How It Works

Receiving psychotherapy is one of the best practices for improving as a therapist. Our desire to improve our craft propels us to be connoisseurs of therapy by experience and not just by proxy. Do you often wonder of the differences in relationship that could arise depending on the different therapist? How would they respond? What unforeseen interaction might they offer? However, just like some of our clients, we are often stymied by the high cost of therapy and stipulations of insurance plans. More often than not therapists defer on this best practice telling them selves it’s too expensive. Therapy Exchange Network is the solution.

Are you a therapist who wants to excel at your craft?

1. Join the network.

  • Start by clicking on the Register and Join the Network link at the bottom of the home page. Create a username and enter your preferred email address for future contact by other members. You will be emailed a password. Click on the link on the email to enter your password and username. You will be directed to the profile page.
  • Upon becoming a member you are gifted one credit to start. All other credits will be earned by providing counseling to a member.
  • One credit is worth one session of counseling.
  • (There is more description and steps to include here once we figure out the automated process.)

 

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2. Create a profile.

  • The profile is for other members/therapists to view for their selection preference.
  • There are two designations you manage on your profile; available or unavailable. Available means you are available to provide counseling and open to contact by a fellow member who is interested in receiving counseling from you. Unavailable means that you are not presently open to being contacted be a fellow member to provide counseling.
3. Requirements verified.

  • TEN verifies that all members have the credentials or license necessary to become a member.
  • You will receive an email from TEN notifying you that your user name and password will now grant you access to the directory, your payments have been processed and notification that your monthly or annual membership has begun.

 

 

4. Contact a member.

  • Call or email another therapist whom you would like to receive counseling from.
  • Discuss your reason for wanting to meet with them.
    i.e. I am looking for long term counseling once a week and your profile caught my attention.
    i.e. You mentioned that FAP and Narrative theory both inform the way you work with people. I am curious to see what that looks like firsthand.
  • Arrange a time and location to meet.
5. Meet and Record.

  • For members in Group A (licensed with an office) it is incumbent upon the provider to host at their office unless both parties would like to meet elsewhere.
  • For members in Group B (not licensed and/or do not have an office) both the provider and receiver need to agree on a location. Possibilities include at a park, a reserved room at a library, or at one’s residence.
  • Only one of you will provide counseling and the other member will only receive counseling.
  • Upon beginning a session the two of you will need to login to the website to record the exchange of credit. A credit from the receiver’s account will be transferred to the provider’s account.
  • The website will function as a ledger assuring the exchange of credits is properly recorded and stored. No exchange of money ever occurs between providers and receivers.

 

You are welcomed and encouraged to use the network for multiple reasons. You may want to dabble, experiencing and observing first hand the various ways therapists work. Or you may be looking for a long term fit. You may want to meet with someone who specializes in working a certain way. You may want to meet with someone because they specialize in working with a specific topic that intrigues you. You may want to provide counseling because of the invaluable feedback received from fellow therapists. Just remember that you need to manage your status of available (to provide counseling) or unavailable (to provide counseling) accordingly. If you are seeking to acquire more credits for future use then you will want to remain available. If you have an arrangement as a long term provider for one member and decide you are accruing credits at a desirable pace then you will want to make yourself unavailable so fellow members are not unnecessarily contacting you.