Special Interview: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Special Interview: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

An interview with Caitlin Erwin, Program Manager of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. Curt and Katie talk with Caitlin about the origin of Open Path, the types of benefits therapists receive from joining, how to join, what the process looks like for clients, and the business decisions you’ll want to consider when deciding how many sliding scale clients you’ll want to include in your practice.

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

Interview with Caitlin Erwin, Program Manager Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Caitlin brings a diverse set of experiences working with people to Open Path Collective and enjoys putting her compassion to work as the Program Manager. In May 2018 Caitlin graduated with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne University which expanded her skill set and vision for helping Open Path break down barriers to accessible mental health support. For the last 8 years, Caitlin has been driven to play a role in bettering her community by helping to make resources available to those who need them in her nonprofit and volunteer work.


In this interview we talk about:

  • How Open Path was created
  • What Open Path Psychotherapy Collective offers to clients and to the therapists who participate
  • The range for sliding scale for Open Path clients
  • The business considerations when identifying how many sliding scale clients to take
  • The support and structure offered to Open Path therapists
  • The benefits for therapists to join Open Path
  • The recommendation not to fill your full practice with Open Path clients
  • How clients can access mental health services through Open Path
  • The values that the Open Path Collective espouse and follow in putting therapists and clients together
  • How someone can sign up for Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective:

Join the Movement to Bring Therapy Within Reach

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a socially conscious nonprofit that provides affordable, in-person and online mental health care for people in need. Their nationwide network of mental health professionals is 8,500 strong—and growing.

You can join Open Path and nourish your community today by offering a minimum of one sliding scale slot in your practice.

  • Open Path provides a free profile which advertises therapists’ practice to nearby clients seeking affordable therapy.
  • Therapists set their fee within the Open Path sliding scale of $30-$60 for individual counseling (or $30-$80 for couples and families).
  • The client pays the therapist directly for each session.

Through Open Path, you can help address inequality in mental health care. Join now!

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Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is the cofounder of the Therapy Reimagined conference, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and CSUN, a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, former CFO of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at: http://www.curtwidhalm.com

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant supporting leaders, visionaries, executives, and helping professionals to create sustainable careers. Katie, with Curt, has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is also Past President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at: http://www.katievernoy.com

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

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