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August 17, 2015 by

Try Fee Finder

Months ago I enlisted the help of a design team at TeamPixl.com. At first the project was to create an easy…

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July 11, 2015 by

Another Satisfied Customer

Hi Bill, I’m so happy I got the book. It is a great starting point for me in setting up…

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April 30, 2015 by

Psychiatric Entrepreneurship – The Service

Lately I’ve been listening to audio books during my morning workouts and walks to and from work. The current one is…

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How to Build Cash-Based Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Practices

Asa Cordle graciously allowed me to publish this email message. This was his response to my email to him thanking him…

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Marketing Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Practices

I have heard other clinicians claim that they have “full” practices. That has never been my experience in 30 years of…

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March 18, 2013 by


As I wrote in my eBook, I had happily practiced psychiatry for 20 years, never entertaining doing anything but seeing patients…

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March 5, 2013 by

Service Design

Taking time away from my busy clinical practice and other life routines allows me time and mental space for thinking and…

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February 15, 2013 by

Productivity in Your Practice

Long ago I believed everything I read. Really. Sort of. Now I do my best to fold a dose of skepticism…

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February 7, 2013 by

The Tao of Growing Your Practice

Verse 63. Tao te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation Act without doing; work without effort. Think of the small as large and…

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February 4, 2013 by

Your Limbic System Tells You to Play it Safe

We are ruled by subtle, unconscious currents. Does the thought of running your own business right out of residency terrify you?…

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Why Should Psychotherapists Blog? 4 Good Reasons

The Small Business Advocacy Council here in Chicago is a treasure trove. Laura Lee and I recently joined under our Clear…

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Inspiring Early Career Psychiatrists

Dear Dr.  Lynch, I was online late last night researching marketing strategies for a private cash-based practice and stumbled upon your…

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November 28, 2012 by

Patient Education is Good for Business

This morning my 9am patient called requesting that we have a phone session. She had gone to her brother's home to…

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November 23, 2012 by

Holiday Weekend Psychiatry

For one thing I just learned – again – the importance of backing up my work. Part of my office work…

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Dori Peace, LLC Guest Blogger

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Bill as a client of Clear Life Path Consulting. I ran across his…

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October 29, 2012 by

Marketing Psychiatric Services: ADHD Management

Stephen Stahl’s NEI Psychopharmacology Update Congress always gives me a boost. I recently reviewed my NEI attendance record. This one was…

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October 19, 2012 by

Stahl’s Psychopharmacology Update – San Diego

Day 2 started off with a very informative presentation on ADHD. There were several bits of information in the lecture that…

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October 15, 2012 by

Fall Marketing Campaign for Psychiatry

Several times each year I launch some sort of marketing campaign. As I’ve written, their nature has changed over the years….

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October 12, 2012 by

Comparative Value of Psychotherapy

Yesterday Jesse, a graduate of my alma mater, Texas A&M University, registered on my website to obtain a preview copy of…

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October 10, 2012 by

Marketing Psychiatry

Marketing psychiatry and psychotherapy is hard. We’re not inclined to do it, at least that’s what I keep learning from my…

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Use Credit Cards as Your Practice’s Default Payment Method

I use Securepay.com for processing credit card charges. Adopting the use of credit cards as the default method of payment has…

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September 25, 2012 by

Repurposing Content

Autumn gets my juices flowing. It is one time of the year that I reliably launch new practice promotion campaigns. Maybe…

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Inspiring Practice Development

I recently received a call from Dori, a counselor experienced in working with the college student population, adults, and couples. After…

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August 25, 2012 by

Roam Outside Your Discipline

This morning, after a pleasant run through Grant Park, along Monroe Harbor, then Starbucks, I’m relaxing with household chores and reading…

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August 17, 2012 by

A Great Website Will Grow Your Practice

Our practices live or die based on referrals of new patients. Academic psychiatry fails their trainees by ignoring and even disparaging…

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August 4, 2012 by

Bowling for Psychiatry

When all is lost, go bowling. Our work can be a soul-grinding trial. Taken in small doses the developmentally catalyzing work…

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CLPC Rush Psychiatric Resident Seminar

Earlier this week I had the honor of meeting with a small group of psychiatric residents at Rush Medical School here…

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Practice Promotion Partnership

Mark O’Brien recently started a LinkedIn Group, Practice Promotion Partnership. Within a few days the group had grown to 18…

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June 29, 2012 by

There are Gaping Holes in My Schedule!

For months I had been working long hours. My schedule was full every day. I could have scheduled even more clients…

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Bad News for the Business of Psychiatry

A recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business paints a dire picture of the future of health care financing whether or not…

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June 23, 2012 by

Psychiatrists Are Lousy At Business

It is always a bit of a chore organizing a meeting of busy colleagues, but I thought facilitating a discussion about…

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Brainstorming at My Starbucks

I enjoy getting together with colleagues who are able to and interested in kicking around business ideas. My wife (and business…

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Clear Life Path, Concierge Psychiatry in Chicago

Years ago when managed care first reared its head, I participated for about two minutes. It quickly became clear that doing…

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A Therapist’s Personal Mission Statement

As I jogged through Grant Park this morning listening to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (1989), I was…

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Passivity Prevents Practice Promotion

