A common question we receive from prospective Motivo supervisors is how we arrived at the rates we pay our clinical supervisors. As the CEO and Founder, of Motivo, and also as a LMFT and AAMFT approved Supervisor, I have put a TON of thought into this topic.
Our rates are something I want to be super transparent about. I’d love to share my thoughts with you here, and I welcome your feedback if you have perspective that you’d like to share with me (you can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org).
I built Motivo around the idea of accessible supervision. In my mind, part of being accessible is being affordable. I paid $8,000 for my supervision hours and drove two hours to get to the closest supervisor. My vision behind creating Motivo was to provide rural counselors with a more accessible option for supervision.
In fact, you might find it interesting to learn that 78% of the supervisees who use Motivo live in what HRSA has defined as a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area. So, we are quite literally expanding access to supervision in rural areas where 1) the price of living is much lower than in larger cities, and 2) there aren’t enough therapists or supervisors to meet the need.
Through our research, we’ve found that about 50% of supervisors view supervision as a key revenue driver for their practice, and thus desire rates between $80-$150/hour. The other 50% view supervision as an opportunity to pay-it-forward to the next generation of counselors, and thus reduce their rates for supervision by about 1/2 of their normal rate, between $40-$75/hour. Motivo is an ideal fit for the latter group, and not the best fit for the former group.
That said, we in no way want to push our rates on supervisors who do not align with our mission of affordable supervision. I completely understand that some supervisors live in higher cost of living areas, or who just have a different belief around what supervision should cost. In short, we aren’t going to make everyone happy 😉
My personal belief is that therapists should set rates for therapy in line with where they live in the country, the population they serve, and the years of experience they have. However, ALL supervisees are entry-level professionals, just beginning their career, with student loans to pay – my personal belief is that supervision rates should not be the same as client rates. I’ve built Motivo on that belief but, again, totally respect that it doesn’t work for all supervisors everywhere.
It might be helpful for supervisors to view us in the same category as Open Path Collective, which provides lower options for therapy. This doesn’t work for all therapists – but many align with the mission/vision behind what Open Path is doing. We certainly do.
To be fully transparent about our rates, here they are:
Also, based on our research, here are the payment rates of some other tele-health platforms, as a reference point:
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