The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


Setting up a Private Practice – a Complete Know-How

Your practice – your business! How to become a successful sole-trader: what to consider, what to avoid and how to keep the long term vision clear and achievable

Venue: PSI Offices, Floor 2, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8
Time and Date: Friday 6th October 2017 9.30-16.30
Learning Credits: 4

Fees: PSI Member €90.00, Non-Member €120.00


Working in private practice or as a sole-trader can be rewarding, self-directed and flexible but also frustrating, lonely and may include non-standard working hours. Building a financially viable client-base might take a while but with the right skills, attitude and business know-how, psychologists in private practice can thrive. This course aims to cover practical, financial and business skills as well as provide a networking platform.

For whom?
This workshop is designed for those who are considering setting up a private practice and/or have been working independently for a short while and feel they could use some guidance in taking their practice to the next level

Learning outcomes

  • Manage the practical aspects of self-employment
  • Develop professional compliance strategies
  • Identify steps to take to grow and develop their business
  • Enhance the softer skills required to build and grow their practice


  • Network with other psychologists who are either set up or about to set up a private practice
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Build client-base and income more quickly
  • Ensure safe practice in the absence of an employer and/or a team
  • Facilitation of longer-longer term viability of the business

This one-day workshop will follow the outline below:

9.30-11.30 – How to plan for a private practice development

• Developing a vision and a strategy 
• Assessing viability (competition, location)
• Seeking opportunities and diversifying services
• Networking and marketing 
Coffee break

11.45-13.00 – The practicalities 

• Your office/practice
• Managing client base
• Record keeping and data collection
• Support and referral pathways
• The initial assessment
• Maintaining boundaries 
• Professional requirements

14.00-16:30 – The softer skills
• Self-management 
• Negotiation skills 
• Using supervision effectively

Methods of teaching and form of the event

This workshop will be highly interactive and will require engagement and participation. Participants will work individually, in pairs and in groups. Some materials might be sent out to participants before the workshop, so they can study them beforehand. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets in order to take notes and use the internet to access relevant websites.
No previous experience is required.
Participants will receive resources electronically.

Hadas Levy is a counselling psychologist. She graduated from the MSc course in TCD in 2003. Prior to completing her Masters’ degree, Hadas worked as a training specialist in a number of different private companies as well as government bodies. Hadas has expertise in training design that enhances learning through hands on participation. Since graduating, Hadas has set up a private practice first operating from a GP clinic and later on from her own practice at home. In addition, she worked in the HSE NCS, Primary Care, DCU Student Counselling Services and with a variety of Employee Assistance Programmes. She delivers soft skills workshops to private organisations in Ireland and internationally. She is currently an employee with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and is working primarily on doctors’ well-being and leadership.


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