An Open Letter to Sensitive Therapists With Money Shame

I see you.

You are empathic, creative, and intuitive.  You’re known for your keen insight and ability to anticipate other’s needs.  You remember dial-up internet, Myspace, and a time before smartphones.

You feel the world as deeply as an abyss. You experience emotions as bundles.  Joy and grief.  Sadness and bliss. Beauty and loss.  Sometimes you want to explode into a thousand pieces because life feels so exquisite and empty at the same time.

This is your first time in private practice. Or perhaps it’s your second go-around because the first didn’t pan out.  Either way, you feel the crushing importance to make this business work.   Continue reading “An Open Letter to Sensitive Therapists With Money Shame”

5 Surprising Ways Your Money Management System Speeds Up Money Healing

You’re undeniably a kick-ass clinician.  Yet, you are clueless when it comes to developing helpful money systems for your business.

You check your bank account daily, yet you have no clue how much money you’re actually making.  You started a spreadsheet to track expenses, but once it became too complex, you fell behind.  You have no clue if you’re setting aside enough for taxes, operating expenses, and – let’s not forget – your own salary!

You’re surprised by how much emotion is attached to the money side of your private practice.  Who knew setting fees and talking to clients about sliding scale could bring up so much shame and discomfort? Continue reading “5 Surprising Ways Your Money Management System Speeds Up Money Healing”

5 Myths About Sliding Scale That Keep You Broke (And A Script for Handling Requests for A Lower Fee)

As Sensitive therapists in private practice, we find ourselves having to make emotionally-charged decisions around money.  Every. Single. Day.

As socially conscious beings, we can’t help but want to alleviate as much suffering as possible in the world, yet we only have so many hours in the day and have to make sure that we cover our bills as well.

How can we make peace with our desire to be of service AND our need to make a living? Continue reading “5 Myths About Sliding Scale That Keep You Broke (And A Script for Handling Requests for A Lower Fee)”

Here’s Why I’m Done Telling Myself “I’m Worth It” When It Comes To My Fee.

After years in the trenches, doing endless on-call shifts, working at low-paying agencies and internship sites, you are thrilled to step into the private practice world.  As you get the keys to your first (sublet) office, you exclaim inwardly: “Finally, I get to charge what I’m worth! I get to make a decent wage! I get to set my own schedule!”

As you take the baby steps to build your dream practice, you’re now faced with having to do what you rarely–if ever–had to do at past jobs: talk frankly and explicitly about money.  More specifically, you have to put a dollar amount on your worth as a therapist.  Continue reading “Here’s Why I’m Done Telling Myself “I’m Worth It” When It Comes To My Fee.”

7 Signs of Money Trauma (And How It’s Messing Up Your Practice)

As a sensitive therapist, there is nothing like running a business to bring up every single unresolved issue around money.

You think deeply about the financial aspects of your practice and personal life. Money is about so much more than money– it’s about worth, power, privilege, shame, and fear. 

Continue reading “7 Signs of Money Trauma (And How It’s Messing Up Your Practice)”