The Essential Skills for Setting Up a Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Medical - 149 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The business skills
5
The type of practice
30
Systems and administrative principles
37
Security and confidentiality
56
Pension provision for selfemployed people
62
Competency
83
Accreditation
90
Personal selfmanagement skills
103
Cognitive thinking skills for positive action motivation
110
Imagery exercises
125
Retirement
134
Useful addresses
141
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Gladeana McMahon has been listed as one of the UK s Top Ten Coaches by "The Independent on Sunday" and "Sunday Observer". She combines academic rigor with down-to-earth communication skills and has provided therapy and coaching to politicians, celebrities, senior business people and those in the media. An internationally published author, she has written, edited or contributed to over 20 books on a range of subjects and continues to edit a number of professional journals. Her media work includes having presenting shows such as "Ease the Load," "Dial a Mum" and "Sex and Soaps." She has also been the Confidence Coach for BBC1 s "Get Smarter in a Week," Counsellor for "Life s Too Short," a 20 part series for BBC1 and she is currently the Anger Management Coach for Channel 5 s "Trisha Goddard Show" and Life Coach and Stress Coach for the GMTV and Channel 4 Websites.

Professor Stephen Palmer PhD is an award winning psychologist. He is Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management, London. He is the UK's first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University. He has authored over 225 articles and 40 books on counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, coaching and coaching psychology, and stress management. He is UK Coordinating Editor of International Coaching Psychology Review, Executive Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, and Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion of Health Promotion & Education. He is actively involved in a number of professional bodies. Currently he is Honorary President of the International Stress Management Association (UK); President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology; Founder Co-Chair of the London Branch of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies; a Founder Director and Vice President of the Society of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; a Director and Deputy Chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He is a Former President and now Honorary Vice President of the Institute for Health Promotion & Education. He was the 1st Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and was the 1st Honorary President of the Association for Coaching. His interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.

Christine Wilding holds a postgraduate diploma in CBT from the University of London, is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling, is a member of the steering committee set up to develop guidelines for the treatment of depression within the NHS, and is in-demand as a leader of CBT-based training courses.

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