I am a licensed professional who has spent years and thousands of dollars pursuing my higher education. I obtained a master's degree. Upon graduation from a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COMFTE) institution , I passed an extensive national exam. As a post graduate intern, I completed at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience , of which 1500 had to be directly with couples and families ( conjoint therapy). This was 2 years of additional training needed to be fully licensed. This was a significant investment of time and expense.
Like all professionals, I must renew my license every two years. In order to keep it active, I must complete mandatory Continuing Education Units at my own expense. Many courses cost hundred of dollars and take several days to complete. This is time away from seeing clients and making income. Many times therapists go above and beyond to obtain specialized training.
Overhead costs must be maintained such as rent, office furniture, office equipment, supplies , administrative billing staff and costly phone and internet at business rates not residential. Malpractice liability and slip and fall insurances must be maintained yearly.
There are many hidden costs behind therapy fees. This helps to understand why therapists charge the rate I do. With social media so prevalent, I know consumers now a days shop for therapists. After all the expenses are met, therapist do not typically earn the full hourly fee. Insurance standards dictate all paperwork, case consultations, appointment scheduling and intake calls are made within the set one time fee. Last minute cancellations do not allow me time to schedule another appointment for the time i set aside just for you.
Few therapists are able to see 40 full face to face clients a week and may not earn as much as it seems at first glance,
Feel free to discuss fee concerns diretly with me. You will learn clear, open communication is the core of working with me.