There are far more qualified counsellors and therapists than there are salaried posts, so many recently qualified practitioners face the challenges of working freelance. Freelance Counselling and Psychotherapy is an excellent guide on surviving and flourishing in a highly challenging field. Written by practitioners with extensive experience of the practical and emotional aspects of working independently, it covers the range of issues and choices which confront newly qualified practitioners, for example:
* Regulation, registration and accreditation
* Financial issues in freelance therapy
* The dynamics of competition and collaboration
This highly readable book provides an 'insider's' view of the field, and will be essential reading for trainers, established practitioners and newly qualified therapists alike.
Table of Contents
The Development and Growth of Freelance Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Internal Dynamics of Working Freelance. Starting in Private Practice. Regulation, Registration and Accreditation. Some Issues. Sorting out Supervision. The Unspoken Relationship. Financial Dynamics in Freelance Therapy. The Loneliness and Freedoms of Change. A Therapist in the Family. Personal and Professional Development. The Early Years. Experiences of Recently Qualified Counsellors. Working in Primary Care. Working with Employee Assistance Programmes. Working from Home - A Psychotherapist With Long Term Clients.
'This book is timely and innovative in providing a comprehensive overview of the various contexts and issues likely to be encountered by the freelance therapist working in a number of settings.' - Val Wosket, University College of Ripon & York St John
'Her poetic prose and philosophical questioning are inspiring, comforting and encouraging, but also practicable to therapists' personal and professional work The book paints a wide panorama of the therapeutic landscape and will give trainees, trainers, newly qualified practitioners and 'old hands' much to think about.' - John Freestone, Ipnosis No.7, Autumn 2002
" this volume should attract a similarly attract a wide readership including counsellors and therapists in training, those who have recently qualified, and more seasoned practitioners. Anyone considering a training course could also usefully read this book to help them reach an informed decision about their future prospects Competition and collaboration are powerful dynamics in the world of counselling and therapy, and by including them in the title of this book, the authors courageously acknowledge issues which are all too rarely spoken about amongst practitioners, let alone discussed and explored." - Alison Wertheimer, BACP North London Magazine
There is a wealth of information in the book that will be of great interest not only to those considering entering private practice, but for those of us with many years' experience in the field. - Graham Thomas in Addiction Today, January-February 2004