Community, Connection, Creativity, Consultation, & 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:

Case Consultation for Licensed Mental Professionals

You took a case that seemed like a good fit, and now you’re out of your depth.  You need support to get yourself and your client back on track.  Case consultation can help licensed clinicians in private practice address difficult cases, understanding the results of psychological and neuropsychological testing, and process transference/countertransference.  It’s also a great way for newly licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists to get on-going support.  Click here to schedule a Colleague Connect call to learn more about Case Consultation with me.

Therapy for Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, and other Mental Health Professionals in Miami

As a therapist, there’s an expectation that you should have healthy mental health.  But the reality is, you’re human, too, and subject to the same pain and vulnerabilities as your clients.  You might feel frustrated that you can’t seem to put into practice the tools you help other people with everyday.  Or maybe you feel ashamed, like a fraud or a hypocrite, that you’re helping them while you secretly struggle with a similar concern. 

I understand the delicate tightrope that you walk on when you help others in struggle and are in struggle yourself.   I provide a safe and supportive space where you can process your pain, explore the clinical intricacies that emerge in these circumstances, and recalibrate yourself as a therapeutic instrument without sacrificing quality care for your clients or yourself.  Click here to schedule a free 20-minute consultation.

Miami Shrinks – Mental Wellness Community

private practice support therapists miamiMiami Shrinks Mental Wellness Community (MSMWC) is a free private Facebook 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.

The community has launched and it’s in its early stages.  Join us and be a part of creating a cohesive and mutually supportive community of mental health professionals in Miami-Dade County.  Here’s how to join:

1. Read the group description and rules in the description box to the left. The rules are strictly enforced to maintain the integrity of this community as it grows.

2. If that sounds good to you, then click the green button to send a request to join the group.

3. Complete this short form. Please not that you will not be added to the group until you fill out the form.

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