Setting up your private practice - a one day workshop
Embarking on working in private practice for any therapist can be challenging but particularly for one towards the beginning of their career. This one day workshop seeks to share a recent experience of establishing a private practice. It will cover some of the highlights, learnt lessons and pitfalls as well as providing support and practical advice to manage this transition.
Topics covered will include:
- Readiness – are you equipped (both personally and clinically) to work privately.
- What level of experience is needed?
- Pros and cons of private practice
- Getting support – how to find professional supervision and therapy.
- Managing the “analytic superego’ – holding in mind the ‘good enough’ therapist
- Identity – how do we develop a clinical and professional identity?
- Practical: finding suitable rooms
- Getting clients – referrals, website, advertising etc
- Finances – how much to charge, how to bill etc
- Finances – expenses, taxes etc
- Contracting with clients – a brief overview of assessment concerns, registration and contracts.
- Note keeping
- Clinical risk (who can you see in private practice, the importance of assessments, referral to psychiatrists, GPs etc
- Professional registration
- When things go wrong
Jacqueline Glynn is a BACP accredited and BPC registered psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, working in private practice in the City and in North London. Jacqueline completed a Certificate in Counselling in 2011 and later the MSc in 2014.