How to start a private counselling practice in Australia
When i first started my ow private counselling practice in Australia, it was a risk and a massive adventure that I was very excited and nervous to start. It’s no easy task opening your own private counselling practice in Australia.
Below are 5 things that I learnt when i first opened my counselling practice in Australia that I wish someone had told me before I started. This information is intended for counsellors and psychologist that want to start their own counselling or psychology practice in Australia and other countries.
5 Important lessons about opening your own counselling and psychology practice in Australia that I wish someone told me earlier
1. It’s not a deal breaker if you don’t know much about business but it definitely helps
Now I did have a some back ground knowledge on how Business Startups work in Australia but I wasn’t an expert, well not just yet. Running a counselling business in Australia is risky business but it’s better to be aware that you have limited knowledge in certain areas when it comes to running a counselling practice in Australia than to be ignorant, which increases your risk of failure.
If you don’t know much about business just remind yourself that there is a possibility that you can learn and acquire new business skills which can lead to discovering new interests and passions. This can be interest and knowledge on how to do marketing for a counselling practice in Australia, creating strategies for a counselling practice in Australia, creating policies and procedures for a counselling practice in Australia, understanding your legal obligations of starting a counselling practice in Australia and many more.
The journey of starting your own private counselling and psychology practice in Australia is always ongoing, the learning just never stops. This is a highly rewarding journey and it will test your patience, in a good way.
2. The people are the most critical part of your counselling and psychology practice
When I first started my counselling and psychology practice in Australia, it was a solo journey that was filled with long quite nights at my Perth office. However, it didn’t take too long before I had other counsellors and psychologists join my private practice that I started on my own.
Working with other counsellors and psychologist in Australia was an amazing experience that was filled with learning curves, new ideas and memories that I shared with my fellow counsellors and psychologists across Australia. I would never have had the privilege of meeting so many of the best counsellors and psychologists in Australia if it wasn’t for starting my own private counselling practice.
The culture, values and purpose of my private counselling practice was shaped by the amazing counsellors and psychologist that I had the honour of meeting and working with. Despite the tough times, starting my own counselling practice in Australia has been a grateful and rewarding journey, that I will never forget.
3. Trust Yourself
When you first start a counselling practice in Australia and you choose to ignore some of your natural instincts and gut feelings, it can come back and bite you down the line. Some people you meet while you start your counselling practice, that you think are there to help you are actually hurting your counselling practice and are bad for your well being. You don’t want those kind of people in your life.
Trust your gut feeling. Once you learn to trust your gut feeling, you will have a lot of extra stress free days in your private counselling practice.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Engage in Experts and Professionals
When you use external professionals and experts that can improve your counselling practice and help take it to the next level, don’t be afraid to do it, you will thank yourself later. With the help of experts and professionals in the industry I have improved my private counselling business at a much greater rate, which means I am able to provide a much better counselling service for my clients.
There has been a huge return on my investment when I decided to engage with experts and professionals in the industry. It was a decision that I would highly recommend to other counsellors and psychologists that want to open their own counselling practice. Ultimately, this meant that I am able to provide a much better counselling service to my clients all thanks to the experts and professionals that helped me along the way.
5. Giving Back to the Community
Hands down, the best part about starting your own counselling practice in Australia is having the privilege of giving back to the community, which has a positive ripple effect on so many people. This is so rewarding and you can only experience it when you start your own counselling practice in Australia.
When you start to live by your counselling practice’s own values, culture and purpose, you can finally sit back and enjoy the progress that you have made.
If you are thinking of starting your own private counselling practice in Australia or any other country, just do it. With the right help it will be the best decision you will make. It will be an amazing journey that you will go through, from being a therapist to being a business owner. You can only experience this feeling when you start your own counselling practice.
So to my fellow counsellors and psychologists that are thinking of opening your own counselling or psychology practice, do your research, get the right help and start a new chapter in your life. You will thank yourself in a couple of years time.
I have decided to give back even more to the community by helping other counsellors and psychologist open their very own successful private practice. From the many lessons and experiences that I learnt along my journey of starting my own counselling practice in Australia. I have decided share this valuable information and knowledge that I learnt with other like minded counsellors and psychologists. So if you are a counsellor or psychologist and want to open your own private practice, contact me to find out how I can help make your transition from therapist to business owner a lot smoother and less of a headache.