Effective Therapy from Psychologists

online, and central & east London

Private Practice Workshops for Clinical & Counselling Psychologists, and Psychotherapists.

“How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know”: a workshop for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, and Psychotherapists & Counsellors.

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

Dates of next workshops:

Interactive Webinar.

Saturday 26th October, cost £95.


Glasgow Workshop.

Thursday 31st October 2019. £115.

Human Development Scotland, Victoria Chambers, 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RQ.


Manchester Workshop.

Friday, 8th November 2019.   Early bird £105 until 8th September, then £130 (includes lunch & course materials).

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW.


Interactive Webinar:

Saturday 30th November, cost £95.


Workshop Details:

I first presented this workshop in December 2015.  I will be running my twenty ninth on September 28th.  Its been a rewarding and enjoyable project and I have been encouraged by the consistently good feedback I have received each time.  I would encourage you to book, as I am sure like previous attendees you will find it useful and highly relevant for developing your own private practice.  All previous participants rated the workshop good or excellent, and rated their confidence in starting private practice as higher after the course.

See the feedback from London April 2019 Workshop here.


Workshop Aims:

Setting up and running a successful private practice can be highly rewarding but it can be challenging. Many therapists feel uncertain and unconfident about making the transition.  The workshop will help you:

  • Build a narrative of confidence as a therapist in private practice, and guide you towards helpful ways of relating to your work and self-management.
  • Understand and address the issues that you will face in setting up, developing and running a successful private practice.
  • Learn about the practicalities of marketing (afternoon session allocated for this).
  • Understand data protection and how to be GDPR compliant.
  • Know how to work ethically and safely, (including online therapy)
  • Manage the demands on the self that come from working independently
  • Nurture a stimulating workplace for yourself.

Whether you are a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or Psychotherapist/Counsellor, and considering starting private practice or wanting to develop your existing private practice, this workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for running a successful private practice i.e. obtaining work and making a living.

Workshop feedback.

With average delegate satisfaction ratings of 94% across all previous events delegates liked the:

 Calm, reassuring, comprehensive review of most relevant issues. Liked & appreciated input of own personal experience, made it real”

“A great workshop on running a private practice. Plenty of factual information and examples along with the opportunity for self-reflection. Highly recommended!”

“Really detailed information about how Robert does it. Lots of opportunity to ask questions. Great focus on marketing”

“Being yourself, personal, open, transparent, warm & engaging – this enabled open discussion and inquiry”

“The specific guidance on practicalities – copies of therapy agreement are great. Guidance on outcome measures”

“Learning more about boundaries in private practice and issues arising and the need to hold onto these”

“Been a brilliant, informative workshop. Well worth the travel and emotional investment”

“Thank you. You’ve inspired me! It was exactly what I wanted to learn”

“I attended Roberts workshop on running a private practice last Friday 17th March. I found it informative and extremely useful. I’m going fully independent in May and this has certainly helped my confidence levels.”

Newly qualified? 

I believe you will find this workshop relevant and useful.  Hears what Emma, a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist said:

“I found the session really helpful, even as a newly qualified person. I think for me the anxieties were that it may not be accessible or helpful to someone at this stage in my career, but it was, in terms of getting an idea of the sort of experiences to be seeking out to prepare myself for private practice. Also, some of the parts that I found most helpful were the practical aspects of running a business as a therapist together with hearing about your personal experience, as for me personally I felt “blocked” by thinking there was some “mystery” about this, and that as I was not a businessperson I could not manage this. The introduction to marketing and thinking about prof strengths for marketing purposes was fantastic, as it has helped me to start to think about experiences which I will seek out in the future. I may not have thought about this very seriously until I was feeling more “ready” in the future to think about private practice but having some of my own beliefs and the taboo about private practice dispelled has helped me to feel less on my own and it has focused me more.”