How To Launch A Successful Counseling Practice!
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How To Launch A Successful Counseling Practice!

This is a comprehensive course outlining EVERYTHING you need to start your own counseling or psychotherapy practice.
4.4 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 7/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Will know literally everything necessary to open a successful private counseling or psychotherapy practice!
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  • Please have a pencil and paper ready to take notes. Students should be ready to follow through on the action points necessary to launch their private practice.

"How To Launch A Successful Counseling Practice" will teach you step-by-step literally everything you need to know to open a private counseling or psychotherapist practice. If you are a Psychologist or LCSW, MFT or LPCC or if you want to do your internship hours in a private practice setting with a supervisor, this course will teach you about setting your fee, the best ways for clients to contact you, why your office location and its amenities are important, all of the sundry influences that go into deciding your "brand" and how to market to potential clients, networking, the benefits of teaching workshops, and the responsibilities of being an independent contractor. It's all here. And if you have any questions I'm 100% available to answer them!

Thank you very very much!

Ira Israel, LPCC, LMFT

Who is the target audience?
  • MFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, PsyDs, Ph.D., and Psychiatrists who wish to open private practices as well as interns who wish to do their hours in private practice settings.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
Introduction & Setting Your Fee
1 Lecture 05:52

Note: Currently I do not take insurance. I applied to several panels but all replied that the markets in my 2 different office zip codes were saturated and they were not taking on any new providers. Please consult other psychotherapists and counselors in your area to see if it is worthwhile to submit applications (some are up to 30 pages long).

Please see the notes in Section 4 regarding procuring your EIN number, you NPI number, and you CAQH number.

Lastly, aside from accepting personal checks and cash, it is extremely convenient to accept credit cards. I recommend using Square - their website is - and I also like Paypal - - for sending invoices to people and getting paid by Skype clients.

Thank you,

Ira Israel

Preview 05:52
Your professional telephone number and email address
1 Lecture 05:14

You will note that I have my telephone number prominently displayed on my website because - in my experience - people who call to make a first appointment are more likely to show up. Again, this is just my experience and I do know many psychotherapists who schedule appointments primarily through email; however, I've found that many clients who make appointments via email eventually flake (flake out) on the appointments whereas once I've spoken to a person on the phone, scheduled an appointment and then given then all of the details on where to park, etc., that they are less likely to cancel or no-show.

Your Contact Information
Your Office
1 Lecture 16:23

Here's a close up of the street that my office is on in Google Maps. I Googled "Psychotherapist 90025."

Your Office
Legal Considerations
1 Lecture 09:10

It is not imperative to do these three things today, but if you plan on taking insurance then you will want to obtain an EIN which you can do easily and for free at Then you'll want to get a National Provider ID (NPI) which you can do at And you'll also want to be in the CAQH database and get a CAQH # which must be renewed every six months:

Again, there is no imminent threat if you do not have those three numbers today, but if you plan on applying to insurance panels then I suggest you get them; also, if you are a counselor and a client employs you as an independent counselor and gives you a w-9 to fill out and then a 1099, you will want to use you EIN instead of your Social Security number.

In addition, here in California we must have our psychotherapy licenses and city business licenses displayed so if you are subleasing an office I recommend putting you psychotherapy license and city business license together in one 8'10" frame (Bed Bath & Beyond" has them for $20) so that you can carry them with you and stand up on whatever desk or table is in the office that you are subleasing when you are there.

Legal Considerations
Necessary documents
2 Lectures 11:51

1. Informed Consent

2. Informed Consent for minors


4. Suicide Agreement

5. Professional psychotherapy never includes sex pamphlet

Necessary documents

Informed Consent
3 pages
1 Lecture 05:14 is the software I use for note-keeping.

1 Lecture 08:33

1. Income

2. Expenses

Office Rent

Office expenses (phone, paper, computer, signs, etc.)


Marketing (website, Psychology Today, business cards)

Networking (restaurants, cafes)

Personal Development (classes, books, events, workshops, etc.)

Professional memberships (CAMFT), license renewal, etc.

3. Your gross income minus your expenses will be your Adjusted Gross Income

2 Lectures 31:14

As mentioned in this clip, is my main website and then all of the ancillarly websites lead directly to

For example, here is my LinkedIn profile

and my Facebook account

as well as my Yelp page

and my Psychology Today profile

Preview 18:57

Marketing part 2
1 Lecture 06:56
Referrals from doctors, psychiatrists, pediatricians
Your personal life
1 Lecture 09:37

Here is a random sampling of Disciplinary Actions from CAMFT's magazine "The Therapist"

You may think that I may have overstated how psychotherapists are held to a higher standard than our clients but if you read the Disciplinary Actions every month I think you will be inspired to err on the side of caution.

Relationships, law, ethics
10 More Sections
About the Instructor
LPCC, LMFT Ira Israel
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68 Students
4 Courses
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Psychotherapist

Ira Israel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mindful Relationship Coach. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Ira has taught mindfulness to thousands of physicians, psychologists, attorneys, engineers and creative professionals across America. He is the author of the New World Library book “How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re and Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening” and creator of the best-selling "Beginner's Guide to Happiness," “Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation,” “Mindfulness for Anxiety,” and “Mindfulness for Depression” videos and DVDs.