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    Business of Therapy How to Run a Successful Private Practice

    ISBN-10: 0335245633
    ISBN-13: 9780335245635
    Author(s): Pauline L. Hodson
    Description: How could I engage with him as a therapist, there was a dead plant in the hall – if he can’t even keep a plant alive, how could he possibly help me?This practical, accessible guide, written by a therapist with 25 years of experience in thriving  More...
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    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 168
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.484
    Language: English

    How could I engage with him as a therapist, there was a dead plant in the hall – if he can’t even keep a plant alive, how could he possibly help me?This practical, accessible guide, written by a therapist with 25 years of experience in thriving practice, is an invaluable resource for counselors, therapists and psychologists embarking on the daunting task of setting up in private practice. Those experienced practitioners keen to run their practice more effectively, grow it or even phase it out before retiring, will also find a wealth of useful advice. From creating a comfortable consulting room, to grappling with the thorny question of money; from finding clients, to accessing insurance cover and dealing with confidentiality, this book will help you tackle the psychological and practical issues that need to be addressed before we open our doors for business.Once the practice is established, it will be important for you to anticipate and think about situations that impinge on the work, such as illness, holidays, building work, pets and children. These vicissitudes of life have no place the sanctity of the consulting room. But if you don’t pay attention to them, they can destroy the safe working environment necessary for good and sensitive work to take place. Pauline Hodson shows you how to manage problems with ease and run a successful private practice.

    Acknowledgements
    Foreword
    Preface
    Introduction
    The Consulting Room
    So what about your space?
    Access
    The bell
    Entrance hall
    The bathroom
    Quiet please, therapy in progress
    But is it clean?
    A breath of fresh air
    No one must know I am here
    First impressions
    The blank screen
    What about us?
    A shared room
    Clinics, institutions and the NHS
    Sometimes we have no choice
    The Clients
    Getting started
    First impressions
    Private practice
    Finding clients
    Professional registers
    What do you do?
    Developing your reputation
    Raising your profile
    The website
    First encounters
    Engaging with the client
    Meeting
    A fee-paying client
    Money Matters
    How do I know how much to charge?
    What can the market bear?
    Reviewing your fees
    Billing
    Payment
    Unpaid bills
    Holidays and missed sessions
    Holidays
    Missed sessions
    Good practice
    Paperwork
    Stationery
    Keep tidy
    Referral systems
    Professional letters
    Professional notes
    Confidentiality
    Professional wills
    Insurance
    Income tax
    Your home as your business
    Continuing professional development (CPD)
    Ethical issues
    Data protection
    Emails
    The paper trail
    A question of time
    Boundaries
    Protecting the client/therapist boundary
    Neighbours
    The boundary between you and your client
    The boundary of time
    The question of gifts and artefacts
    Crossing the boundaries
    Extending the therapeutic space
    Telephone calls, emails and letters
    Telephone sessions
    The crisis telephone call
    Couple work
    The therapist's boundaries
    The dependent therapist
    Interest, curiosity or nosiness
    Self-promotion
    Invitations
    Support Systems
    A professional training
    Theory
    Therapy
    Supervision
    Recharging your batteries
    Professional resources
    A drink and a peer group
    Inappropriate support
    Family and friends
    When extra support is necessary
    Well-being
    Maintaining Your Practice
    Feast or famine
    A movable feast
    Securing the business
    Taking a break
    Taking a sabbatical
    An unconscious choice
    Your professional community
    Mistakes
    Enactments
    But can we say 'No'?
    Trust your work and your colleagues
    Endings
    Dilemmas
    Life is tough
    Interruptions
    A change of plan
    A fortunate profession
    A working retirement
    A critical mass
    Full retirement
    Planning ahead
    No gold clock
    A quiet affair
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