PODCAST

Selling the Couch

Melvin Varghese, PhD

With over 1.2 million downloads, Selling the Couch is a top podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners. Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses + diversified their income in/beyond the therapy room as well as top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts. You'll learn how successful business owners get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they've stopped "trading time for income." Melvin also shares the lessons as he grows his impact and diversifies his income beyond the therapy room (podcasting, video, online courses, membership sites, group masterminds, investing, etc) and the tips, tools, and tech he uses to grow STC from a single-person business to the CEO of a 5-person 100% remote team. What you get are bite-sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey. The best way to get started is to check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start . =)
ENCORE: Website SEO And Why It Is Important To Attract Ideal Clients In Private Practice with Maelisa Hall, PsyD
Today’s show is about search engine optimization (SEO), an essential aspect of your private practice website. The truth is that you can have the most beautifully designed website on the planet, but it won’t help your practice if it doesn’t attract people. If you’re confused about trying to navigate the world of SEO, then this is the show you don’t want to miss! Dr. Maelisa Hall is a licensed psychologist and digital marketing expert. She’s here to break down the intimidating world of SEO with language that’s easy to understand. She covers her three foundational tips and the things we need to do to beef up our website content to make sure our website has what it takes to attract those ideal clients. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly Support this podcast
3d ago
43 mins
ENCORE: Creating a Sound Social Media Policy While Navigating the Intersection of Personal and Professional Life as Clinicians
As a clinician, do you have a social media policy? Is it something you’ve ever considered? If not, then this show may open your eyes to this topic. How can we as clinicians create a sound social media policy while navigating the intersection of our personal and professional lives? Dr. Keely Kolmes is a psychologist, speaker, consultant, writer, researcher, and innovator in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Dr. Keely’s work covers many areas, but the development of a social media policy is one specific area of expertise. Let’s hear more about this interesting topic from Dr. Keely! RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business) WHO'S THIS GUY?  Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist... Support this podcast
Nov 25 2021
31 mins
ENCORE: Signs That Private Practice Is Not For Someone And How To Move Away From It
Since STC usually focuses on aspects of the journey into private practice, today’s show is different. We are talking to someone who decided to take her skill set in another direction and move away from private practice. A traditional talk-therapy practice isn’t for everyone, and there are other therapeutic healing modalities that can be fulfilling and meaningful. Join us to learn more! Hayley Hansen is a body-centered healer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was a Licensed Professional Counselor who became fascinated with bodywork healing methods through yoga; Hayley decided to give up her LPC license to pursue her calling. She shares her journey with us and what she’s learned along the way, including the early indicators that a traditional talk therapy practice just wasn’t the right fit for her. We will also discuss how she worked through internal and external struggles and decided to focus on bodywork healing methods. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online... Support this podcast
Nov 17 2021
32 mins
ENCORE: Blogging As A Way To Build Your Practice And Reach Your Ideal Clients
We are tackling another topic relevant to the pandemic crisis. This particular time is a good chance to think about private practice in different ways than ever before. If you’ve ever considered blogging as a way to build your practice and expand your reach to your ideal clients, then this is the show for you. Lauren Hahn is a licensed mental health counselor in Orlando, Florida. She has built a successful private practice through blogging. In this episode, Lauran shares the process that she’s gone through for the past several years in starting her blog and evolving that blog to cater to her ideal clients. She explains where she finds inspiration and content for her posts that are now released regularly each week. We wrap up the conversation by discussing the most important lessons she’s learned along the way. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍... Support this podcast
Nov 11 2021
42 mins
ENCORE: The Process Of Launching a Membership Site To Survive The Pandemic
