When Should I Hire a VA for My Canadian Private Practice? Live Consultation With Danik Bernier | Ep 54

When Should I Hire a VA for My Canadian Private Practice? Live Consultation With Danik Bernier | Ep 54

Are you at a crossroads in your Canadian private practice? What does your practice need  to help it grow? What do you need help with to do your best work? 

Regardless of the level that you are at within your private practice, or however seasoned you are as a therapist, things like impostor syndrome can trip anyone up. However, it doesn’t have to stay this way. Whether it’s about raising your rates or hiring a virtual assistant, these limiting beliefs can keep you stuck until you rise to meet and overcome them. 

In this podcast episode, I do a live consultation with Danik, who’s at a place in her career where she needs to hire a virtual assistant so that she can take the next step to leveling up her private practice.

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Danik Bernier is a bilingual Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She specializes in perinatal mental health and trauma in her private practice. Her psychotherapy services are available to Ontario residents online and in person.

Learn more about Danik on her website and LinkedIn profile

In This Episode

  • Levelling Up Your Mindset 
  • Overcoming Impostor Syndrome 
  • Hiring a Virtual Assistant 
  • Employees versus Contractors

Levelling Up Your Mindset 

Danik found resources from  Fearless Practice and other online resources that motivated her to start her own Canadian private practice.  

You do not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to figuring out your Canadian private practice. There is a lot of information and there are resources available to you that can help you to launch your private practice! 

‘I was like, “Yeah you know what, there’s a bunch of people that are able to do this. It’s not a ridiculous idea to think that you can work toward something that you find is valuable, that you have an impact [on] the world, is financially sustainable, and you’re able to take care of yourself, and your family … and truly be happy in what you choose [to do].”’ – Danik Bernier 

Empower yourself with knowledge and the understanding that you are not alone in starting your private practice, and that you can bring this dream to fruition. 

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

When you start your Canadian private practice, there will be some new challenges for you to face, both as a new business owner and also as a new person in business! 

‘I thought my biggest [fear] would have been [setting] the fee, but my biggest thing is asking for help and knowing when to hire because I feel like I need to be doing this on my own.’ – Danik Bernier 

Impostor syndrome can also come from limiting beliefs that you may have about yourself, the world, and what “should” be done. 

Take some time to sit with yourself and ask yourself some questions, and reflect on the obstacles before you that seem unsurpassable – are they really? Could they be offering you a chance to resolve and heal an old belief that is keeping you stuck? 

Hiring a Virtual Assistant 

‘You can start very basic and as your income grows you can continue to add on things [for your VA to do].’ – Julia Smith 

  • What do you need help with in your Canadian private practice? Make a list of the things that only you can do and what can be done by someone else. 
  • Set aside some time to chat with your accountant to see what is possible in terms of payment for your virtual assistant.
  • Start small! Give your virtual assistant a few small tasks, train them personally or hire from a virtual assistant company, and let them take on more tasks as you both get used to the new structure. 

‘By hiring a VA, that will implicitly make your private practice seem even more reputable because you have an employee that is answering the phone calls, you aren’t doing that work that you don’t need to do.’ – Julia Smith 

Employees versus Contractors 

‘For me, I’ve [chosen] independent contractors because it’s affordable for me although after training I do pay my employees a living wage because I believe that’s important.’ – Julia Smith 

Choosing whether to hire full-time or part-time employees, or independent contractors, is up to you, what you can afford, and what you need help doing in your private practice. Talk to your accountant to see what they recommend for you business.

If you are in a financial position where you can afford to hire extra help within your practice, do it! Get help for yourself so you can focus on your clients!

Connect With Me

Resources mentioned and useful links:

Ep 53: How to Give Bonuses and Wage Increases to Your Staff 

Learn more about the tools and deals that I love and use for my Canadian private practice

Sign up for my free e-course on How to Start an Online Canadian Private Practice

Jane App (use code FEARLESS for one month free)

Learn more about Danik on her website, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Psychology Today profiles 

Listen to my podcast episode on how to hire a virtual assistant for your Canadian private practice 

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About Julia

Julia Smith, MEd, RCT, CCC is a registered Counselling Therapist who owns a group private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the owner of Fearless Practice Consulting and hosts the Fearless Practice podcast. Through the Fearless Practice podcast, she provides invaluable insights and practical advice on starting and growing a successful Canadian private practice. Julia’s wealth of knowledge also extends beyond the podcast, as she provides personalized one-on-one consulting to therapists who are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed with their solo or group private practices. With Julia’s expertise, therapists can confidently navigate the complexities of owning a private practice and find work life – balance. 

Julia also has written articles for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy association. You can learn more at www.ccpa-accp.ca/blog/.