Espace pour thérapeutes à Bruxelles : individuel ou partagé ?

Space for therapists in Brussels: individual or shared?


First of all, Brussels is a city of more than one million inhabitants. As a renowned European capital, many foreigners come to live here and the city is constantly growing. As a therapist, Brussels is an ideal city to settle in; firstly because it is a good place to live, and secondly because the potential clientele is large. Indeed, such a dense and dynamic city is necessarily a place that favours the development of one's activity. And the first thing to do before setting up in a space for therapists in Brussels is to ask yourself the right question.

Should I share a practice with other practitioners and therapists?

This trend of sharing space is developing in many sectors, but in the wellness and health sector, sharing a practice is not so common. However, this practice of sharing space for therapists in Brussels is becoming more widespread and has many advantages.

Indeed, the first advantage is not negligible, especially in this period of inflation of energy prices and therefore of rents in Belgium. Sharing space for therapists in Brussels allows costs such as rent and utilities to be shared between different people. This represents significant savings, which is a number one criterion when you are starting your activity and/or have little cash to finance a space for therapists in Brussels alone.

Moreover, it is an opportunity to meet other professionals and to network. Many people make the mistake of thinking that as self-employed people, they can succeed alone and achieve everything on their own. And indeed, this is possible in some cases, but being well surrounded and working as a team with other practitioners makes it easier to develop your business. The people with whom you share your space for therapists in Brussels will be able to give you advice, and you can give them advice too. You can create synergies, if your professions are complementary, clients can be sent to you because they have a particular need to which you can provide a solution. In the opposite case, where you practise the same profession, when one of you is overworked, he or she could send you clients.

It is important not to see other therapists as competition. Building up a clientele on your own is not necessarily the best method, as you might think. Sharing space for therapists in Brussels is a solution for building up an address book and a network of professionals in the same sector of activity. It is also a way of making yourself known, and of working in a pleasant environment where you do not feel alone in your profession. Buying space for therapists in Brussels may seem complicated or expensive. But today, sharing space for therapists in Brussels makes it possible to offer practices at very accessible prices.

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Why rent a workspace for therapists?


When you start your activity, it is normal to ask yourself the following question: where to practice your professional activity as a therapist? Indeed, many will be tempted to start and develop their activity simply at home, mainly for economic reasons. This is a very different way of working than owning or renting a therapist's office. There are other advantages such as

  • Benefit from the comfort of home in your working environment.
  • Not having to travel to work in a therapist workspace that may be far from home.
  • Welcome at any time and any day and you define your own schedule.

However, in order to start your home-based business legally, you need to do several things beforehand:

  • Ask for the agreement of the owner of the accommodation in case of rental.
  • Ask for permission from the co-ownership regulations if you are staying in a building.
  • Apply to the local authorities for the necessary permits, as your home will no longer be considered a residential property by the local planning authority.
  • Obtain a mixed-use exemption for your dwelling from the municipality if it is required in your city.
  • Obtain a building permit for major works required to fit out your home, or submit a prior declaration of works for minor works (interior fittings).

Working as a therapist at home is inexpensive, but requires a certain amount of preparation time. It requires a great deal of autonomy and effort, unlike working in a therapist's office. In addition, there are a number of disadvantages to practising at home, such as

  • Lack of space is quite common in a home practice as opposed to a professional therapist work space.
  • Lack of privacy and professionalism, your patient is immersed in your privacy which may make them feel uncomfortable. Some patients want to be received in a neutral and professional space.
  • People around you may interrupt your sessions if you share accommodation. Living together is often difficult.
  • Poor separation of professional and private life.
  • You work alone and are isolated from other professionals. Networking is more difficult than in a therapist workspace.

Some therapists operate under these conditions and are successful, but this mode of operation does not favour the development of your activity. Particularly when you are starting out, networking is essential. Whether it is to create synergies with other professionals, receive advice, send clients to each other, etc. A workspace for therapists allows you to become more professional in the exercise of your profession and to use a maximum of tools to develop your activity.

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What are the advantages of renting a paramedical practice?


Renting a paramedical practice has many advantages, which justifies the development and democratisation of rented paramedical practices. These advantages are diverse and allow the paramedical professions to evolve in their way of practice:

1. To be able to accommodate patients in a desired geographical area:
Indeed, renting a paramedical practice allows you to choose in which geographical area to develop your patient base. It is also possible to rent several locations to extend your range of action and thus have a larger patient base. Renting a paramedical practice offers freedom of mobility.

2. To have professional equipment on site:
Renting an equipped paramedical practice also allows you to have professional equipment directly on site. This makes it possible to make significant savings, and also allows for a rapid start-up of the activity when necessary.

