Promoting Growth
in Clinicians
& in Practices

David Norton, PhD, LMFT has seen it all. He has worked in not-for-profits, partnerships and as a solo practitioner. Eventually he grew his practice to one with 40 therapists working in 3 locations, providing over 30,000 sessions per year. This website summarizes much of what he has learned as a therapist and mental health practice owner.

Resources for Mental Health Practitioners

4 Ways to Find Content

This website organizes over 75 posts on a wide range of topics. There are 4 different ways to navigate to what you want:

  1. Menu–Across the top of each page. Click on the Logo to return to the Home page
  2. Course Page–This organizes posts as a course. The course outline is also available on the sidebar throughout the site.
  3. Tags—Each post has a couple of Keyword Tags. Access Tags via the Home page or from individual posts.
  4. Links–Related topics are linked in the body and at the end of each post.

And the image to the right? The daily demands that all successful practices routinely handle every day. Click on it to visit the Course Page.

Be sure to post your reactions in the Comments Section at the end of each post. Enjoy.

Course Page

David Norton

Meet David

I began building a mental health private practice in 1983. When I sold the practice at the end of 2018, we had over 40 active clinicians and 10 support staff working in 3 different communities providing 0ver 30,000 hours of therapy per year. And truly what I am most proud of is the collective impact we have had on the communities we serve. I believe that this organization is changing the local world, one hour at a time.

While I did not understand much about building a practice when I started, the results I’ve experienced are so gratifying that I want to share as much as I know with you. My hope is that you might have a similar impact in your community and experience the joy of building a strong and successful organization. Let me know how it goes. More >

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Grow Our Practice is a fantastic resource for both early-career and senior clinicians seeking to build their therapy practice. Dr. David Norton is a master clinician and a seasoned businessman. Like everything he does, this website is well-conceived, elegantly executed and easy to navigate, and full of wise and invaluable content. Two phrases leap to mind: thoroughly generous and endlessly helpful. Dig in, stop recreating the wheel, and get rolling!

Kelly Flanagan, PhD—Cofounder of Artisan Clinical Associates and author of Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life