Podcast 101 | Sliding Fee Scales and Brain Evolution an interview with Paul Fugelsang

Paul Fugelsang is the founder of OpenPathCollective.org. Open Path is a collective of therapists who have generously agreed to provide in-office treatment for $30 to $50 a session. I met Paul Fugelsang when he reached out to me to get coffee. He was vacationing in northern Michigan, I was blown away how much overlap we have in interests!!!

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Pop Culture Meet Paul Fugelsang

Paul Fugelsang is the founder of OpenPathCollective.org. Open Path is a collective of therapists who have generously agreed to provide in-office treatment for $30 to $50 a session. Open Path clients pay a one-time membership fee to work with an Open Path therapist at a significantly reduced rate. Because the rate is so low, clients gain back their membership fee after just one session. Open Path is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Many of our therapists also provide sessions online.

Paul FugelsangHere’s how Paul describes his work:

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor/therapist in North Carolina. In addition to offering in-person therapy for individuals and couples in Asheville, I offer online therapy through the telephone and Skype. Fluent in Spanish, I work with both English and Spanish speakers.

A long-time meditation practitioner, I received my Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to my private practice, I am also the founder and executive director of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective (www.openpathcollective.org).

I have been actively working in the mental health community since 1996. I work with couples and adult individuals. My specialities include helping people who are suffering from anxiety, symptoms of depression, or those who have experienced some sort of trauma. I believe in helping my clients become more mindful of their experience, which enables a greater tolerance for a variety of emotions. My clients typically tell me that while a sustained, constant sense of happiness remains beyond their reach (it is never my goal), after working together the hard times become more manageable, and life in general feels more workable. It’s my belief that the more we can allow ourselves to become safely acquainted with that which is not pleasant, the more we are able to fully experience joy in our lives.


What you’ll discover in this private practice podcast:

6:20 How to take a vision from an internship and make it into something that changes lives.
17:30 How to get qualified referrals.
21:29 How to get referrals without paying anything.
25:01 What clinicians do to get more clients. Should I have a sliding fee?
28:01 Why our brain evolution causes stress.
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Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC

Joe Sanok Private Practice ConsultantJoe Sanok is an ambitious results expert. He is a private practice business consultant and counselor that helps small businesses and counselors in private practice to increase revenue and have more fun! He helps owners with website design, vision, growth, and using their time to create income through being a private practice consultant. Joe was frustrated with his lack of business and marketing skills when he left graduate school. He loved helping people through counseling, but felt that often people couldn’t find him. Over the past few years he has grown his skills, income, and ability to lead others, while still maintaining an active private practice in Traverse City, MI. To link to Joe’s Google+ .

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