PRIVATE PRACTICE: Combatting the isolation issue

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In this recurring article, authors look at the various challenges of running a private practice successfully. In this first issue, counsellor Carole Brooks
tackles the common issue of isolation and how to keep your learning
up-to-date when you are having to stay on top of everything else.

Summary points

  • Without in-house colleagues to bounce thoughts and ideas off, many practitioners in private practice describe isolation as a
    top issue.
  • Isolation can contribute to professional insecurities, fears about safety and, when working from home, distractions can be especially rife.
  • In addition to supervision, seek out peer supervision groups, ideally in a local setting where possible, and aim for regular
    meet-ups.
  • CPD learning is another helpful way of combating isolation, for example via event networking.

Nelson Mandela said,

‘Nothing is more dehumanising than isolation from human companionship.’

Obviously I am not comparing my life to someone who has lived through such a punishing or extreme endeavour. But working in private practice can make you feel extremely isolated, especially when you are first starting out. The good news is that, even if you feel alone, you are really not. Isolation is a common complaint from people running private practices.
The other good news is that there are ways to combat this.

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