3. Avoid using all your capital to buy an asset, especially when starting a business:
Buying a paramedical practice is a real investment, often very risky when you start your activity. Renting a paramedical practice is an ideal alternative that allows you to launch your activity with complete peace of mind and to grow your clientele at your own pace.

4. To become more professional, to welcome the client in a neutral place where he/she will feel at ease:
Many paramedical professionals still practise from home, often converting a living room into a suitable room for the session. However, this can make the patient feel uncomfortable and the work less professional. A neutral and professional setting can improve performance, give a better image of one's work and welcome the patient in good conditions. Renting a paramedical practice allows you to improve your work without spending a lot of money.

5. To be able to belong to a centre/group of professionals in the same sector:
Renting a paramedical practice is also possible within a group or a paramedical centre, which allows for meetings and synergies between professionals in the same sector. The working environment can also be more pleasant, as many professionals in the paramedical sector feel alone in the practice of their activity.

These are the 5 main advantages of renting a paramedical practice. They represent the benefits that this way of working can bring to you and your business.

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Why is renting a practice favoured in the paramedical sector?


The difference between medical and paramedical: For many of us, the difference between the medical and paramedical sectors remains unclear, especially as they both belong to the broad health sector. However, there are significant differences beyond their similar primary function of providing patient care. So what are these differences? Why is renting a paramedical practice favourable for professionals in this sector?

Training: important differences from the start.
These two very similar professions require very different training. While becoming a professional in the paramedical sector will require 3 to 5 years of study, medical studies will require about 9 years. Although both are demanding courses, the medical course has a few more subtleties. Future medical professionals must comply with two mandatory rules:
- Be registered with the defined Order (doctors/dentists/midwives).
- Taking the Hippocratic oath, a condition that obliges one not to discriminate against patients.

Their functions: both complementary and distinct.
Indeed, medical professionals must follow these two rules during their training, as they alone have the authority to dispense prescriptions. They operate directly with the medicinal products that are used to prevent and treat disease. Paramedical professionals, on the other hand, support medical professionals with their specialisations. They usually work from a rented paramedical practice. This division of labour is due to the different specialities of each one, which allow them to be more efficient in the treatment of different health concerns, whether physical or mental.

Different fields and therefore different professional spaces:
These distinctions, whether in training or in their functions, make the paramedical and medical sectors two sectors each with their own areas. In the medical sector we find the fields of: medicine, maieutics and odontology. These fields are mainly present in public structures (hospitals) but also in private structures (clinics, centres). As for the paramedical sector, we find the fields of: health care, rehabilitation, medical and technical assistance, and medical equipment. These fields are mainly present in centres or rented paramedical practices. Indeed, most professionals in the paramedical sector require a private or shared professional space in which to work, so they rent paramedical offices. These offices can be rented on a monthly basis, but now also on an hourly basis, a formula that is becoming more and more attractive thanks to its flexibility and low cost. Paramedical practices are increasingly rented on an hourly basis, as this does not involve any significant costs or long-term commitment. They can leave the practice whenever they wish and only pay when they occupy the practice. There is no rent or purchase to make, the practice is fully equipped and ready to use. This is why paramedical professionals nowadays favour renting out paramedical surgeries, whereas medical professionals mostly have their own space directly.

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Office rental for a psychologist in Brussels


Difficult to find practices in Brussels for psychologists: the renting of a practice for a psychologist in Brussels must evolve to survive.

In recent times, finding a practice for a psychologist has proven to be no easy task. Many psychologists have no practice, or practice in a practice, but barely make ends meet. Indeed, the complications are not due to the lack of available practices, but to the solutions currently offered to psychologists. Regardless of the way in which psychologists practice, they have inevitably been affected by soaring energy prices.

As regards the rental of psychologist's offices in Brussels, rents are constantly rising, adding to the costs. Add to this the drop in purchasing power in Belgium in 2022, and the mental well-being sector is in trouble. As for psychologists who have their own practice in Brussels, although they do not have a
As a result of this price inflation, they have felt the impact on their energy budget. In one year, the price of energy has increased by more than 50% in Belgium. To compensate for this, psychologists are therefore forced to increase the price of their services or lose a significant part of their turnover. Others are forced to terminate the lease
This is a difficult situation to live with. But what solution is there to this situation?

Renting offices for psychologists in Brussels remains a good solution to this situation, but in a different form. Indeed, the renting of offices for cheap despite the increase of the charges exists in the form of coworking. There are shared offices for psychologists in Brussels, which can be rented on any day of the week.
week, at affordable rates with charges included in the price. Each individual can reserve an already equipped practice for as long as they wish and only pay when they occupy the practice. This new system makes it possible to optimise the space and amortise the cost of energy and other expenses, which is how it is possible to offer such low and unchanging prices.

