Therapists are often hesitant to “sell” their services. Some are afraid of sounding self-promoting, while others simply don’t know where to start. The good news is that you can market effectively without coming across as “sales-y.” Think of marketing as a bridge that connects your ideal client to your practice. Here are 7 strategies to get you started:

Build an online presence

An online presence showcases your services, establishes credibility with your target population, and makes it easy for clients to connect with you. Most important is a website that is professional and easy to navigate. You can use your website to highlight your qualifications, provide basic information about your practice, and offer patients a primary point of contact. For more ways to increase your online presence, read our November 7 blog post here.

Leverage Social Media Platforms

Social media is another key part of maintaining an online presence. Sites like Instagram and TikTok help you engage potential clients on a personal level, while professional platforms like LinkedIn and Belongly connect you to valuable referral sources. You can use these outlets to share information, resources, and client testimonials, ultimately establishing yourself as an authority in your field.


At its most basic, branding is about creating a unique and authentic identity that shows who you are and helps prospective clients know what to expect from your services. A strong brand includes a recognizable logo and a clear and compelling message that speaks directly to your ideal client. Using this brand to market consistently across all channels will help differentiate you from competitors and build trust with clientele.

Network, network, network

Networking with other mental health professionals can enhance your reputation and generate referrals. Belongly makes networking easy by providing a “one-stop shop” for giving and receiving referrals, staying up-to-date on industry news, and collaborating with colleagues. Whether you use Belongly or other networking outlets, you can help prevent burnout by building a sense of community.


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Host Workshops and Webinars

Another way to attract potential clients is through webinars and community events. Choose topics that demonstrate your expertise and resonate with your target population. Enlist the help of local media to spread the word. Not only do workshops and webinars position you as a knowledgeable professional but they also allow prospective clients to get a sense of your approach and communication style.

Blogging and Podcasting

If the thought of public speaking makes you shiver, a blog or podcast might be more your style. Both are effective marketing strategies that allow you to share information about mental health, treatment approaches, and other relevant topics. Consider inviting other experts in your field to guest post on your blog, or interview them on your podcast. You can then ask these colleagues to back-link to your content for search engine optimization (SEO). You can also publish your blog on Belongly!

Email newsletters

Regular email communication helps to strengthen your relationships with current patients, increasing retention . Email newsletters also make it more likely that prospective clients will reach out to inquire about your services. You can use a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter to provide tips for managing stress or to market upcoming workshops, events, and promotions. By consistently providing useful content and staying top of mind with your audience, you can strengthen your brand and grow your practice.


Marketing doesn’t have to be intimidating or uncomfortable. By implementing the strategies above, you can establish yourself as an authority in your field, increase patient engagement, and connect with prospective clients. If this list feels overwhelming, try starting with one marketing tool and gradually incorporating the others. There are also a variety of AI tools that can assist your marketing efforts– for example, Hootsuite for planning and scheduling social media posts, Canva for eye-catching graphics, and for blog posts.

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