TSBEPC Has Released Update to Rules– LPC interns are impacted!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

This post has been edited to reflect updates about possible interpretations of the new rules proposed by the Texas LPC board and to correct an error. I found out yesterday that the LPC board in Texas has released a new version of the rules and regulations, as of July 14, 2016. There are a couple of changes that will certainly impact LPC interns and LPC supervisors, and I’ve written about these changes before. I’m listing some of the changes below. Please note that you should always follow up at the board’s website for the...

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Free support for counseling students & interns at

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Free support for counseling students & interns at

You may have noticed that I’m not really posting much here at any more. There’s definitely a reason for that. I still care about beginning counselors and interns, of course. And I still want y’all to have support through your programs and internship journeys. That hasn’t changed. It’s not that I’ve lost interest in the cause.  Not at all. In the end, I decided that I wanted to change what I’m offering to you—and I wanted to bring you more than I was able to do alone. So, over the past year, I made some big decisions with...

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Working on the business, working in the business

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The title of this post is about working in a new private practice, but don’t let that fool you.  The same principles apply to your post-graduate internship, if that’s where you are in your journey. Building a practice or starting a clinical internship is like walking a tightrope.  Both require thoughtful balance of working on and working in. If you’re just starting out internship hunting or hanging out your shingle, it’s easy to get swallowed up by all the job-hunting or business-building to-do’s you keep reading about online. You’re...

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Texas LPC Board Rules & LPC Internship

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 19 comments

The Texas LPC board (aka Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors aka TSBEPC) is keeping busy in the new year. The long-time executive director of the board, Bobbe Alexander, recently retired.  Sarah Faszholz is serving as interim executive director. TSBEPC also published some significant proposed changes to the LPC rules and regulations in the January 15th issue of the Texas Register.  Many of these edits are the same ones they proposed and later withdrew in May of 2015 (check ’em out here). While some of the edits are...

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20 Simple Tips for Website Design for Therapists

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

For counseling interns and therapists newly launched into private practice, there’s no scarcity of information out there about building a website. Unfortunately, there’s so much information that I think it’s quite easy for people to get really overwhelmed. So, I’ve put together a list of 20 short tips for website design, based on the experience I’ve gained over the last five years in putting together a practice.   I’m by no means an expert on this subject matter, but this is what I’ve learned from the...

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The honest letter that whipped me into shape

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The honest letter that whipped me into shape

Every so often, I sit down and give myself a talking to. On paper. It’s different from journaling. And it isn’t a to-do list or an I did list. It’s something else. It’s part pep talk, part strategy, part intention-setting, and a whole lot of heartfelt, touchy-feely what really matters to me in this lifetime sort of stuff. I wrote myself a letter about five years ago, when I was just launching my private practice. (It’s kind of creepy what I predicted in that letter from five years ago. Just about everything panned out as I had written it.) My...

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My icky marketing mistake

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My icky marketing mistake

Ugh. I broke my own rule. I did some icky marketing, y’all. And since doing outreach from a feel-good place of service and generosity is a cornerstone of my practice, I admit I feel pretty foolish. Last year, I wrote an ebook. It was all about building a practice from a place of authenticity—about doing marketing that makes you feel good and avoiding stuff that feels sleazy. The book is called Fill Your Practice Without a Fight: A Home Study Kit for Therapists Who Hate Icky Marketing. You can learn more about it here if you’re interested....

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How to stay focused while growing your private practice

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to stay focused while growing your private practice

Building a private practice can feel like a bit of a jumble. For most therapists, business-building is a new skill set. And as any start-up will tell you, the first year or two in business is intense. Often, there’s not a lot of money to be had, there’s a tremendous amount of work to do and infrastructure to set up, and when you’re doing it all by yourself? For the first time? Well, no wonder it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And distracted. Before you know it, procrastination sets in and the to-do list just grows and grows. (Or maybe that was...

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License application delays: 13 lucky things to do while you wait

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

A couple of weeks ago, I was stuck in waiting room hell. See, I had to go down to police headquarters to get fingerprinted. (Sounds much more exciting than it actually is, I promise.) The police headquarters in Austin is depressing. It’s drab and brown, and the glass front of the building is punctured with bullet holes. Yes, bullet holes. The energy of the waiting room was really weird. Of course, if I had to sit behind a desk and collect payments from disgruntled people while gazing at an assortment of bullet holes in the front of my...

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7 Ways Personal Therapy Can Transform Your Practice

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Ways Personal Therapy Can Transform Your Practice

I discovered the inside of a therapist’s office for the first time when I was 13 years old. Eighth grade was a rough year for me. I was in a school with a lot of really smart, high-achieving folks. I was struggling to find my own footing socially and academically. Also, it was middle school. I don’t think this is often cited as a favorite time in people’s lives—the awkward, somewhat anxious bridge between childhood and young adulthood. Or maybe I’m just speaking from my own experience, here. (And that’s a key point of this post—see point #2...

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