Meet Julia Smith

Having worked in the counselling industry, I knew I would be the happiest being my own boss.
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Established in 2016.


My name is Julia and I started a part-time private practice in Halifax in 2016. I started a private practice because I wanted to be able to counsel clients with therapy approaches that I was passionate about. I also wanted to set my own hours, to be able to support myself financially, and to have a choice on who I counselled. Self-care is important to me. I wanted to provide quality counselling and not work 40 hours plus per week, seeing a lot of clients and getting burnt out!

It was difficult to start a private practice on my own. There were soooooo many things to consider! I read article after article, joined Facebook groups, and listened to a lot of podcasts! It was time-consuming, energy depriving, and lonely. I became a big ball of stress, not knowing if I was making the right decisions for my unique private practice.

I realized that I needed help and support.

So I ended up hiring a consultant to help me start my private practice. And within a couple months, I was feeling confident and relaxed about my business. Since then my part-time private practice has grown and is doing well!

I now help other Canadian therapists who need support and guidance as they start their own private practice. With my experience, I will lead you through the process, support you through the stress, and give you expert Canadian advice on how to build a private practice.

Starting a private practice is overwhelming but very rewarding 🙂

Julia’s Journey Podcast Episodes

Building a Canadian Online Group Private Practice - Year Five | EP 06

As I started to get busier in my Canadian private practice, I had to make a decision of how many clients I wanted to see each week. I needed to find my sweet spot. I figured that if I got to see 8 to 9 clients a week, that would be my capacity to do amazing work with those clients. If I started to see more than that, I would start to feel drained and not do my best work. I now knew that I was getting to a point where I needed to grow my solo private practice, to a group private practice.

Transitioning My Canadian Private Practice From In-Person To Online Counselling - Year Four | EP 05

I was getting really busy in my private practice, this was exciting, but I was starting to burn out. I had some tough decisions to make so that I could free up some time and energy. However, nothing could have prepared me for a global pandemic and having to transition my Canadian private practice from in-person to online counselling.

How I Grew My Canadian Private Practice - Year Three | EP 04

By the end of 2018 things were going pretty well. I was working in my private practice 2 days a week and I was teaching at Dalhousie. I was making money and all the hard work I had done in setting up the foundational phase of my Canadian private practice was paying off.

Dealing With Unexpected Changes in My Canadian Private Practice - Year Two | EP 03

I was in my second year of running my Canadian private practice and things were going really well. I wasn’t stressed about finances and I was able to gain some really valuable experience with my job at Dalhousie University whilst being able to pay the bills...

How I Set Up My Canadian Private Practice - Year One | EP 02

I decided to move across the country to start a Canadian private practice in Halifax, NS with only 1 year of professional counselling experience under my belt, but I was pretty determined and really excited!

Why I Started a Canadian Private Practice | EP 01

Welcome to Fearless Practice Podcast! This podcast has been a year in the making and I am so excited to finally talk to you about how to start and grow a Canadian Private Practice, and sometime in the future, how to make it into a group private practice.