For Therapists

Due to a growing demand from therapists wanting to develop their careers and move forward with their professional goals, Alex Pledger has created My Private Practice, a dedicated hub supporting you to thrive in your working practice. Services include:

  • BACP accreditation mentoring offering 1:1 support on your application process including detailed feedback on BACP Reflective Criteria
  • Private practice mentoring guiding you from initial set-up stages through to managing a thriving self-employed business
  • Clinical supervision providing the ongoing support you need to stay sane and effective doing the job you love

For further details and to read testimonials from therapists who have already benefited from the service visit www.myprivatepractice.co.uk

Clinical Supervision

“A specialised form of professional mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken.” (BACP 2016)

Good supervision is at the heart of keeping us safe and sane as therapists. You need a supervisor who suits you and the way you work.

Alex Pledger is an integrative therapist with core models of person-centred, CBT and psychodynamic theories. She is also familiar with brief therapy, solution-focused and existential ways of working, as well as a therapeutic coaching approach to client work.

As a practitioner with over 15 years’ clinical experience, Alex has developed a supervision style which strikes a balance between you, your clients and your practice.

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Clinical supervision aims to:

  • help you understand your clients, the issues they are presenting and effective ways you could help

  • relate your practice to theory, signpost to research & resources and encourage you to keep learning

  • find your way through the accreditation process, or make decisions about further training & CPD

  • stay true to the values, principles and moral qualities that motivated you to become a therapist

  • support you in looking after yourself with compassionate self-care & a healthy work-life balance

Accreditiation Mentoring

“Accreditation schemes aim to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy.” (BACP)

Counsellor accreditation is a hurdle which many therapists fear and it becomes something that is put off and put off.  Just like our clients, you may need some support to start the process and keep you going until you have achieved your goal.

Alex Pledger passed her Accreditation and Senior Accreditation with BACP first time. She has a degree in English and a high standard of academic knowledge which can help you write clear, concise work to reflect your practical skills as a therapist.

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Accreditation Mentoring can help you:

  • Create SMART goals so you can manage each part of the process to your agreed timescale

  • Choose and plan your written material so it comes together as a consistent whole

  • Discuss feedback on what you have written, how it is written and if it successfully meets the criteria

  • Work with an experienced therapist to support you through the whole process, practically and emotionally

  • Sessions available nationally, material sent via email with face to face via Skype

Private Practice Mentoring

The single greatest benefit of working in private practice is the flexibility of being your own boss. With some hard work & determination, you have the power to create a personal & professional lifestyle that meets your needs on every level.

Private practice is the fastest growing area in the therapy profession. If you are ready to take the plunge there are certain tasks you need to complete to create an ethical and professional practice that is built to grow. Business mentoring can help you to design and develop a practice that works for you, tailored to meet your personal and professional ambitions and supporting a healthy work-life balance.

Alex Pledger has been in private practice since 2005. She has a wealth of knowledge about how to make self-employment work for you – on both a practical business level and as a personal career choice … and she is passionate about helping private therapists to thrive.

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Private practice mentoring can help you:

  • Explore the options & decisions you need to take the first step, or to move your existing business forward

  • Create a working formula & action plan for making your practice viable & sustainable

  • Get clear on the professional, ethical, legal & financial frameworking for your practice

  • Target where to find your ideal client group & explore EAPs, agencies, networking & cross-referring routes

  • Support & motivate you to move past all the doubts & fears that can hold you back

BACP West Midlands Networking Group

Do you ever feel isolated in private practice? Want to connect with other therapists?

Private practice can be a lonely place to be and can make you feel like you’re the only therapist struggling to keep your business going.

In 2015 the the BACP Private Practice Division launched Private Practice Networking Groups with the sole aim of bringing together therapists in private practice. It started with seven groups and there are now over 29 groups running across the country.

The BACP West Midlands Networking Group has over 75 members in the network. Meetings take place 4-5 times a year. Currently running on zoom but hoping to return to our venue in south Birmingham.

If you are in private practice, thinking of setting up or just interested in finding out more about working privately, please come and join our group:

  • Meet local, like-minded therapists, build connections & get peer support

  • Discuss ethics, branding, CPD. cross-referring, getting work, contracting, marketing, accreditation… and much more

  • Share local therapy news & opportunities at the meeting & via the email network

  • Become part of a supportive and inclusive network where you no longer need to feel alone

  • Secure online booking via the BACP website with CPD Certificate of Attendance issued