We psychotherapists, especially us more seasoned ones, are hampered in our efforts to grow our practices by forces other than our…

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Promote Your Cash-Based Therapy Practice, or Fail

A recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business (a newsletter covering the local business climate) paints a dire picture of the future…

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Psychoanalytically Informed Practice Coaching

One service offered through CLP Consulting is practice evaluation and ongoing coaching focused on establishing and growing your psychotherapy or psychiatric…

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Marketing Psychiatry in Little Rock, Arkansas

Laura Lee and I are in Little Rock, Arkansas, visiting friends and family but also promoting our new ventures. She is…

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Entrepreneurship in Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Practices

Lately I’ve been listening to audio books during my morning workouts and walks to and from work. The current one is…

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March 6, 2012 by

Marketing My Practice; An Example

A friend recently read my eBook. Her feedback included wanting to hear more about how I market my practice. She asked…

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March 5, 2012 by

Starting and Growing Concierge Psychotherapy Practices; Feedback

The following is a note I received from a good friend of mine in Dallas, Gary Malone, MD. Gary and I…

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Praise for CLP Consulting’s eBook

Dr. Lynch, I love your book! I learned a great deal about my own business that I am launching. Your line, “Write….

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20 Pearls of Wisdom for Psychiatric Residents

I am honored to present my first guest blogger. I first new James Knoll, IV, MD, years ago in Dallas, Texas….

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Remarkable Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists

This piece was inspired by Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. The central message is that old school marketing methods don’t work any…

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February 24, 2012 by

NEI – My Favorite Psychopharmacology School

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Integrity in Psychotherapy and Psychiatry, Bottom Line Relevance

This weekend I attended a Saturday morning Ethics Program at the Dallas Center for Psychoanalysis, my old professional home. I remain…

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The Goal Structure of Psychotherapy

First of all I apologize for the length of this posting. But it is great stuff! In a recent session with…

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January 27, 2012 by

Fast Failure in Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Businesses

I’m in my office listening to a podcast from The Cambridge Judge Business School. Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn is the speaker/interviewee…

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January 22, 2012 by

Opportunity Cost, Part 2

In a recent posting, “Opportunity Cost, Part 1” I focused on the value of taking time off from work and especially…

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Billing in Psychotherapy Practices, Part 1

Adopting the use of billing software cured a huge headache in my office operations. When I first started in this business,…

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Opportunity Cost, Part 1

According to Wikipedia “Opportunity cost is the cost of any activity measured in terms of the value of the best alternative…

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December 19, 2011 by

Explaining the Antidepressant Effect

In addition to blog postings related to the business of psychotherapy and psychiatric practices I occasionally address clinical matters here. I…

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December 11, 2011 by

Grow a Thriving Psychotherapy Practice

As recently as four years ago I was content with my busy, profitable Concierge Psychiatric practice in Chicago. The story of…

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Challenges in Travel Help You and Your Patients

Last year during our second trip to Chile I was sitting in the Hotel Casa Higueras overlooking Valparaiso’s harbor reading Bill…

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October 5, 2011 by

Modern Psychotherapy

This is an article I read in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. It hit home for me and is a central tenet of…

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September 25, 2011 by

Starting in Your Concierge Psychiatric Practice

My start was pretty standard for the time. Back in 1982 in the world of private practice psychiatry in Dallas, Texas,…

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September 13, 2011 by

Is Your Dogma Hurting Your Patients?

Psychoanalysis was my first love in medical school; really the only one. I briefly considered surgery but couldn’t bear either surgeons…

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I first encountered this concept in the process of building my second website. Keith Morgan, of Buckledown-Interactive.com, taught me all about…

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July 24, 2011 by

A Bit of My Business History

From the perspective of my early life, establishing, running, and growing this successful business is a complete surprise. Mine was definitely…

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June 20, 2011 by

Marketing Psychiatry is Real Hard

Much of the work with my first consulting client has focused on helping her articulate her brand, establish her online presence,…

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March 31, 2011 by

The Business of Psychiatry, The High Cost of Unethical Acts

The following is an excerpt from the ebook that I am currently writing. I am very close to finishing it. Soon…

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March 22, 2011 by

How to Grow Your Psychotherapy Practice, Part 2

In my last article I wrote that in order to evolve your business you must carefully avoid being stuck in unyielding…

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March 16, 2011 by

How to Grow Your Psychotherapy Practice, Part 1

Operating a psychiatric business, or any way of life, solely within the confines of a settled understanding of human development, psychopathology,…

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February 20, 2011 by

Psychiatric Practice Promotion, An Example

The following is the content of a marketing piece I am currently designing along with my design guru, Keith Morgan of…

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February 20, 2011 by

Psychiatry Business Tips for 2011

As a part of my continuing business education I follow the writing of several bloggers. One is Daniel Scocco of www.DailyBlogTips.com….

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November 20, 2010 by

Psychiatric business tips learned from dance lessons

I’ve studied ballroom dance for five years. On our first trip in our budding romance Laura Lee introduced me to The…

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October 6, 2010 by

Old school networking – don’t forget the basics

Be careful not to lose sight of basic networking activities in all the buzz about blogging and building other aspects of…

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September 28, 2010 by

Your new concierge psychiatric practice – an introduction

Be patient with me here. This is really important.  If you don’t get this stuff right all the rest is useless….

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