Thank you for submitting your information!
SimplePractice offers one of the most innovative and highly rated practice management systems on the market. AAMFT members receive three months of SimplePractice for the price of one month. Sign up for your free 30-day trial
A note on customer privacy
We do not sell customer data to third parties, nor do publish data that could be linked to a practice or clinician. Furthermore, when we do publish research on customer data, it is always aggregated and never contains personally-identifiable information.
The data included in this report reflect actual session rate data billed by SimplePractice customers in 2017. Therefore, rather than relying on self-report survey data (i.e., a clinician would be asked how much he or she typically charges for a 50-minute session of therapy) which , the rates included in this report are generally considered more reliable.
This report includes 6.7 million session fees collected in 2017, from nearly 19,000 unique SimplePractice customers located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. To assure comparable data, we used the following inclusion criteria:
Billed from January 1 through December 31, 2017.
Billed using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code 90837. This code is for psychotherapy.
Billed for 50 or 60-minute sessions.
Practices located in the U.S.
Next, we calculated the median rates for each state and the top 50 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) areas, as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We chose the median value rather than the mean to report this data. The problem with using the mean is that it is affected by extreme values that are very high or very low compared to the rest of the sample. We believe the median is better than the mean for summarizing values in this study because it represents the amount that a session is most likely to cost, and It is less likely to be influenced by extreme values.
To protect clinician & practice privacy, we only included rates in cities with a sufficient number of unique practices. North Dakota was the only state with under 5,000 total sessions, however since this total included sessions with an adequate number of unique practices and their rate seemed reasonable, so we felt comfortable including them with a disclaimer to interpret with caution.
The primary limitation is that the rates reported do not distinguish whether or not insurance was used to pay some or all of the amount billed. From speaking to dozens of clinicians, they often report their fees are generally more than the actual payments they receive from insurance companies and clients. Additionally, despite the sheer volume of data collected from almost 19,000 unique practices, it may not accurately represent the private practice therapy market. Therefore, this study should be considered more of an examination and analysis of the session rates of SimplePractice customers and used only for comparison purposes.
Any opinions, advice, statements, or other information or content expressed in this study are those of the respective authors and does not reflect the opinions of AAMFT or the editors of this publication.
The data in this study was collected from mental health professionals with varying degrees, licenses, levels of experience, education, and tenure in the field, so are not specific to MFTs. Furthermore, the data was collected in 2017, so does not reflect current rates. Lastly, the rates in this study are for informational purposes only, therefore should not be interpreted as constituting a fee schedule in any way. AAMFT and SimplePractice do not set, suggest, or recommend fees. Providers are responsible for establishing their own fees based upon their own practice.