This principle is based on the mutualisation of spaces and thus makes it possible to provide solutions to psychologists who need them.
Renting a psychologist's office in Brussels at low cost is possible when you share.

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Quitting your job and moving into wellness


Statistics show us this more and more every day. We no longer find any meaning in our current jobs. We suffer from the pressure that the bosses put on us, their employees.

The world today wants everything to go faster and faster. We feel like we are being squeezed like lemons and all for the sake of someone else. It doesn't make sense anymore!

The number of burn-outs, depressions and suicides is increasing drastically every year and yet nothing is slowing down, the pressures are getting stronger and stronger, the working hours are getting longer and longer. Nothing is going right anymore!

Many workers in this pattern no longer feel at all in tune with their personal values. The opposite reaction then takes place: the need to go slower, to let go of the pressure, to be in the green, to take care of oneself and of others.

Many people who go through a burn-out put a series of actions in place to feel better. This includes coaching, psychological support, but also relaxation, time for oneself and other techniques to find meaning in life. Along the way, the desire then arises to do good for others and to share one's story so that others do not fall into the same trap.

The search for personal fulfilment then leads to a professional reconversion which will naturally turn to the wellness sector.

Some take advantage of their sick leave to train and sometimes accumulate a series of training courses and certifications in various disciplines of this wellness sector. It is then in a totally instinctive way that with time, they decide to launch their own practice. Generally they develop their own discipline which will be a concentrate of the different trainings received and based on a philosophy of life in adequacy with their values.

Giving a new meaning to one's life, feeling good, doing good for others, giving a more human dimension to one's job, being fulfilled, working on and for oneself, improving health and well-being are all reasons to switch to a professional reconversion in one of the well-being professions.

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La location de cabinets de soins : une nouvelle issue pour les praticiens ?

Renting out surgeries: a new way out for practitioners?


Healthcare practices are defined as spaces that are suitable and organised for medical practices but also for practices in the wellness sector. The rental of treatment rooms is thus reserved for health and wellness professionals.

Care is a set of actions that a person performs for himself or herself or others to maintain physical and mental health and well-being.

There is therefore a large number of treatments that are defined as medical or wellness.

Renting space for practitioners is one of the most suitable solutions, despite the health crisis, which is not preventing property prices from rising. There are different types of practices and practice rentals. The rental of "conventional" surgeries.

Firstly, we will define the term conventional health care practice. Conventional" care practices can be likened to medical practices, equipped for medical practices.

They are aimed at caregivers from the medical sector such as osteopaths, physiotherapists, general practitioners, etc.

These practices can be more specifically equipped with treatment tables, medical equipment, etc.

The so-called "conventional" rental is the fixed rental of a space. It is a rental with a monthly rent to be paid, plus a building fee. This type of rental is aimed at experienced practitioners with a constant patient base. The rental of "conventional" practices allows practitioners to carry out their activity in the same place and to leave their professional belongings there.

Renting of "flexible" care practices

The "flexible" treatment rooms are spaces equipped with materials that can be adapted to different practices, mainly in the field of well-being. They are intended for practitioners working in the wellness sector: masseurs, sophrologists, psychologists, dieticians, etc.

These practices are generally equipped with massage tables, mats, chairs, etc. The equipment in these practices is general to allow each practice to be carried out without worry.

Flexible renting allows practitioners to use space and pay for the hours they use the space. Prices are very often lower and users benefit from packages.

This type of rental is aimed at wellness practitioners who do not need a medically equipped practice. It is also aimed at young graduates who are developing their clientele/patient base.

Flexible" practice rentals allow practitioners to avoid committing to a fixed location and to try out different practices.

The rental of treatment rooms is divided into several types of rental and tries to meet the needs of everyone. Nevertheless, it would be advantageous to develop flexible practices adapted for medical professions. Professionals in these practices also go through a start-up phase where their patient base is not regular.

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Les psychothérapeutes, des spécialistes de la souffrance psychologique

Psychotherapists, specialists in psychological suffering


What is the profession of psychotherapist?

A psychotherapist is a person who takes charge of a patient in order to help him or her with psychological suffering. Psychologists (professionals who listen to, accompany and help people with moral, chronic or psychological problems) should not be confused with psychotherapists (professionals who treat people with psychological, behavioural or sexual difficulties). There are many specialities in psychotherapy, such as

- Hypnotherapy
- Neuro-linguistic programming
- Sophrotherapy and sophrology
- Therapeutic meditation
- Cognitive and behavioural therapy
- ...

In practising their profession, psychotherapists often encounter difficulties, what are they?

