Private Practice Building and Ethics for Mental Health Professionals

Presented and developed by Cynthia Hedlund, MA, LMHC

Creating and maintaining a successful private practice is a bold and labor intensive endeavor.  When thriving, it provides a vital community service as well as a satisfying livelihood for the practitioner.  The therapist can experience professional autonomy and enjoy the freedom and thrill of carving out one's own path and developing independence in a turbulent economy.

However, the journey is not without peril.  Many professionals find themselves stalled or stuttering; not able to sustain themselves financially or emotionally, isolated and overwhelmed.  There exists the complexity of wearing many hats; knowledgeable and compassionate healer, ethics expert, savvy business person, office and billing manager, medical record keeper, and contracted insurance provider.  Confusion and isolation in these roles can compromise therapy and reduce client retention and word of mouth referral.

This course will address the multiple issues/competencies involved in starting and maintaining a thriving mental health private practice:

  • Professional Identity/Multiple Roles
  • Licenses/Records/Office Management
  • Necessity of Professional Support
  • Marketing/Referrals/Specialization
  • Ethics/Therapeutic Frame/Complicated Cases
  • A Vision for your Success/Business Planning
With a comprehensive overview of private practice, you will be guided to work creatively and interactively with the class to explore your own relevant questions regarding the business of clinical practice.  You will have the opportunity to target individualized areas of professional growth, your business goals, and most importantly, to explore the complexity of your role(s) as therapist in respect to ethics and client best practices.  You will be equipped to better understand and apply this knowledge as you take your next business steps and develop or deepen a vision for your success.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

3 CEs

This practice building class does not meet the CE requirement, however there will be a lot of ethics brought up in this class so we are able to offer 3 ethics CEs.

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

Cynthia Hedlund, MA, LMHC

Cynthia is a graduate of Seattle University and a licensed mental health counselor.  She has maintained a thriving private practice for over 20 years.  She began her career in community mental health at Seattle Mental Health Institute and later at Far West Family Services.  She advanced in her field to lead case consultation groups designed to focus on client welfare, ethics and therapist professional development.  Cynthia is an approved Washington State supervisor who has worked with associates seeking licensure.

As a founder of Wallingford Counseling and Consultation in Seattle, Cynthia specializes in treating anxiety and depressive disorders in adults and older teens.  Her approach is psychodynamic, developmental, humanistic and spiritually oriented.  She also provides relationship counseling with intensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.  Along with her dedication to her clients, Cynthia enjoys contributing to the lively exchange of ideas within the therapist community for the purpose of advancing collective professional excellence.

You can visit her website at:


Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015
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