Private Practice Stories
Private Practice Stories
Meet the SLP Private Practice Guru (Private Practice Possibilities)


This SLP details her journey working as a clinician and the realization that her preferred clientele is actually other SLPs. She discusses the mentorship she received when beginning her own private practice and how that led her to open The Independent Clinician, which helps other SLPs achieve their dreams of starting their own businesses. She also delves into some of the mindset roadblocks standing in the way and how she believes SLPs can overcome them.

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us about who you are, your background, and why you decided to go into the field of speech pathology.
  2. Tell us about how you got into private practice.
  3. How has COVID-19 changed the private practice playing field?
  4. How did The Independent Clinician come to be? What are your plans for the business?
  5. Why do you feel it’s so important to cover the legal components of private practice?
  6. What are some of the top programs or resources you offer through The Independent Clinician?
  7. What’s the best advice you’ve received building your career, or advice that has helped give you perspective?
  8. What words of wisdom do you have for the SLPs who are starting out or transitioning in their careers?

Quote Of The Conversation

Confidence comes with time and confidence comes with experience. And so you can’t say, “I’m going to wait until I start my private practice until I’m confident. What you have to do first is to be brave. And the confidence piece will come later on. So, I arm people with knowledge and information, so that they can know what to do, but they do have to decide first, “I’m going to be brave enough to try this and see if this works.

– Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP

Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist, The Independent Clinician

Jena Castro-Casbon is a private-practice consultant who has helped thousands of speech-language pathologists start and grow their own private practices through her company, The Independent Clinician. She has written articles for The ASHA Leader and Presented at ASHA Connect (2017). You’ll find her online in the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group and in her premium programs, The Start Your Private Practice System and the Grow Your Private Practice Community. There, she lays out the path to becoming a private practice owner through both freebies and paid content.

On a personal note, Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mother to two young boys.

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Guest Speaker Information

Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP 
Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist, The Independent Clinician

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Upcoming SLP Spotlight Guests

  • Kelli Slemp, Speedy SLP

Upcoming SLP Spotlight Guests

  • Jena Castro-Casbon, The Independent Clinician
  • Kelli Slemp, Speedy SLP

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