About this 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 life experiences, the extent that various social privileges and/or systemic oppressions have effected 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 support, 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 a ‘best-guess’ 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 in the US, as a reparations action for how genocide and slavery have impacted and continue to impact life in the US (the country I was born into).
If you feel like, ‘These estimates confuse me. Can you please just tell me how much I should pay you?‘ the answer is yes!
If you send me you/your household’s average annual income, tell me how many humans you/your household supports, and where you/your household lives (city + country), I will tell you how much I think you should pay me.
* 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…” 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.