Hi, this is Dave Kats, for Therapist Consultants and I have a tip for you.
Have you ever thought of how you perceive yourself as a therapist? In other words, how good you feel about yourself as a therapist? How good a job you feel that you do? Well, I ran across an article that said that they're certain factors that determine how you feel about yourself as a therapist. Here they are, they were really six of them.
The first one was self-image. If you have a good self-image, you're going to think that you're a good therapist. If you have a bad self-image, you're going to think you're not so good a therapist. So that stands to reason.
The second one that was the size of your practice. If you have a large practice, if you have a successful practice, if you have a waiting list, naturally you think yourself a better therapist than the people that are struggling to get people to come in, and can't keep people under their care.
The third thing they talked about was having extra education....
Hi, this is Dave Kats for Therapist Consultants, and I have a tip for you.
Have you ever wondered how your patients perceive you? How they see you as far as the value you play in their life? Well, there was an article written about how patients perceive their therapists, and there were seven things that made a difference in how the patients perceive you.
The first one is simply their need. If they have a problem that they desperately need help from, they see you as being much more important. For instance, if they desperately want to keep their marriage together, and you are helping them do that, then they see you as a very important part of their life. The second one was their personality. For instance, if they have a personality disorder of some kind, they may not see you as important as they could. The third one I thought was very interesting, it was your presentation. How you present yourself, how professional you look, how professional you act, the way you dress, and things...
All of us should be setting goals each month for the whole year.
In fact we encourage every client to set new patient goals, patient visit goals and collection goals by month for the whole year.
How do you set goals so they are logical? There are four or five things you have to consider. You can’t just pull a number out of the hat and say, “This is how many new patients I’m going to get” or “This is how many patient visits I’m going to see”. You have to have some reasoning behind it so that you can believe it and reach your goal. There is an old saying that says, “What the mind can conceive and the heart can believe you can achieve”. If you really believe that you’re going to hit your goals you’re going to probably hit them. The reason you’re going to believe that you’re going to hit your goals is, because there’s reasoning behind it.
Here’s the reasoning you have to use. When you set a goal,...
David Kats: Hi this is Dr. David Kats and Dr. Michael Perusich, and we have of video tip for you. If you have staff, if you're working with staff, there's something that you need to do on a daily basis that's really going to make your office function a lot more smoothly. You're the king of this, so you explain it to them.
Michael Perusich: We started this a long time ago in our practice, and we call it the daily huddle. Right before, about 30 minutes before we open the doors, we get together as a group, as a staff, and we go over the schedule for that day. We talk about each and every patient that's on that schedule. We talk about what's going on with them. We talk about how their care is going. We talk about whether or not they're a new patient. What their condition might be.
Staff is able to ask questions about the progress of their care. What that does is it allows us to not only keep our patients present time consciousness, but we remember their names when they walk in the door....
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