UNT counseling doctoral candidate published in national magazine

By Mary Murphy

Bryan Stare, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education counseling program, has had an article published in Counseling Today's December issue.

Counseling Today is a publication of the American Counseling Association that reaches more than 56,000 counseling professionals nationwide. The magazine published Stare's article "Business Practices for the Beginning Counselor," which focuses on establishing private counseling practices. This is a concept that Stare said isn't well-explained in classes. 

According to Stare, most practitioners who enter into private counseling practices must learn on an independent basis. There are few how-to books about private practice, and there's little literature on the topic in professional journals, he said.

In order to learn more about how to establish and maintain a private practice, Stare interviewed three graduates from the doctoral counseling program at UNT. These three graduates have been working in private practice for at least 10 years and regularly see clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Stare asked the graduates for their experience-based advice on basic business practices such as marketing, mentorship and income.

"Most counseling programs don't address the needs of the relatively small number of students who want to launch into their own practices," said Jan Holden, chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and one of Stare's former professors. "For those new counseling professionals who do [establish private practices], they encounter unique challenges. Articles like Stare's address that otherwise somewhat neglected yet important niche."

Stare's article, "Business Practices for the Beginning Counselor," can be found in Counseling Today's online and print editions.