Those in the private practice of psychotherapy often have trouble balancing therapy and the business components of their work. The Internet is a great tool that providers can use to spread the word about services to potential clients who want to find psychotherapy information. Psychotherapy providers can use online mental health resources for marketing a practice, networking with other professionals and educating potential clients about counseling services.
A provider also can benefit from the online world of psychotherapy information by enrolling in classes and workshops with continuing education credits offered by mental health associations. An online presence can increase visibility of a psychotherapy practice by:
1. Providing a website for a psychotherapy provider that showcases areas of expertise, credentials, fees and scheduling.
2. Allowing a therapist to add information to psychotherapy directories that local clients can search.
3. Offering providers opportunities to keep up with the latest developments in the field.
Create an online presence to help clients find psychotherapy informationDevelop an online home for your practice to showcase your area of psychotherapy and the breadth of your business offerings. Choosing a web design company that works specifically with mental health professionals will insure that your site contains therapy-focused material that will highlight your area of expertise.
Make it easy for potential clients to find you on a psychotherapy listIncrease your client-base by enrolling in a searchable psychotherapy directory or list. Future clients will be able to search as broad as their state of residence or limit results by practice specialty and even the therapist's gender.
Join a psychotherapy association and get continuing education creditsA psychotherapy provider can join a professional association to benefit from the networking and marketing opportunities. Membership often includes discounted classes and conferences and low-cost insurance plans.
- Participate in online discussion boards to offer education and advice, and to market your area of psychotherapy practice to potential clients. Write articles for online consumer-focused mental health sites that will allow you to include your bio and link to your website.