New Therapist FAQ

Roy Kim

This podcast is for prelicensed and newly licensed mental health professionals who have so many questions about starting their therapy career. As you submit your questions, I will do my best to find the right people to answer them. I want you to have a tailor-made experience through this podcast and through the website. My hope is that every episode and every answer will get you motivated for action and doing what you love!

All Episodes

What should I consider before making the decision to get on insurance panels? Dr. Lynn Raine chats with me to help you make a more informed decision! Find out more about Dr. Raine's services: therapywithlynn.net rainecounselingservices@gmail.com And as mentioned in today's conversation, I think Simple Practice is an EHR tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest MORE of your energy and time into client time, and me-time. Here's $50 off when you use this link!

Jun 1

35 min 15 sec

Being organized can be so tough, but it can be so helpful in our private practice. If you need some inspiration to get more organized, I think you will enjoy listening to this episode! Helen Kim is a registered associate MFT who shares some things that have allowed her to stay organized. She also provides some tips on how she has stayed motivated, which can be hard to do for new therapists and veterans alike! Some things we touch upon: How to use color coding in your calendar How to define and chart financial goals Do I lower my fee in order to get more client hours? Ways to create more headspace for marketing and admin work Helen Kim can be reached by email at helen@sync.org or her therapy site: https://sync.org/counselors/helen-kim-rn-mft-sierra-madre-counselor/   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Mar 2

24 min 28 sec

Today we are going to be talking about social media again! Nearly all your clients are on social media for hours every day. How do you leverage this and give them helpful content, plus get more visibility for your practice? We’re going to talk more about this today with Dr. Marie Fang, she is a licensed psychologist practicing in San Jose, CA. She is the host of Private Practice Skills, a popular youtube channel for therapists in private practice, and she is going to help me answer the frequently asked question: How do I succeed on social media? Dr. Marie will be sharing personally like she always does, and I hope you find great value in this episode. Plus, towards the end of this episode, I’ll be sharing a special offer for anyone who is thinking about creating your own therapy practice website.  Some talking points: Focusing on one social media platform Repurposing content across platforms How did Marie choose YouTube? Let your unique personality show up, and be consistent in sharing your voice. Don't copy others! Develop your brand story    Marie's YouTube channel: Private Practice Skills Marie's new course: How to DIY a Therapist Website that Fills your Practice (with zero ads!) Enter promo code 20OFF for $20 off savings :) Oh and by the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Feb 1

22 min 47 sec

Everyone has had to make sweeping adjustments to account for doing therapy exclusively online. Perhaps no one more than child therapists. Child therapists can no longer use their wondrous magical office space to allow their kid clients to do non directive play therapy.    Vanessa Longnecker has helped me to reimagine what is possible and impossible. She has adjusted not only the way she conducts child therapy, but also her mindset. This is important because it helps stave off the constant disappointment and frustration that the pandemic isn't over yet, and instead allows her to be grateful in other ways.   You can learn more about Vanessa by going to www.soulrestorationproject.org, or by emailing her at vanessa@soulrestorationproject.org   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Dec 2020

28 min 34 sec

The person who submitted this question added the phrase "as a White therapist," and I'd just like to add that I as a Korean-American therapist would ALSO like to know how to become more culturally competent! Helping me answer this question is Dr. Shawan Worsley. I am SO glad she agreed to be on this episode. She teaches cultural sensitivity to clinicians with wisdom and warmth, and I think you will really love listening to her speak on this subject. If you'd like to find out more about Dr. Worsley's services, please go to www.ccrct.org    By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Nov 2020

44 min 1 sec

How do I gain hours for licensure when I have little to no experience? I've only done waitressing! I've only done babysitting! Would a potential employer think I am qualified? Believe it or not, you probably have transferrable skills that you are not aware of. And there is is ALWAYS something else you can do to further make yourself an attractive hire. Dr. Lynn Raine joins me today to share her insights and help answer this frequently asked question. Please share with a colleague or friend! Contact Lynn: therapywithlynn.net rainecounselingservices@gmail.com   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Oct 2020

