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When Money Comes Up in Therapy

Two Ways to Make Your Fee Policies Clear and Easy to Talk About

Lynne Stevens • 3/16/2018

By Lynne Stevens - Most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. It has taken me years to understand that therapy is not separate from the exchange of money. I am in this profession because I care and have skills and knowledge that can help, and I also need to make a living.

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Two Guidelines for Keeping Your Therapy Business Afloat

Strategies for Making Sure Therapy Clients Stick to Payments

Lynne Stevens • 5/12/2015

Money is an underdiscussed topic in graduate programs, supervision and peer groups, yet every therapist I know has felt the awkwardness of seeming mercenary when insisting to a client who has fallen behind that he or she needs to pay. Unfortunately, most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. These days, I run into the problem of clients who don't pay far less frequently than I used to. I attribute this to two changes I've made.

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A Fee Policy Can Clarify the Therapeutic Relationship

Lynne Stevens • 11/2/1998

Money is an underdiscussed topic in graduate programs, supervision and peer groups, yet every therapist I know has felt the awkwardness of seeming mercenary when insisting to a client who has fallen behind that he or she needs to pay.

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When Money Comes Up in Therapy

Two Ways to Make Your Fee Policies Clear and Easy to Talk About

Lynne Stevens • 3/16/2018

By Lynne Stevens - Most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. It has taken me years to understand that therapy is not separate from the exchange of money. I am in this profession because I care and have skills and knowledge that can help, and I also need to make a living.

Daily Blog

Two Guidelines for Keeping Your Therapy Business Afloat

Strategies for Making Sure Therapy Clients Stick to Payments

Lynne Stevens • 5/12/2015

Money is an underdiscussed topic in graduate programs, supervision and peer groups, yet every therapist I know has felt the awkwardness of seeming mercenary when insisting to a client who has fallen behind that he or she needs to pay. Unfortunately, most therapists were never coached about how to reconcile the closeness of the therapeutic encounter with the fact that therapy is also a business. These days, I run into the problem of clients who don't pay far less frequently than I used to. I attribute this to two changes I've made.

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The Bottom Line

A Fee Policy Can Clarify the Therapeutic Relationship

Lynne Stevens • 11/2/1998

Money is an underdiscussed topic in graduate programs, supervision and peer groups, yet every therapist I know has felt the awkwardness of seeming mercenary when insisting to a client who has fallen behind that he or she needs to pay.

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Lynne Stevens, C.S.W., B.C.D., has been a psychotherapist in private practice in New York for 20 years.