During times like these, it’s essential to think outside the box, but every decision has business and financial implications. One way to survive the pandemic shutdown is to pull back from one-on-one work and create income streams that aren’t dependent on being there in person. If you’re curious to know more, then join us for this episode. Jackie Flynn teaches therapists how to integrate EMDR Therapy and Play Therapy techniques, and she is launching a membership site this year. In this episode, Jackie and I will discuss what I’ve learned through my experiences, and we’ll brainstorm the process of launching a membership site. Jackie talks about her struggles regarding creating content and how to best release it, and we’ll discuss how to handle testimonials legally and ethically. This conversation takes a deep dive, and we have lots of helpful information to share. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email... Support this podcast
Nov 4 2021
48 mins
294: 5 Business Lessons Learned In 2021
This is the last podcast episode for this year as I take some extra time off to refresh, recharge, and get new episodes ready for 2022. In this solo episode, I’m reflecting and sharing the top five business lessons I have learned this year and what I’ll be focusing on for the upcoming year. You’ll Learn: ● How I was intentional about taking an indefinite sabbatical from clinical work to focus fully on STC (See Episode 210 for the full story.) ● Why humbling realizations came to me about the difficulties in running two businesses, delivering clarity about my calling, and my desire to build a life around my family ● How this decision has significantly improved my mental health and sleep quality ● Five Business Lessons I’ve Learned this Year: ○ #1--”I don’t want to keep swapping Corelle plates.” ■ I’m focusing now on four things: the STC podcast, The Healthcasters course and community, Online Course School, and a high-level Mastermind group--and this feels right to me. ○ #2--What is ENOUGH? ■ Success and personal worth are not solely measured in finances, and there are other aspects of life that are higher priorities. ○ #3--I love teaching and want to create more space for that. ■ Creating exercises to help students learn brings me great satisfaction and happiness. ○ #4--I value a few deep and authentic relationships with fellow creators. ■ I love these friendships and the connection we have to do life and our business journeys together. ○ #5--Slow and steady growth is fine. ■ This pace of life makes sense to me and suits me, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than this meaningful and purposeful life. ● My primary goals for 2022: ○ Work intentionally on my money stuff. ○ Focus on making Online Course School an amazing experience for therapists. One of the questions I get asked all the time as a podcaster is “what podcasts do you listen or subscribe to?” This might surprise you, but there's really only one show that I absolutely have to listen to . . . every week. Actually, every day. Like, I'll literally drop what I'm doing (unless I'm with the family of course) and listen to each episode when it drops. The show is Tesla Daily, which is why I couldn't be more thrilled to have its host Rob Maurer on the show today! If you want a behind-the-curtain peek at how someone with over 100,000 YouTube subscribers produces a hard-hitting podcast every day, you're in the right place. Rob built this show from the ground up and incredibly, launched his first episode from concept to publish in just 48 – 72 hours. Even more impressive is how Rob's built a trust-worthy brand in such a crowded space. What does it take to keep up production with a daily show like this? Why does Rob do what he does and how did he get started? How do you combine an audio-first podcast with the power of YouTube? And what does Rob do when Elon Musk posts a controversial tweet? All that and more today — press play, y'all! Our Featured Guest Rob MaurerRob Maurer has been a Tesla retail investor since 2013 and started the Tesla Daily podcast in 2017 to help people understand the company and contextualize the flurry of news surrounding Tesla. In 2019, Rob expanded the podcast to YouTube, amassing 100,000 subscribers in less than a year. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgYkuL87rUwiBl7tqfN53Eg (YouTube) https://www.twitter.com/teslapodcast (Twitter) You'll Learn: How a gap in mainstream reporting and the pursuit of neuroplasticity led to Tesla Daily Why producing his podcast on top of a full-time job led Rob to a critical decision point How Rob 10X'd his audience by taking Tesla Daily to YouTube Rob's workflow, end-to-end, for producing a podcast episode for podcast platforms and YouTube What Rob focuses on when researching material for his podcast How Rob handles stress and pressure from the growth of his show Why naming his podcast Tesla Daily became a source of motivation for Rob Where Rob's revenue Support this podcast
Oct 28 2021
28 mins
293: How To Increase Fees With Existing Clients
