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March 9, 2017 by Paul Fugelsang, MA, LPC

Update on Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need. Our nonprofit organization currently has over 2,800 therapists in our network, representing 49 states.

Founded in 2012 as a fund of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, and launched in the spring of 2013, Open Path is proud to announce that we have matched more than 6,000 clients across the country to affordable psychotherapeutic care. We believe in the power of therapy to change lives, and we want to ensure that cost is not a barrier to needed care.

At Open Path, our mission is to help the uninsured and underinsured (an ever-increasing category) access the mental health care they seek. To do this, we simply ask that each Open Path member therapist take on just one Open Path client at a rate that ranges between $30 and $50 a session. Our model takes what therapists have been doing in their local communities and scales it up to the national level.

In our nearly four years in operation, we have connected thousands of clients nation-wide to therapists ready to assist them at a rate they can afford. We’re currently connecting more than 400 new clients a month and that number continues to grow. At the beginning of 2017, many of our clients shared detailed feedback about what Open Path means to them and how they are benefiting from this service. Read our clients’ feedback.

Knowing we have impacted so many clients in such a positive way motivates us to expand the number of therapists participating nationally. Together with our therapist members, we can continue to address disparities in our health system and increase access to psychotherapy.

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paul-fugelsangPaul Fugelsang, MA, LPC, is the founder and executive director of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. He received a masters in psychology from Naropa University. He is also the advisor of the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

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