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How to start a therapy business

how to start a therapy business

Starting your own therapy business can be the beginning of a long and happy career in which you’re supporting countless people to conquer their struggles. 

There’s no better time to start too. With one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health issue every year, demand for therapists is high. 


If you want to be the person who supports those with these crippling mental health problems, it may be time to set up your own therapy business. Read on to find out how you can do that and what qualifications you need.


Becoming a psychotherapist is no small feat and requires a lot of hard work to obtain the correct qualifications. Once you finish school, you’ll need to complete a degree in psychology or a healthcare-related discipline, like nursing or medicine. Practice makes perfect in all jobs but, in this career, you’ll need 450 hours of practice to qualify. 

This is just one route, however. You can also complete training courses to become qualified, but these must be accredited by at least one of three governing bodies.


Now that you’re fully qualified, you can start setting up your business. Begin by registering your business with HMRC to ensure it’s operating legally. After this, you need to acquire specific insurance for therapists to cover you should anything go wrong. Finally, you’ll need to sign a lease for an office where you’ll conduct your sessions. Once this is all done, you can begin onboarding patients. 

Hire an assistant 

Running a business by yourself can be extremely stressful, so you may benefit from hiring an assistant or receptionist. They’ll be responsible for patient intake and organising your diary. Once the business grows, you could look at hiring other therapists so you can increase your client base.


With roughly 220 thousand therapists in the UK, you’ll need to do everything you can to stand out and attract patients to your business. One of the easiest ways to do this is through marketing. You’ll need to develop a website and direct people towards it using social media advertising. You may also opt for some more traditional marketing methods, such as posters or flyers.

Once you’ve done all of this, you’ll be all set to begin your life as a therapist and business owner. Take time to understand your business and try not to take on more clients than you can handle. This may bring too much stress into your life, which is the last thing you need when working as a therapist!