Apply for a professional license
In order to work independently as a psychotherapist, you must apply for a professional license from your canton.
Registration with professional associations (e.g. FSP, SBAP etc.)
Recognition of the specialist title from ASP, FSP or SBAP is a prerequisite for applying for a professional license in the Canton of Zurich.
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Decision on legal form
Psychologists who run a psychological or psychotherapeutic practice as sole proprietors usually establish a sole proprietorship. This legal form is often chosen in the first phase, because the formalities are simple and inexpensive.
Registration of self-employment with the compensation office
As a self-employed person, you must join a compensation fund in order to pay contributions to the 1st pillar (AHV, IV, EO). Registration takes place at the cantonal compensation office at the place of work.
Entry in the commercial registry is only mandatory for the following legal forms: GmbH, AG, cooperatives, foundations and general partnerships. For sole proprietorships, the entry is voluntary. However, if the turnover exceeds CHF 100,000.00 per year, the entry in the commercial register is also mandatory for sole proprietorships.
Conclusion of professional liability and legal protection insurance
Professional liability insurance protects against a loss of assets that may arise due to claims for damages by third parties in connection with the practice of the profession.
Pension insurance is intended to help the insured person and the entitled dependents cope with the permanent loss of income in old age, as a result of disability or in the event of death.
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