Whether you are a seasoned therapist or just starting out, going it alone and setting up your own therapy practice can be daunting at the best of times.
1. Who is this workshop for?
Suitable for qualified or soon to be qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or other therapists in the wellbeing sector, who are thinking of setting up in private practice.
2. What will we cover?
There is a lot to consider, dos and don’t , pros and cons, things that may work well for others but not you. This workshop will look at key emotional and practical aspects of how to set up a private therapy practice including:
You: What are you ready for? Your unique selling point, client group, therapy topics, short/medium/long-term therapy.
Advertising: Branding, marketing, word of mouth, referral streams, networking.
Online presence: Website design, blogging, social networks (incl ethics), SEO.
Finances: Fees and method of payment (card, cash, online), insurance, employment protection, pension, tax, additional employment for you?
Location: Local or not, at home, renting or sharing a room, room design.
Data Handling and Data Protection: Storage of client data and GDPR.
Client contracts / agreements: Your Terms and Conditions, notice period, holidays, ending of therapy, changing slots etc.
Your wellbeing: Self care, therapy, supervision, CPD, networking.
Keeping safe: In the room and building, online, on the phone; Dealing with enquiries, first session, boundaries.
3. Workshop outcome for you
At the end of the workshop you will have a solid overview of all important issues when you consider how to set up a private therapy practice. You will have a better sense of what you are comfortable with or not, and how to progress.
4. How will the workshop run?
I will outline each area with practical examples and hand-outs. Your input and questions are welcome.
5. Where will the workshop take place?
In central Richmond, Parkshot House, 5 Kew Road, TW9 2PR. Map here.
Richmond is easily accessible from central and all other parts of London as well as Surrey and Middlesex (via District Line, London Overground, rail from Clapham Junction and Waterloo and plenty of buses). Parkshot House is located opposite the station, with Starbucks next door on the right hand side. Parking is by the station and at Old Deer Car Park just off the A316. Richmond Green is a stone throw away, with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The building offers disabled access. Refreshments (excl lunch) will be provided.
There will be no rugby or concerts at Twickenham Stadium on that day.
6. About me
I am an integrative BACP registered and accredited psychotherapist with a private practice in Richmond. Prior to my therapy training I spent some 25 years in consumer research and marketing. I also write a lot and have recently started making videos. Find out more here.
As of 30th May 2018 I am taking a break for health reasons. Next dates to be confirmed as and when.
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