What is Sliding Scale? Why Sliding Scale?
1. I believe in sliding scale rates because I truly want people to be able to access support in a way that is more equitable and in a way that dreams up ways to circumvent the capitalist underpinnings that are often present in holistic healing services. The Healing Industrial Complex* is a thing and I want to poke holes in it so you can climb in.
2. I want to make sure I am able to be fully present for our work, which means that my basic needs also need to be met. Knowing that my wellness and care for myself is central to the work I can offer other people, I'm trying to create multiple access points for people that also feel sustainable for me. I want to feel present, clear and committed to our work and working to have some stability in my income is one of the ways I feel I am able to get grounded in that way.
3. Not everyone works sliding scale and they have made those choices for a variety of reasons and so I also consider the rates of other practitioners and want to respect their knowledge, skill and investment in their work. (While still offering sliding scale.)
*Coined by Mia Mingus
Not sure where you land? Alexis J. Cunningfolk of Worts & Cunning Apothecary developed this helpful image to unpack what what financial privilege and access looks like. (And do take a read of the longer piece called The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice.) If the low-end of the scale still feels out of reach, please don't hesitate to let me know. I am open to payment plans and communicating about what feels possible for you.