Working on your well-being is an investment. I have a wealth of experience to share with you and believe this work is valuable.And, dealing with money can be hard, if you have questions about my fees or paying for this work, reach out. My standard hourly rate is $185.00. I also have a reparations rate and a pay-it-forward, community care rate and am also open to shorter meetings after an initial meeting to establish the course of our work together.
I am working on creating structures that increase the accessibility of my work, including a limited number of negotiated fee spots for financially disenfranchised folx, especially QTBIPOC people. I am also developing dyad, triad, and small group processes that will make the work more accessible, which I expect to make these available hope this summer as the pandemic hopefully eases and my studio space is fully renovated and ready to go.
I do not bill insurance directly, here's why. You can use HSA or FSA funds to pay for our work together. I can generate what is called a "superbill" for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement (out of network benefits are not guaranteed, please contact your insurance company prior to meeting with me to determine if you will be covered).I accept cash, credit cards and checks. All fees are due at time of service.
When we decide, eagerly or apprehensively, to pursue our healing and growth, it is very important to seize the moment.
In an ideal world, we all should have an easy access to affordable care and a wide variety of modalities. Currently, however, affordable care in general, and alternative/complementary modalities such as the combination of Narrative, justice-doing, Somatic Experiencing® and art therapy work I do are not widely available. To do my part in making therapy more accessible, I have a policy of doing my best to work with people to create access to this work within my means. At the same time, I do not waive my fee entirely.
If you believe you are unable to pay my full fee ($185/hour) and need to negotiate for a lower fee, please read this document thoroughly in considering what you can pay. Please consider from whom you ask for a discount for what in what situations. Please ask yourself: When have I asked for discount? For what items or services? From whom? Did I consider the impact on the service provider for agreeing to charge me less? Do I have a conscious or unconscious assumption, for example, that “therapists whose job is to care about people” should offer discounts and sliding scale?
For negotiated fees to work, each one of us must honestly self-assess and then be willing to stretch. The questions to consider: How much can I truly afford? What is the value of this work for me? Do you automatically think – “oh, I don’t have any money” and set up to pay the lower end? Stop for a second. Feeling broke and being broke are two different things. You should not pay the lowest end if:
You regularly buy coffee at coffee shops.
You go out to movies or other social events at least two or three times a month.
You buy yourself new clothes because you like how they look rather than you have no more warm sweaters.
You regularly pay for things like getting facials or manicures or massages and they are not part of chronic pain management or other life survival issues.
You have ways to get extra income when you need it – by calling your parents, for example
You know you can afford to pay this without needing to think twice about it, even if it feels like a lot of money.
I am a self-employed mother of two teenaged boys who makes a living and supports my family by providing sessions and training in creative arts and narrative therapies. As one person doing this work I must balance the financial health and well-being of my family and the need for accessibility among the people with whom I work. Unfortunately, I cannot offer negotiated fees to everyone who wants to work with me. If we negotiate a fee it will be for a time-bounded period, after which we will reevaluate before going forward in our work together.
In particular, I am interested in serving those who have been impacted by social, collective and historical traumas (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, Indigenous genocide and displacement, colonialism, slavery, etc.) and those who want to be effective allies. However, I ask you to understand that it is not a casual decision on my part to maintain this policy and practice. In some ways, by offering this policy, I am preventing my clients from examining why some resources are accessible only to some people, and taking steps, individually or collectively, to correct this inequity in our healthcare system.
Negotiated fees are NOT discounted fees or a sliding scale; you are ultimately responsible for the difference between my full fee and what you are able to pay now. Once we agree on a negotiated fee, I ask you to do the following:
Please keep track of the difference between what you pay and what the full fee would have been, this helps you be mindful of what you are asking for and receiving.
Near or far down the road, if and when you have more resources, please offer me the difference so that I can continue my practice with the same policy. Alternately, please contribute the amount to an individual, an organization or a program that seeks to end racism or transphobia, for example.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to our collaboration for your healing, growth and empowerment.
Standard Therapy Rates
30 minutes – $92.50
45 minutes – $138.75
60 minutes – $185.00
75 minutes – $231.25
90 minutes – $ 277.50
30 minutes – $80.00
45 minutes – $120.00
60 minutes – $160.00
75 minutes – $200.00
90 minutes – $ 240.00
*Reparations rates are for Black and Indigenous Folx only
Community Support Rates*
30 minutes – $100.00+
45 minutes – $150.00+
60 minutes – $200.00+
75 minutes – $250.00+
90 minutes – $ 300.00+
*If you have financial privilege, please consider paying more to support QTBIPOC and/or disabled folx who are financially disenfranchised. The above are suggested fees, but feel free to pay any amount more to support community care. 100% of the amount you pay over the standard fees will go towards my Community Care Fund which helps to pay for therapy for others. The beneficiaries of this fund do not have to work with me, but rather may use the funds to pay for work with the therapist of their choosing. Additionally, I will continue to offer a limited number of negotiated fee and pro bono sessions to support accessibility and community care.