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When first starting a therapy private practice, many people might ask themselves the same question: do I really need an office, or can I conduct my therapy sessions inside of my own home? Holding therapy sessions inside of one's home is a time-honored tradition, but there are a few things that you might want to consider.
Do You Have the Space?
To practice therapy from your home, you generally need a dedicated space for it. A space with a separate entrance is ideal. You need to be able to keep all your confidential records secured in your office, and your office should be solely used for the practice of therapy. To make your clients comfortable, you'll want more than just a tiny office—and that could be difficult, depending on the size of your home.
Will There Be Issues With Ethics?
As mentioned, many people have a therapy practice inside of their house. However, in recent years, it's been questioned regarding whether it is ethical to do so. Some people have difficulty drawing lines between their professional and private lives. If you feel as though you could end up getting too close to your patients to give them appropriate care, then it may not be a good idea.
It's easy to see patients who come to your house as more of friends and confidants than clients, and this is what needs to be avoided. Yet, if you're able to maintain a professional atmosphere, it could be a non-issue.
Can You Afford a Private Office?
If you can't afford a private office yet, the question may be purely academic. Many people start off in their homes even if it's less than optimal because it gives them time to build up their client base until they can afford an office of their own.
Are You in a Convenient Location?
Quite a few people choose their therapist based on location. After all, therapy can happen multiple times a week, and the patient needs to get there between work, school, and other life obligations. If your home isn't in a convenient location (such as in the heart of the suburbs), it may not be beneficial to your practice.
Ultimately, many people find that the convenience of having a private practice in their home far outweighs any negatives, while others would prefer to have a more commercial and professional atmosphere. It all depends on the type of care you're giving and what you feel most comfortable with.Share