How Open Path works
Founded in 2012, and launched in the spring of 2013, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need. Our mission is to provide greater access to affordable psychotherapy services while also supporting therapists in private practice.
Our organization is founded in a recognition that an economic gulf is not being bridged by our current mental health care system—and middle-income individuals are being left out in the cold as a result. By becoming an Open Path Member therapist, you help us meet the problem head-on.
We believe that more people can access affordable psychotherapy if:
Mental health care professionals in private practice commit a part of their practice to working with clients at a reduced rate.
Mental health care professionals in private practice are supported in their efforts, and rewarded for their service.
Open Path makes it easy for clients and therapists to connect with each other:
Search – A client locates an Open Path therapist in their area then submits an application and a one-time membership fee of $49 with Open Path to begin the process of being matched with the therapist.
Connect – If the Open Path therapist has current availability, she/he sees the client for $30 – 50 per session. The fee within this scale is negotiated between the client and therapist and paid directly to the therapist according to how she/he normally conducts her/his practice.
Schedule – The Open Path client and therapist’s relationship is identical to any other client in the therapist’s caseload. The only difference is the fee scale.
Why work with us?
What you receive
Involvement – The benefit of knowing you are part of the first nationwide movement of mental health care professionals who are publicly acknowledging and actively addressing an area of economic disparity in the mental health field.
Payment – $30 to $50 for each session you conduct with an Open Path client. We acknowledge that this rate is significantly lower than what most professionals charge. We ask that each OPPC member see a minimum of one client at any given time at these reduced rates.
Exclusive therapist benefits from Open Path partners
Free Psychotherapy.net Videos
Free access to one video every month featuring master psychotherapists in action. Plus first month free of Psychotherapy.net Video Subscriptions.
3-month free trial from wecounsel
We have partnered with wecounsel to help our providers expand their reach and deliver care online through easy-to-use engagement tools such as HIPAA compliant video, interactive chat, secure email, online scheduling and so much more. Open Path members receive a 3-month free trial of their service.
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 practices. Includes all you need for a growing practice: scheduling, mobile apps, notes, billing and claims, reminders, Wiley Planners and much more. Get started with a free 21-day trial plus 20% off your first 12 months after your trial.
$9 yearly print subscription
Online Wellness Ed for your Clients
Get unlimited access to Open Path’s 18 online wellness classes. Classes include: Parenting, Anger Mgmt, Meditation, and Nutrition and Exercise. Your clients will be able to access our coursework an unlimited number of times.
Free introductory digital subscription to Psychotherapy Networker.
The Gottman Institute
15% discount on all products from The Gottman Institute (based on 40+ years of research by Dr. John Gottman)
3 free months of membership with GoodTherapy.org, one of our colleagues in providing an online resource advocating for ethical therapy.
2 months free of Brighter Vision’s service to build and support your private practice website.
15% discount from FullSlate (an online appointment scheduler for client management)
3 free months of service from TherapyNotes.com (practice management software specially designed for therapists).
Reach a wider audience
Get 25% off The Web Therapist, an easy and affordable way to setup a website and attract more patients online.
Streamline & Organize Your Practice
Practice Management for Social Workers, Therapists, Counselors, Psychiatrists and Psychologist, Practice Management made simple, smart, scalable, and secure with easy to use scheduling, reminders, therapy notes, billing, income & expense tracking and business management. Open Path therapist members receive their first 3 months free of charge.
Apply today and start helping others – it’s absolutely free!
Open Path is in the continuous process of recruiting member therapists nationwide. Fill out the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective Therapist Application, or feel free to email us as at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any questions you may have.Become an Open Path Therapist