Who determines value?: Counsellors' fees in a third-party funding environment
Controversy over who decides the financial worth of counselling and psychotherapy is not new. The Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal aired discussion of this topic in 2003. It is fuelled by complex issues related to individual aspirations and collective professional allegiance, counsellors’ views of marketing and the place of third-party funders in fee-setting structures. The impact of the latter, however, has featured very little in the discussion. In this paper, I use a case study to highlight the prominence of third-party funding and it impact on the value of counselling in New Zealand and suggest that considerations of such funding should be factored into any further discussions on the issue of counselling’s financial worth.