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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:02 pm
So I really want to be able to earn a nice living while helping people. I want a meaningful job like that.

However, it needs to make sense financially for me as well.

Ik that before a good few years I'd only earn peanuts. While I know being a therapist is not all abt the money, and I agree, I do need to make a decent living.

what would you tell me - should I not go into this field of work?

those of you already in that line - how long did it take till you saw yourself on steady solid ground, financially?
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amother
Garnet


 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:13 pm
Where do you live?
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amother
Sapphire


 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:13 pm
Sure! thats where our money goes..
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amother
Bottlebrush


 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:14 pm
A successful private practice is both about your skills as a therapist and your confidence in yourself, ability to market, and business sense. Not everyone with a LCSW goes into private practice or is able to have a successful business.

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I have the skills and the knowledge. I have the disposition and am an excellent educator/counselor but I lack the business acumen. I would for an agency and get paid like that. Definitely not the same pay scale, but I would have a hard time charging someone for a missed appointment when their kid is sick, or charging them for information available on the internet, or if they didn’t see progress-I would feel I didn’t educate properly to motivate/implement the changes needed. You need to know yourself.
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:15 pm
amother Sapphire wrote:
Sure! thats where our money goes..


I'm confused.. where does it go?
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OlamChessed




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:15 pm
Post graduation. It depends where you live and how many years it takes you to get you clinical supervised hours - take for example ny state you need 2,000 straight clinical hours.
I am almost there I have 1,700 hours so far , and it took me 4 years I had 3 kids in between.
Its doable just takes a bit of time so if your okay earning not the best income for the short term it can be great long term.
Also I heard that mishpacha recently had an article about this, did anyone read it?
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:15 pm
amother Garnet wrote:
Where do you live?


NYC
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amother
Sapphire


 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:15 pm
amother OP wrote:
I'm confused.. where does it go?

We spend our money on therapy Wink
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:17 pm
OlamChessed wrote:
Post graduation. It depends where you live and how many years it takes you to get you clinical supervised hours - take for example ny state you need 2,000 straight clinical hours.
I am almost there I have 1,700 hours so far , and it took me 4 years I had 3 kids in between.
Its doable just takes a bit of time so if your okay earning not the best income for the short term it can be great long term.
Also I heard that mishpacha recently had an article about this, did anyone read it?


and how much did u end up earning until now?
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:18 pm
amother Sapphire wrote:
We spend our money on therapy Wink


heey ur guilt tripping me not to go into this field of work? Wink Wink

ye tell me abt it I've spent a whopping 100k on mine - in a year!
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amother
Sapphire


 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:20 pm
amother OP wrote:
heey ur guilt tripping me not to go into this field of work? Wink Wink

ye tell me abt it I've spent a whopping 100k on mine - in a year!

No not at all. There's a need for good therapists!
I just wouldn't understand if it's not a good income
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:21 pm
amother Sapphire wrote:
No not at all. There's a need for good therapists!
I just wouldn't understand if it's not a good income


wdym u wouldn't understand if its not a good income?

are u trying to say it instantly is?
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OlamChessed




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:25 pm
amother OP wrote:
and how much did u end up earning until now?

30-40k a year. I work at a clinic


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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:25 pm
OP, how much is a good income to you?

I'm from the NY area, and most therapists I know are eligible for government programs because the salary is so low. Everyone wants to use insurance for therapy. Insurance pays pennies, and denies a lot so therapists are sometimes unpaid. Clients refuse to pay copays and deductibles. If you work for a clinic it's low salary, if you work on your own you are a business owner.

With hatzlacha,

Signed - a therapist who had to go back to school to get another degree and go into another field to be able to earn an income that got us off medicaid
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:27 pm
OlamChessed wrote:
30-40k


Oh my god thats nothing!!!!!!

how did u live???

how many hrs did u work?
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:28 pm
amother Aster wrote:
OP, how much is a good income to you?

I'm from the NY area, and most therapists I know are eligible for government programs because the salary is so low. Everyone wants to use insurance for therapy. Insurance pays pennies, and denies a lot so therapists are sometimes unpaid. Clients refuse to pay copays and deductibles. If you work for a clinic it's low salary, if you work on your own you are a business owner.

With hatzlacha,

Signed - a therapist who had to go back to school to get another degree and go into another field to be able to earn an income that got us off medicaid



are u kidding me? another degree? so how do ppl actually work it out??
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:29 pm
I don't think it's worth it financially. I love what I do, I love the flexibility, I love helping people, but that's it. There are a few exceptionally expensive therapists, but most therapists are not billing that many hours a year at that high rates. And those that do often spend years working at lower salaries.
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OlamChessed




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:31 pm
amother OP wrote:
Oh my god thats nothing!!!!!!

how did u live???

how many hrs did u work?


I work part time and bh it has worked for my family. Smile everyone has different needs, priorities and standards. so for us it worked but it isn’t for everyone. I really have appreciated the flexibility and I love what I do it’s so meaningful bh. I think I really get the chiyus from those two things. Also It’s for the short term so 30-40k a year and then be”h you can build from there when you go private. Most but not all social work jobs with supervision are lower paying then full time w/o supervision.


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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:31 pm
amother Ultramarine wrote:
I don't think it's worth it financially. I love what I do, I love the flexibility, I love helping people, but that's it. There are a few exceptionally expensive therapists, but most therapists are not billing that many hours a year at that high rates. And those that do often spend years working at lower salaries.


well, I love helping ppl but I also love giving my family food, clothing, and everything else they need

if in fact u earn this little how do you manage?

not talking abt living a luxurious life, but comfortably and decently?
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amother
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Post Mon, May 20 2024, 7:33 pm
so overall, if I want to live comfortably this field is def not for me?
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