How to Start an Online Therapy Practice

  • Look into your state’s laws for online counseling businesses — they’re all different! You can usually find these from the Health and Human Services board.

  • If necessary, get the proper certification to do online counseling.

  • Choose a telehealth or video conferencing platform that’s HIPPA-compliant.

  • Hire a virtual assistant to help with things like paperwork, scheduling, payments, insurance, etc.

  • Decide if you’re going to accept insurance or private-pay.

  • Create a website for your practice if you don’t already have one.

  • Utilize social media to get the word out about your business.

  • Start an email campaign to share information about your services.

  • Find a resource to access worksheets and tools for your clients, like Therapist Aid.

  • Create an Informed Consent policy for your practice that covers things like privacy, cancellation policy, your rates, etc.

  • Invest in advertising through social media and/or Google ads.

  • Connect with other therapists who can refer clients to you.

This checklist was created by chargestripe

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