Pro-Bono sessions for health care providers working directly with COVID-19.
I am currently able to take Highmark, UPMC Commercial plans and Cigna insurance.
Out of pocket sessions are based on a sliding scale. Please read to the end of this page to determine your appropriate fee. I am currently working on getting in-network on insurance boards. You may be able to apply for reimbursement from your insurance company through their out-of-network provider form.
A sliding scale is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income for the same products or services.
Sliding scales are often based on individual income levels, with people of higher incomes paying more.
My base rate is $100 per session. Most people pay between $60 – $140 per 55 min session. I have a limited number of slots available for lower. If this is above your means, please let me know.
Consider paying the base rate or higher on the scale if you:
- travel recreationally
- work part time by choice
- can afford to take time off
- regularly eat out, buy new clothes, attend cultural events without worrying much about your budget
- own the home you live in
- have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- have access to family money and resources in times of need
- have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice.
Consider paying less on the scale if you…
- are not always able to meet basic needs
- rarely buy new items because you are unable to afford them
- are supporting children or have other dependents
- have been denied work due to incarceration history
- have faced employment discrimination
- have immigration-related expenses
- are an elder with limited financial support
- have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- are an unpaid community organizer
- make under $18,000/year (not because you are working part-time by choice)
The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While my care for my clients is free, being a therapist is costly; there is rent, liability and other insurance, continuing education fees, licensure fees, and a myrid of other expenses. For every hour a therapist spends with a client, there is generally another hour spent on research, continuing education, case review, supervision, and paperwork. I reserve 15% of my slots for people who can not meet the low end of the sliding scale, and am dedicated to providing subsidized services for people who come from historically marginalized communities and who struggle to find full employment due to racism, transphobia and other forms of discrimination.