How to Become a Private Practice Therapist?


How to Become a Private Practice Therapist

Whether working in the public or private healthcare or wellness sectors, every practitioner or therapist of any kind has at least once in their life considered building and running their own private practice. This is true for any therapist of any kind, such as mental health therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc. And it is also true for many other wellness and counselling professionals such as life coaches, career coaches, aestheticism, beauticians, etc.


Self-employment has the advantage of allowing you to be your own boss. You organize your own time and space, and do not depend on, or report, to superiors. You earn your own income from your own practice, not a fixed salary. It is worth noting that private practices have long been a common thriving business sector, especially in countries with developed health care systems, consumer awareness and affordability.


Do you dream about managing your working hours, having your own clients and a flexible therapy/practice room to see and treat your patients/clients? So use, and you will be able to choose the ideal therapy space for practice, without any commitments and without any contracts.

Things to Consider Before Renting a  Space for Your Practice:

For the private practitioner, finding the right place to work can seem like a daunting task. If you are looking for therapy, wellness spaces, massage or beauty salon for rent, with so many options to choose from, how do you make the right decision? How to start a counseling private practice?

First Impressions Matter

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and first impressions matter, especially if you are just starting out and building your practice. So take a moment and think about the impression your clients expect from the moment they arrive at your door. You also want to think about whether you can create an atmosphere that is both warm and professional. Can you ensure client privacy and confidentiality?

What if you could rent a space for your practice with full flexible terms?  Rent it when you need it, where you need it, without a contract, without commitments?

Working in a flexible rented therapy/practice room will give you a number of advantages, including:

  • Affordable rent;
  • Low start-up fees;
  • Access to amenities;
  • Great locations;
  • Flexibility;
  • Networking options
  • Grow-as-you-go – rent more flexible hours as your private practice growth
  • Opportunities for business growth.


Design and Decor

Creating a space, such as a counselling room, that is professional yet warm and homey is no easy matter, not to mention expensive. Rented spaces are very often professionally designed and decorated to the highest standards.


A quiet space with a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection means you can be sure that your telehealth or video sessions with your clients/patients, whether you conduct them on a platform such as SImplePractice or even on FaceTime or Skype, won’t be interrupted.

The chance to meet other like-minded professionals

Another huge advantage of working in a rented psychotherapy room is the opportunity to meet other like-minded professionals. Renting a room and getting to know other people who may also use the room, suite, or building can help you develop a network of personal and professional contacts with whom you can then interact and share work-related ideas, referrals and even recommendations and tips on how to grow your private practice!

Working style

When you are in private practice, no one tells you what to do. You have to manage your time, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Time management and organization skills are key here, as well as considerable motivation.

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Location plays an important role here. You must choose a place that is easily accessible, potentially well-visible, if walk-ins are important to you so that the customer can see it. Consider one more factor, the space/clinic must be near public transportation and easily accessible.

Formulate a Business Plan

If you are looking for a loan to start your business, you will probably need  to provide a  business plan. Even if you are funding everything out of your own pocket, a business plan can help you succeed as early as possible. It should be an evolving document that changes as you learn and do more.

Some things to include in your plan include:


  • How much money do you need to earn each year to keep practising privately?
  • How much do you need to earn each year to make a decent living?
  • Financial goals, such as earning enough to hire a second therapist/practitioner.
  • Your marketing plan.
  • Goals for the first months, first year and first 5 years. This allows you to track your progress and assess the feasibility of your plans as you reach various milestones.
  • A repayment plan if you need a loan.
  • Financing options. For example, do you have savings that can help cover your marketing costs?


Choosing the Right Therapy Room

To run a successful business, you need to have a safe and attractive place to meet clients. This does not mean you have to invest in a fancy psychotherapy office for rent, a pricey treatment room, or expensive wellness space. Some therapists enclose a room in their home to use as a home office. Others share an office with another therapist. Whatever you choose, you need to make sure you budget for all of the following:

  • A safe, confidential space for meetings with clients.
  • Office furniture and decorations.
  • Office technology such as a phone or answering machine and Internet access.
  • Security issues. Depending on the client group you are counselling and where you are meeting with clients, you may need to consider security issues. Some therapists may need to install a panic button or make sure their office is only accessible with the correct security code.


Join Insurance Provider Panels

Joining insurance provider panels can help you find more clients as you will be listed as part of the insurance provider network. Joining a provider panel allows you to receive payments directly from insurers. This makes therapy more affordable and accessible and can expand your network of clients to whom you can provide therapy.

 How to Set Up a Beautiful Therapy Room?


  • Use warm elements, such as nature sketches, to avoid the ‘clinical’ feeling. – Plants can have a big impact on the atmosphere of your therapy room. Think about how you can incorporate a natural element into your therapy room.
  • Keep it clean and streamlined for a calm atmosphere – Demonstrate your professionalism in your space by avoiding clutter or debris. Customers will appreciate the attention to detail and will find it extends to the quality of service.
  • Use and complement natural light – Use lights, lamps and candles to change the atmosphere in your therapy room to suit the services you provide.
  • Create your favourite quote – The citation will highlight your professional services and make you different from the others.
  • Combine functionality and design – Creative, modern and functionally designed room with giving the clients the feeling of comforts and cosiness.

We offer many practice spaces in different cities and can help you find the right and appropriate one for you. Many space owners, who are usually practitioners themselves, use Wellerz where you can rent a therapy room in their clinics for private therapists, grow your business, and develop your professional network.

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