Are You A Questioner? Here's How to Succeed In Private Practice

When you understand what motivates you, you can set up your therapy practice in ways that help you succeed. Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Model is a great tool for this. She has discovered that different people respond to different kinds of expectations, and splits us all into 4 categories.


Take her quiz to find out which of the four categories you fall into.


To read my summary of the four tendencies, go here.


To The Questioner:


You question expectations. You don’t do things just because someone tells you it’s important. You ask “why?” On the other hand, if a task makes sense to you and you’ve decided it matters, you’ll accomplish it without much fuss. Once you create a goal for yourself, you’re likely to follow through with it.


When you’re creating, building and running your therapy practice, you must gather information and take the time you need to make business decisions. Internal buy-in is necessary for you, so allow yourself to do what it takes to arrive there.


One questioner therapist I know is very careful to find the right trainer or teacher when she’s learning a therapeutic method. If she doesn’t admire and trust the teacher, she won’t feel motivated to do the work. She needs to work with leaders who will allow her to ask why.


Think through the tasks of running your business. Are there things you need to do more of in order to be successful? Get your questions answered and do the research so that you can create internal buy-in for each of those tasks. You will respond to the expectations you impose on yourself.


The upside of being a Questioner is that you don’t waste time or energy trying to please other people. You have the potential to create a unique business based on what makes sense and matters to you. 


Gretchen Rubin points out that questioners are the most likely “to question the validity of the Rubin Tendencies.” So if you’re thinking, “I’m skeptical that I fall into one of those categories,” you’re probably a questioner. Hah!


Next week I’ll talk about the most populated category, Obligers.


Is it time to grow a unique therapy practice? Apply for a free 20-minute consultation with me. We’ll talk about some steps to get you there.