Sliding Scale Pricing
It's been my ongoing mission to make therapy as accessible to as many people as possible.
Let's be real: therapy is a privileged resource. Yes, we have medicare rebates here in Australia, which unfortunately doesn't cover narrative therapy, but that doesn't mean accessing mental health services is any easier for marginalised folks who face systems and obstacles that make the process trickier and far more drawn out, let alone disheartening.
I'm sure we can all agree that finding a therapist we 'vibe' with is hard enough. For everyone. Now, add another layer of being gender non-conforming, neurodiverse, poly, trans, semi-/dis-abled or a person of colour (who understandably might prefer to see a therapist of colour) and it's then a million times more important to feel safe, seen and supported.
In order for me to continue offering pro bono and reduced rate sessions, I need to charge a more realistic rate for those that can comfortably afford therapy. What I love about this approach is that all my clients exist within a 'pay it forward' framework. It's similar to buying a coffee for a stranger at a cafe.
If you're in the position to pay my full rates, you are in extension supporting someone more in need - you're helping me build a private practice where I can afford to be flexible with my prices.
It's very much an honour system. I trust that the clients who request reduced rates genuinely wouldn't be able to afford therapy otherwise. Consider your privileges like superpowers - use them for positive influence. I'm incredibly privileged too. I'm white, tertiary educated and predominately able-bodied. I strive to channel these privileges into advocating for change and running my therapy practice in a way that supports that. I hope that you will support me and other therapists who are doing the same.