For every session in which our clients feel supported and helped, a therapist will have spent multiple hours working to be ready for that moment. Getting the right supervision and support can make all the difference in helping you feel calm and capable in your role, ready to do your best work.
As a therapist with nearly fifteen years of clinical experience, Alex Pledger offers a range of services to support therapists in their practice. Alongside integrative supervision and accreditation support, she specialises in helping therapists set up and develop their own private practices through business mentoring and networking.
“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, and ready to do our best for each and every client.
There are many styles of supervision and you will need to find your perfect fit. You may have experienced supervision which was tightly focused on theory, keeping things quite formal, or supervision which strayed into personal therapy making you more of the focus. 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.
Alex Pledger is an integrative therapist with core models of person-centred, CBT & 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.
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
“Accreditation schemes aim to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy. They help clients, employers, practitioners and students to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist.” (BACP)
Counsellor accreditation is a hurdle which many therapists fear. Putting it off becomes an obstacle to finding new work opportunities but tackling it alone can feel overwhelming. To approach and complete it successfully, it needs to be planned, timed and with staged goals along the way to keep you motivated and moving towards completion. If you are looking for some structured support, motivation and accountability to achieve your academic or accreditation goals, Alex can help you action plan the tasks and mentor you through the process.
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.
Accreditation & Academic Support 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 and more and more therapists, experienced and newly qualified, are deciding to set up and work for themselves.
It can be a daunting prospect, not because you aren’t competent as a therapist, but you may be new to running your own business. Or you have some business skills but feel unsure how to adapt them ethically and professionally into running a therapy business. Or you have already set up and are ready to grow your business.
Mentoring can help you to design and develop a practice that works for you – based on your own resources and goals, 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 private practice work for you – on both a practical business level and as a personal career choice – and she is passionate about helping therapists find their way to create a successful private practice.
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
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.
Alex Pledger set up the West Midlands Networking Group in September 2015 and we now have over 75 members in the network. Meetings take place 4-5 times a year 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