Community, Connection, Creativity, & Collaboration

You’re a mental health professional that started a private practice to help others and for the freedom entrepreneurship offered.  But for a field that values relationships, you feel alone no matter how many online therapist groups you join or networking events you attend.  

I get it.  I’ve seen and experienced the disjointed mental health community in Miami-Dade County.

South Florida is saturated with psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.  It can be isolating and very competitive, and it’s easy to get caught up in all that.  

Forget competition.  Collaboration is the key to success.  

I’ve seen what collaboration can do to build a practice.  My own success came when I stepped away from the competing and stepped into collaborating with other therapists and counselors.

I’m on a mission to support other private practice owners to do the same.

I truly believe that it’s possible for all of us to have successful private practices while feeling connected and without viciously competing with each other.  I hope you’ll join me in making the mental health community of Miami more connected, authentic, and encouraging.  

Here are some options if you’re looking for support:

Miami Shrinks – Mental Wellness Community

private practice support therapists miamiMiami Shrinks Mental Wellness Community (MSMWC) is a free private online community operated by Erika Martinez, Psy.D. for psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers that are currently in or aspire to be in private practice.  It’s a supportive gathering place to connect as professional peers, get to know each other, ward off the isolation of private practice, discuss useful resources, develop business ownership skills, and share the successes and challenges of business ownership.  The ultimate goal is to be a hub for mental health information and create a sense of genuine community among the mental health professionals serving Miami, FL, and the surrounding suburbs.  Networking and referrals, while not the main purposes, will naturally occur as everyone comes to understand each other’s niches/specialties.

Hurry! The community will launch in early June 2017.  Sign up below to be part of the founding cohort!

Are you a colleague that wants to connect?  Use the form below to find a convenient day and time to meet.


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