E12: How becoming the sole breadwinner forced Donna to get real about her practice

In this episode, we will be hearing from New York/New Jersey based therapist Donna Corbett. I have heard from so many therapists (100% of them women) who talk about the fact that they treat their private practice more like a hobby than a profession. In this episode, Donna shares the story of losing her husband, thus forcing her to become a single parent to her teenage daughter AND the sole breadwinner. This loss was followed by a pre-cancerous diagnosis that led Donna to have to undergo extensive chemotherapy. Donna had to get real about the fact that her private practice was a business. And get real, she did.

Donna has an important message for ALL clinicians who are not quite taking their practices seriously, whether that’s out of fear, anxiety or guilt. This episode is a must listen.

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In this episode, Donna will share:

  • Why it was imperative that she got off insurance panels;
  • What she WISH she had known back when she started out in private practice;
  • How death and illness has led to deep reflections about her business;
  • How and why she had to implement a schedule that put her needs first.
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More about Dona

Donna Corbett is a psychoanalyst who practices in both New York and New Jersey, specializing in treatment of addiction and codependent couples. After graduating from Social work school in 1989 and analytic training in 1995, she spent the next 15 years trying to extricate herself from a full house time job plus private practice to practice exclusively. Donna has spent most of her adult life figuring out old riddles about money and is pleased to be in a different place. If she wasn’t a therapist, she would love to do comedy in some form. For now, she is a baby boomer wandering among millennials and watching with fascination where they meet, where they don’t , where they should and why they don’t.

Learn more: https://donnacorbetttherapy.com/

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