How To Charge Full Fee For Your Services

Money is a loaded topic for most therapists and healers.

Whenever I find myself in spaces with other therapists and healers, and the topic of *money* comes up, the shift in the room is palpable.

Everyone straightens up a little bit more.  Gets a little more observant of what others are saying.  There’s a tightness in everyone’s voice.  I’ve totally been there.

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The Paradox of Private Practice for Sensitive Therapists

“What is one thing you wish you had been told before going into private practice?”

This question was asked of me earlier this week by a graduate student in a local counseling program.  She interviewed me about being a therapist and why I decided to go into private practice.  While my story is nothing new to you, the conversation with this student got my wheels turning about what exactly drives sensitive therapists into private practice and the unexpected challenges we face once we are in the thick of it.

The decision for a sensitive therapist to go into private practice is often a mix of logic and emotion.  Continue reading “The Paradox of Private Practice for Sensitive Therapists”

Three Difficult Lessons I Learned From Building a Private Practice

When I started my private practice back in 2016, I had no clue how much this endeavor would challenge me, overwhelm me, and invigorate me.

During the first year of my business, I felt like I was faking it. Even as I got my first several clients, I remember waiting for some imaginary auditor to cite me for the crime of I-have-no-fucking-clue-what-I’m-doing.

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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 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)”