Hello everyone! Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve made a post. I’ve been working on some business things lately and I’ve been on vacation, so I haven’t really had the opportunity to write. Today I want to talk with you about private practice.
You all know that I officially started my Private Practice back in February, and it has been a really slow process. After I started my practice, I heard all of these people saying that it isn’t for the weak, and it terrified me. Why? Well I am the weak. I’m not the type of person that people would think of when they think “business owner”. I’m an introvert, I’m a pushover, I’m not the most organized, and I’m not good with finances. Being a business owner consists of being extroverted, sticking to your guns, being organized, and having an understanding of finances. So why did I keep going? Because when I started this journey, God put Hebrews 11 on my heart, and this passage keeps me going in those moments when my personality lacks.
Hebrews 11:1 says that “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.” You see, I hoped and prayed for this private practice. When I first started, it was a whirlwind. I quickly picked up a few clients, but then it stopped. I went from people responding to me and being willing to meet with me to having no responses and no meetings. It’s in those moments that this verse really kept me going. I constantly got discouraged and questioned the path that I has been called to, and the minute I did that, God would open a door to reassure me that this was the right path. So then I was struck with conviction because of my lack of faith. Hebrews 11 tells of all of God’s promises to people and how he carried those out because of their faith. So this journey to a private practice has also been a story of the growth of faith.
As my faith has grown, so has my personality. I can make phone calls more easily. I’m not afraid to talk money. I feel more confident with each meeting that I go into. It has been a long road full of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it. When I first started this journey I wanted to work with children, and then that got more specific with me wanting to work with children with Autism. Anyone who went to college with me will probably laugh at this because I did about 80% of all of my practicums with adults, but this was where I felt that God was calling me.
I made connections with nursing homes when I first started because memory care is what started me on this journey, but then I started looking into the Autism facilities in the area. When I did this, I realized that the facilities’ websites didn’t really look inviting. It can be intimidating to reach out to other therapists because there can be a lot of tension with music therapy, because people don’t understand it. I never reached out to these facilities because I didn’t feel like they would be open to music therapy. So a month or two goes by, and I haven’t had luck in making any new connections, but then it happens.
I started working with someone new and they told me to contact a state facility to become a provider to work with children. I sent my paperwork in to Atlanta thinking that I would never be approved because I am completely under-qualified. They wanted people with at least five years of experience and I have only been practicing music therapy for about six months. It was a long shot, but I went through with it anyway. Then I got a call a few days later and found out that I have been approved. This has been such a blessing because this contract could potentially fill my entire schedule, and the best part is that it’s working with children with autism.
God has been so faithful to me in this endeavor, and it has exceeded all of my expectations. I’m excited to see my business grow in the coming months. Private practice is hard. It would have been a lot easier to just apply for a job and move to a different state, but I have learned so much on this journey ,and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Private Practice isn’t for the weak, but when God is on your side you can’t be weak. Hebrews 11: 39-40 “ These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” -Tabatha