I’m not the sort of person to work in Private Practice . . . . .

Is something I hear (or overhear) often in my conversations with students and colleagues.

Working in private practice isn’t for everyone – absolutely, however I was really curious to hear ‘I’m not the sort of person to work in Private Practice’. I wanted to know more.

Because lots of these people did want to work in Private Practice, it often turned out to be their absolute dream from almost the beginning of their training, and in some cases, before that.

Experiencing the incredible transformation possible through therapy made them passionate about offering the same experience to others in distress.

Working as a Therapist became their complete focus.

“I’ll be able to get a job” – sadly not – there are very few paid posts, and don’t get me started on the culture of volunteering in our profession.

“Ok, lots of people work in Private Practice – I’ll do that – it can’t be that hard”.

And this is when the self-talk imps raise their voices “I’m not the sort of person to work in Private Practice”.


  • No-one I know works for themselves
  • I need a guaranteed income
  • I might fail my family
  • No-one will come and see me
  • I’m not an expert
  • I have anxiety and depression
  • I don’t know how to get clients
  • I might get loads of clients and won’t know how to handle it
  • I don’t know how to start
  • I might fail
  • I’m frightened
  • Because other people tell me so . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Those are good points to be aware of.

Except “because other people tell me so” – ignore it please.

If you want to work in Private Practice I believe you can!

You can work in your Private Practice.

Built by you keeping your talent, resilience and skill in mind.

The advantage the self-talk imps don’t want you to realise is:

By coming from a belief of ‘People like me don’t work in Private Practice’ you can grab the right support for people like you.

People like you do work in successful private practices – I know that because I’m just like you.

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