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156. Cultivating Clinical Confidence in Private Practice w/ Shannon Heers

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In this episode of the Private Practice Elevation podcast, host Daniel Fava sits down with Shannon Heers to discuss the topic of cultivating clinical confidence in private practice. 


This conversation offers an in-depth look into the struggles that therapists often face, including impostor syndrome and the feeling of isolation when stepping out into the entrepreneurial world of private practice. 


Together, they unpack strategies for growing confidence as a clinician, providing high-quality service to clients, and finding the necessary support systems.


Shannon Heers shares insights from her extensive experience in the realm of clinical supervision, highlighting the common issue of impostor syndrome among private practice therapists and the importance of developing a solid theoretical framework to guide interventions. 


She emphasizes the value of connecting with others to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed or isolated within the practice. 


With practical tips and relatable anecdotes, this episode aims to empower private practice therapists to build their confidence and extend their support networks.


The discussion delves into Shannon Heers' unique approach with Firelight Supervision, and how the resources provided there, such as group and individual consultation, can play a pivotal role in a clinician's professional development and personal growth. 


This episode not only explores the challenges therapists face but also offers actionable solutions to help them thrive in their practices and as business owners.

Key Takeaways:

  • Developing clinical confidence is a continuous journey, and seeking support through supervision and consultation can significantly help.

  • Impostor syndrome is a widespread issue among therapists, particularly when beginning private practice or encountering new challenges.

  • Having a strong theoretical orientation or framework can provide direction and improve confidence when working with clients.

  • Connection and community are crucial; therapists should find their "clinical support" to share struggles and triumphs with, ensuring they don't feel alone in their journey.

  • Firelight Supervision offers a myriad of resources, including a free clinical confidence ebook and various consultation services.

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