Structuring Your Days

CASE EXAMPLE ONE: THE LONG WEEKEND 

Many therapists choose to work a four.day week and take Friday off. Because of the nature of private practice, there is no need to work Fridays as most clients will be available Monday through Thursday. Time to ditch the 9-5 mentality! Unless you genuinely enjoy working a 5 day week, there's no need to in private practice. 

CASE EXAMPLE TWO: THE EVENING SIDE HUSTLE 

If being a therapist is just one part of your career, this is for you. I conduct clinical research during the day, consult with startups (like Heard!), and coach creative professionals. So I fit in my private practice on Monday and Thursday evenings. The most important thing to making this work is strong boundaries and being very clear with clients about when my office hours are. 

CASE EXAMPLE THREE: THE COMPRESSED SCHEDULE 

A therapist really loving extra down time has been scheduling three long days each week for years. He told me that he would get into a "flow" on his long 10-12 hour days, and then enjoy four glorious days off each week to kick back and relax or work on other personal projects. Working only with clients who are a great fit prevents burnout for him. 

CASE EXAMPLE FOUR: THE SCATTERED DAY 

One telehealth only therapist told me she likes to schedule sessions in small blocks throughout the day. Two clients in the morning, a long break to do chores or go for a walk, a few clients in the afternoon, dinner with her family, and one 7pm client after dinner. She enjoys getting breaks throughout each day as it keeps her energy up and gives her plenty of down time to relax every day.

About the Author: Dr. Asha Bauer is a psychologist in private practice, and a health science specialist with the National Center for PTSD, where she studies telehealth and web-based delivery of evidence-based interventions for trauma-exposed veterans. She completed her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Indiana State University and her post-doctoral training at the Long Beach VA Medical Center. Dr. Bauer serves as a clinical advisor to Heard, a mission-driven start-up aiming to help therapists thrive in private practice.

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