The Business of Therapy: From Striving to Thriving
Online Group Training Starting January 2021
The Key To Creating A Successful Private Practice
Do you know you can create a successful private practice by learning and applying some basic business information and skills?
Do you ever wonder why so many counsellors and therapists find it so hard to transition from a salaried job to self-employment? (Hint: it has nothing to do with their therapy skills!)
Let me explain. Supported action is the key to creating a successful private practice. Having a clear path and being part of a supportive community that can grow and learn together makes a lonely and isolated process an easy and enjoyable one.
Our Growth Helps Our Clients Too!
Growing the business side of our practices is more important than we think. It’s not just about earning money. When we meet the challenges of self-employment, and support ourselves with workable strategies, it gives us agency. We develop confidence in ourselves and in our work. And we model for our clients how creating structures and boundaries, and exploring our shadows, helps us to move closer to our goals while also growing into our best selves.
We spend years growing into being a therapist. We pay many €000’s for training, learning all about our clients’ problems and how to help them. But we invest little in resourcing ourselves to find the clients who need our gifts. Rather than learning the information and skills we need to grow our practices; we avoid the discomfort of what it might mean to be in business as a therapist. Rather than seeking out support, we try to go it alone.
We end up disappointed and frustrated. And ultimately confirming the old story that we’re not good enough.
The Big Questions…
The big questions on the minds of therapists I speak with are…
- Can I retain the loving, caring side of me while charging a fee that honours the work between us?
- If I put myself out there, can I do it in a way that respects my values and the sensitivity of my work?
- How can I be in business as a therapist when I don’t want to be in business?
Many therapists come to me ready to give up on their plans to help others, because they just can’t make it pay enough.
I Get It!
I’ve been helping therapists and counsellors create their private practices for nearly ten years now. I started this work because I found it so hard to make my own practice pay, and because I couldn’t find the help I needed from someone who understood the nuances and the complexities of my struggles.
It took me years to work it out. I had all the credentials. Not only did I have the therapy qualifications, but I had been a Chartered Accountant for 30 years and had been self-employed before. But as we know too well in this work, it’s difficult and painful to see and own our own blind spots. And when I finally saw it, I couldn’t believe it! It was so much more simple than I had imagined.
Our early programming plays a huge role in why we limit and sabotage our income. If we’re serious about creating a financially viable practice, it’s really important that we give space to these issues and not go it alone. That’s where community can play a role in supporting and encouraging us and giving us the space to explore these shadows in ourselves. When we are resourced with support, information and tools, our feelings of not being good enough fade and we begin to appreciate what we have to offer.
If you are ready to create the private practice you imagined when you started this journey, then my “Striving to Thriving” group is for you.
This pilot group will entail 6 x two-hour meetings on Zoom. Our time will be a mixture of learning, experiential work and group support.
This group is right for you if…
- You’re thinking about starting your practice,
- You have recently started your practice, or
- Your practice is not growing the way you would like.
And if you would benefit from the support of others who are in the same boat.
Each session, we will have a theme around which the meeting will be framed. Our themes will include:
- Stepping into our own authority,
- Handling money issues,
- Putting ourselves out there.
Other themes will be guided by our explorations and the needs of the group.
Numbers are limited, and places are filling up. If this is for you, act now!
This group is being hosted by TherapyAcademy. Click on the link to secure your place.
Presenter: Jude Fay MIAHIP FCA
Jude Fay is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor, practicing in Naas and Celbridge, Co Kildare. She is also a Chartered Accountant. In addition to her private practice work, Jude helps therapists develop and manage their practices. She is the author of the book, “This Business of Therapy: A Practical Guide to Starting, Developing and Sustaining a Therapy Practice.” Jude works with both the practical business aspects of therapy practice and the emotional and psychological blocks that get in the way of creating a financially viable practice.SaveSave
Format: 6 x 2hr online sessions, monthly, plus 1 hr Introductory session
Dates: Friday mornings 10am – 12noon (IST), fortnightly:
- Introduction (1 hour): Friday 22nd January 2021
- Friday 29 January 2021
- Friday 26 February 2021
- Friday 26 March 2021
- Friday 30 April 2021
- Friday 28 May 2021
- Friday 18 June 2021
You get 3 great bonuses:
1: All participants will receive a paperback copy of “This Business of Therapy: A Practical Guide to Starting, Developing and Sustaining a Therapy Practice.” €12 value
2: All participants will also receive a free online workshop: “Marketing Basics for Those Who Help Others.” €30 value
3: Short Video Presentation: 5 Ways to use EFT (Tapping) to Support your Practice
Cost: €250 per person
Feedback for Jude’s workshops:
“Very thought provoking and supportive.”
“Learnt loads. Feeling more excited and confident about moving forward.”
“Jude provides clear, practical and relevant information in a warm and wise manner.”
“The content is completely on topic and is easy to understand and follow.”