Pricing Freedom: Your path forward.
I have a responsibility to my clients. I owe them quality care, transparency, and exceptional guidance. And I have an even bigger responsibility to my craft. Psychology is a multidisciplinary study that includes aspects of biology, philosophy, world religion, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical literacy. Further, psychology has been legislated meaning it has national regulatory boards that qualify practitioners because it is a branch of the medical field.
Millions of hours of research has gone into the theories students of psychology commit to memory. We learn about various aspects of psychology that date back to the early 1900’s and all the successive theories that were born over the last 100 years. Then we go on to learn when, how, and to whom we apply those theories. But, those are only the basics.
For those of us who go on to get our masters in counseling psychology, we explore the interplay of the mind and body that are represented by a variety of behaviors. Those behaviors have been studied and placed into a complex taxonomy that is known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The symptomatology of a particular disorder is listed and coded with a specific number in The DSM-5. So, a clinical psychologist uses that book to diagnose their clients and apply a modality to “treat” the client.
Again, we are just touching on the surface of what it takes to step into the role of a professional counselor because beyond the general areas of study, there are counselors that choose to specialize in a particular area of psychology such as early childhood behavior, adult development, sexual assault, war veterans, and personality disorders (just to name a few).
So, all of that adds up to about 7 years of a person’s life between undergrad and graduate schooling. Then that graduate goes on to practice in the field for 2 years under supervision as well as takes state and national boards to get a licensure (that just means they retained the information that was on the test and they gained 2000-3000 hours of experience in mental health.)
But, none of that qualifies someone to be a good counselor or therapist. It doesn’t guarantee a person will develop empathy and one’s ability to self-reflect and do their own work. In fact, most counselors are burnt out because they get paid low wages for difficult work, get bogged down in paperwork, and get caught up in insurance company drama.
Most agencies pay counselors around $36,000 and take a percentage of that to supplement that practitioner's benefits.
So a person who is working with people coming off of heroin, who have been raped, who have been abused, who have been trafficked and exploited gets paid a poverty wage with sub-par insurance that has a high deductible
So, think about that. A person spends 10 years of their life building towards a career that pays them not enough to have a comfortable lifestyle. So, the other option is that person goes into private practice and builds a 6 figure business.
But, most of us graduate with 70k in student loans. So now, we have to get our own insurance, we have to pay rent for an office, we need a website and a marketing team to get the word out, we pay to be on list-servers, and we fight like hell to stand out from all the other psychologists that are “here to help”. So, we take side jobs, full-time jobs, and stretch ourselves thin. We risk our mental health to work in mental health.
Some counselors do cocaine to deal. Others hide their addictions. Some of us are jaded and cause more harm than good to the unassuming people who think they got a bargain by using their insurance to hire us for help.
This brings me to why, while I have an extensive background in counseling psychology, biology, and philosophy, and world religions in addition to 10 years experienced with functional medicine, I work as a coach and charge around $300 per 90-minute session. I could get really angry at people who think $300 is a lot of money. But, I don’t fault them. As a middle-class we have been programmed to “look for bargains” and live a bargain basement lifestyle in the process. Even now I’m tempted to justify my prices. But, the reality is that I’m 20 years into my career as a counselor turned coach.
Nothing needs to be justified.
Rather, the perspective shift that needs to happen is asking oneself, “Am I willing to do what it takes to have the lifestyle I want?”
Freedom is something we all want. We want financial freedom. We want personal freedom. We want freedom to express ourselves. We want sexual freedom. We want all aspects of freedom like peace of mind, focus, accomplishment, and much much more. But, most people go to counseling to “fix” a problem like infidelity, heart-break, or a mental health issue. Very few seek to learn the path of freedom; meaning they stop at fixing the problem and never focus on having the lifestyle they want, which is a life of freedom.
If you have read this far, chances are you don’t care about what goes into a person being able to help you and guide you. Very few people actually study the mechanics of a car before buying it. They just want the fucker to run and not cost too much.
But, then there are real car-heads, like myself, who geek out over the aesthetic of the car, the engine, and the origin of the car. So, if you are a person who cares about getting quality care, dare I say luxury care, top-tier, best in the world...you get the idea, then it costs $1500 for 5 sessions to be given the roadmap to living a life of freedom.
Not convinced? Then go to PsychologyToday.com and work with someone else. Otherwise, book your free consultation and LET’S DO THIS!