Today’s topic is one that many clinicians have navigated, are navigating, or will navigate in the future. It’s the idea of increasing fees with existing clients. I’ve seen this topic come up repeatedly in online groups for therapists, and I know it brings anxiety and confusion. Let’s dig into it together! Our Featured Guests Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer are therapists, private practice owners, and the founders of ZynnyMe, where they teach and train therapists to build valuable and gratifying businesses. Their year-long training program, Business School Bootcamp, is a super-powerful system that teaches therapists everything they wish they had learned in grad school about running a successful private practice. In this episode, Kelly and Miranda will discuss the idea that we are betraying our client if we increase fees, along with ways to work through that mindset. We will cover the nitty-gritty of how to communicate fee increases to clients with all the logistical nuances. Our conversation wraps up with simple scripts you can use during sessions to stay on track, be clear, and affirm your clients without causing feelings of abandonment. http://www.zynnyme.com/ (www.zynnyme.com)  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/starting-a-counseling-practice-with-kelly-miranda/id1398391639 (Starting a Counseling Practice Podcast) You’ll Learn: ● Why the idea of increasing fees is intimidating even though many therapists are leaving a lot of money on the table ● Why increasing fees ties into mixed messages in our minds about our self worth and value ● How the cumulative effect of a sliding scale adds up to significant amounts over time and reflects bias that we usually guard against ● How automation in today’s world allows us to avoid those difficult conversations ● Why the recommendation is to create a letter but have the conversation with the client in session; give them the letter after the conversation (or email virtual clients) ● Why the letter is a transitional object and shouldn’t make excuses for the fee increase ● Ideas for scripting the notification letter and stating the fee increase ● The need for us to be honest with our clients to be able to continue providing great care ● The misconception that schedules and fees should always stay the same; these are unrealistic expectations! ● How to present workable options to clients without feeling like you’re abandoning them ● Why clinicians have to do what it takes to care for themselves before they can care for their clients ● Highlights in the conversation with clients about increasing fees: ○ Own your emotions about it. ○ Let the client know the relationship with them is valuable to you. ○ Check in with the client’s feelings and options moving forward. ● Why the window of notice should be long enough to prepare for termination or referral One of the questions I get asked all the time as a podcaster is “what podcasts do you listen or subscribe to?” This might surprise you, but there's really only one show that I absolutely have to listen to . . . every week. Actually, every day. Like, I'll literally drop what I'm doing (unless I'm with the family of course) and listen to each episode when it drops. The show is Tesla Daily, which is why I couldn't be more thrilled to have its host Rob Maurer on the show today! If you want a behind-the-curtain peek at how someone with over 100,000 YouTube subscribers produces a hard-hitting podcast every day, you're in the right place. Rob built this show from the ground up and incredibly, launched his first episode from concept to publish in just 48 – 72 hours. Even more impressive is how Rob's built a trust-worthy brand in such a crowded space. What does it take to keep up production with a daily show like this? Why does Rob do what he does and how did he get started? How do you combine an audio-first podcast with the power of YouTube? And what does Rob do... Support this podcast
Oct 21 2021
31 mins
292: Writing A Children's Book
Have you ever considered writing a children’s book? I’ll admit that I’ve thought about it, and it might be a new endeavor in my future. Writing a children’s book takes creativity and planning, and much perseverance is required to navigate the publishing process. Join me as I talk to a longtime friend who has been through the process and published two children’s books. Our Featured Guest Amy Jivani Amy is a childhood friend of mine who has become a children’s book author. Her latest book, Meera’s Flowers, tells the story of a young girl celebrating an Indian holiday while living in America. She also wrote More Than Words: A Book About Body Language, a story about body language and feelings. Amy is a former first-grade teacher who is inspired by her students and her cultural background to write children’s books with ethnically diverse characters. Amy shares with us where she gets ideas for books and how the creative process works. We also discuss the concept of self-publishing compared to the traditional publishing route. We wrap up with Amy’s insights into the hardest part about writing and releasing a book during a pandemic. http://www.amyjivani.com/ (www.amyjivani.com)  You’ll Learn: ● Where Amy’s inspiration came from for Meera’s Flowers ● Amy’s advice for other aspiring writers: ○ Write something you can champion. ○ Storyboard your ideas as you begin. ● How the traditional publishing route requires resilience and seems like a “closed club” ● Why Amy decided not to self-publish her first book ● How Amy realized that creative stories could teach and reinforce important concepts to children in more memorable ways ● How Amy gives herself creative space to think and produce rather than setting aside a disciplined time slot ● The hardest part of what Amy has accomplished: getting publishers to see the quality of what she wrote and releasing a book during a pandemic when typical book promotion is a no-go ● How Amy handles the newfound attention of being a published author with humility RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website... Support this podcast
