Working Successfully in Private Practice

Growing numbers of psychologists and therapists work in private practice either as an adjunct to their other clinical jobs or as their primary professional concern. Working as an independent practitioner is potentially very rewarding professionally and personally, but it is not without its challenges and pitfalls.

Skills for working in private practice are seldom taught on psychology and therapy training courses and therefore qualified practitioners must rely on their own resourcefulness and ingenuity to develop a successful practice.

The ideas and skills developed in this interactive masterclass - presented as a workshop - will cover a wide range of practical issues and skills designed to help colleagues to develop their own style as practitioners and to translate this into a commercially successful and ethically driven private practice as psychologists and/or therapists.

09:00 Registration/Tea and Coffee

09:30 Workshop starts

16:00 Workshop ends


The focus will be on an exploration of:

  • What is good and bad about private practice - commercial and clinical risks
  • Reputation
  • Styles and models of therapy and the relationship to private practice
  • Branding and marketing
  • Building up a client base
  • Developing a professional network
  • Premises - identity, location, safety
  • Fees, finance and the plain (sometimes boring) facts
  • Partnerships and associateships
  • The client intake and screening process and interview
  • CPD and supervision
  • Dealing with problem situations (e.g. suicidal clients)

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To gain an understanding of the challenges - and opportunities - to working in private practice, by highlighting the clinical and commercial benefits as well as the risks
  • To highlight the importance of careful planning relating to practical matters such as finances, cash-flow, fee-setting, insurances, premises and marketing
  • To consider the client intake process and contracting in private practice and how this may differ from working as part of a larger organisation
  • To gain an insight into how to develop a private practice either as an adjunct to your main work or as your primary source of employment
  • To consider the need for and place of CPD, supervision and establishing a referral network to ensure that you practice within your abilities and competencies

Facilitator: Professor Robert Bor

Robert is a Chartered Psychologist as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a UKCP Registered Family Therapist, having completed his specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic, London and a clinical member of the Institute of Family Therapy, London. He has more than 20 years experience working in private practice as an adjunct to his NHS job.

He is consulting psychologist at the London Clinic and the London Oncology Clinic, both in Harley Street and to several leading schools including St Paul’s School and The Royal Ballet School. He has published more than 150 articles and chapters in peer-review publications as well as 20 books on the psychological impact of illness and serves on the editorial board of numerous international journals.

Booking information

This workshop will appeal to those already working in private practice who wish to gain more advanced insights and skills relating to practice, as well as trainees and those who aim to set up in private practice.

BPS Members £130 + VAT

Non-members £195 + VAT

Register online by visiting the BPS Shop.

To pay by cheque or invoice, complete and return the registration form.


Society's London Office

30 Tabernacle Street



Tue, 21/06/2011 -
09:00 to 16:00
BPS Learning Centre