Practicing Psychotherapy in the UK with Noel Bell: Ep. 05

It’s time for another episode of Mastering Counseling! This show, we’re covering what it’s like to practice psychotherapy “across the pond” in the United Kingdom. Joining Megan to share his experience with this is Noel Bell. Noel is an accredited integrative clinical psychotherapist based in London who works with couples and individuals in a private practice setting.

Noel completed his clinical training at the Centre for Counseling and Psychotherapy Education in London and now provides therapy services to both individuals and couples in private practice in London. His particular areas of focus are treating addiction, anxiety, relationship issues, and depression. He also maintains an active presence on several social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

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What It’s Like To Be A Mental Health Counselor, Update Part II

Seven years ago I wrote about what it was like to be a counselor. In this series of posts, I ask myself those questions again and compare the answers.
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Practicing Psychotherapy as a Generalist with Will Meyerhofer: Ep. 04

We’re back with another episode of Mastering Counseling! On this show, Megan was joined by Will Meyerhofer, who runs The People’s Therapist blog. Will is a licensed clinical social worker and JD who currently works in private practice providing individual, couple, and group therapy from his TriBeCa loft in Lower Manhattan.

Will is also an accomplished author, having written several books including Life is a Brief Opportunity for Joy, which is intended as an introduction to the experience of psychotherapy. On this show, Will shared his expertise and thoughts on being a “generalist” therapist. Listen in to hear Will’s insight on a variety of topics around therapy!

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Treating Clients Using Hypnotherapy with Dr. Jeffrey Zeig: Ep. 03

We’ve got another great episode of Mastering Counseling for you! On this show, Megan was joined by Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. Dr. Zeig is also a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona with a speciality in experiential psychotherapy, hypnosis, and brief therapy.

Among many other accomplishments, he has edited or authored more than 20 books on psychotherapy, organizes several different conferences and workshops each year, and speaks at numerous universities and teaching hospitals across the globe. Dr. Zeig shared incredible insight on treating clients with hypnotherapy.

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What It’s Like To Be A Mental Health Counselor: Update, Part I

I first wrote about this 7 years ago (in 2012), so I thought it would be interesting to see if any of my answers have changed. This is the first in a 3-post series.
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Tips for New Counselors with Dr. Barb LoFrisco: Ep. 02

It’s time for another episode of Mastering Counseling! On this show, Megan was joined by Dr. Barb LoFrisco of CounselorBarb and author of’s own blog. Together, they discussed tips and advice for new clinicians (therapists and counselors) in the field. Dr. Barb LoFrisco has written many posts on this very site covering everything from advice on how therapists should approach dressing, receiving gifts from clients, and so much more. She was able to distill much of her best advice during this interview!

Dr. Barb LoFrisco is a licensed mental health counselor and marital and family therapist who owns and operates her own psychotherapy practice in the Carrollwood area of Tampa, Florida.

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How to Start a Private Practice with Jessica Miro, LMFT: Ep. 01

Welcome to the first episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! Our host, Megan Hawksworth, was joined by Jessica Miro, founder of Pinnacle Counseling LLC, a private group psychotherapy practice with locations in downtown Chicago and Edgewater. Jessica had a tremendous amount of insight to share on how to start your own practice, including the challenges (and benefits) that go along with it. 

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester with a thesis focus on close relationships and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University before starting her own private practice downtown Chicago in 2011. Drawing from her experience growing up in a family of business entrepreneurs, Jessica has grown her practice over the years to now include seven full-time therapists at two different locations in Chicago. In addition to owning her own private practice, she is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a member of the group supervising faculty for the MSMFT program at Northwestern University.

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Why Many Private Practices Fail – Part Two

In my last post, I discussed why uncollected balances from clients can cause practices to fail. In this post, I will discuss tips on keeping client balances current.
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Introducing the Mastering Counseling Podcast

The Mastering Counseling Podcast is currently recording episodes for its launch on May 15th, 2018!

Hosted by Megan Hawksworth, a licensed marriage and family therapist, the show features in-depth interviews with therapists and other professionals in the counseling/therapy field. We address the ins and outs of working in counseling practices, treating clients, and more. Episodes even dive into how therapists approach common problems their clients may face, treatment theories, and more.

If you’re a counseling professional interested in hearing from dynamic individuals in the counseling / therapy field, or a prospective counseling student wanting to learn more about real-world applications of counseling theory, this is the show for you!

Why Many Private Practices Fail – Part One

Great clinical skills aren’t enough to create a successful practice. You also need business skills, including consistent enforcement of payment policies. In this post, I will discuss the negative effects of uncollected balances from clients.
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