Oct 14 2021
25 mins
291: Owning A Therapy Building During The Pandemic
What would it be like to own and run your own group therapy practice--including the building? And to complicate matters, what if the whole endeavor is getting off the ground during a global pandemic? It might sound crazy, but you’ll hear the details from today’s guest who is making it all happen after facing down all the obstacles. Join us! Our Featured Guest Karen Grayson, PhD, LPC Dr. Karen Grayson had a vision a few years ago of owning a therapy practice building, so she followed through with the big purchase in 2018. She’s here to help us navigate through the challenges of owning a therapy practice building during a pandemic. The Center for Inner Transformation, in St. Louis, is a place where Karen combines philosophy, therapy, and spirituality on an integrated pathway to her clients’ personal and collective development, and it’s also home for the practices of three other clinicians. She shares where the idea of buying a building came from, how she went into the process, along with practical steps that she took during the pandemic. We wrap up today’s conversation with four pieces of advice that Karen would give to her younger self about this undertaking. https://thecenterstl.com/ (www.thecenterstl.com ) You’ll Learn: ● How Karen began with the dream to purchase a therapy building ● How she moved from vision to implementation through finding comfort in the unknown ● How Karen’s journey unfolded from her teaching role to group therapy ● How Karen purchased her office building in 2018, dealt with two colleagues who backed out after the purchase, and endured a difficult neighbor in the office park ● Why Karen learned to be gentle with herself and fierce in her purpose, staying grounded in the uncertainty ● How the drawbacks in the process led to feelings of failure and depression for Karen ● How she persevered with a deep commitment to her purpose and a willingness to fail ● How Karen learned the value in having support people in place from STC ● How the pandemic has affected Karen and her endeavors ● How word-of-mouth referrals have benefitted Karen’s business ● Why we need to know what our strengths are ● How Karen deals with her core wound of not being good enough ● How things worked out for Karen when she “let go and listened” ● Karen’s pieces of advice to her younger self about purchasing the building during a pandemic: ○ Everything is an invitation for growth. ○ The birthing process is always a hard thing. ○ I’m not in charge of time. ○ Be open to a larger container. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep Support this podcast
Oct 7 2021
34 mins
290: Long-Haul COVID-19 and Private Practice
Today’s show is about navigating long-haul COVID symptoms and life as a private practitioner. I wanted to have a non-academic conversation about this intriguing topic from a real-life perspective. Join us to learn more! Our Featured Guest Robert Cox, MA, LPC, NCC Robert Cox is a private practitioner in Kentucky. He contracted COVID back in December. After a few weeks, he noticed that his symptoms improved a little but then continued. You’ll hear Robert’s story of his long-haul COVID symptoms and navigating through it as a private practitioner, especially regarding what to disclose to clients. https://tjrecovery.org/ (Tristn Jevon Center for Recovery) You’ll learn: ● What it means to have “long-haul COVID” ● How long-haul COVID symptoms can vary with dementia-like brain fog, heart problems, physical exhaustion, night sweats, etc. ● Robert’s story of contracting COVID last December from his daughter and facing moments of panic because of his asthma ● How Robert’s symptoms were complicated by the death of his son in February 2021 ● How Robert learned to deal with long-haul COVID by taking more time off and learning to be more efficient, organized, and focused ● How Robert’s exhaustion and fatigue are impacting his daily life and activity level ● Why there is no standard treatment protocol for long-haul COVID ● How Robert is using meditation to cope with the daily challenges of life and work ● What Robert has learned about having limits and setting boundaries ● How Robert decided to share openly with his clients about his experience ● What Robert has learned about his resilience because of the support from his wife ● How Robert is functioning better because of the system changes he has put in place ● Why Robert’s #1 message to everyone is to get the COVID vaccine RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online... Support this podcast
Sep 30 2021
29 mins
289: Improving Your Sleep As A Therapist: Tips From A Sleep Psychologist
