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Psychology Today has a brand new feature. You can now upload a short video introduction to your profile. It is a total of 20 seconds, so we have only a brief few moments to convey who we are and what we offer to prospective clients.

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I recently sent out a questionnaire to all those on my mailing list. I was curious about your views on the training courses for online therapy already available. I wanted to adapt my own group training programme to address any gaps you highlighted and better suit your needs.

I received 71 questionnaire responses and many, many lovely emails from people with their thoughts on this.

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I had my fair share of awkward moments and finally my supervisor pointed out that if I didn’t love and respect online and telephone work, my clients wouldn’t benefit either.

He suggested I participate in experiential training.
Experiential learning is what changed everything for me, and I love working online now.

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Some therapists are Herbie Hancock. They love working online, they try out screen share and white board functions, they love the flexibility and innovative things they can try. They set up workspaces at home with warm lighting, clear sound and a comfy chair. Some are Brad Mehldau and combine both, understanding that both mediums have their place and that different audiences, or in our case, clients, respond to each.

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Psychology Today has a new section called “Covid-19 Statement” accessible from the Edit Profile section, where we can write 140 characters about the way we are adapting our practices. This can include office details, working hours, whether you work online or via telephone…

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We are joining the conversation about Coronavirus with the intention of providing something useful to us all in private practice.

We have produced a template for you to adapt based on your chosen procedures if you would like to display a letter at your clinic or send it to clients.

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Avoid the accidental email blunder by setting up a safe mailing list where your clients’ details will be protected.

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As self employed therapists in private practice, it is important to consider our holiday plans in advance. Organising ahead means we can more accurately plan and project income as well as when we take on new clients.

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Enroll in “How to Write Your Psychology Today Profile” free mini course including examples. To share your edits and get feedback from me on your profile text, join our Facebook group. And if you would like support with your screening process, we have a screening call template to help you with that too.

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Insomnia in Private Practice As I began writing this blog 4am last night, I wondered what therapists did at 4am

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Cancellation Policies

This has always been a tricky area of private practice for me. How can we balance Professional Self Care with respect and care for our clients? How do we manage exceptional circumstances? How do we look after our own business needs whilst addressing our industry-wide aversion to all things money related?

Considering what a cancellation policy is and what it should contain can give us ideas about how to write our policy wording.

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Death is an uncomfortable subject for many of us. Some of us avoid thinking about it and some joke or make light of it. Very few of us plan how we would like our lives concluded.

And yet, it is a certainty, and one which we can prepare for if we want to be supportive to those close to us.

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