We’re PASSIONATE about helping you grow your Group Practice — with more CONFIDENCE and EASE!
Joe Bavonese, PhD, Ken Urie, LMHC & Ernest Schmidt, LCSW
“You are all great leaders, motivators and encouragers. I feel like you genuinely care about all of our success.”
“I loved the way you always made yourself available. I never felt like I was inconveniencing you if I had a question, so thank you for being so consistent and kind in your mentoring.” – GPS Participants
If You’re Interested In:
Developing a Proven Track Record of Success
Mastering Insurance-Based & Fee-for-Service Group Practice Models
Expanding to Multiple Practice Locations
Employing Solid, Reliable & Repeatable Business Strategies
Creating a Magnetic Team Culture and Work Environment
Making an Exponentially Positive Impact in your Community
Growing beyond $1 – $2 Million or More in Practice Revenue
We’ve Done It — and So Can YOU!
Our Therapy Group Practice Success Story…
Joe Bavonese, PhD – Uncommon Practices & Relationship Institute
Joe Bavonese, PhD, is the owner of Uncommon Practices, a business that has helped hundreds of therapists build successful practices and CEO of The Relationship Institute, with three locations and 26 therapists. Since 2001, Joe’s approach to private practice marketing has been highlighted in numerous national publications and conferences. Joe has written five articles on the business of private practice for Psychotherapy Networker magazine, including a feature article in the July/August 2007 issue of Psychotherapy Networker. Joe has also given numerous presentations on business and marketing for private practice at professional conferences, including the American Psychological Association; the California Psychological Association; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; the New Hampshire Psychological Association; the Oregon Counseling Association; Psychotherapy Networker (11 times); National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine; the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers; and the Direct Marketing Association.
In 2009, Joe started the first Group Practice training program exclusively designed for psychotherapists and counselors in private practice, and since then has coached over 200 people in Group Practice principles, both individually and in groups. If you have never worked with Joe before, you are missing out! His common sense and practical approach is a breath of fresh air as well as his generosity of his knowledge. He is hands down one of the greatest business coaches of therapists of our time.
Three Locations, Experienced Business Coach
The Relationship Institute Empire!
Ken Urie, MA, LMHC- Mill Creek Family Services
Ken Urie is the founder and Executive Director of Mill Creek Family Services. Ken enjoyed many years as a successful private practitioner with a consistently full caseload. However, he wanted to find a way to serve the people calling for counseling help that he didn’t have room for in his schedule. He was inspired by an article written by Joe Bavonese in the Psychotherapy Networker about moving from a sole-provider practice to a Group Practice. With that inspiration, Ken took action. In 2010, he leased 3 adjacent offices and hired additional therapists to see clients. At the time, Ken thought that this expansion would be the one and only time he would take such a significant leap. However, within the first 2 years, the referrals for his Group Practice soared and, as a result, pushed the limits of it’s capacity.
In mid-2013, Ken stepped back from providing direct services for clients himself in order to fully focus on creating an ideal work-environment for his Group Practice providers and staff. Since then, Ken has expanded his Group Practice to 25 counseling offices in 2 locations in Mill Creek and Everett, Washington. He employs a Dream Team of over 25 Therapists, an Assistant Director, Practice Manager, and 6 Administrative Support staff, all who represent excellence in their work and dedication to the Mill Creek Family Services mission to provide Healing and Hope for their community.
Ken is passionate about optimizing the potentials available with the Group Practice model for fellow Group Practice owners. He is convinced that the “inner-game” of the entrepreneur is the primary driver of our results. For Ken, Group Practice Success is equally about WHAT we build and WHO we become along the way that makes all the difference.
Two Locations, Over 25 Counseling Offices
Magnetic Team Culture Leader!
Ernest Schmidt, LCSW- Palo Alto Therapy
Ernie’s been in the field of mental health for over 15 years and is the founder of Palo Alto Therapy. He started off as an inexperienced and naive social worker pestering the homeless on the streets of Berkeley, California. From the beginning, his dream was to open a private practice to call his own. Along the way, he developed his first passion: Learning & Practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He became obsessed with providing high level and evidence based therapy to as many clients as possible. Through this passion with anxiety sufferers his referrals grew beyond his schedule. His 2nd passion became the business of running a Group Practice for therapists! He was dedicated to learn all he could about business and specifically Group Practice. Palo Alto Therapy was born and it continues to grow to over 25 employees and two locations (Palo Alto & San Jose).
He met Joe Bavonese of Uncommon Practices which created more adrenaline for him to pursue this venture. For the past 10 years Ernie has been developing Palo Alto Therapy to be the most successful fee-for-service Group Practice in Silicon Valley. As the youngest of 9 children, he learned the benefit of observing and learning from others. He used this advantage and has read almost every book written on the business of therapy (He’s proud to say over 99 business books). He thinks, nonstop, about ways to improve the quality of therapy in addition to improvements in all aspects of business.
Ernie values high quality & evidence based therapy, top of the line customer service, exceptional marketing, and continually working on your personal fears to reach higher heights. His passion and enthusiasm to teach these concepts to others is clear and he’s thrilled to be a part of Group Practice Success!
Two Locations, Fee For Service
Exceptional Care & Top of the Line Service!
We’ve built our own successful Group Practices — and we’re passionate about helping YOU do the same. We show you the way — how to avoid the biggest mistakes & MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT.
We’ve studied the ins and outs of Group Practice & know what works — and what doesn’t work! We deliver to you all the wisdom and warnings you need to ACCELERATE YOUR SUCCESS.
We examine the vital aspects of your Group Practice. We help you overcome psychological roadblocks & challenge you with action-steps that can dramatically PROPEL YOU FORWARD.
Running a group therapy practice can be extremely isolating. Join our team of ambitious and supportive business owners to provide the powerful relationships & the CONNECTION YOU NEED.