Today’s show is about one of my most favorite topics in the world: sleep. I’ll admit that my thinking about sleep has changed a lot over the years as I’ve learned more. Whether you’re a champion sleeper or someone who needs to pay more attention to rest, today’s show has helpful information and expert tips for you. Join us! Our Featured Guest Liz Slonena Liz Slonena is a psychologist in Asheville, NC. She has expertise in sleep and insomnia, and I wanted to have her share her insights with us. Pandemic stressors and the blurred lines between work life and home life have been contributing factors to sleep problems for many therapists. We will talk about why quality sleep matters, the basics of sleep cycles, and how our hustle culture has impacted our sleep. We’ll finish up with practical tips about improving sleep. http://www..drlizlistens.com/ (www.drlizlistens.com)  Use code #STC for premium access to Aura, an all-in-one wellness app Find Dr. Liz’s free mindful hypnosis videos on https://www.youtube.com/c/yourzenwithinrelaxwithdrliz/search (YouTube) You’ll Learn: ● What happens during the normal sleep cycles: light, restful, deep, and REM ● How disruptions can affect sleep cycles ● The connection between quality sleep and mood ● How sleep helps your immune system, neurogenesis, and muscle growth and repair ● How deep sleep is the “washing cycle” for brain and body, flushing out negative thoughts and toxins ● How hustle culture and internalized capitalism (the belief that our worth is tied to our productivity and what we DO) can compound our sleep difficulties ● Why sleep is the first thing we cut away when cramped for time, even though it’s really our most effective superpower ● The specific challenges of entrepreneurship in getting enough sleep ● The intricacies of racism and stereotypes related to internalized capitalism ● Why rest is rebellious and radical empowerment ● The importance of finding peace and balance in life through prioritizing rest ● Liz’s tips for improved sleep: ○ Clearly communicate boundaries to clients and colleagues about your hours and availability. ○ Have a physical wind-down ritual for your body and mind to signal the transition from work. ○ Write a gratitude or “win” list each night before bed. ● What’s up next for Dr. Liz? Become a Better Sleeper course and podcast are coming soon! Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues. I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free four-day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme) RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻... Support this podcast
Sep 23 2021
38 mins
288: 3 Ways To Become A Better Leader In A Post-Pandemic World
So much of what we do as clinicians revolves around leadership, even though we may not be comfortable thinking of ourselves that way. If we are truly leaders in what we do, it makes sense to learn all we can about making ourselves the best leaders possible. The world needs good leaders! Join us as we discuss all things leadership development in today’s show Our Featured Guest Jevin Koleth Jevin Koleth is a leadership coach who happens to be a childhood friend of mine. He has vast experience in what it means to be a leader through his time as a regional manager for a major healthcare system in Texas. I want you to hear Jevin’s insights about why leadership needs to be developed first at the individual level before implementing the more popular team approach. We also dive into how leadership has changed as a result of the pandemic, and we wrap up with personal and real-life experiences from Jevin that can help you in your growth as a leader. https://www.instagram.com/jevinkoleth/?hl=en (Jevin Koleth ) You’ll Learn: ● Why effective leadership development has to begin at the individual level with a solid foundation ● The first steps in an individualized approach to leadership training: ○ Identify the person’s personal purpose and mission ○ Identify the person’s barriers to being their best self ● How Jevin becomes an accountability coach in helping people develop long-term habits ● Why the mass team approach to leadership training needs to FOLLOW after the foundational individual approach ● Why it’s good to develop one’s self as a leader to be the best version of yourself ● How an impactful leader will come across with consistency ● How leadership has changed during the pandemic in the three areas of remote leadership, interpersonal skills, and team culture ● Jevin’s pearls of wisdom about going back to work in the office ● Why a leader’s goal should be positive outcomes from difficult conversations ● Highlights of Jevin’s current work as a leadership coach Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues. I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme) RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧... Support this podcast
Sep 16 2021
34 mins
287: Building A Directory For Trauma Therapists
Today’s show is about building an online directory, which is hugely relevant to every clinician. Whether you’ve used an online directory to refer clients or thought about creating a directory to help other clinicians and clients, you know that it is a valuable resource that makes it easier to find a therapist who can help with very specific needs. Join us to learn more! Our Featured Guest Laura Reagan, LCSW-C Laura Reagan is a clinical social worker and integrative trauma specialist in Maryland who had the idea to create a directory for trauma therapists, Trauma Therapist Network. She’s a trauma survivor who has specifically worked around trauma for the past 19 years. Through her years of experience, she has learned a lot about the nuances of trauma therapy, the services available, and what services are lacking. Laura gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how her idea for the