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  • 3 days (09:00 – 14:00)
  • R4950

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Anri van den Berg
Anri van den BergSpecialist Wellness Counsellor

The Vita Nova Journey – Can Counselling Be A Successful and Profitable Business?

Anri was previously invited to speak at the first annual ‘Counsellors In South Africa’ Conference. She shared the Vita Nova journey; that started in 2010, and also spoke about the challenges of starting your own counselling practice along the way. She spoke about the Humanitas counselling course and the wonderful successes the students have and continue to experience throughout their internships and training. The ASCHP was also present at the event and spoke about the wonderful work that they are doing in providing counsellors with a professional body that they can register with as well as getting counsellors the recognition they deserve.


There are so many places where you can complete a short course in counselling, but where to from there?

I found myself in a similar position quite a few years ago and had to go through the process of having to establish myself in this new world. Being equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge of offering counselling services to those in need, I thought I was geared and ready; however I had no idea what it entailed to actually run my own practice. Throughout my Vita Nova journey I have made many mistakes, but, through God’s grace, I kept on going! I had to try and explore new things, adjust my thinking and my direction where needed. Changing what wasn’t working while repeating what was working, aided me in growing and steering Vita Nova to reach its ultimate goal of being a counselling centre that can effect real change!

Throughout the years, we’ve been blessed with numerous and continuous requests to contribute to public forums including; TV appearances, various magazine & newspaper articles, radio interviews and more.

Join us for this 3 day course where we will openly share our Vita Nova Counselling journey with you. We discuss and share the mistakes, as well as the lessons learnt along the way since starting our practice back in 2010.

This course is aimed at equipping qualified practitioners (social workers, psychologists & 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.

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


Day 1 – Planning your counselling practice (Anri van den Berg)

Day 1 is all about getting you in the right frame of mind and looking at various important business-related factors that you will have to keep in mind when starting your own practice.

Day 2 & 3 – Getting Started (Anri van den Berg, Leon van den Berg & Anschel Pieterson)

On Day 2 & 3 we will focus on:

– basic practice requirements from venue and furniture, to practice documentation, registration, marketing and networking.

– financial requirements and the planning needed to ensure a solid foundation for your practice. We will explain where and if VAT becomes applicable, discuss registration requirements, as well as your scope of practice and when to refer.

– Marketing and Networking – some of the most important aspects in building towards a successful practice.

Leon van den Berg, IT specialist, will talk you through your basic website requirements, and explain the do’s and don’ts of creating and capitalising on your online presence.