Private Practice Start-Up Coaching

I opened my private practice in March 2015, about one year after becoming licensed as a mental health counselor.  I was working a full-time job at a treatment center, so I began working just one evening a week at my practice.  After one year, I made the transition from part-time to full-time private practice, and found this process both challenging and incredibly rewarding. I have since helped friends and colleagues open their own practices, and I am passionate about offering support to those looking to work for themselves and expand their clinical experience.

I offer coaching for licensed therapists looking to open their own private psychotherapy practice – either part-time or full-time.  My coaching includes:

  • Copies of paperwork to use with clients & for record-keeping
  • Guidance re: navigating billing & insurance (You do not need to hire someone to do this for you each week!)
  • Advice about how to set fees & secure a referral network
  • Support finding a practice location (if you are located in Massachusetts)
  • Phone, in-person, or Skype meetings to address any questions you may have

Please contact me directly for my rates regarding this service; I also provide free initial phone consults to help you determine if I can be of service to you.


“I had the pleasure of working with Erika for coaching, and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to start a private practice in the mental health field. Erika was integral in the early stages of starting and building my private practice, and I know that she helped me to avoid many of the typical pitfalls of starting a new business! Erika is very personable in sharing her own experience of working in the field, and I felt that she genuinely wanted me to succeed every step of the way. She even found an office for me in the Boston area after I had been searching on my own without any luck. I have already recommended her to colleagues who are interested in starting their own private practice, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with her.” –Jennifer Brindley, LMHC

“Erika’s coaching was invaluable as I started my private practice. While many other therapists expressed support and encouragement, Erika was the only one to provide practical guidance on how to navigate the complex process of starting my own business. She helped me learn how to market myself and the practice, including how to find a niche for myself in the market. Erika demystified the insurance process and guided me through how to set my rates and payment policies. She provided support and technical assistance in developing contracts and paperwork for clients. Erika’s coaching not only taught me how to open my own practice, but provided insight that empowered me to confidently go out on my own.” –Anna Poss, LCPC

“When I began thinking about starting a private practice, I had a lot of questions about paperwork, insurance, office space, and many other details. There were many moving parts, and it was difficult to think about what to prioritize and how to ensure I wasn’t overlooking anything important. Working with Erika provided me with incredibly helpful guidance as I began thinking about opening a private practice. She helped me think about my skills as a therapist, and how to use my skill set in the context of a private practice. She has vast knowledge on the insurance credentialing process, and offered unique and creative ways to structure paperwork in my private practice. When I think back on starting my private practice, it’s hard to imagine navigating this process without her support. She is knowledgeable, generous, and has a tremendous ability to recognize a therapist’s skill set and help them translate these skills into a private practice that can provide meaningful services for a wide range of populations.” –Robert G. Hasson, LICSW

“Entering the private practice world has always seemed daunting and unclear, and with Erika’s guidance and support I was able to take the leap.  Erika’s energy and openness created an exciting learning atmosphere, where she catered her information and resources to meet my  personal needs.  She gave me resources and examples that I still use!  Her mentorship empowered me to believe in the service I was providing to others for the rate that was appropriate to charge.  Since receiving this start-up coaching she has also been accessible for questions that have been coming up as I continue in my private practice.  Her support has really made starting my own business possible.”  – Amy Allison, LMHC