Even though your school days might be far behind you, does September still have a new year feeling for you?
When August rolls around, there used to be that feeling of the first day of school rapidly approaching, like a train rocketing down a tunnel. Some kids dreaded it, some loved it, but everyone got that same feeling in their gut right around the middle of August.
As a mental health professional, getting back to the more “serious” fall season in September at your practice probably has a bit of the same feeling. The Labour Day weekend still feels like the mark of something new and fresh.
Maybe that’s because most mental health professionals get so much busier in the fall! So the question is, are you ready for it? Is your private practice fully prepared to get down to business after the summer with one of the busiest times of year?
The Fall Rush: Real Numbers
We’re big believers in data here at Owl Practice. It can lead to valuable insights that help us offer the best practice management solutions available in Canada today! One thing that we pay very close attention to is how many sessions the average mental health professional handles throughout the year.
Unsurprisingly, summer tends to be a slow period for sessions. Chalk this up to more sun, relaxation, or vacation, but things certainly change soon after! In July and August, the average mental health professional sees just over 100 clients but come the fall, that number jumps an astonishing 22%.
It isn’t only the number of appointments that goes up either. There’s also the onboarding process with an influx of new clients, navigating lots of new relationships, and juggling an over-packed schedule. This massive surge can be a shock if you and your practice aren’t prepared for it. But with Owl Practice, you will be!
Onboarding is a snap with our online intake and consent forms. They’re paperless, convenient, and secure, plus you’ll be emailed the second a client completes them. Navigating the relationships between clients is made much easier with our Circle of Care system. In it, you can create links between people’s Owl Practice profiles, which will help you manage couples and family sessions with ease. Scheduling issues are also that much simpler when your clients can book and manage their own appointments from your website. These are just a few of the ways that we can help you navigate the fall rush!
Because of the lull period that comes before the fall, many mental health professionals use it for a vacation. And that’s well deserved! But just because you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you don’t have responsibilities. You need to be able to access all aspects of your practice, no matter where you are in the world.
Thankfully, Owl Practice is tablet optimized! This means that your entire practice is available on-the-go at all times! If you need to do anything, from refreshing yourself on a client’s notes to moving some appointments around in your schedule, all you need is an internet connection. You can pull out your tablet and you’ll be all set to do what’s required; no desktop required. Not only that, but you can also access Owl Practice on your phone.
If you’re worried about security, we have that covered too. Your mobile devices only access the information that’s stored on Owl Practice’s secure Canadian servers. Nothing is stored on your device, so there will be no security headaches at the border to worry about. All of your clients’ information is secure in our PHIPA-compliment database, so you can go on summer vacation without having to worry about anyone getting their hands on that valuable data!
Get Your Practice Out There
Come the busy fall, you want to make sure the people who are in need of mental health services will be able to find you. If you want to build your practice up, you’re going to need to get your name out there.
To help people connect to mental health resources, we offer a free listing service for all Canadian therapists: TherapyOwl.ca. All you need to do is create your profile, fill it out with a bio, your specialities, and the clients you serve, and we will do the rest. When someone searches for a therapist in your region, your name will come up. It’s a fantastic way to help your client list grow, especially in the fall!
Take control of those “first day of school” nerves by preparing your practice with Owl. Sign up for a 14-day free trial period or demo with Owl Practice to see exactly how we can help you and your practice this fall. If you have any questions or comments about our services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.