For every session you deliver as a therapist, you will have spent hours working on yourself both professionally and personally. Just like for our clients, sometimes we need a bit of help…
As an integrative therapist and coach with fifteen years of clinical experience, Alex Pledger offers a range of services to support therapists. Alongside supervision and accreditation support, she specialises in helping therapists set up and develop their own private practices. She offers 1:1 business mentoring and also runs a West Midlands networking group for therapists in private practice.
“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.
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.” (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.
“Having coaching sessions with Alex really focused me whilst approaching my accreditation submission. Being encouraged to justify my thinking through her rigorous assessment ensured consistency across the whole submission and made the process interesting and engaging rather than a chore. Thank you Alex, you helped ‘me’ come through in my writing – and pass first time avoiding that dreaded re-submission process!” (Kat)
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
If you’d like to discuss how accreditation mentoring could help you, your career and your business, please email Alex or call 07779 004292.
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. More and more therapists, experienced and newly qualified, are deciding to set up in practice & go it alone… but it can be a daunting prospect. You may be very competent as a therapist and be keen to start seeing private clients, but creating an ethical and professional framework for your new business may require new skills.
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.
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