Right away, there is one thing you need to know. Private practice is like a business of your own. At a day job, you can work during set time periods and you do get paid for it. Along with a salary, you may also get health insurance, a pension or retirement fund along with a host of other benefits. Private practice as a social worker does not offer all that.
When you set up your own clinic or a partnership, you are essentially committing to a fulltime 24-7 business which will be your daily bread. So can you work at a private practice just like a psychologist? Yes you can but there are several points you have to remember before you start out. There is more freedom than an nine to five job, but also it is not for everyone because of the independence and possible lack of security. (more…)