This action of vehemently inserting feelings out in the world and demanding that others process these feelings – we are all very aware of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s our job to process these feelings – with our clients. For money.
Given this, I absolve you, now and forever more, from working as a therapist for free for rando therapists who flail around and attempt to project shit into you via FB comment flybys. Feel free to gently step out of those conversations and have real conversations with thoughtful clinicians IRL.
What is price-fixing?
Let’s really look at what price-fixing is and isn’t once and for all. There is an amazing, but slightly boring article on this very topic put out by the FTC that clears all this hootinanny up in one fell swoop.
According to the article, “Price fixing is an agreement (written, verbal, or inferred from conduct) among competitors that raises, lowers, or stabilizes prices or competitive terms.”
What would this look like in the therapy world? It would mean you are getting together with all the therapists in your town and agreeing to raise your fees to, let’s say, $182. This means that if someone in that town wanted therapy for $100, there are zero options because you have all gotten together and agreed to set your fee at $182 so that anyone wanting therapy would have to pay that fee. If you haven’t done this, you’re not price-fixing.
In fact, according to the article, “The antitrust laws require that each company establish prices and other terms on its own, without agreeing with a competitor.” If you follow heytiffany.com, you know that I encourage therapists to set their fees based solely on your personal and professional needs – not by looking at Psychology Today and seeing what the ‘going rate’ is, not by asking your friends what they charge, not by basing it on what your therapist charges and then charging less than that. NOPE!
As long as you are setting your fees based on what you need to do your best work, then you’re not price fixing, even if you’re talking about it on Facebook. Definitely download the Fun with Fees Online Calculator if you haven’t done so. It will calculate exactly what your fees should be based on YOUR unique needs!
What price-fixing would look like in the therapy world
Here’s an example of what you cannot do as a therapist in private practice.