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About Jen

I have been a mental health therapist for over 15 years.  Throughout my career, I have worked in outpatient settings, served as the clinical director for an inpatient adolescent treatment program and launched three successful businesses. My first business was Northern Star Counseling, LLC established in  2010. The practice specializes in improving the mental wellbeing of adults, youth and families in Cheyenne, WY. In the beginning, Northern Star Counseling was a solo practice with me as the only clinician. Today Northern Star Counseling is a thriving practice with eight clinicians of varying specialties. We serve individuals, families, couples and children. Our clinicians have community involvement with HeadStart programs, Suicide Prevention agencies, Fortune 500 corporate services and the University of Wyoming Family Practice for collaborative care.

The second business venture was a partnership with local psychologist, Mary Ellen Sternitzke. In 2014, I joined Equality Connections in Cheyenne, WY. Equality Connections offers business platform services to mental health clinicians wanting to begin their own practices or those already in practice that need some additional support. Areas of consultation include marketing, advertising, conflict resolution, bookkeeping and brand development. Equality Connections offers clinicians consultation services centered around developing their practice. Equality Connections also offers direct services such as billing, Medicaid enrollments, private insurance credentialing, and client invoicing.

The most recent business is Career Innovations launched in 2016. This is a partnership with Darlena Potter, an experienced state, federal and public sector administrator. Career Innovations focuses on assisting youth ages 14-21 with life and job skills development. Common services include budgeting, cooking, social skills, confidence enhancing activities, study skills, time management as well as emotional regulation. Services are offered in individual and group settings. Our clinician provide Career Innovations services in the community to build hands on experience to the youth.


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Keys to Starting your Private Practice

If you have ever dreamed of starting your own successful mental health practice, you are not alone. Many clinicians have taken the leap and started seeing private clients with varying degrees of success.  This begs the question:

How can I succeed in a new private practice?
Equality Connections in Cheyenne, Wyoming helps clinicians of many experience levels realize this dream and we have found some key areas that clinicians need to consider when they start a new practice.
Survive the cash flow challengeAccountants, lawyers and financial advisors, Oh My!Business licensesState rules and regulationsObtaining certification Choosing office spaceBusiness insurance Getting your name into the communityLetting people know you are taking new referralsScheduling clientsBilling considerationsOngoing advertising for small practicesState tax paymentsFederal tax paymentRetaining clients Over the next several blog entries, I will be giving you valuable information about the above categories as you star…

Surviving the cash flow challenge

As you begin setting up your private practice, it is important to remain realistic about the time it takes to become fully operational. Typically new practitioners will need  6 months to 2 years to establish their own practice. The difference in set up time will vary with how many referral sources you acquire and how much marketing is completed.  Here are three basic rules to help you get started.

Rule #1: Don't quit your day job
Start seeing private clients after hours from your current job. If there is a non-compete contract in place at your agency, try to negotiate different terms possibly by seeing clientele that varies in diagnosis from clients served in your current agency. You may need to consult an attorney if you cannot negotiate new terms to the non-compete agreement. Many states will only enforce trademark or proprietary information sharing and not actual work restrictions. Meeting with a few clients a week in the beginning will allow you to sample private practice and …

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Continuing education credits are required to maintain your mental health license (LCSW, LPC, and LMFT). Consider using your mandated CEUs to specialize in the populations you want to serve. This approach will speed you along your path of specialization and allows you to complete your renewal requirements. In Wyoming, clinicians currently need 45 continuing education hours for every two years this typically renews on their birthday. There are many ways to earn the credits you need without breaking the bank.

Local trainings offered by companies such as PESIOnline training many offer unlimited CEUs for a fixed priceWebinarsNational conferences Travel to trainings offered in other cities (tax deduction for private practices)