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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393704483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393704488
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...concise, yet rich, portrait of ways to improve your practice and make it the most profitable business it can be. -- Seth Krauss, LCSW, BCD, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The Therapist

An extremely well written, practically-oriented, 'how-to' blueprint for establishing oneself in private practice...a valuable refresher for more senior colleagues. -- Pat De Leon, Ph.D. MPH, Former President, American Psychological Association

An outstanding guide for running a successful practice. . . an essential resource that should have a place in every practitioner's library. -- Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D., Associate Professor, San Diego State University School of Social Work

Having Essentials of Private Practice on your bookshelf is like having a professional consultant on call. -- Jana N. Martin, Ph.D., Past President, The California Psychological Association

I found extremely useful tips that I only wish I had known. . .highly recommended for beginning and experienced therapists alike. -- The Oklahoma Psychologist, Douglas O. Brady, Ph.D., Winter 2005

Provides information, ideas, tools and strategies to enable the practitioner to thrive under a variety of circumstances. -- The National Psychologist, Stuart W. Bassman, Ed.D.

This is an invaluable tool for any practitioner and will save you time, money, and personal frustration. -- Sean Barford, Psymposium

About the Author

Holly A. Hunt, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author, and speaker based in Southern California, where she first established her private practice in 1990. She is the past chair of the Practice Management Committee of the San Diego Psychological Association. For more information visit www.EssentialsOfPrivatePractice.com.

Customer Reviews

The book is very easy to read with easy to reference chapters and section highlights.
Dawn S. Dilley
Holly Hunt's book, Essentials of Private Practice has been helpful to me in setting up my private Coaching business.
Donna Schilder
She also devotes a sizable portion of the book to navigating the difficult realm of insurance.
S. Isaacs

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By S. Isaacs on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Forget the fact that the author is a psychologist. Do not let that dissuade you from purchasing this book if you are not in the mental health care field. Perhaps 98% of the information is applicable to any health care provider wanting to establish a private practice.

The book is filled with treasure. The first sections elaborate on where to look for a potential office/clinic, what questions to ask the prospective building manager (and when to ask them), and how to get an effective phone/voicemail system established. The section on cancellation policies alone is worth the price of the book, as are Dr. Hunt's examples of how to diplomatically pursue outstanding payments. She also devotes a sizable portion of the book to navigating the difficult realm of insurance. To put a human face to the book, Dr. Hunt showcases her past successes and failures (and those of her colleagues) in her first attempts at establishing a private practice.

This book is excellent -- very engaging and seldom boring, concise and pithy. It provokes a proactive spirit. It should be required reading for any health care worker fresh out of school, about to begin a private practice, and with little to no business experience.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jen Polgara on November 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as I was looking for ways to introduce my private practice to the community I live in and how to ethically market counseling services. I found nothing of help in the book regarding those topics. I also found that the book contained information that seemed redundant if you already have your practice started. I did think the forms were helpful, but find the ones in The Paper Office much more despcriptive and professional. The book was easy to read and contained basic start up information, such as picking a location for your office that is safe. There are also sections on how to select a cell phone or land line, how to join a group if you chose to, and resolving issues with billing.

The insurance section was helpful.

The contents of the book include: Arranging your practice right from the start, choosing an office that fits your practice, selecting cost-effective communication systems. Steamlining the first appointment (basically, how to best leave a confidential message with a client), verifying insurance, billing insurance and getting paid quickly. Managing finances wisely and collecting the fees you've earned, implementing a successful cancellation policy and establishing phone practices and policies.

If you are already sure of how to begin your practice and have the paperwork in place, but are unsure on how to market or find more clients, I would suggest not purchasing this book as it is more important in earlier phases of basic decision making with your practice.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dawn S. Dilley on November 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book takes you through all the details, big and small of setting up your own practice. Dr. Hunt explains her points concisely, with helpful anecdotes from personal experience. The book is very easy to read with easy to reference chapters and section highlights. There are useful templates in the back for finances, intaking, and forcasting future needs. I found this book to be one of the most useful books in getting started. Even if you are a seasoned private practictioner, this book can help you streamline and cut costs even more, or simply be a fresh reminder.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Adam A. Vogel on November 20, 2004
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I agee with the other reviewers completely. This book was engaging to read, clear, and the charts were practical. I enjoyed the authors use of her own experiences as well as the experiences of other practitioners. The narrative format created an interesting way to address sensitive issues and potentially difficult areas involved in practice. I found the book to address the delicate aspects of the relationship shared between clients and therapists and the issues that are the hardest with which to deal because they highlight that mental health work is about helping people and business, and how business, treatment and ethics are intertwined.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donna Schilder on September 14, 2005
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Holly Hunt's book, Essentials of Private Practice has been helpful to me in setting up my private Coaching business.

I found the sections on setting up phone practices and cancellation policies especially helpful. I was able to avoid costly mistakes because of the experiences Holly Hunt shared.

In addition, the section on selecting an office helped me select the right office for me. Now I am moving into a successful Coaching business, that is efficient and effectively managed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pat Bromley on February 13, 2006
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I could have used a bit more on marketing, but really like this book. I bought it after "How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist" which had more on the practice itself and not so much on the business end of things. A very helpful book and I am SO glad I bought it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Much of the advice in the book is applicable to any professional who wants to start her own practice. Not necessarily restricted to mental health workers. She offers useful tips in many mundane details of getting started and also in minimising your costs. The latter is vital, especially if you are starting a new practice of your own, and probably will have to carefully watch expenditure.

The extended discussion about dealing with insurance companies probably understates the amount of effort [paperwork] required in actually getting reimbursed.
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More About the Author

Holly A. Hunt, Ph.D., is a Speaker, Author, and Psychologist based in Southern California. As a professional speaker and group trainer, she presents a practical, research-grounded model and tools to help you and the members of your organization to overcome self-sabotage and become top performers (www.HollyAHunt.com). Dr. Hunt draws this vital information from her book "Emotional Exorcism: Expelling the Four Psychological Demons That Make Us Backslide" (Praeger, 2009).

Dr. Hunt's powerful strategies will help your organization to increase employee productivity, optimally manage work & personal stress, improve motivation, & reduce absenteeism. Holly empowers attendees through instructive, interactive, motivational sessions to achieve their greatest potential at work and in their personal lives.

Dr. Hunt received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 1988. She interned and worked as a psychologist at the Sepulveda and Long Beach, CA VA Medical Centers, and served clients in her psychology practice for 20 years. She is the past chair of the Practice Management Committee of the San Diego Psychological Association, and is also the author of "Essentials of Private Practice: Streamlining Costs, Procedures, and Policies for Less Stress" (W.W. Norton, 2005).


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