Starting Private Practice Training

Nicky is running “Starting Private Practice Bootcamp” online sessions in 2023.

The next training opportunities:

Sunday 26 February 2023 (9h30-11h30) —-> BOOKINGS OPEN (50% full)

Cost: R400 (includes access to Nicky’s private Facebook group offering resources and ongoing support for your practice)


Psychologists, registered counsellors & social workers registered with the HPCSA or SACSSP who are:

  • Newly qualified
  • Already running a practice but need more guidance
  • Considering private practice after years of employment


I am a Clinical Psychologist based in  Cape Town. I started private practice in 2005 and I focus on adult individual therapy using CBT & Schema Therapy. You can read more about me on . Some of you may be familiar with my popular blog posts about Masters applications and starting a psychology practice. Writing is not my “love language” (speaking is!) so instead of procrastinating about writing more blog posts, I run online groups to share ideas, resources and offer support.

1) I wish such a group existed when I started my private practice over 17 years ago!

2) I provide one-on-one sessions for newly qualified psychologists which can be expensive when you’re starting out. A group platform can be so much more affordable.

3) I LOVE helping fellow therapists starting a practice. We were never trained to run a business and this can make the “money” side of a practice extremely anxiety-provoking!


  • 5 things I wish I knew when I started private practice
  • The basics of billing, medical aids & PMB’s
  • Practice policies, consent forms & being confident about your rates
  • Marketing your practice (including websites and social media)
  • Guidelines on making tax more streamlined

There will be an opportunity for Q&A. After the session, I send you LOADS of resources including everything you need to get your practice POPIA-ready.


“This course is an absolute MUST for any professional starting their Private Practice. Nicky is a phenomenal presenter and true expert in her field. Her practical tips and guidelines ensures that you are well prepared for this new chapter!”

Marijke du Plessis, Educational Psychologist  

“This is the best decision I have made! I attended Nicky’s workshop on “Private Practice” and gained valuable insight, knowledge and background of how to run a practice without experiencing possible pitfalls which may deter both newly qualified and skilful therapists wanting to work on their own. Nicky shares information whole-heartedly guiding individuals towards achieving the best for both the therapist and their future practice. I would recommend Nicky’s workshop without hesitation!” 

Anonymous, Clinical Psychologist

Thank you so much for all the information. Although I have been in private practice already, attending your workshop was insightful and I cannot wait to apply the new information into my private practice. I also liked your personality when presenting. You kept us glued to our screens and our ears open wide for 2 hours and it was worth it. I am definitely recommending this workshop to my colleagues.”

Khodani Radzilani, Educational Psychologist

Nicky’s enthusiasm and passion for supporting newly registered professionals shines through in this workshop. Her guidance and wisdom has been grounding within the uncertainty of starting a new practice. I would highly recommend it!” 

Tiaan Landman, Counselling Psychologist

Nicky Abdinor, I am posting this here as I am sure there are many others who echo my sentiments… From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for starting this initiative! While studying, I always envisioned having my own practice. However, when I was nearing the end of my comm serve year I was in a bit of a panic not knowing where to even start and was unsure if I would be able to make it a success. I had become convinced that the only way I could make a decent living would be to have full time employment at a hospital, or to join an affiliate programme where a chunk of my earnings would go into someone else’s pocket. I signed up for your bootcamp very last minute thinking I have nothing to lose by just getting a sense of what private practice is about, and you totally exceeded my expectations. You were completely transparent and gave us a thorough guide for exactly what needs to be in place ito admin and so much more. I think we all also really get the sense that you do it from your heart to be helpful and to enable others to succeed. I felt so empowered after that session and, for the first time, felt that I could do this. Now, two months in, I couldn’t be happier with my decision and my practice filled up much faster than expected. It is so satisfying to build something that is your own and to be the master of your own time in every way. I know for a fact I could not have done this without you, and for that I am eternally grateful!

Anonymous, Clinical Psychologist