It is important to know that a psychotherapist is chosen by his or her patient according to various criteria, including word of mouth. Choosing a therapist on the basis of what people know can be very positive or very negative. Indeed, the relationships that patients have with their psychologist or psychotherapist or other health professional are different from each other. The current can flow very well from one person to another. Each person has their own sensitivities and chemistry. Another difficulty is to know how to distinguish one's professional life from one's personal life. A psychotherapist accompanies people with psychological problems all day long. His challenge is not to become an emotional sponge.

What are the benefits of making an appointment with a psychotherapist?

Psychotherapy has many benefits in areas such as

- Psychological suffering. This concerns phobias, anxieties, anxiety, panic, recurrent depression, etc.
- Emotional or relationship problems which include obsessions, shyness, self-esteem and failures.
- Behavioural wellbeing nuisance. For example, post-traumatic stress, various addictions, imagining non-existent ills, ...
- Well-being and self-development. The psychotherapist helps people to develop their self-esteem and to become more aware of their real needs.

How about it? Do you want to become a psychotherapist? Want to make an appointment with a psychotherapist?

Psychotherapist, a profession that allows you to help your fellow man.

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Foreign trainers come to Brussels


From Spain, France and Portugal, more and more foreign trainers are arriving in Brussels from time to time to share their knowledge for a few days. Some travel from city to city.

They usually launch their training programme via their website and social networks at the beginning of the year, so that participants can register in good time for the training closest to their home.

Training courses of a few days in aesthetics, massage techniques or other psycho-corporate disciplines are very successful and allow many people in professional reconversion to add an extra string to their bow.

Mobile workers, as the name implies, move from one place to another to carry out their work. A whole range of occupations can nowadays move around at will to carry out their profession. People who provide training are among them. Indeed, once you are a specialist in a field, why not train, instruct and pass on your knowledge. Whether it is in the fields of aesthetics, well-being or mind-body techniques, many trainers offer to teach you a new technique or to improve your skills in a discipline that you like.

Thanks to the flexible spaces available today, these trainers can easily rent a room for the few days that their training or initiation day lasts, at a lower cost.

Some trainers, in order to ensure additional income to the price of the training, also sell material to the participants of their course on site.

For some years now, and even more so with the crisis we are going through, the various techniques in the wellness sector (and there are many of them) have met with growing success and interest. Many people are training in these techniques. Training courses are therefore very popular. But beware, there are also scams. Learning massage techniques via a digital training course is simply nonsense. Some courses can only be given in person.

Also beware of trainers who are not always certified and are selling you a bill of goods. It can be useful for you and your reputation with your clients/patients to be certified in your field. You should therefore give preference to certified training courses which will provide you with a diploma at the end of the course.

For those who want to start training, don't hesitate to rent a small space to start. Even if you only have 2-3 participants to start with, there are now rooms suitable for the number of participants, which you can rent by the hour. Start small with a room suitable for the number of participants. There is no point in taking a room that is too big and where the students will feel lost. Aim for the right size and make your workspace evolve according to the evolution of your activity. Today, all this is possible because there is an offer adapted to this type of demand.

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At last, hourly rental of consulting and treatment rooms!


Any practitioner in the wellness sector will tell you. It is a real hassle to find your first consulting room after training. There are many rental offers, generally expensive and not very flexible. Almost all professional spaces are rented by the day or half-day with a long-term commitment of a minimum of six months or even a year.

When you start your career, it is almost impossible, financially speaking, to rent such a professional space and to bear the monthly costs of rent when you do not even have your first patient or client yet.

We had to wait until 2021 to see the arrival on the rental market of business premises equipped with hourly rentals. How could we not have thought of this earlier! Indeed, it is ideal for those who are just starting out in their practice and for those for whom the practice of their discipline is complementary to another job. Renting a practice by the hour allows total flexibility in one's schedule. Indeed, at the beginning of one's career it is almost impossible to group one's first patients in a fixed time slot. The system of renting a practice by the hour allows you to come when it suits you: during the week, at the weekend, during the day or in the evening. The hourly practice rental system also allows us to have no constraints and no long-term commitment: no lease to sign or monthly rent to pay. The principle is to pay only for the hours you need. No more and no less.

As a result of the health crisis we are experiencing, many practitioners who started last year have had to leave their fixed location. They have lost a lot of money by paying rents without being able to practice.

The times we live in are propelling flexible work spaces. Coworking spaces, for example, are a resounding success. Today, the pooling of spaces also affects certain targeted professions such as hairdressing, cooking and wellness. Gone are the days of renting a fixed office. Mobile workers will tell you that they prefer to go and work in a different space every day to be closer to their clients and not to fall into monotony.

Renting a practice or professional premises on an hourly basis is THE solution for beginners and for those who are self-employed or simply need a temporary base.

Flexibility is today's watchword!

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