Pricing

We try to create an affordable structure which allows people with a range of incomes to be able to access support, and for us to be able to pay our living costs.

We ask you to pay according to your income and your outgoings. We recognise that the honesty and trust this requires are at the heart of every successful relationship. In cases of hardship, we will negotiate the fee according to your individual circumstances.

Our fees are revised periodically and we will give you a minimum of one month’s verbal notice of any changes. We also trust that if your income changes (up or down), you will let us know and we can reflect that in a renegotiated fee.

Counselling and psychotherapy

The payment for an initial session is a flat rate of £20. Thereafter I operate a sliding scale

This is guidance only – your outgoings are also an important factor and we can discuss your individual circumstances at your first session. If you are in particularly challenging financial circumstances, I have some pro bono spaces. 

Income – Fee per hour

Under £10,000 – £15

Under £15,000£20

Under £20,000£40

Under £25,000 – £45

Under £30,000£50

Over £30,000£60

Herbal medicine

Appointments are every 2-4 weeks at first, and can become less frequent once you’re sustaining the changes that keep you well (e.g. every 4-8 weeks if desired for maintenance). Prices include time spent preparing for your appointment, producing your treatment plan, and dispensing any medicines:

Pay-it-forward: £180 for a 90-minute first visit / £120 per 60-minute follow-up

Choose this tier if you do not normally have to think about your outgoings. You may need to budget for bigger expenses such as a holiday abroad, but you can achieve them if you wish to. You may have a stable income that exceeds your monthly expenses, or more than six months’ living expenses in the form of savings, capital, investment or inheritence.

Sustainer: £135 for a 90-minute first visit / £90 per 60-minute follow-up

Choose this tier if you can afford to go out for coffee or order a takeaway from time to time, or to buy a new item of clothing, or to take the occasional staycation, or are already accessing one or more forms of private healthcare or therapy – but you have to budget carefully to make this possible.

Solidarity: £90 for a 90-minute first visit / £60 per 60-minute follow-up

This works out at £5/hour to the practitioner after covering costs. You are warmly invited to choose this rate if you have no disposable monthly income (income you have choice in how to spend), and you have less than £5,000 worth of savings, capital, investments or inheritance. If the Sustainer rate would cause harm to you or others around you (e.g. hunger or problem-debt), the Solidarity rate is also 100% for you. If you could pay the Sustainer rate with some adjustments to your lifestyle that do not result in harm, we ask that you do.

Work carried out separately to appointments, such as blood test analysis, letters to GPs, and repeat prescriptions, is charged at a pro-rata rate for the time involved. This is discussed beforehand.

Medicines are charged at a flat rate, plus postage if applicable:

  • Liquids, capsules and pessaries are £12-£15 per week, depending on quantity
  • Dried herbs and powders are around £7.50 per week, depending on quantity
  • Creams and balms are up to £6 per week, depending on quantity

If you already grow and forage herbs and these can meet your healthcare needs, I am also happy to give you a prescription for medicine that you can source and make yourself.

Therapeutic groupwork

This is guidance only – your outgoings are also an important factor and we can discuss your individual circumstances at your first session. If you are in particularly challenging financial circumstances, I have some pro bono spaces. 

Income Fee per hour

Under £10,000 £15

Under £15,000 £20

Under £20,000 £40

Under £25,000 £45

Under £30,000 £50

Over £30,000 £60

FAQs

Why the sliding scale?

We believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We’d love to live in a world without money and the inequality that flows from it, but while these exist we will do our best to prevent it from being a barrier to accessing healthcare. We need to be able to support ourselves under capitalism, too, to sustain this work. This is made possible by everyone contributing according to their means – from little if they have relatively little, to more if they have more.

Why are counselling and herbal medicine appointments priced differently?

There are more hours of work involved in between sessions for herbal medicine than for counselling.

Your herbalist will prepare for your appointment based on your intake form, produce a detailed assessment afterwards with recommendations, and then spend time making or dispensing any medicines. They also spend many hours growing, foraging and ordering the plants that go into your medicines.

These hours are additional to those counsellors share in common with herbalists (such as planning, marketing, financial admin, maintaining and updating our skills with additional training, IT, etc).

Therefore for each hour of contact time with your herbalist, on average 4-6 additional hours of work go in (relative to a counsellor).

Herbal medicine appointments tend to be less frequent than counselling, so the overall cost to you may be similar.

Get in touch

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Katherine (therapist):

kvcoxtherapy@gmail.com

I mostly work Tuesdays-Thursdays and some weekends

Roses (herbalist):

hello@rosesherbal.com

I mostly work Mondays-Thursdays

Training enquiries:

hello@fireweedcollective.org.uk