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The Primed Planner - review - The Therapist's Bookshelf
The Primed Planner – review

The Primed Planner – review

The Primed Planner created by Michelle Hardman, MBA, MEd, NCC, LPC

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The Primed Planner is a yearly planner that was created for therapists, by a therapist. It has pages for your monthly and weekly schedules plus space for dreaming and tracking goals.


The Primed Planner was created by Michelle Hardman, MBA, MEd, NCC, LPC. She earned her MBA and worked in human resources for 15 years before starting her career as a counselor and starting her private practice. Now, she has a thriving practice in North Carolina and coaches therapists on their private practice journeys. You can learn more about her here.


The Primed Planner is easy to use and built to last for the whole year. I really liked the focus on goals, values and self care. All of those are built into every part of the planner. You have space to evaluate your progress, dream about the future, and make sure that you are staying true to what you want for your business and life.


There were a few places in the planning sheets that I thought were vague. Personally, I could probably use a bit more help defining my core values as they pertain to my private practice before just listing them. The other thing that may be a turnoff for some therapists is the size. This is definitely not a planner you can stick in your purse. Neither of these were deal breakers for me though.


The Primed Planner is perfect for your office. It is sturdy and large with everything you need to track your schedule and get an overview of your practice. I especially liked how well made it is. A lot of planners can’t stand up to me abusing them for a year but this one has thick paper, a solid cover and a strong spiral. It isn’t just utilitarian though. I enjoyed the colorful layout and the inspirational quotes.


You can find more therapist planners here.

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Le Shepard

Le Shepard, LPC earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She sees clients face to face at Wise County Christian Counseling and works with individuals or couples through her online-only private practice. 1000 Hills Counseling & Consulting. Le loves to read, adventure, and play with her corgi or kids.

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