Episode 58. How to Take a Real Vacation and Still Have Successful Private Practice

Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.
- Anne Lamott

What do you call a “real vacation”? And when was the last time you had one?

If it’s really a long weekend, then you and I need to talk.

If you can’t remember the last time you took a full week off, or more, then you and I need to talk. :)

The ugly truth is that way too many healers in private practice feel like they just can’t be away from their clients more than a few days at time. And I get that!

Yet I’ve managed to be away for as much as FIVE weeks at a time, without hurting my practice - at all.

Taking time off is essential for our mental and physical health, right? So let’s figure out how to make that happen.

In this episode, I'll walk you through several of the key steps you’ll need in order to prepare financially, clinically, and strategically for your oh-so-well-deserved break.
PLUS, I'll share some tips on setting boundaries with clients, providing emergency coverage, and managing the financial aspects of taking time off.

I’ll also share a quick journal exercise at the end to will help you start planning your own getaway.

Remember, your business is there to support your life, not the other way around.

It's time to make self-care and time away from work a TRUE priority -  for the success of your practice, and your own well-being.

You know I’m right. :) 

P.S. If you enjoyed this episode, please take a minute to share your 5 star review and a few words over on Apple Podcasts or even Spotify. If you’ve been meaning to do that, but keep putting it off, how about heading over there now? Then send me a screen shot so we can celebrate together! :)


  1. What would I have to put in place in order for my clients to do without me for two full weeks (or more?) by this time next year? Make a list.
  2. What’s the very first action step I can take on that list to begin making it a reality now?



As a coach of mine used to say, running a business is a full contact sport.

 There are SO many different parts of it to keep up with, manage, think about, and create - at every step of the way. How do you know what to work on first or where to focus your energy? How do you tell where your weaknesses are and where you're solid?

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Wendy Pitts Reeves, LCSW
Host, Ideal Practice
Private Practice Coach and Mentor

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