Launching My Private Practice

open_sign_1For many of you that know me, and those of you that don’t, launching my own therapy private practice has been something that I have been wanting to do for quite a while. After a lot of years of work in university life, church ministry, pastoral care and non-profit community mental health agencies I felt that the time was ripe for this transition. I’m very excited about this new phase of my life and I know that all of my experience and training comes to its highest fruition in this type of setting. I’m not only excited about the therapy aspect of my work, but I’m excited about introducing more social media and newer technologies into the communication of my practice and the things that I’m working towards in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

You will notice several things on this site:

First, you can connect with me on Twitter and FriendFeed, unless you already have. I will be using Twitter and FriendFeed to not only give you some insight into my personal life, but to provide you with content in the area of marriage, family, relational issues, and generally anything having to do with the area of therapy. And of course you will continue to see my occasional tweets and links about social media and leadership.

Second, you will notice that I have launched a Facebook group dedicated to the field of marriage and family therapy. This will be a site that I hope many will find helpful, both clients and non-clients as I provide resources, as well as avenues for others to connect with me and ask ask therapy, or mental health related questions. Check it out.

Third, I have provided a bookstore with some recommended reading in certain areas of life, as well as a resources page. Both are incomplete so this is where you come in handy.

Fourth, you or anyone else can ask me a therapy/mental health related question, whether you are a client or not. I hope this will be a helpful resource for those in need, or those who are just curious. Participate and help me crowdsource this site, letting me know what you would to see as a potential client in a therapy practice, or what you would want to see as an outside observer looking for resources and information. I appreciate all of your help and encouragement in this endeavor.

5 Comments

  1. by syd on April 20, 2009  11:24 am Reply

    hi rhett...
    for our young marrieds group...i was looking for articles and resources regarding a new trend of finding old 'friends' or flames on facebook and leaving your family for them.....apparently it is happening a lot...but not much has been written about it. i'd love to have more resources to share about warning signs, boundaries on social media...early clues/when to know you and your marriage is vulnerable. people think they just stumble into it...but i want to breakdown the early early choices that led them down that path and figure out if things are not good in your marriage...what an alternative choice would be. it seems like people wait til their marriage is 'in a ditch' before seeking help. i'd like to help change that!

    p.s. i tried to submit a 'question' but when i clicked on the 'comment' section it directed me back to the homepage...fyi

  2. by Rhett Smith on April 20, 2009  12:05 pm Reply

    John,

    Thanks man...appreciate it.

    And Syd:

    Great question, super important topic. I will be writing on that topic a little more and I will see if I can find some resources for you.

    Rhett

  3. by John Dyer on April 20, 2009  2:53 pm Reply

    Congrats man! The site looks great.

  4. by Friedlander on April 21, 2009  12:57 am Reply

    Rhett,
    Great look & concept, I dig!
    We'll have to chat soon about how people are interacting with the content. Kelli's site is in progress, (slow progress with me in school) I keep running up against the balance between usefulness of tools and overcrowded clutter.
    Anyway, i hope all is well TE HAS!
    Best,

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