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Our Collective

Nourish your community. Elevate your practice

Open Path is a nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing affordable, in-office and online mental health care to clients in need.

Our nonprofit is 27,000 strong, and growing.

There are no fees whatsoever for participating Open Path member therapists.

For Therapists By Therapists

We were founded by a mental health therapist for therapists. We know that many of our fellow mental health professionals see clients on a sliding scale basis, and we want to make the process as streamlined and rewarding as possible for you. Open Path generates referrals for your sliding scale slots, advertises your profile for free, and enhances your ability to serve your community.


How Open Path Works For You

Free Professional Profile

Your Open Path profile advertises your practice to nearby clients seeking affordable therapy. To work with you, a client signs up for an Open Path membership

Generate Referrals For Your Practice

You can set your fee within the Open Path sliding scale of $40-70 for individual counseling (and $40-80 for couples and family counseling). Student interns can offer flat-rate $30 sessions to Open Path clients. The client pays you directly for each session.

Sliding Scale Made Easy

Your relationship with the client is identical to any other client in your caseload. The only difference is the fee scale. Open Path makes it easy to offer sliding scale sessions.

Why Join Open Path

Nourish Your Community
You can serve your community by offering a minimum of one sliding scale slot in your practice. Together, we can grow our network of like-minded therapists and reach more clients in need of affordable psychotherapy.
Free Advertising
There is no cost for therapists to join Open Path. Your inviting, professional profile will be yours free of charge. We advertise this service to clients nationwide via Google AdWords and various social media channels.
Generate Referrals
Word of mouth is a powerful way to advertise your practice. Open Path clients often refer friends, family members, and colleagues to Open Path and their therapist. They also can refer full-fee or insurance-based clients to their Open Path therapist.
Member Benefits
Open Path has partnered with the following companies (see below), who generously offer discounts and other perks to Open Path member therapists. Use these benefits to continue growing your practice!

Therapist Testimonials

I love being able to offer a sliding scale for clients that need affordable services. The Open Path Community is values-driven in how they interact in all aspects of the business.

Nicholas Mancini

I joined a couple of years ago when I first began building my private practice and was seeking an affordable way to attract clients. I began working with some incredible clients through Open Path who were thrilled to have this service readily available and accessible from the Internet. I am grateful to have gained the wonderful clients from Open Path, who have also referred additional clients to me. These clients have told their friends and family about Open Path, too. It’s a great resource that has offered so much in the marketplace for both clients and clinicians.

Asha Tarry

The mission and methods of Open Path are aligned with my own values. Open Path is not trying to profit from or exploit either the clients or the therapists. Instead they’re making therapy affordable to individuals who are struggling financially. Member therapists are valued by Open Path and this is explicitly communicated by Open Path policies. Working with Open Path I gain a way to give back to my community as well as referrals for my low-fee slots. I’ve also gained the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients. I am truly proud to be a part of this community, and support Open Path’s efforts wholeheartedly.

Vinodha Joly

Exclusive Member Benefits

Open Path Collective Lecture Series
Our lecture series is designed to spotlight culturally impactful voices who pull from the pools of psychological and ancestral wisdom often overshadowed by mainstream values. In co ...More
$50 off courses with The Private Practice Pro
Looking for a guide to teach you how to open a private practice? Kelley Stevens, LMFT (@theprivatepracticepro) takes the mystery out of private practice with online courses, ...More
Zur Institute
Open Path members receive a lifetime 20% discount off of 160+ online CE courses through the Zur Institute. The discount also applies to all of the Institute’s pre-licensing c ...More
2 Months Free
SimplePractice product features include a comprehensive and customizable template library and client portal for a paperless intake process and therapy notes/documentation. It also ...More
Discounted Being Seen Membership
Being Seen is a therapist directory that ensures your practice will be seen by prospective full-fee and insurance based clients. Membership is limited to better promote your practi ...More
State of the Art Continuing Education
When you need innovative and cutting edge treatment strategies and techniques to meet the changing demands of your clinical work, PESI connects you with today’s leading experts ...More
Practice Management Software
Manage your practice with TheraNest,  practice management software for psychologists, counselors, therapists, and social workers. Designed for both sliding scale and fee based pra ...More
Discounted Monthly Membership
GoodTherapy is one of the top online therapist directories and private practice resources for therapists. There is a way to grow your practice, even through uncertain times–G ...More
Marketing for Therapists
Looking for expert help to grow your practice online? Dr. Dan and his team at can help. Receive $100 off any Google Ads or website content service, as we ...More
Free Open Path Wellness Membership
As a special offering for our clinicians, we have set up a catalogue of free online mental wellness courses that therapists can share with an unlimited number of clients. There are ...More
The Gottman Institute
10% discount on all products from The Gottman Institute (based on 40+ years of research by Dr. John Gottman)
Brighter Vision
Receive a special discount of $100 off any new website plan with Brighter Vision as they build and support your private practice website.
Software Deals
15% discount from FullSlate (an online appointment scheduler for client management)
Streamlined Scheduling
3 free months of service from (practice management software specially designed for therapists).
Motivo is the first platform for online clinical supervision to make the path to licensure easier. Founded by a licensed therapist, Motivo’s robust network allows for counselors ...More
Are You Eligible to Participate?

To participate in Open Path, you must be a licensed or provisionally licensed (Pre-Licensed/License Eligible) mental health clinician with a graduate degree in psychotherapy, counseling, or a related field from an accredited institution. We also accept student interns, who are allowed to offer $30 sessions to Open Path clients. Student interns must be in the process of completing their clinical practicum or internship of their graduate studies and be practicing under the watchful eye of a licensed supervisor. You will be required to provide a copy of your current, unofficial transcripts and your signed supervision contract for your internship. You also must pass our peer-reviewed online application process.