The Essential Skills for Setting Up a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

By Gladeana McMahon, Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding

© 2005 – Routledge

160 pages

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pub: 2005-05-26
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About the Book

Many practitioners consider setting up in private practice at some point in their career, whether full-time or alongside other employment. The Essential Skills for Setting Up a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice provides comprehensive yet accessible coverage of all the major skills needed to succeed. Based on the authors' extensive experience, this book provides a valuable insight into how to minimise the risks associated with working privately, offering practical advice on how to keep a balance between self-development, personal health and meeting the needs of clients, whilst maintaining high standards and making a reasonable living. Acknowledging the fact that being a good therapist may not, in itself, be sufficient to be successful in self-employment, the authors discuss the need for sound business skills, professional development, self-knowledge and motivation. Divided into three sections, the book covers all the essential business, professional and personal skills and includes discussion of subjects such as insurance, finance, legal issues, marketing, stress management, security and retirement planning.

The focus on skills and how to acquire and develop them makes this book an invaluable reference for all mental health professionals who are considering setting up their own private practice. This book will prove to be an invaluable reference for all mental health professionals who are considering setting up their own private practice.

Reviews

'[This] book offers practical advice on setting up in private practice, and gives valuable insight into the pitfalls, stresses and advantages that such a venture entails… valuable not only for those starting out but for those already in private practice - if only for re-appraising their practice.' - Harry Stoyles, Therapy Today, 2005

Table of Contents

The Business Skills. The Professional Skills. The Personal Skills.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED102000
MEDICAL / Mental Health
PSY010000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling