Psychologists may be employed in a variety of settings, from salaried employment in hospitals and universities to clinical work in private practice. Psychology private practice brings with it a number of potential risks and benefits. Careful consideration of its unique characteristics is important for determining if private practice is the right employment setting for an individual. It is also important to understand that private practitioners are business owners. As such, comfort and competency in the business aspects of starting and running a practice are crucial. Self-care and burnout prevention, along with active steps to maintain one’s clinical competence, are essential for success in private practice.

By definition, those employed in private practice are practicing psychology independently and must be licensed psychologists in their jurisdiction. The ...

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