directory evolved, the logical steps in the creation process, and the helpful resources that are available in creating an online directory. We wrap up today’s conversation with a look at what has gone well in Laura’s process and the things that are being constantly tweaked along the way. https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/ (Trauma Therapist Network) You’ll Learn: ●     How Laura got the idea to create an online directory of trauma therapists ●     How Laura saw the need and made the leap to create the online directory ●     How the directory helps people find the specific therapy focus that aligns with their trauma ●     How the directory goes beyond finding a therapist but also helps inform and educate people about trauma and its effects ●     The first steps Laura took to take the online directory from an idea to reality ●     Why Laura was willing to make the intentional commitment of time, effort, and money (lots of money!) to make the directory a thoroughly usable resource that helps people feel safe, hopeful, and reassured ●     How Laura conveys the important message through the directory that trauma doesn’t define a person and that there is hope to improve and make a better life ●     Why Laura had to allow herself to receive help and support in the development process ●     How creating the directory has been similar to giving birth to a child and watching it grow and develop into what it was meant to be Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues. I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme) RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):🎙️ Using... Support this podcast
Sep 9 2021
33 mins
286: When Chronic Health Concerns Are Dismissed
Welcome to a new season of STC! Today’s conversation is different from the typical STC session, as it was inspired by a thread created in the STC community about healthcare providers dismissing legitimate medical concerns. This situation is one that you might encounter personally or with your clients, so I hope you’ll find our conversation helpful and informative. Join us! Our Featured Guest Danielle Hughes, MA, LPC Danielle Hughes is in private practice in Loveland, CO. Danielle shared her perspective in the STC community as someone with a chronic illness who struggled for 12 years to get a proper diagnosis. She interacted with several healthcare providers who didn’t believe that her physical issues could be attributed to anything other than stress and trauma. It’s been quite a journey for Danielle, who was just recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that truly affects her energy levels on a daily basis. In today’s session, Danielle shares her story and the challenges she has overcome with the fortitude to keep going when doctors attributed her problems to psychological issues. We also dive deep into practical questions you can ask in sessions with clients who have chronic illnesses and related psychological concerns. Find Danielle Hughes on Facebook and Instagram, @daniellehughesLPC You’ll Learn: ●     About Danielle’s health journey that began with joint pain and fatigue in college ●     How she was dismissed by the medical community as her physical concerns were attributed to stress for 12 years ●     How Danielle found the fortitude to keep pushing forward with multiple doctors and specialists to get a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease ●     About the route Danielle took with her PCP, the VA system, and multiple specialists ●     Danielle’s advice for clinicians dealing with clients with physical issues in addition to psychological concerns ●     Why it’s important to believe the client and not relate everything to trauma or anxiety ●     How clinicians can be most helpful by asking questions and being supportive to understand the whole of the client’s life ●     Why we should respond with compassion and curiosity when we are tempted to assume there’s nothing wrong with someone who appears “fine” ●     About a typical day/week for Danielle, a clinician in private practice with a chronic autoimmune disease ●     How Danielle deals with days when she struggles to function as a clinician Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues. I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives. Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme) RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I... Support this podcast
Sep 2 2021
26 mins
ENCORE: 5 Tips To Authentically Get On Podcasts: Melvin Varghese, PhD
As STC has grown, I’ve been wanting to address this topic of getting on other podcasts as a guest. In a typical week, I receive several requests from people wanting to be a guest on STC.  There are several reasons why I cannot accept every one of those requests, and there are things to consider in remaining authentic while seeking podcast appearances. In this solo episode, we discuss some tips to follow if you want to increase your exposure by appearing on podcasts. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business) WHO'S THIS GUY?  Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA. In 2014, I began to think about how to use Support this podcast
Aug 26 2021
24 mins
ENCORE: How I create Live Stream Content With 30 Minutes of Prep: Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.
