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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Setting up in Independent Practice

A Handbook for Counsellors, Therapists and Psychologists

ISBN 9780230241954
Publication Date January 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Professional Handbooks in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Working in independent practice can be attractive to therapists for a myriad of reasons; however, the practical challenges can also seem considerable. How can you negotiate these challenges to build a thriving counselling practice that fits with your personal aims and professional ambitions?

For example:
• What do you need to consider when choosing your practice location?
• Where does marketing and promoting your practice fit in?
• How can you build a support network when working independently?

These questions, and many more, are discussed in this compact guide. Written by two highly regarded authors and practitioners, the book gives hands-on advice and support in planning, setting up and running independent practice.

Packed with tips, tools and practical strategies for you to find your own way of working, the book:

• Explores issues of engaging with clients, from the first client intake interview to practical arrangements for holiday periods
• Discusses managing your finances, including setting fee structures and the pros and cons of doing your own accounts
• Pinpoints risk factors for working in independent practice and discusses practical ways to manage these
• Encourages you to assess your own practice through reflective exercises

An in-depth and practical guide to working independently, this is an indispensable tool for both counselling and psychotherapy trainees considering their career options post-qualification, and established practitioners looking to refine their practice and revisit their skills in light of changing ambitions and circumstances.

ROBERT BOR is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Medical Specialities Directorate at the Royal Free Hospital, London, UK. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is also a UKCP Registered Family Therapist.

ANNE STOKES is Co-Director of Counselling Online Ltd, as well as Course Co-ordinator and Tutor at University of Bristol, UK. She has been an external examiner at Lewes College, University of Reading, Southampton University (New College) and West Kent College. A BACP Accredited Counsellor her clients have included NHS Trust, CAB, Victim Support, Vodafone, Diocesan Training Board and Drugs and Alcohol Rehabilitation Trust.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Independent Practice
Choosing the Practice Location
Managing Your Time
Financial Matters
Practical Aspects of Client Work
Engaging with the Process
Marketing your Independent Practice
Managing Risk: Day to Day Issues
Managing Risk: Crunch Factors for Your Business
Running the Practice and Support Networks
Reflections on Private Practice


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