The Isolation, Safety, and Freedom of Private Practice: Going at it alone in a healthcare system and world that doesn't care

  • 21 May 2017
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Merion, PA (exact location to be emailed)
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The Isolation, Safety, and Freedom of Private Practice: Going at it alone in a healthcare system and world that doesn't care

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Deborah Seagull, PhD

2 CEUs Offered

The choice to be in private practice is an exciting and challenging endeavor. The benefits of schedule freedom, increased financial success, and autonomy are seductive, and real. To own your own space as a therapist gives you full reign to work as you please, and let the work unfold as it needs to. There is psychoanalytic space that can be found and cherished and sought after in private practice, and there are patients who are willing to pay and to do the work. However, this is only one side of private practice, as it can also be a very isolating experience.  

In this presentation, the speaker will make the argument that most psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic/relational therapists are drawn to private practice for the reasons mentioned above, but also because there is a safety from the outside world, from the trauma we hear about, and a healthcare system and a world that can seem very cruel and unrelenting. It affords us a protection, but at a cost. This presentation will focus at length about this conflict and defense and the common experiences that therapists have in private practice. We will consider ideas and ways that clinicians can think about this in ways that address this conflict and help fight that sense of isolation.  


Learning Objectives:  

After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

1. Identify common feelings experienced by clinicians and core conflicts that arise as a result of private practice in relation to the content we hear

2. Define ways clinicians in private practice can build community


Deborah Seagull, PhD, has been in practice for ten years working at Pennsylvania Hospital and in private practice. She works deeply and compassionately with patients focusing on the underlying issues of many common psychological problems. She works extensively with patients with health issues, especially cancer patients. 


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