E39: What it means for Stevon to be a Black therapist in America who charges over $250/session

In this episode, we are speaking with Stevon Lewis, a therapist in private practice, who is truly demonstrating what it’s like to be a therapist in the world who is making a bigger impact, without sacrificing his own mental, emotional, financial wellbeing in order to do it. He understands that both are possible – by getting out there, doing good work, and being seen, he is actually to give back and make a greater impact.

We’ll discuss how he is currently charging $250 per session, and has charged as much as $300 per couple. He describes himself as a “6’2″ dark-skinned Black man” out there in the world as a therapist who is really putting himself out there and being seen in a big way. He’s been featured on podcasts, television, and is now doing executive coaching.

He grew up in a working class family and came from all kinds of anxiety-laden money stories. He started out in debt and worked in community mental health. He continued to grow, learn, and push himself to become the person he wanted to become, and now he’s going to show YOU that if he can do it, so can you.

 

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In this episode, Stevon will share:

  • His journey from community mental health to charging as much as $300 per session;
  • How a conversation with Tiffany gave him the confidence to raise his fees from $150 to $200 cash pay;
  • How he learned to value the worth of his work and charge accordingly;
  • How he uses experimentation to take risks and take on opportunities that scare him;
  • How he was able to give back and make a bigger impact by virtue of playing big in the world and charging premium cash fees;
  • His 3 steps to charging premium fees in private practice as a person of color and while continuing to work with clients he is passionate about serving..
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More about Stevon

Stevon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and corporate consultant. In his private practice, he specializes in working with adults struggling with Impostor Syndrome. He has been a featured expert for various major television and media platforms, including the Oprah Winfrey Network, Bustle Magazine, Thrive Global, and Entrepreneur Magazine. As a corporate consultant, he has facilitated discussions about race in the workplace for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) and Tory Burch. In addition, he has hosted a series of workshops for A New Direction, a London-based non-profit, that provides support and development to individuals that are underrepresented in the creative and digital industries. 

You can find Stevon at https://www.stevonlewis.com/.

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