At some point, we are all beginners.
Every speech therapy private practice starts with a dream.
Every private practice starts with ONE client.
Every journey to private practice starts with a lot of fear, hesitation and questions.
For those who have become successful private practitioners (either full-time or “on the side,”) giving advice and helpful tips for beginners is a nice opportunity to give back and mentor a new generation of clinicians.
The SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group provides support, guidance, advice, tips and information for clinicians looking to start a speech therapy private practice.
If you’re interested in starting a speech therapy private practice, click here to join the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group.
1. Vanessa Anderson-Smith, Anderson-Smith Speech Therapy, LLC
2. Laura Badger McGloine, Badger Speech Therapy
And just remember…YOU GOT THIS!”
4. Asia Hutchins, Eloquent Speech and Language Therapy, LLC
5. Marena Mitchell, Bringing Therapy Home
Definitely try to avoid comparing yourself to others – follow the code of ethics, develop goals, and be the best YOU – remember, you don’t know another therapist’s story so avoid comparing yourself to the competition. It’s about providing services to kids and families.”
6. Kristen Keilman Chadwick, Chadwick Speech Therapy LLC
7. Kathleen Campbell Clifford, Speech-Language Pathologist
8. Lane T. Brown, Speech-Language Pathologist
9. Alison Edelstein, Chirpy Chatterbox
10. Ashley Gibson Bonkofsky, AGB Speech Therapy
11. Heather Brown, Speech-Language Pathologist
12. Sarah McDonnell, Sarah McDonnell LLC
13. Robyn Wilmot Hillison, Capital Speech & Language Therapy Services
14. Kristie Skeen Crawford, Crawford Therapy Services, LLC
15. Elissa Flagg, SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO
16. Avital (Tali) Kellerstein, S-LP The Speak Boutique
17. Jena Casbon, The Independent Clinician
At some point, you just have to start. If you let fear of making a mistake consume you, you’ll end up with “analysis paralysis”and never have the flexibility, clinical freedom, income or autonomy you desire.”
So, What Common Themes Emerged?
- and Being True to Yourself
Every single one of the above private practitioners started from scratch. They were afraid. They didn’t know what they were doing. They worried about making a mistake or failing.
What sets these clinicians apart however, is that they took their fears and hesitations into account and did it anyway. They did it anyway.
They took action.
They did it.
They found success.
If you follow their advice, you can too.
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- For Private Practitioners – What additional advice do you have?
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Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP, is a private-practice consultant who has helped thousands of speech-language pathologists start and grow their own private practices through her company, The Independent Clinician. She has written articles for The ASHA Leader and Presented at ASHA Connect (2017).
You’ll find her online in theSLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group and in her premium programs, The Start Your Private Practice System and the Grow Your Private Practice Coaching Program.
Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mama to two young boys.