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HOW TO start and run your own counselling practice

I started my practice; Vita Nova Counselling, over six years ago. I was qualified, I was registered with the Council for Counsellors and I was ready to dive into the wonderful world of counselling. Little did I know how unprepared I was for the day to day running of the practice. Sure I was ready for the actual counselling part of it all, but soon I realised much more goes into starting and running your practice; marketing, time management, finances, invoicing and accounts, handling calls, general administration and the list goes on and on.

This course therefore is aimed at equipping qualified and registered counsellors with information and knowledge on how to get their practice going and how to actually run the day to day challenges outside of the consultation room.

The "How to start and run your own practice", is a 3 day training course and is presented on location at 615 Vampire street; Elarduspark Pretoria East.

Join us for this training course and reduce your teething problems. 

Kindest regards,
Anri van den Berg - owner and founder of the Vita Nova Counselling Centre

Present yourself and your practice confidently and professionally from day one.

Course outline

Day 1 - Planning Your Counselling Practice

Session 1
  • Introduction
  • Starting a practice
  • Your practice - your business 
  • Important attitudes in private practice
  • Defining success 
Session 2
  • Vision, mission and values
  • Individual assignment
  • Swot analysis
  • Smart Goals

Day 2 - Getting Started

Session 1
  • Basic Practice Requirements
    • Startup Costs: Capital and Operational
    • Location, Consultation Room and Reception
  • Client Communication
    • Email
    • Telephone skills
    • Case Studies
  • Practice Documents
  • Time management
  • Scope of practice and when to refer
Session 2
  • Marketing and Networking
  • Partnerships and Referrals
  • Sales pitch
  • Individual Assignment

Day 3 - Behind The Scenes 

Session 1
  • Administrative Tasks and Challenges 
  • Finances and Invoicing (Debt collection vs cash only practice)
  • Medical Aid
  • Record Keeping
  • Self Care
Session 2
  • Q&A - session
  • Conclusion
  • Final Assessment


LAST COURSE  13, 14 & 15 December 

Wednesday to Friday

 Course 1 26, 27 & 28 February Monday to Wednesday
Early bird special:
Book before end of
December & pay only
R3840 per person
R840 - non refundable deposit to secure your seat.

Balance can be paid in three R1000 installments if necessary. 

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Please note: a minimum of 5 students required for the course to continue.


Dr Tommie Liebenberg (Social worker in private practice):

“Anri doesn’t pretend to be something or someone she’s not. She asks exactly the right questions to get you thinking about all the important stuff. This course was worth every cent”

Marlene Pretorius (HR Momentum):

I attended this course recently and was really impressed with the content information as well as the personal sharing from Anri. Although the course content is enough, Anri went into detail with her personal experience, downfalls and things that she had to change in order to make it successful. Establishing your vision, mission and core values were very insightful as I learned a lot about myself where I want to go and what my real passion is. Realized the ‘what, how and why” is also important because that will be the ‘product’ I am selling. I can really recommend this course as it will change your outlook and will determine where your true passion lies! I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have attended this course as it changed my life!”

Brenda van Wyk (Pastorale Berader):

"Hierdie kursus was absoluut my tyd en geld werd.  Anri deel alles wat haar pad gekruis het: suksesse sowel as foute en slaggate.  Dit was ook lekker om van die ander kursusgangers te leer. Ek sal hierdie kursus ten sterkste aanbeveel vir enige persoon wat n praktyk wil begin. Na die drie dae sal jy n goeie idee hê of jy dit kan doen of nie."

Tracy van Rensburg: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned a great deal about what it REALLY takes to open your own counselling practice - not as easy as I initially thought! The course was extremely well-presented, and it is evident that Anri takes pride in everything she does. She set a comfortable atmosphere from the get-go, and was very approachable throughout the course. I walked away from the course feeling equipped and motivated to start and run my own counselling practice. I HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone who is considering opening-up their own practice. It definitely is worth every cent!”

Tanya Nel (Honours degree in Applied Psychology and owner of Tanya Nel Counselling in Rustenburg):

“This was a life changing workshop for me. Starting a private practice seemed to be my worst idea yet. However, after attending the workshop with Anri I was motivated and I had a better sense of self and a better vision for myself and my practice. Truly an amazing and insightful workshop that touches on all the aspects of being a successful business owner as well as health care provider.”

Tina Molekoa (registered counsellor): “The course added more confidence for me as a registered counsellor to know that I can start my own private practice. It was enlightening, with practical steps from the trainer. Anri shared, as examples during training, some of her challenges and also ways she managed to improve her business as a private practicing counsellor. She was relaxed and that made me feel it’s possible if I am going to apply the practical tips and steps she presented. I am starting, step by step and I am staying in touch with the other counsellors who trained together with me so that we can apply what we learned.”

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