Ask Tiffany: How do I raise my fees without feeling guilty?!

This week, we have a very special edition of Ask Tiffany: The Money Series.

[Insert 80’s sitcom music for the dramatic two-part series premiere]

Therapist Wesley (not the one from Star Trek) wrote in with this question:

“I loved what you said about therapists not having to give back through their business. However, I really strongly believe in helping therapy be accessible for all and Open Path can only do so much. I have (too many) spots for people who I only charge $50/session. What is a way for me to reduce those spots to 1-2 without feeling horribly guilty and like I am denying sessions to people who really need them?”

I KNOW Wesley is not alone with this question. In some way, it gets to the heart of almost every money question that comes to my inbox. So, today, we tackle it. 

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NOW, we’d love to hear from you. Do you resonate with Therapist Wesley’s struggle? How do you reconcile the need and DESIRE to earn a great income with the guilt you feel knowing that there are so many people who need help, but may not be able to afford your full fee?

Share with us in the comment section below.


  1. Bill Harrison

    Another great, heartfelt video. Thanks, Tiffany!

    • TiffanyL

      Awww! Thanks Bill. It’s nice to hear from you. 🙂

  2. Maegan Megginson

    So helpful to hear the reminder that we’re making sacrifices today in service of the longterm vision… that includes helping WAY more people who need what we’re offering. You’re the bomb, Tiffany!

    • TiffanyL

      Thank you, Maegan!! I *know* you know what I’m talking about. I appreciate your kind words and, even more, I love seeing you out there playing the long game, too!


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Hey, I’m Tiffany McLain, LMFT, and I teach you how to charge good money for the good work you do.  I’m the founder of Lean In. MAKE BANK. Academy, a group program that empowers therapists and social workers like you to reimagine your relationship with money, offering the tools and community support to not just earn more but to fundamentally change your life and the lives of those you serve.

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