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An Introduction to The Business of Therapy

The popular workshop “The Business of Therapy: Starting a Therapy Practice” which has been running for 5 years is


now available on line from TherapyAcademy.ie. If you don’t have time to attend in person, or the dates or venues don’t suit you, this may the course for you.

With a full written course, and covering 9 modules including videos and slides, with exercises to make the material relevant for you, you can get your CPD at home in your own time and at your own pace.

The course covers popular topics such as:

  • What it means to be self-employed, and how this differs from working for someone else.
  • The six areas you’ll need to address in order to create a sustainable and financially viable practice.
  • Finding a vision for your practice, and a plan to make that vision a reality
  • Marketing your practice in a way that works for you
  • How to set fees at a level that reflects your needs and your costs
  • And lots more

Cost €95


Written and presented by Jude Fay, practising counsellor and psychotherapist, and author of “This Business of Therapy: A Practical Guide to Starting Developing and Sustaining a Therapy Practice” (available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle).

Check out the course now!

PS, if you have a workshop to promote to your fellow therapists, you can add it free of charge at TherapyAcademy.ie.



The Moving Stupids

The team of therapists I work with in Naas recently moved to new premises at the Osprey Business Centre. It’s an exciting move for us.butterfly As with any transition, there’s a period of letting go of the old and finding my feet in the new. I have decided to leave behind some of the bits and pieces that had been in my room for years. I am grateful to them for the familiarity and comfort they brought in my old workplace, but they don’t feel like they belong in my new one. I have some new chairs, some new pictures and a new plant. Read more

Truth or Myth? Common Beliefs About Money and Wealth – Part 2

Did you resonate with any of those beliefs about money and wealth in my last post on the subject? Did any of them stir any thoughts or feelings for you? Perhaps you can relate to these?

  1. Money is the root of all evil. A difficult one this, as it has all the authority of two thousand years of Christianity behind it. However, it seems to be taken somewhat out of context. The first Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament says “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Which seems to suggest that it is not the money itself that is at issue, but the meaning and value we place on it. Alternative belief: Money is a tool that can be used in many ways. I choose to use it for the good of all.
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Truth or Myth? Common Beliefs About Money and Wealth – Part 1

For some years now I have been interested in exploring commonly held beliefs about money and wealth. My interest is in how the beliefs that we learn growing up  may shape our actions and behaviour as adults. We are all familiar with the one about not being good enough, either in ourselves, our families and friends, or our clients. Like the “not good enough” belief, we come by our values and beliefs about money and wealth as a gradual process of assimilation. Often too, we may never subject these values and beliefs to any substantive examination, but they continue to play on in the background, like a virus running on our computer.euros

Some of the values and beliefs we hold about money and wealth serve us, and some don’t serve terribly well. Maybe it’s time to find alternative ideas that are more supportive of us. Here are some of the beliefs that I have been exploring, perhaps you can relate to some of these:
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Lots of Things to do with Business Cards

So you’ve got your business cards printed up, now what? Sometimes we can put lots of energy into getting them printed, but have no idea what to do next. Here are some ideas for you…132249_132246_judef007-card-02-011

  1. Consider getting your business card printed onto a magnet that can be attached to a filing cabinet or other metal surface. This is a great idea for giving to doctors and other likely referral sources.
  2. If you forget your card, don’t say you’ll send your details on. By the time they get it, they’ll have forgotten who you are. If you can, write your details on something to hand! You can follow it up later, preferably in person.
  3. Carry your cards with you wherever you go. Hand them out proudly and confidently. If you’re not proud of your card, get a new one. Shake the person’s hand, and make eye contact as you give them your card. Smile!
  4. At a social occasion, it may not be the best time or place to have a business discussion. Acknowledge that, and give your card, saying “We can’t really talk here, but I’d love to talk to you about this at a better time.” You can follow up by asking them when it would suit to call them, and ask if they have a card.
  5. When giving people your card, give three or four, they might pass them on to someone else. If you feel comfortable asking them to pass them on, do so.
  6. Keep a business card holder and cards in the room you work in, and in the waiting area if you have one. If you work in a centre, place a holder with your cards in all the public areas. You never know who might pick one up and give you a call.
  7. Take a pile of business cards to workshops and conferences. Give them to everyone you talk to.
  8. Include your cards in letters to prospective referrers eg doctors, who can them give them to patients when making a referral.
  9. Don’t print your mobile phone number on your card. Take a moment when giving a card to someone to write your number onto the card, it adds a personal touch.
  10. Hold onto business cards you’re given by others, even if you’re not interested in the services they offer. You may be asked by someone for a referral. They’re also a good example of different styles of design, which may help you when you’re redesigning yours.
  11. When you meet someone who might be a client, referral, or just someone whose work is interesting to you, give them your card and ask if they have one.
  12. Practice with a friend until you’re comfortable handing out and receiving business cards. It shows you’re at ease, which helps others feel at ease too.
  13. When someone gives you their card, take a good look at it, and ask a question or make a comment about the service they’re offering, about their design or business name. Acknowledge them by acknowledging their card.
  14. Give some cards to a client at the end of the first or last session. A client who has received a good experience with you is a great referral source.

Setting up a Private Practice

Are you thinking of starting your own practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist? This workshop will help you get off the ground.

Looking at the practical issues related to setting up a private professional practice such as

  • Clarifying the type of practice you would like to create
  • Exploring the services you might provide, and the clients you might like to attract
  • Looking at how to market your services
  • Understanding what is needed to start a business

this workshop is an opportunity to spend some time networking with other health professionals while you learn from experienced professionals who have done it before you.

A one day workshop  presented by Jude Fay MIAHIP MIACP and Dr Genevieve Becker.

Date: Autumn 2013

Venue: Dublin West

Time: 9.30 to 4.30

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