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Adding a new client and navigating your Clients & Contacts list

Adding a new client and navigating your Clients & Contacts list

With SimplePractice, there's no limit to the number of clients you can create and store in your client list. You can create a client from any page in your account, or you can create a client while scheduling their first appointment. 

In this guide, we'll cover:

Adding a client

There are two ways you can add a new client in your SimplePractice account. First, you can:

  • Click the + Create button and select + Create Client


Alternatively, you can add a new client while scheduling an appointment. To do this:

  • Navigate to your Calendar and click anywhere on the calendar
  • Select + New Client


With either option, you'll be taken to the Calendar fly-out where you can select the client type as an adult, minor, or couple.

Adult client

  • When you select Adult as the client type, use the fields to enter the client's information. If their Client Portal needs to be enabled, be sure to list an email address that they have access to:


  • If the client would like to receive appointment reminders, enter an email address or phone number and check the box next to the corresponding reminder:


  • Click Continue to save your new client.

Minor client

  • If you select Minor as the client type, you'll enter the minor client's information first. Then, you can add a Contact from the Contact tab if the minor has a guardian who will be managing their appointments or is responsible for billing. 
  • To enable appointment reminders for the minor, enter an email address or phone number and select the corresponding reminder. To enable appointment reminders for the contact, first click the Contact tab, then enter their information and select the corresponding reminder:


  • Click Continue to save your new minor client.

Tip: See our guide Enhanced Client Management for Minors to learn more about managing minor client profiles.

Couple profile

  • When you select Couple as the client type, you'll see tabs for Client 1 and Client 2. Enter each individual's information and then check the box next to Responsible for billing for one of the clients. You'll need to establish one of the members of the couple as the responsible party for billing before you can proceed with creating the couple.


  • To enable client reminders for either client in the couple, enter an email address or phone number and select the corresponding reminder:


  • Once you've indicated the appropriate client type, entered all of the client information, and enabled client reminders, click Continue to save the new couple profile.

Tip: See our guide Enhanced Client Management for Couples for all details about managing Couple Profiles.

To learn more about managing the information settings for your clients, you can refer to our guide: Editing a client's information.

Sending an intake

If you've entered an email address for your new client and their Client Portal is set up, you'll see the Send Intakes option that is divided into three steps. The steps are as follows:

Client Items

Here, you can choose which Intake Forms, Consent Documents, and Questionnaires to send to your client. You can also choose to send the Demographics Form and Credit Card Information Form, which once completed, will automatically populate information into the client's profile.

Note: The Credit Card Information Form can only be sent if Online Payments is enabled in your SimplePractice account. For more information on using our integrated online payments processor, see Getting Started with Online Payments.


After you've made your selection, click Continue to Email.

Compose Email

In this section, you can customize the Welcome email that will be sent to the client, along with your practice documents.

Tip: To adjust the default text of this email for your entire practice, go to Settings > Client Portal > Emails and click Edit on the Welcome email. For more information, please see this guide: Sending intake forms and documents to clients.

Note: You can’t view the text of a customized email after it’s been sent. If you'd like to determine if an email was sent, you can view this in your Account Activity History and in the Emails Sent report. You can learn more about Account Activity and Reports here: Account Activity: Tracking changes and information access in your account and Reports: Analytics for your private practice.

Review & Send

Here, you can see that the client will receive Client Portal access, receive the Welcome email, and confirm which items you’re about to share.

After you've reviewed this information, click Share & Send Now.

The Client Overview page

You’ll then be taken to the client's Overview page, where you can view, edit, and manage the client’s billing information, documents, and notes. Initially, you'll see the expanded view for the items in the right navigation panel:


From the right navigation panel, you can view, edit, and manage the following information:

  • Billing Overview
  • Add Payment
  • Client Info
  • Contacts
  • Upcoming Appointments
  • Communication Settings
  • Shared with Client
  • Uploaded Files
  • Invoices
  • Billing Documents

By clicking the arrow, you can also minimize or maximize the different options in this navigation panel to make sure you're only seeing the information you need at a given time:


Note: If you'll be submitting electronic claims for the client, you’ll want to change the billing type from Self-Pay to Insurance. You can set up the client's insurance information later.

Your Clients & Contacts list allows you to easily access each client's information and quickly navigate to their client Overview page. You can refine your searches by using the Clients, Contacts, Clients & Contacts, Recently Viewed Clients, or Inactive Clients filters by first or last name. Additionally, you can filter your client list by Insurance Payer:


Note: Insurance payers will only populate in this view if they are currently saved in a client's profile under Insurance Information.