21 min 46 sec

Today's episode is all about getting into the minds of pastors. Pastors are extremely under-represented as far as therapy clients go. This is troubling considering the amount of stress pastors experience.   Joining me today is Dr. Ben Shin. He is an associate professor at Talbot School of Theology, teaching in both the masters and doctoral programs. He is the teaching pastor at New Life Vision church, and a dear friend.   Some of the questions I ask him: What percentage of pastors do you think are open to receiving therapy? How can we get this percentage to increase? What qualities do you think they seek in a therapist? Hope you enjoy the episode, and please share with a friend!   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Sep 2020

25 min 18 sec

Joining me again is Hatty Lee, the founder of Oak and Stone Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. in Los Angeles. She has a thriving Instagram account with active engagement with her followers. She provides great perspective today for any of you considering starting a professional social media account! Some talking points: Is social media important for therapists? How do potential clients find you? And if they find you, how do they decide to work with you? How do I overcome my fear of being an impostor? Should I be social media friends with my clients? Follow Hatty on Instagram: @hattyjlee Follow the podcast as well: @newtherapistfaq   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Aug 2020

42 min 16 sec

You want to start collecting your hours for licensure. Some friends are telling you they love their private practice site because of the freedom and flexibility. Others are telling you they love their DMH site because they make good money and there's no shortage of clients. Which one is right for you? Migum Gweon joins me to discuss this important question. She serves as director of clinical training for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She will lay out the major pros and cons of both sides in a very clear way! Migum has also provided a handy worksheet that highlights the pros and cons of private practice and DMH internships, which you can find at www.newtherapistfaq.com. We hope this episode is illuminating and liberating for you. If you have more questions, please submit them on the website! More info about Migum: https://www.fuller.edu/faculty/migum-gweon/   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Aug 2020

33 min 52 sec

Joining me again is Dr. Marie Fang! Marie is a licensed psychologist practicing in San Jose, CA and she is the host of Private Practice Skills, a wonderful and helpful youtube channel for therapists in private practice. Today we tackle the question: How do I master confidence? (Hint: Such a thing doesn't exist!)   Private Practice Skills https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQikIOuT7ZqLcyUJOEMq1mQ   Please take a moment to give this podcast a rating and review if that feature is available. Sharing it will also help out a lot! And if you have questions that you want answered, head over to New Therapist FAQ and get those questions submitted, thanks so much! By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jul 2020

19 min 17 sec

What an anxiety filled question! We all want to pass our exam this time around so we don't have to wait a long period of time before re-taking the exam. Plus we really want to get started with the career we love. Helping me answer this question are Jessica Sotelo (LCSW) and Ryan Forsell (LMFT).  They recently passed their exams and graciously offered their time to talk about the experience. They will talk about which prep program they used, what their exam day was like, and many practical tips.  By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jul 2020

26 min 39 sec

There will often be times when our client experiences deep grief. And we as therapists help them get through it. But what if we the therapist are also experiencing our own season of personal grief?    Today’s question is: How do I hold my client’s grief when I’m experiencing my own grief?   Helping me answer today’s question is Lynn Raine, Ph.D., LCSW. Lynn is a professor at Azusa Pacific University's undergraduate social work department. She has worked in domestic violence treatment and prevention with victims and perpetrators; has been a school-based therapist provided counseling to children in elementary, middle, and high schools; and has worked in the areas of teen pregnancy and sexual assault, and with teenage sexual offenders. She also has experience in policy work, providing legislative advocacy and creating and implementing workplace policies in the area of domestic violence prevention. Raine has coordinated different programs, and has experience providing clinical supervision. Her research interests include social work education and clinical issues with diverse populations. She also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in adolescents and women’s mental health including perinatal/postpartum depression, grief/loss, family of origin and identity work, and trauma.   Contact Lynn at rainecounselingservices@gmail.com, and visit her website therapywithlynn.net By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jul 2020

21 min 36 sec

Some of your clients will need medication in order for you to really help them achieve their therapy goals. Do you have a list of local psychiatrists whom you trust? Do they treat their patients with care? One of the best ways you can serve your client is by having trusted psychiatrists to refer them to. But how do you build such a list of referrals?   Helping me answer this question is Dr. Esther Park from Oak Health Center with different locations in Southern California. Some of the subtopics we cover: What to say when leaving a message for a psychiatrist Things to avoid when speaking with a psychiatrist The advantages of newer psychiatrists How to get on a psychiatrist's short list of referrals By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jun 2020

