Anyone here ever struggled working at a private practice during your first year as a licensed counselor? I work well with the clients but I find it difficult to accept the pay I receive for the amount of work I do and is required. Lately, I realize I haven’t been putting in much effort towards paperwork because of the pay I receive.

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Yes! I did this for two years when I was starting out...I calculated it out...between hours worked for notes, reports, admin...and the clients I'd see...I was making barely 22 dollars an hour! As I worked there they increased my pay...but it came out to about 27 dollars an hour...and that was me seeing 5-6 clients per day, and working way too much. I left and went to a treatment centre where I see far less clients, there's more reports and paper work...but I get paid for those hours, not just client hours...and they started me out at 40 an hour. I work 40 hours, and I see, maximum, 4 clients per day. Another option is just doing your own private practice. It brings such better pay, and not that much extra work. I find working for a private practice is beneficial to get those supervision hours...once that's done, it's not worth it...IMO.

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