With Thanksgiving coming around the corner, we are reminded of being grateful. Although, I hope you are expressing gratitude all throughout the year.

This post is just getting started and I already want to express my gratitude for the amazing therapist community that I’m part of here in Asheville, North Carolina.

I believe that we have Allison Puryear of Abundance Practice Building to thank for that! She has set a great example for therapists. With Asheville being the birthplace of Abundance, it’s no wonder that this city is the crème de la crème for therapist collaboration and community.

I love welcoming new therapists to the area, and I find that they are pleasantly surprised by the supportive community of helping professionals that they now find themselves in.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

Ever since I read the book The Secret in my 20’s it has had a big impact on my outlook in life. This book taught me many things including the law of attraction and having an abundance mindset.

It may have also been how I came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as competition. Sure there’s competition in some ways, like in sports where there is a winner and a loser. But, I’m talking about in our business of therapy.

There are not many things that I have a strong opinion on, but the fact that we should remove the word “competition” from our private practice vocabulary is one of them. In my experience, I have seen nothing but good come from collaborating with other therapists, even those who do the exact same thing as you (gasp!).

For evidence of this, check out my collaboration with two other couples therapists to create some awesome workshops for couples!

I even created a small directory on my website and feature other couples therapists there!

I know that last one may be quite a shocker. I’m featuring other couples therapists who do the same thing that I do on my very own website. And I came up with the idea when my own practice wasn’t even full. That’s how much I believe in the abundance mindset!

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Napoleon Hill

Newcomers to the area have shared with me that they have felt more of a competitive vibe in their previous towns. Their colleagues would frequently turn them down for networking requests, or would not even respond at all. They felt very isolated in their practice, which isn’t good for the therapist or their clients.

If you don’t have the opportunity to move to the abundance mecca that is Asheville, like so many of my newfound friends and colleagues, then you can do the next best thing: set the example of abundance in your own community.

If there’s no current therapist community in your area, here are a few ideas to help spark collaboration:

-start a consultation group in your area and host it at your office

-create a facebook group and invite local therapists to join

-organize a monthly meetup for therapists to get together for coffee or drinks

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

Amy Poehler

I’m a firm believer in that you attract what you put out into the world. If you believe that there are a limited number of clients and you have to compete for them, then that will be your experience. If you believe that there are plenty of clients to go around, then that will be your experience.

I think I have built my practice on gratitude and an unshakable knowing that it would work out.

I am grateful when the phone is not ringing because it allows me to get more work done on my business (when I could be thinking about how my business is going to fail).

I am grateful for every session because it gets me one step closer to my goals (when I could be thinking that I don’t have enough sessions scheduled).

I am grateful that I was approved for a credit card so that I can afford to move into my very own office space (when I could be focused on the debt that I just incurred).

My gratitude practice is not what you would call an “evidence-based practice.” I can’t prove to you how it has helped my business – but I know it has. I can’t explain it. However, this practice of gratitude is risk-free.

You’re not going to lose anything by having an abundance mindset and a gratitude practice – but you sure have a lot to gain.

I Want You To Be Successful In Private Practice!

Starting a private practice is a big deal. It's super-exciting and super-scary all at the same time. I created Mountain Practice Journeys to support you through the difficult and muddy terrain, and to celebrate with you when you have reached each summit of the many mountains you will conquer on your journey.

Happy Climbing, Cindy