My Private Practice Journey

In this episode I am an open book about my personal journey into why I decided to go into private practice after 10 years of working for other agencies.  Even though I had a steady income, I knew I had to follow my dreams!

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The Realization- Here I talk about how I knew (a long time ago) that private practice was the ultimate goal!


The Leap or the Push?-How I knew it was time for me to go into private practice.


The Logistics:

  1. Visit a local Small Business Development Center
  2. Go to
  3. Choose and register your business structure and name
  4. Pay the fees and read the instructions
  5. Find and consult with a great accountant (mine is Adriana Alamo from Dallas, TX
  6. Ask yourself if you want to take insurance.
  7. Find out which insurances are most used in your area
  8. Go to the “Provider Portals” of those insurance companies
  9. Do some market research about self-pay rates
  10. Set a sliding scale (if you want)
  11. Niche yourself.




Reach out to me on Instagram @throughtheeyesofatherapistpod and please review on Apple Podcasts!


Published by ThroughTheEyesOfaTherapist

Mental health clinician, advocate, boxer, drummer, healer. Podcaster, blogger and creative spirit. Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working as a therapist within the border community of El Paso, Texas since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy and trained in EMDR, EFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ITCT-A.

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