Setting Up and Maintaining an Effective Private Practice: A Practical Workbook for Mental Health Practitioners
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Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are proud to belong to the helping professions. They will have invested much time, money and effort into becoming well-trained in their chosen profession.
Those working within these professions see themselves as caring people trying to help others to understand themselves better, to feel better about themselves, and to help them get over various traumas and difficulties that they have experienced either within their lives or personalities. Talking about money and thinking of their clients, and the units of therapy time, as items of income can be uncomfortable. Many counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists may not easily view their private practice as a business. But that is what it is and the primary role of any business is to be profitable.
In this volume, the author guides us through practicalities of setting up and maintaining a private practice, and addresses the tensions and problems faced by the practitioner trying to both provide care and run an effective business. The author provides clear models and examples that practitioners will be able to adapt to their own circumstances, for example showing them how to set up accounts.
This book will be a valuable tool for practitioners setting up on their own, but it will also provide a useful resource manual throughout the life of a private practice.
Reviews and Endorsements
'Counsellors and psychotherapists thinking about working privately or providing services independently to the NHS will be greatly helped by this short book. It deals with both the professional practice and the business issues clearly and simply, and will enable people to start up their practice with a new confidence.'
- Professor Douglas Hooper, Chair of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Forum for Primary Care; Clinical and counselling psychologist
'This book is essential reading for every therapeutic practitioner setting up in private practice. It provides practical and sensible advice clearly presented. No self-employed therapist should be without it!'
- Joan Foster, Chair of the National Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care
About the Author(s)
Philippa Weitz is a qualified teacher and psychological counsellor (MSc in Psychological Counselling from the University of Surrey, Roehampton) with twenty-five years of private practice and primary care experience, as well as training and mentoring within mental health. She is currently Commissioning Editor for the UKCP Book Series, Managing Director of Philippa Weitz Training Ltd. and co-founder of the London Online Therapy Centre. She was Executive Director and co-founder of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Forum for Primary Care. She was also Head of The Conference Unit (Mental Health Sciences) at St George’s Hospital Medical from 1990–1997 and subsequently director of Mole Conferences.
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