Setting up as a psychologist in private practice

After several years of working in the NHS, I decided I would like to begin seeing clients on a private basis. I would have never stated that I was setting up my own private practice, but essentially that was what I was doing.
I think I thought that because I had decided to see clients on a private basis, it would simply just happen. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that I needed to be a lot more proactive than that.

Fifteen years later I have a successful private practice, which I find enjoyable, challenging, satisfying and rewarding. In the time from initially building up the practice to it being a full time successful venture, I learnt an endless amount. It would have been great if there had been someone who could have given me some guidance. The savings would have been time, finance and frustration.

If you would like to set up your own private client base, then I have a wealth of information that will help you achieve this.

Topics covered can range from:

1) What you will need – premises, equipment, paperwork etc.

2) How to gain clients – website, advertising, social media, networking, building relationships etc.

3) Satisfying your professional responsibilities – insurance, clinical supervision, memberships, data protection etc.

4) Pricing and taking payments – banking, tax, Pay Pal, etc.

Joining the Debbie Smith Therapies Team

If your desire is to try and test working in a private practice setting, without launching your own practice, then we are consistently recruiting qualified, professional psychologists.

Debbie Smith Therapies has also launched two new services, both conducted online. Take a look at: &

The team currently work from several different locations, but we are expanding all the time and look for practitioners who may be established in all areas of the country and Europe. We are looking to increase their sessional work both for face to face and online, via our video link service at ‘ Your Minds Smith ’ If  you’re interested you can register here. 

If you would like to have a chat, either call or e-mail me.
Our meetings can be face to face, or via Skype/FaceTime.

Dr Debbie Smith – BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
BPS Expert Witness | BPS Chartered Scientist | HCPC Registered | UKRCP Registered
BACP Senior Accredited Member | Certificate of European Psychology – EuroPsy
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine