Are You Stuck On Your Own Private Practice Island?


Being a therapist in private practice can feel isolating. I’m constantly looking for new ways to widen my circle of support. In 2013 I participated in the two-year NARM training (The Neuro Affective Relational Model); NARM is a psychobiological approach to treating trauma. I’m a member of a monthly NARM consultation group where we present cases and ask questions.

Several months ago, one of my colleagues/friends and I decided o schedule a monthly meeting where we could discuss clinical and business issues. We’ve been friends for over ten years now and are very honest with each other. I enjoy our meetings and sometimes we call/text between meetings.

I schedule individual consultation with other trauma therapists when I need immediate assistance. Being a member of professional organizations like: LACAMFT, WAAT and GPALA helps me to feel connected to our LA community of therapists. Informal consultation is available in our office suite when my colleagues are free for a brief chat between clients.

All this support helps me to deepen my clinical knowledge and reduce the feelings of isolation that sometimes come with being in private practice. Our work is rewarding and challenging, getting the support I need helps me to be a better clinician and a happier person. Are you getting consultation or are you stuck on your own island?