that I know I will use throughout my entire career.
Are you ready to:
Create a realistic and personalized business plan to help all your decisions
Implement systems that make running your practice simple and easy
Discover how to confidently tell colleagues and clients about your work
Learn how to market effectively to reach more clients with less effort
Create a business that reflects your lifestyle, vision and personal values
Form the layout and content copy for your own website
Invest in yourself and your practice today!
Registration is currently closed.
If you are interested in the next version of Bootcamp, please add your name below to be notified when the program is available again in its new form.
Guest Expert Library:
If you choose the Group Coaching or Personal Mentoring options, in addition to your group and individual calls with me, you will also have access to recorded interviews with some of my favourite entrepreneur rock-stars, trainers and strategists who offer their wisdom and expertise to support you through your journey.
The following are a sample of the experts you will be hearing from. More interviews are being added so watch this space for more exciting bonus recordings.
Gloria Roheim McRae – Importance of personal branding
Amazon Best-Selling Author, Tedx Speaker & HuffPost Columnist. Best-selling author of BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss, and Co-Founder of Wedge15 with her husband, Ricardo McRae. Together, they create tailored strategist for businesses to help them get the momentum they need on their projects. Their flagship program Branding School, also helps solo business owners build their personal brand around their business.
Marie Poulin – Brand positioning and managing your online presence
Digital strategist, designer, founder of Digital Strategy School and co-founder of Doki, an online platform to help entrepreneurs teach online. In short, Marie helps small businesses bring their ideas to life in the digital space. With a rare trifecta of expertise in online business strategy, design, and development, Marie collaborates with everyone from small entrepreneurs to blossoming online empires, helping them find their voice, grow their audience, and execute carefully crafted marketing strategies that take their business to the next level.
Shannon Lee Simmons – Making your finances simple, easy and LEGAL!
Shannon Lee Simmons is a certified financial planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), speaker, media personality, entrepreneur and financial literacy advocate. Simmons is the brain and brawn behind The New School of Finance – a fee-for service financial planning firm where Canadians can get objective, affordable financial advice and learn about personal and small business finance in a fun and exciting way. Frequent contributor for Global News and the Toronto Star’s Personal Finance – Monday Makeover, she also appears as a financial expert on CityTV’s Cityline. In addition, Shannon is the host of “Money Awesomeness” a financial web series on Coral TV, appears as a spokesperson for The Financial Planning Standards Counsel of Canada, and won the 2014 Notable award for Best in Finance for her kick-ass efforts and innovative methods used at The New School of Finance.
Dana Gordan – Making sure your business is legally solid
Owner / Lead Counsel at Benchmark Law Corporation. Dana was called to the British Columbia bar in 2005, and began practicing litigation in a boutique firm, handling cases for commercial clients from varying industries. She then worked in-house at the British Columbia Medical Association, where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting contracts with the provincial government. Dana was inspired to establish Benchmark Law after several friends and colleagues with small businesses came to her for advice. Knowing that many small businesses lack the ability to afford the typical high cost of retaining a lawyer, she set out to create a firm that provides high quality legal advice without excessive costs.
Josh Stanton – How to optimize your website to get found by clients
Business Strategist and SEO expert. Josh is the co-founder of Screw the Nine to Five—his (and his wife Jill’s) little slice of the internet where they teach unsatisfied 9-to-5’ers how to take what they know and turn it into an online business they love. He’s got excessive love for pugs and Crossfit and can’t seem to stay in one place for more than a few months at a time.
Malgosia Mann, MA
Private Practice Bootcamp helped me in exactly those areas that were beyond my comfort zone. I now see that there is room for everyone only when we understand and learn to articulate our own therapeutic strengths and personal characteristics. On top of that, Constance is great fun to work with!
Mehmet Yaygin, MA
Constance met all the participants where they were, understood their unique challenges and provided clear, easy to understand road maps for everyone to follow. Whether it was marketing, financial management, branding, accounting, logistics, legal aspects, she broke this process down into smaller components, and made it easy to achieve.