Setting Up and Maintaining an Effective Private Practice: A Practical Workbook for Mental Health Practitioners

Author(s) : Philippa Weitz

Setting Up and Maintaining an Effective Private Practice: A Practical Workbook for Mental Health Practitioners

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2006
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 154
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 22714
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855754256
  • ISBN 10 : 1855754258
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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 has special interests in counselling and psychotherapy online, especially in the success of the online therapeutic relationship, security, confidentiality and jurisdiction. She lectures and teaches widely around working therapeutically and safely online to both independent practitioners and organisationally. She works internationally both as an online therapist and an online supervisor. She is a qualified teacher, trainer and psychological counsellor with more than 25 years in the mental health sector. Pip is currently Training Director for the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy, Director of UK Counselling Online, and Director of Psychotherapy Services for Dr Julian. She is one of the professionals advising the Private Practice Hub’s Online Therapy section. She is author/editor of Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet as well as series editor for the Routledge Psychotherapy 2.0 series. She was Commissioning Editor for the UKCP Book Series from 2005-2016. Pip is also Vice Chair and Research & Development Director for ACTO, the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.

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