Feminist Therapy Fees: Critiquing and Rethinking

  • Bonnie Burstow Toronto, Ontario


By fundamentally problematizing the business conceptualization, the author of this article critiques the central position taken in the literature on the payment of feminist therapy fees. Critiqued are such espoused beliefs as "not paying or underpaying for therapy is countertherapeutic," and such practice recommendations as (a) do not see anyone for free, and (b) inquire at length into the client's resources before setting the fee. The author demonstrates the incompatibility of these beliefs with feminism, recommends abandoning the business conceptualization, and articulates a reframing and restructuring of private practice by using the social services fixed salary as guideline.
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