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Therapy, Groups and Supervision: Costs

Session length and costs are adjusted to suit physical, cognitive and other needs and are usually around £45-75 per 50 minute session, or groups £5-15 per 90 minute session (please see below for sliding scale information). I work both online and in-person within Richmondshire, including Richmond (North Yorkshire), Catterick Garrison and local areas with home visits or local rooms according to assessment and need.

Sliding Scale - I work using a sliding scale to support the principle of making health and wellbeing affordable for all. This is part of economic social justice, and recognises that some people will choose to pay for psychological therapy to support their mental wellbeing, and is an act of self-care, just as other physical acts of self-care (the gym, hair cuts and so on) can aid our well-being.

How the Sliding Scale Works:

My fee system is based on fairness in economics. Clients pay based on what they can afford. If you have more money, you support those with less so they can access therapy too. The scale considers both your income and expenses. For instance, if you have lower expenses like support to pay rent, you might have less outgoings, and can afford to pay a bit more. But if you have higher expenses, like medical or disability bills, you might pay a bit less. It's inspired by the 'Green Bottle' sliding scale, linked below. Organisations pay a set fee (Band B).

The Sliding Scale

Sliding Scale (Non-Concessionary Rates)

Please read through the ‘Sliding Scale’ section below and decide a band that best matches your circumstances. This should be the category where you have a sense you fall, however, you do not need to agree with every statement. Differences between the bands are in bold. 

A: £75 High (Group session £15):

              • I always have enough to cover my needs.
              • I have a steady job and/or regular income.
              • I have plenty of savings or assets.
              • I have extra money to spend.* 
            • *I own or lease a car, I can afford an annual holiday or take time off, I can always buy new items

B: £60 Average (Organisational Set Rate) (Group session £10)

              • I can usually cover my basic needs comfortably.
              • I have a job and/or steady income.
              • I have some financial savings.
              • I have a moderate amount of extra money to spend.*
            • I can take a holiday every year or few years, I own or lease a car, I might buy new items e.g. clothes infrequently

C: £45 Low (Group session £5):

              • I sometimes worry about meeting my basic needs, but I manage to do it regularly.
              • I have a steady income.
              • I don't have any savings.
              • I hardly ever have extra money to spend.
            • I cannot afford a holiday, I cannot afford a car or petrol in the car, I cannot afford to buy new items e.g. clothes.

Concessionary Rate

Solidarity, Students and Financial Hardship £25

I reserve a few slots for students and those who are facing financial hardship, particularly those from groups that tend to be economically disadvantaged due to the identity groups they belong to. You are more likely to strongly identify with the following:

              • I worry a lot about meeting my basic needs and sometimes can't manage it.
              • I'm either jobless, not making much, or on a low income.
              • I qualify for UK benefits.
              • I don't have any savings or extra money to spend

Supervision: one to one and group supervision available. Contact me for your requirements

Workshops: - please see individual events

Notes on Sliding Scale:

          • I trust my clients and don't require proof of income. I hope this sliding scale will be used honestly because it's based on generosity.
          • There are limited slots for each price range. Lower-priced slots are in higher demand. If you take a lower-priced slot when you can afford more, it might prevent someone truly in need from getting it.
          • Once you start therapy, regular payment is expected. If my rates don't fit your budget, I can suggest other therapists or organisations that might offer more affordable options.
          • If someone else, like a parent, is paying for therapy, the rate is determined by their financial ability.
          • This scale will remain in practice whilst we undertake a review of its' use and effectiveness for our clients and equality of access.

Credit

With Credit to the work of Alexis Cunningfolk at http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/sliding-scale