Effective Therapy from Psychologists

online, and central & east London

Learn more about “How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know”.

Dates of next workshops:

Saturday February 1st: online.  Access from anywhere in the UK.

Monday 24th February: London.

Friday 28th February: Manchester.

Monday 2nd March: Glasgow.

Saturday 21st March: online.  Access from anywhere in the UK.



I first ran this workshop in 2015 and I will run my thirty second on 1st February.  All previous participants have rated the workshop as good or excellent, and rated their confidence in starting private practice as higher after attendance.  I’ve used the feedback over the years to help refine the workshop content.  Last year I ran the workshop as a fully interactive webinar on zoom for the first time, and I continue to run these regularly on Saturdays.

I have had my fair share of setbacks and mistakes during my ten years in private practice and what I have learnt from these I bring to the workshop content so that hopefully you will not at least make the same ones I did!  I would encourage you to book as I am sure like previous participants you will find the day highly rewarding and useful for your private practice ambitions.

So, what does it take to run a successful private practice and what do I cover during the workshop?  Well, it goes without saying that you need a successful marketing plan and the afternoon session is devoted entirely to this.  But it needs more than that: you need to be good at self-management and crucially build reliable supportive working relationships with other colleagues to avoid what I think is one of the biggest challenges in private practice: avoiding isolation.

Moreover, I bring my perspective as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist to the workshop to help you reflect upon helpful ways of relating to yourself and your clients, and get you thinking about how commercial pressures can add another layer to the pressures you may experience as a therapist.  I have learnt for example through past mistakes that whilst its natural to want to try to please your clients and do a good job, this can get in the way of setting boundaries about cancellations or therapy interfering behaviours if you are unduly worried about losing a client for financial reasons.   Furthermore, I facilitate reflection on your confidence levels as therapists and any “therapist blocks” you may have, because in private practice they may relate to the extent to which you feel able to address enactments with clients or market yourself.  Participants have found the confidence building strategies useful during the day to help them identify their own blocks and focus on their professional strengths when it comes to the marketing exercises.

Of course, the workshop covers all the other essentials needed to get going including formulating and managing risk in private practice, how to maintain ethical standards and practice, and how to understand and comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  GDPR requirements for therapists has evolved since May 2018 and has become more complex: this workshop explains how this legislation affects your practice and how to adhere to its requirements. 

Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.