One of the key decisions in starting to practice is where to base yourself. It may seem like you have lots of options, or very few. Here are some ideas to consider, and help you choose: Read more
Category: Managing Your Practice
At a recent meeting of therapists I attended, one recently qualified therapist was describing the dilemmas that she had met in deciding on a design for her business cards. It’s an issue that can tie people in knots, and keep them stuck for long periods of time, while they work through their feelings. I thought it might be useful to share some thoughts about business cards: Read more
How do you decide what to call your counselling or therapy practice? Do you use your own name, or do you opt for a name that conjures an image in the mind of potential clients or referrers? Do you choose something that captures the essence of the service you’re hoping to provide? Here are some things you might like to take into consideration in deciding what your business is going to be called: Read more
7 Tips for Easier Accounting
It’s coming up to that time of year, when the deadline for submission of accounts and tax returns for self-employed professionals looms. If you haven’t got your 2015 accounts completed and submitted yet, it might be time to start thinking about it.
31 October is also the time for payment of preliminary tax for 2016. If you expect to have a tax liability for the calendar year 2015, you should have paid the bulk of the relevant tax by 31st October 2016.
Feeling depressed yet? Let me make it easier for you, and no, I’m not offering to do your accounts! But there are things you can do to make the whole paperwork issue a lot simpler for yourself. Read more
Setting and holding firm boundaries is an important aspect of self care. It helps us to mind ourselves in the work, and reminds us that our needs are important too. It is also an important aspect of modelling for our clients. An ability to set and hold boundaries is an important skill in the business of having a therapy practice too, as it gives some priority to the therapist’s needs as well as the clients. If we can’t hold to the contracts we make, with ourselves and with others, we will find it difficult to earn a living as a therapist.
One place in which these boundaries arise is in relation to time. A colleague told me recently of her difficulty getting one particular client to leave at the end of their sessions. She had raised the issue several times with the client, and in supervision, but nothing seemed to work.
What would you do? Read more
A couple of years ago, my therapist had to drop out of the work at short notice due to a sudden illness. I can still remember the shock of learning that she was going to be absent for several months, and the difficulty I had in dealing with it at the time. As therapists we are often good at dealing with our client’s crises, but sometimes we aren’t so hot at looking after our own shop! In my case, she had enough notice of her absence to be able to tell me herself, and to arrange for another therapist to provide emergency cover, but not every emergency will give us that luxury.
Many therapists work on their own, and very few have administrative or secretarial support. If you were unable to see your clients, through a sudden illness, or family crisis, the last thing you might feel like doing is ringing clients and supporting them, possibly dealing with their distress when you have an issue of your own going on. And yes, I know, we’re trained to do that sort of thing. But really, wouldn’t it be nice if there was someone in your life who could make those calls to your clients, and offer them the emergency support they might need to weather your absence? Read more