I have wrestled with this myself. Right now I work full time at an agency and I see clients in a small private practice on the side.
The most helpful thing for getting clients is having connections in the field. I'm glad that I took an agency job out of school so I could learn with the support of experienced people around me and develop those relationships that will feed my case load once I transition to private practice full time. This also provides an income while you are getting credentialed with insurance companies, which can take a while (it's not necessary, but clients tend to look for providers who are in network).
Hope this helps.
--Chuck McKay, LCPC
Author, The Agnostic's Guide to Spiritual Growth... and Shit
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