An Art Therapist in Private Practice by Carol

Want to start your private practice in art therapy? I thought I would write my series on how to develop a private practice. To start this series off: Some things to consider…

Do you dream of having a private practice?

Many people are attracted to private practice as the independence of it seems so appealing. You dream of working for yourself in some arty space, having lots of clients who pay directly, and lots of materials handy. You may dream of the flexible schedule, of working when you want and how you want. It sounds so great doesn’t it?

But is private practice really what you want to do? Things people forget….

The space: Having a private practice requires a lot of work to keep them going and all the bills are yours. What is termed “overhead” is: rent for a space, utilities if they are not included, phone/internet (and having the place wired if it is not already), liability (or renters) insurance, malpractice insurance, furniture, art supplies, office supplies, fax/copier, computer, website/email, advertising and cards and stationary. This can be an enormous upfront cost.

Getting paid: You do all the billing yourself or pay someone to do it for you.

Taxes: You file differently as you don’t have an employer taking taxes out for you. You have to save funds or file quarterly.

Training: You have to fund all your own training.

This is just my first post. For this series, I will break down the areas of building and managing a private practice.

Look out for the next post!

Carol Olson

Owner/Director of The Creative Arts Space


2 responses to “An Art Therapist in Private Practice by Carol

  1. Thanks for the post. I am still deciding if I want to go into art therapy, but its been a dream of mine for about 10 years. I have always wondered what it would be like to have my own practice. I could image collaborating with others as well in the same facility (ie also offer: yoga, gongs, and other meditative services.

  2. Pingback: An Art Therapist in Private Practice – Picking the right room… | Virginia Art Therapy Association·

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