In 2011, I began coaching a few clients on a part-time basis, as an adjunct to teaching yoga. By 2014, I had gone back to school to obtain my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and became a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I graduated on December 18, 2015 and on January 4, 2016, I stepped into a full private practice.
For the next 6 months, I was not only inundated with clients to the point that I raised my rates, began a waiting list, and then gave up on said waiting list because by the time folks got in, they’d gone elsewhere, and there were new clients waiting to get in. But I was also being contacted by other therapists from Yorkville University where I’d graduated, and from word of mouth sources, and those who had just stumbled across my website or my articles online. Several times a week, I was asked by fellow therapists how my practice became so successful, so quickly. By the Summer of 2016, I was spending several hours per week talking to other therapists and trying to support them as best I could. The format wasn’t ideal though, and people were wanting more. So, in September 2016, I launched what I called a “3-week Mastermind for Building Your Private Practice”. I led groups of 8 at a time through all of the steps that I did over 3 half hour video conference calls, an open forum question-and-answer Facebook group, and a 1 hour one-on-one session for each person, towards the end of the program. I ran the program in this format, for a year and a half with much success, and lots of positive feedback from those who took the course and then had the knowledge and courage to open their own successful practice. Of course, there are no guarantees in private practice, but something I was doing was working – not only for me, but for others too.
Over time, I noticed some inevitable challenges with the program in that firstly, it was live – so not everyone who wanted to take it was available when it was offered (time zones were definitely an issue!). I also only had space in my life and practice to offer the course once every 3-4 months because it was a big commitment on my part. Eventually, I decided to turn the course into a completely online format that people could purchase and go through at their own convenience – with no live calls or set times where they needed to be online. The online version is now available, with revamped material, and the content reorganized into an even-easier-to-digest 6-week format.
You can read more about the course, and register at https://christinehakkola.com/build-private-practice-mastermind/