Rough Patch is a co-working space for private practice counsellors, with a focus on a supportive, inclusive and respectful community of practice.
Counsellors offer reduced-fee counselling to clients, and in turn Rough Patch supports you by providing affordable room rentals, marketing and referrals, opportunities for low-cost training and clinical supervision, professional development and networking opportunities, private practice mentoring, social media support, discounted books and mental health resources sold via the shop, and other benefits.
Rooms are rented in 3-hour blocks at $45 per block, on an ongoing, weekly basis between 9am-6pm. Counsellors are required to pay for their weekly room booking regardless of client attendance. This ensures efficient and fair use of the rooms for everyone, as well as reducing administration costs and potential empty rooms which could otherwise be used. Rental agreements are for a 12-month period, to ensure continuity and consistency of care for clients.
Rough Patch also supports our counsellors by providing suggested clinical guideline templates such as treatment agreements, cancellation policies, practice management templates, and other practice-related resources.
Counsellors take an active role in building their practice by promoting themselves and Rough Patch. Support and ideas about how to do this are available within the Community of Practice.
To join our community of practice, you must hold a graduate-level degree in counselling, psychology or social work, be registered with a professional association (eg; PACFA, ACA, APA, APS, AASW), hold a current national Police Check and Working with Children Check, hold your own professional indemnity and public liability insurance, manage your own accounting and clinical record keeping, and agree to work within our community of practice guidelines, including attending monthly practitioner meetings.
Our counsellors are inclusive, non-pathologising, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic, queer-friendly, and anti-misogynist, and actively seek to further their education about these issues on an ongoing basis.