You can manage each client directly from your Clients & Contacts list. To the right of each client’s name, click Manage to:

  • View Client
    • Select to navigate to the client’s Overview page
  • Edit Client info
    • Click this to go to the client’s Client Info page
  • Merge with duplicate
    • This will merge this client with an existing contact that could be a duplicate entry
  • Add this Client to a Couple
    • You’ll be prompted to add this client to a new couple client
  • Make inactive
    • This will make this client inactive


Merging duplicate contact profiles

Having duplicate Contact profiles for the same individual can cause confusion and issues with accessing the Client Portal. To streamline you and your client’s experience, you can merge Contact profiles from the Clients & Contacts list. To do this:

  • Navigate to the Clients tab
  • Select Manage next to the contact profile you’d like to merge
  • Click Merge with duplicate


  • Select the profiles you want to merge


  • Click Preview merge
  • Select Confirm merge


Removing a duplicate client

If you have duplicate client profiles, you won't be able to merge them. To handle duplicate client profiles, we recommend making one of the client’s profiles inactive and keeping the other profile active. This way, you'll retain all of the client’s information, but you'll be able to use one file for future documentation. If you’d like to make a client inactive, see the steps to do this below.

  • Navigate to the client Overview page
  • Select Edit


  • Click Active
  • Select Inactive


  • Click Save Client

Adding a client nickname

When entering a client's information, you have the option to enter a nickname in the What name do they go by? field of the client’s profile.


The client’s first name will be displayed as either their legal first name or the name entered in the What name do they go by? field, depending on the specific location:

  • When Privacy mode is On, the Calendar will display the initials from the name entered in the What name do they go by? field and their last name
  • Invoices and Statements will display the name entered in the What name do they go by? field
  • Superbills and claim forms will display the client's legal name, as insurance companies require that the client's name matches what they have on file with the payer
  • The Default Email sent to your clients for Invoices, Statements, and Superbills will display the name you’ve set using the macro in the template

To display the name entered in the What name do they go by? field in emails:

  • Navigate to Settings > Documents
  • Click Edit to the right of the applicable template
  • Highlight the macro client_legally_admissible_first_name
  • Select Client First Name from the Client dropdown menu


  • Click Save

Making a client inactive

SimplePractice allows you to inactivate clients that you aren’t actively seeing. The inactive status for a client is an option to denote that they have been discharged. Making a client inactive will allow you to keep the client data in your account in case you choose to reactivate the client in the future. Additionally, inactive clients will not show up in your client list, unless you filter by inactive clients.

To make a client inactive:

  • Navigate to the client Overview page for the client you wish to inactivate
  • Click Edit below their name
  • Click the Client Status badge, and select Inactive:


  • Click Save Client

If you'd like to view this client later, you can access your inactive clients list by selecting the Clients tab in the navigation bar on the left, clicking Clients and choosing Inactive Clients:


To reactivate a client:

  • Navigate to the Clients tab
  • Click Clients and select Inactive Clients
  • On the Inactive Client list, choose the inactive client that you wish to make active
  • Navigate to this client’s Overview page, and click Edit
  • Next to Client Status, choose Active from the drop down
  • Click Save Client to reactivate this client

Note: Inactive clients can still access their Client Portal unless you disable access for them under the Client Portal tab in their settings. 

Deleting a client

If you’d like to fully delete a client, you can do so from the client's file. Deleting a client removes all of their information from your account and permanently removes them from our database. Only an Account OwnerPractice Manager, or Clinician with Administrative Access is able to delete a client. See Team member roles and access levels to learn more. 

Important: Deleting a client is a permanent action and cannot be undone. Another option is to make a client inactive.

To delete a client:

  • Navigate to the client's Overview page and click Edit 
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Delete this Client


  • Choose Continue to Delete
  • Type the Client's First Name and the Client's Last Name exactly as seen at the top of the Permanently Delete client window 
  • Check the box next to I understand this will permanently remove all records and history for this client and that SimplePractice cannot recover deleted information
  • Click Permanently Delete Client


Important: Once you click Permanently Delete Client, the client's file will be removed immediately. This action is irreversible.


Can I remove the Jamie Appleseed demo client?

If you'd like to remove Jamie Appleseed and all of their demo data from your account, you can do so by following these steps:


  • Choose to either Disable or Enable Jamie Appleseed based on your preference


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