In this episode, Juliet and Clinton answer the following questions: 1) I’m struggling to build my practice. Are my fees too high? 2) Should I offer a discounted package of therapy sessions? 3) Do I need a separate website to market my therapist trainings?
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Questions Answered in Episode 131
In this episode we answered the following questions:
1. Kat Huxtable – Facebook group
I’m looking for immediate ideas on what helped your private practices flourish or at least improve please! I’ve been here three years and having run a very successful practice in London (so I know I can do it!), I’m really struggling here and am now down to just working with UK clients via video conferencing.
I’m wondering if my fees are too high ($130)?
If I need to blog more? Find ways to advertise more?
I don’t really have a niche, although I do work with refugees (voluntarily) and trauma. I need to do something now as we are in difficult financial times so any thoughts of immediate (and with no cost) ideas would be hugely appreciated. Thank you.”
“I’m a mental health Social worker and my clients only receive a rebate of $74.85 per session. My fee is $170 per session because I have two years of postgraduate university training on top of my four-year SW degree and 2 years gestalt experiential training and 10 years experience.
I think my fee is a reflection of my experience and training and it’s unfortunate the Medicare rebate (in Australia) isn’t more equitable amongst various professionals. Anyway, my question is how do I know if I’m charging too much? I often find clients are asking to spread sessions out further apart than is ideal because money is tight. This sometimes impacts on the treatment. Has anyone had success in offering payment plans?
Or packages e.g. buy 5 sessions and receive the 6th session for free. This is probably also ethically complex! Any assistance will be appreciated I’m feeling stuck!”
3. Krystyna Louise
“Hi all, those of you who do a sliding scale for fees – how do you calculate and market it? Anchored with official health care concession card at the bottom, I suppose?”
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