This is the follow-up to last week’s podcast about creating a professional livestream. We’ve already covered the gear you’ll need, so today’s show focuses on creating the content for your livestream. Join me for Part 2! If you listened to Episode 258, you might be saying, “OK, Melvin, I have the gear, so what else do I need to do to prep for my livestream?” I’m glad you asked! After only doing livestreams for a few months, I’ve already learned a lot (including some very cool timesaving hacks and helpful tools), and I’m eager to share those experiences with you. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business) WHO'S THIS GUY?  Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD),... Support this podcast
Aug 19 2021
27 mins
ENCORE: Expert Insights on How to Generate Revenue Through Podcasting
RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business) WHO'S THIS GUY?  Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA. In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc). This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work. I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P). As rewarding as... Support this podcast
Aug 12 2021
46 mins
ENCORE: Pro Tips To Improve The Quality Of Live Videos
The pandemic and months of quarantine have many of us relying more than ever on video. We use video for meetings, live sessions, live-streaming, and other content, so it’s important to have the best quality possible. Join us to learn more. Michael Rothermel is my videographer who filmed the welcome video for STC back in 2017. We were part of the same faith community while Michael lived in the Philly area, and I can’t believe I haven’t had him on the show until now. He’ll share his top tips to improve the quality of live videos. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business) 💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course)) MY FREE GUIDES: 🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide) 🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course) MY COURSES: 🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers): 💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):  MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE: 🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial): 🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial): 🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar) 🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount) 🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi) MY FAVORITE GEAR: ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! ) 📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear) 🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear) SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST: Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room. The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries. You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. = Or simply click below for ease =). https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE) LET'S BE FRIENDS: 💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues) 🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog) 📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business) WHO'S THIS GUY?  Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator... Support this podcast
Aug 5 2021
43 mins
285: Real Advice To Therapists Launching An Online Course
This is the last episode until September while I take some time off to focus on self-care before the summer ends. Today’s episode is a valuable one if you are thinking about launching an online course sometime soon or in the future. My encouragement to you is to do it! Get started! Join me for this solo episode in which we discuss the basics. You’ll Learn ● The most common reasons to launch an online course: to put your message out there to impact more people in different locations, to feel more fulfilled in your purpose, to diversify income streams, and to spark more creativity ● The highlights of my online course creation story that began in 2015---complete with all the doubts and fears ● How my first online course has surpassed my wildest dreams in passing the $200K mark in revenue ● What it means to me to build a successful online course: ○ I can build a life around my loved ones and self-care instead of fitting my loved ones and self-care around my career. ○ We as a family can contribute time and resources to organizations that make the world a better place. ○ I can create my ideal retirement schedule years before I actually retire. ● Why I want you to write down the completion to this statement: “A successful online course for me would mean . . .” ● Five pieces of advice to help you avoid the mistakes I made: ○ Online course creation is a long road---don’t rush it! ○ Don’t pick an online course platform because it’s cheap or free. ○ The first version of your online course will not be the final version. ○ See your online course as part of a larger value ladder rather than a one-off offering. ○ Build your course in community with others. ● Why you might want to join my newest online course that will launch soon! Resources mentioned: The online course platform that I