Session 187: Ups And Downs of Transitioning From a Full-Time job Into Private Practice



Chances are you’ve thought about today’s topic at least once, or you may have your own similar experience. Many clinicians have gone through the transition from a full-time job into private practice. Today’s show is all about navigating the ups and downs of this important move.

Tricia Miller is a LIcensed Professional Counselor in Houston, Texas. She has a unique background, with an undergrad degree in business, a job as a business analyst, and a stint as a school counselor. It was here that she realized she wanted to take the next step and start her private practice. Today’s show covers the steps in Tricia’s journey, what she’s learned along the way, and what the transition looked like for her. Tricia also shares how she worked through the fine line of disclosure.

What We’ll Learn

  • The big changes in Tricia’s life in the last 1-½ years, and how she “wouldn’t ask for anything else”
  • How Tricia’s first jobs out of school were unfulfilling, so she sought a job to build relationships and have a sense of creativity
  • After a couple years of teaching, she found the missing piece that provided meaning and connection—-as a school counselor
  • How the realization of wanting to start a private practice aligned with where she was in her life, as a person and as a new mom
  • How Tricia needed to give herself permission to look outside of education
  • How she started working at the Center for Postpartum Family Health to get LPC hours
  • How she learned how to run a business and was invigorated by the work and by her mentor
  • Why she went back to school as a counselor when her family needed her full-time income, but she wanted to keep her clients and finish her counseling hours
  • How Tricia managed her weekly schedule in working full-time at the school AND with private practice clients
  • How Tricia leaned on the STC for motivation
  • How she kept her mindset that her situation was only temporary, and that she needed perseverance and determination to get through
  • The toughest part was keeping up with self-care to keep emotional capacity for people who relied on her, and the unknown of not knowing how long this would last
  • How she committed to becoming empowered with tools that can be useful
  • PIvotal moments in Tricia’s transition to full-time private practice:
    • How she prepped connections, especially with her website
    • How she identified her niche: anxiety, relationships, and education
    • How she joined local organizations to build her name in the community
    • How she created her podcast in 2018
  • How Tricia can empathize due to her own anxiety issues

Resources Mentioned


Tricia Miller  Visit Tricia’s website

Find Tricia’s podcast: Working on the Inside

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