22 min 49 sec

We have a 2 part question for today: What kinds of workshops do churches most desire from a therapist?  How does a therapist start a relationship with a small Korean church? I know this 2nd question is very ethno specific, but our guest answers it in such a way that applies to most any situation.   This is a crucial time in our history to be partnering with churches. Many churches want to know how to talk about black lives matter, how to better cope with injustice and grieving and reconciliation, about how to lean into shame and regret as we consider our contributions to systemic racism. Now is an opportune time to partner with churches and contribute our expertise, especially in reflection and communication.   Helping me answer today’s question is Dr. Ben Shin. He is an associate professor at Talbot School of Theology, teaching in both the masters and doctoral programs. He is the teaching pastor at New Life Vision church, and more personally, he is a mentor and friend to me and thousands of others.  By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jun 2020

26 min 57 sec

Many of you will be, or are already working with, couples or individuals who are getting divorced. The more you get to know trustworthy lawyers in your area, the better you can serve your client.   So how do we actually get to know them?   Rather than guessing, I felt it would be most helpful to actually ask a family lawyer. Helping me answer today’s question is Cheryl Kang Prout, the managing partner at Cordial Family Lawyers in Orange County, CA.    Hope you get your questions answered and you find great value in this episode. To help you make more use of today’s episode I've included a simple PDF that graphs the differentiating factors mentioned in today’s discussion, and you can find that on the new therapist faq website.   Please take a moment to give this podcast a rating and review. That will help this podcast get seen by more therapists who want these same questions answered. And if you have some questions that you want answered, head over to newtherapistfaq.com and get those questions submitted!   Resources mentioned on today's show: https://www.cordiallaw.com info@cordiallaw.com 949-705-4391 www.avvo.com https://www.secondsaturday.com https://www.divorcecare.org By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jun 2020

31 min 44 sec

What an important question! There are definitely pros and cons to both. We’re going to answer today's question with the point of view of someone who has just gotten licensed, or is almost there. And for all of you in the process of trying to gain hours for licensure, we’ll have a separate episode addressing earning your hours so stay tuned for that. Helping me answer today’s question is Hatty Lee, a licensed mft practicing near Los Angeles CA. She is the founder of Oak and Stone Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc and she’s a gifted writer, and she uses this gift so well on her instagram account (@hattyjlee). To help you make more use of today’s episode i’ve included a simple pdf that summarizes the pros and cons mentioned in today’s discussion, just so you have a visual aid, and hopefully that will help you make a more informed decision. Find the pdf on www.newtherapistfaq.com and go to the Episodes tab (Episode 4). By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

Jun 2020

27 min 46 sec

The pandemic has necessitated a new way of offering mental health services via telehealth. Whether we like it or not, telehealth is here to stay. So how do we start a practice that is (for now) done entirely through telehealth? Migum Gweon joins me to discuss this important question. Migum serves as director of clinical training for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. (https://www.fuller.edu/faculty/migum-gweon) To further help you, here is a simple checklist you can use to accompany the episode: https://www.newtherapistfaq.com/starting-a-telehealth-practice-checklist/ By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

May 2020

26 min 8 sec

My guest is Dr. Marie Fang, a licensed psychologist practicing in San Jose, CA. She is the host of Private Practice Skills, a wildly popular youtube channel, and she is going to help me answer the frequently asked question: What is the first step in starting a private practice?  As an added bonus, Dr. Marie has shared a worksheet to accompany some of the main points of our discussion today. This worksheet will help you center and focus on first things first. Head shrinking for head shrinks :) Click here for the free worksheet! Here also is the URL: https://mailchi.mp/newlegacycounseling/marie-fang-brand-story-worksheet   By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

May 2020

23 min 48 sec

In this first episode of New Therapist FAQ, I interview 3 Associate Marriage & Family Therapists practicing in California: Moet Monroe, Naomi Choi and Jed Meyers. I invite them to share what questions they have as they embark on their mental health career. My hope is that some of their answers will validate your own questions and emotions, while others will spark some reactions such as "Hey that's a good question!" By the way, have you tried Simple Practice yet? Simple Practice is an Electronic Health Record tool that will help SIMPLIFY your practice so that you can invest more of your energy and time into client time, and ME-time! Here's $50 off when you click this link

May 2020

43 min 9 sec