Mutual Care Support – If the sliding scale I have doesn’t feel within in your economic capacity, I offer the possibility of exchange. This exchange is only available to those who fit in the low income/support bracket of the sliding scale chart (see below). This exchange usually involves assisting me with developing this work into a sustainable, interconnected praxis. I have specific tasks I need help with. We will talk about what feels within your skill set and possibly imagine new options together. The exchange is direct in terms of time – an hour of me supporting you, an hour of you supporting me. I currently have space for 3 people in this capacity – These spaces are currently full. Drop me a line to be put on the waiting list for this option.
Urgent Support – Free – If you are feeling overwhelmed, in a particular period of time that is quite tough – and my sliding scale doesn’t fit your capacity – I can provide temporary support of a free session or few. These spaces are limited. Drop me a line to inquire or be put on the waiting list for this option.
Systemic Oppression, Access to Money + My Sliding Scale
Each of us has a different experience in life, in terms of how our ‘nature’ – our neuro-physiological diversity – is combined with our ‘nurture’ – the sorts of nourishment/lack of nourishment we received as children, our live experiences, the extent that various social privileges and/or systemic oppression effects each of us.
For each of you arriving here, how you experience intersectional oppression and/or privilege may be drastically different than the next person. Countless studies provide evidence of how oppression and privilege play out in terms of access to economy, globally. Because of these complex nuances, because of my interest in fostering relational wellness, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to navigate money and access to this support. As well, in some therapeutic contexts, government aid (such as Medicaid) is able to help those without economic access receive support. Yet, because I have pursued more avant garde and atypical realms of mindful, body-based, cognitive and behavior research in my therapeutic work- US government health care does not cover these sessions.
You are here, looking for support. I am glad you are here.
These topics are often overwhelming, even when a person is feeling quite resilient. I understand that figuring out where you fit on my sliding scale chart takes effort to figure out. Sometimes people experience feeling shame about not having economic access, or guilt for having a lot of it. Sometimes people misinterpret this sliding scale as a way to get discount therapy. It is not a perfect system.
You are allowed to be imperfect here. The sliding scale fee is not about having a perfect answer, it is about looking for an estimate. Please know that I appreciate your effort in this. Your effort nourishes the web of mutual aid that this sliding scale is a part of.
I am a fan of economic transparency, and in the hope that it helps you navigate the sliding scale, here is a bit more information: I fit in the low income zone myself. I also consistently contribute $ to grassroots Indigenous and/or Black organizations as a reparations action for how genocide and slavery have impacted and continue to impact life in the US.
This scale directly relates to your average income and/or amount of $ you receive from family, government or otherwise.
$0 – Mutual Exchange. This rate is limited to 3 spots. Space is currently: WAIT LIST
Low Fee – $20 – $40/session. 3 spots Possible. Space is currently: AVAILABLE
Mid Fee $40 – $90/session. 5 spots Possible. Space is currently: AVAILABLE
High Fee $90 – $180/session. 5 spots Possible. Space is currently: AVAILABLE
Which bracket do I fit in?! you might be asking yourself. Fortunately there are handy-dandy charts to help you out. The one below is for a single person in the US. If you support kids or elderly, you might gauge a soft estimate by adding around $6500 a year/per dependent, to the number from the chart below. If you live in another country you can use this model to get a sense of where you sit in relation to your local economy. Again, this is not about finding perfect answers, it is to help you get an idea. Contact me if you have questions.
More on the term Intersectionality
The term intersectionality was coined in 1989 by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw to investigate and describe ‘how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap…’. As We Rep STEM writes, a person may experience oppression based on one social category or group to which they belong, for example, their ethnicity, but may experience privilege based on another, for example, their sexual orientation.’ If a person experiences neuro-atypical prejudice, ableism, mysogyny, and/or transphobia – these are ways to talk specific pockets of systemic oppression. In many situations intersectional oppression can have a synergistic, negative effect – As Crenshaw notes, ‘Black women are both black and women, but because they are black women, they endure specific forms of discrimination that black men, or white women, might not.’
Often misconstrued, intersectionality ‘isn’t an effort to create the world in an inverted image of what it is now’, states Crenshaw.
The point of intersectionality is to ‘make room “for more advocacy and remedial practices” to create a more egalitarian system.‘
As Vox writes, ‘Intersectionality is intended to ask a lot of individuals and movements alike, requiring that efforts to address one form of oppression take others into account…This raises big, difficult questions‘. The focus here is not on figuring out ‘who has it worse.’ Rather, the focus is to learn about nuances of oppressive forces in order to take action, to cease our participation in them, and to be better equipped to create egalitarian systems. By learning about the ways that privilege and oppression effect each of our lives, and how they are intimately entangled with one another, we can better understand how to foster vital, balanced webs of interconnection. We can better understand how to be forces of nourishment to our webs of relations.