use: http://www.sellingthecouch.com/cartra (www.sellingthecouch.com/cartra) Today's Sponsor: Online Course School I know that many of us want to launch a successful online course, whether it's to share our message with a larger audience or to diversify our income beyond 1:1 work. Speaking from personal experience, I also know that there are a ton of barriers to getting started: the tech, the mental hurdles, being unsure of whether our course will make money, or even how to market and grow our online course. Online Course School is a live 8-week cohort-based experience where you'll gather with other therapist course creators to create your online course. It includes teaching workshops from Mel and the STC team, weekly assignments, and opportunities to work together to get things done. By the end of our time together, you'll have your lessons and modules outlined, know what tech, software, and platform you need to record your online course, a working sales page, and have a concrete growth plan for your online course. We'll be launching our first cohort in Sept 2021 with six members. If this sounds like something you'd love to be a part of, please check out my free http://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (A to Z Online Course Guide). The guide will help you learn from my mistakes over the past 6+ years of being an online course creator and lessons I've learned from moving the Healthcasters podcasting course from a $297 first sale to over 275 students and passing the $200k revenue mark in 2021. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1... Support this podcast
Jul 29 2021
29 mins
284: Depression and Private Practice Building
Today’s topic is a popular one that affects many people. I’m not ashamed to say that I have struggled with mental health and depression. It’s especially important to know how to balance mental health and the challenges of entrepreneurship. Join us for this incredibly open and honest conversation. Our Featured Guest-Rebekah Shackney, LCSW Rebekah Shackney has struggled with depression, which runs on both sides of her family. She’s here to share her story and how her life and business have been impacted. She will help guide us and share what she has learned in building a successful practice around therapy and DBT groups. If you hear those voices of doubt and fear in your head, join us to hear Rebekah’s helpful insight about the delicate dance of managing mental health and the demands of entrepreneurship. Rebekah Shackney You’ll Learn: ● How Rebekah’s struggle with genetic depression began ● Why one of the worst parts of depression is believing the lies that depression tells you ● How motherhood intensified depression for Rebekah as she experienced postpartum depression as she tried to balance work and parenthood ● How Rebekah started out in private practice but didn’t feel successful or “good enough” ● How she was paralyzed by envy of others and their success ● How she found the energy and determination to make changes and adjustments ● Why Rebekah started a podcast, A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice ● How she changed her money mindset to squelch the voices of doubt and fear ● Techniques that Rebekah has used to confront fear and get through it ● How Rebekah can show up and do what she wants to do in life to serve and help others ● How DBT can help people take ownership, accept their situation, and take steps to make changes ● Rebekah’s #1 piece of advice to clinicians: “Pay for the supervision you need and deserve.” Today's Sponsor: Online Course School I know that many of us want to launch a successful online course, whether it's to share our message with a larger audience or to diversify our income beyond 1:1 work. Speaking from personal experience, I also know that there are a ton of barriers to getting started: the tech, the mental hurdles, being unsure of whether our course will make money, or even how to market and grow our online course. Online Course School is a live 8-week cohort-based experience where you'll gather with other therapist course creators to create your online course. It includes teaching workshops from Mel and the STC team, weekly assignments, and opportunities to work together to get things done. By the end of our time together, you'll have your lessons and modules outlined, know what tech, software, and platform you need to record your online course, a working sales page, and have a concrete growth plan for your online course. We'll be launching our first cohort in Sept 2021 with six members. If this sounds like something you'd love to be a part of, please check out my free http://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (A to Z Online Course Guide). The guide will help you learn from my mistakes over the past 6+ years of being an online course creator and lessons I've learned from moving the Healthcasters podcasting course from a $297 first sale to over 275 students and passing the $200k revenue mark in 2021. RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You): 🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income... Support this podcast
Jul 22 2021
29 mins

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