Session 24: Practice Building Tips from an Intern

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Welcome!  My guest today is Rachel Moore.  Rachel is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern in San Diego, CA.  She has launched her own private practice treating anxiety, trauma, anger management, and depression.  She volunteers as an unpaid intern at a local hospice center because she enjoys the work there.  Rachel also hosts a 12-week “Artist’s Way” workshop that teaches creativity.  Being an intern gives Rachel a unique perspective on private practice, and she’s here to share with us!

Rachel began her private practice late in life but says she always knew that she was cut out for the work.  She enjoyed the one-on-one experience of working at the YMCA while in school, and she had received positive feedback from her professors.  My conversation with Rachel covers the following aspects of interning in private practice:

  • Rachel has learned that it takes patience to build a practice and secure clients.  Her advice is to keep working because the labor DOES pay off!
  • One of the most important aspects of being an intern is to have a great relationship with your supervisor.  Make sure their expectations are realistic and that they can offer a reasonable level of support.
  • Being an intern has helped Rachel find her voice and find out what methods are most effective for her as a therapist.
  • The most valuable lesson she has learned from her supervisor was when she asked how a therapist can get and keep clients.  The answer was, “Do good therapy.” 
  • “Good therapy” means individualized therapy for each client.  It involves a LOT of listening and meeting the client “where they are.”  Rachel says, “ I have faith that the RIGHT clients will come to me at the RIGHT time in the RIGHT way.”
  • Rachel’s favorite quote that helps when things are not going right is from E.M. Forster: “Only connect.”  She applies this to connecting with what feels right for her and connecting with people by reaching out to them.
  • Rachel realizes that self-care is important in being a successful therapist.  Her favorite self-care treat is to join Buddhist monks near her home for outings in the mountains.

In the “Hot Couch Round,” Rachel best practice building tip is that reviewing her daily schedule helps to keep her life in balance.  She shares how Facebook groups of interns and therapists have been invaluable to her practice.  Listen to learn what she would do if she had to “start over” with only $500 and a laptop.  Join us!

Links and Resources:

Now, Discover Your Strengths

 by Marcus Buckingham    (Rachel’s favorite business-related book)

The Artist's Way

 by Julia Cameron    (Rachel teaches workshops based on this book)

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

 by Irvin Yalom     (Rachel references this book in our conversation and uses its principles in her work)    (Rachel’s website)  (Rachel’s email)



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