The “sliding scale” is a tool that helps make therapy more accessible for those experiencing financial hardship, short or long-term. Folx using the sliding scale pay different rates for the same services based on their differing circumstances.
We’ll determine your rate collaboratively to ensure it’s sustainable for both of us, based on your income + resources.
First, check your income against the chart below. That’s your starting point.
|Annual Income||45 minute session||90 minute session|
Next, take a moment to consider your resources. Sometimes a person’s income is not a great gauge of their financial situation. For example, if your parent is paying all your bills (including therapy), you have more non-income resources and should use a rate higher than your income bracket.
Think about where you fall on the “Green Bottle” scale below. Is your bottle full, middle, or low? If it’s full, consider a rate higher than your income-based rate. If it’s low, consider a lower rate.
We’ll also talk about what frequency of counseling would be the most helpful with your situation, and factor that into your rate.
You can read more about sliding scales and economic justice at http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale
What if my financial situation changes?
Change happens! I plan to check in about the rate about every 6 months, but if something changes for you please bring it up. If we decide you need a higher rate, that’ll go into effect in 30 days (or sooner, at your request); if we decide you need a lower rate, that will go into effect for your next session.
Will I get better care if I pay more?
No, and you won’t get worse care if you pay less. The frequency and length of your sessions will have an impact on your care, though.
Your lowest rate is still way too high for me!
I get it. Therapy isn’t cheap, for clients or for therapists. If you think we’d be a great fit but cost is still a barrier, please reach out so we can talk about potential options.
Other resources for low-cost therapy include: