Daryl like most other people seem to have this preconceived notion that the more you pay for something the better it is. I agree that is the case some of the time which I why I’ll says sometimes you get what you pay for. But it is not always true. The following is an email written to Daryl’s therapist who is apparently world renowned.
I was referred to you by a patient of yours,Daryl White. Daryl is convinced that I have severe psychological disorders that require medication and counseling. In the past I have seen therapists and psychiatrists who are CSWs, MSWs and MDs and they all came to the same diagnosis.
Daryl says that their diagnosis is wrong because they work for non-profit organizations and educational institutions so they are of a lesser caliber. He advised that I seek you help and pay for your services. Please let me know when we can schedule a consultation.
Daryl’s therapist said she would give me my initial consultation for $75 as a courtesy. I don’t know about my readers, but I pride myself on having a decent grasp of the English language. When she says a courtesy I assume my subsequent sessions will be more expensive. I returned an email to her and said that my income is minimal since I am currently unemployed and asked her how much my subsequent sessions would be. She skirted the question saying that she does have a fee scale system in place and will work with whatever is in my budget.
I called her on Saturday and she never returned my phone call. When Daryl went to see her on Monday, I told him to remind her to return my call which she didn’t. I took this as a hint that perhaps she isn’t really interested in providing counseling to me if I can’t afford her rate. After all she accepts no Medicaid, medicare or managed health plans and Daryl’s insurance pays $150 per session. If I can only afford to see her for considerably less then if may not be in her economic interest to see me.