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OpenCounseling is a directory that specializes in therapists who have a sliding scale, or are willing to make some appointments available for a lower fee.
  • Do you have openings on your schedule that you would prefer to be full?
  • Are you busy most of the time, but find that certain times of the day are hard to fill? 
  • Are you taking insurance, but wish you could see more private pay clients?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, and want make your lower-fee sessions available to others, then OpenCounseling may be right for you.


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    • Unlimited Potential Client Contacts
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    • FREE For the First Month
    • Just $9.99 / Month Thereafter
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Frequently Asked Questions

This varies depending on geography and license type. As a rule of thumb, we say that your sliding scale should start below $120 in more populated areas, and below $70 in less populated areas. We do not enforce a specific fee, but leave this to the discretion of our members.

By joining OpenCounseling, you are supporting licensing guidelines that encourage transparency and consistency in fee setting. You are also supporting ethical guidelines that encourage therapists to set aside time for lower-income clients.
We started OpenCounseling when we noticed that there was something very sad happening. On one hand, there were many people who needed therapy who could not afford it. On the other hand, there were many therapists who were struggling to fill their practice and who had openings available. We wanted to make it easier for these two groups to find one another!

Non-profit counseling agencies are free to list there services. We ask private practice members to pay a nominal monthly fee to list their practice. We think it is a simple vision, but one with the power to transform the landscape of mental health in America. Currently OpenCounseling helps over a quarter of a million visitors each year.
Yes: OpenCounseling is a directory that helps connect potential client with therapists. If a potential client contacts you through OpenCounseling, this occurs before they are a client of yours, and hence there is no therapist-patient relationship established yet. Hence HIPPA is not applicable in the same way it is once they become a client of yours.
We accept all state licensed/intern therapist such as a LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LMHC, Psychologist or Psychiatrists. If you are legally permitted to offer "therapy" or "counseling" in your state you can join our directory.
We are presently serving members in the United States and Canada.
We are always happy to help. Please use the live chat window at the bottom of this page; email us or call (800) 990-3623.
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