Session 257: The Concept of Coworking Spaces And If They Meet The Needs of Clinicians with Connor McClenahan, PsyD

Overview

How can the concept of coworking spaces apply to the world of therapy? Can a coworking space sufficiently meet the needs of clinicians? We’re exploring this topic in today’s show. Join us to learn more.

Connor McClenahan is a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles. He had a realization that some of the most successful clinicians were leaving group practices, so he wanted to do things a bit differently. He decided to create a coworking space for therapists where they share the costs by paying a flat fee. Connor shares how he devised this system, how it’s working, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

What We’ll Learn

    • Why the coworking model works to overcome the common struggle of isolation for clinicians in private practice
    • The challenge of fostering independence while maintaining connection and community
    • The load on a therapist that can contribute to burnout
    • The ”backward” phenomenon: the more that good therapists make in a group practice, the more they are incentivized to leave
    • How Connor’s coworking model is based on a flat fee based on usage instead of a percentage, as most private practices are structured
    • The importance of sharing and collaborating to leverage the assets of those around us for empowerment
    • How Connor figured out what elements needed to be included for a beneficial coworking space
    • How the coworking concept and Connor’s plans for expansion have been affected by the pandemic
    • Why marketing should come from a place of service
    • What’s next for Connor’s practice as we come out of the pandemic
    • The beauty of collaboration and sharing resources in co-practicing

Resources Mentioned

Find out more about Connor’s practice: Here Counseling

Mentioned in the show: Letters to a Young Therapist by Mary Pipher

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