At this stage of our project we have room for a few additional participants who are interested in converting some of their un-booked hours into paid bookings while providing a much needed service to our community.
Affordable Counselling has been providing a low cost counselling and psychotherapy services for people in Toronto who have financial difficulties and need access to professionals; people who are Low Income, Single Parent Families, Unemployed, Students, Youth, ODSP, OAP, OW and Income Assistance. This section of the population is in dire need of our services!
I have created an integrated technology for counsellors and therapists who have un-booked hours and want to fill these hours with low income clients without affecting their full-paying client hours.
You update your Google Calendar as usual (either via your smartphone calendar, connected scheduler or directly). When a client enters the Affordable Counselling web site to book an appointment, the system looks at your availability in the next 2 weeks and offers your available time slots to the client. The client cannot book further ahead than 2 weeks as this gives you the opportunity to book or block your own availability (in Google calendar). The system only looks at openings in your calendar and fills in your spare capacity (almost like an airline sells unsold seats on their flights to last minute booking systems to fill their capacity)
In the pilot program, we booked an average of 8 additional client hours per week in our SPARE capacity alone (in between our regular clients!) This was $16,760 in additional bookings for a single practitioner (in 2016) on top of their regular client bookings. No regular clients were moved or affected in any way. All sessions were automatically booked between existing clients, or into the cancellations!
After successfully running this pilot for over a year, we realised how many people are looking for Affordable Counselling in Toronto! We want to create enough capacity to accommodate the high demand we received for both Individuals and Couples who are in financial need.
We are currently expanding the pilot to include 3-4 additional providers who want to join our site and connect with the clients who need this type of service.
What you need to participate:
This pilot program is limited to a maximum number of practitioners.
I will personally assist you to integrate with our Google calendar and provide you with personal training for the system.
I really want to make Toronto a place where Affordable Counselling is a reality for those who need it. For now I want to create a small collection of practitioners who work in different areas of the city. (Bonus if you’re easily accessible by public transport). Once we’ve reached client hour capacity I’m thinking of expanding geographically to surrounding areas also.
I love my work. It has always been part of my mission to be able to reach those people who need it the most while maintaining a healthy income from those people who can afford to pay for the services we offer. I believe that it is better to earn $40 during a spare hour than sitting idle and wasting an opportunity to provide a service to people who need it most. This system finally makes this a reality and a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.
If you’re interested in participation, please email me directly at AnthonySanten@gmail.com
Please tell me a little about yourself, your location, your online bio/profile, the type of clients you usually see, your regular fee structure (and sliding scale policies). I will contact you back personally and show you around the new web site and client experience (incl. where you would be featured).
I will be interviewing candidates to create a successful collection of practitioners to service the clients who are in need of Affordable Counselling in Toronto.