Why we have a membership fee
If you really cared about people, why do you charge a membership fee to access your Recovery Support area?
We understand how difficult, frightening, and awful anxiety can be. All of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced and struggled with anxiety disorder, with some of us, to a very serious degree and for many years.
Because we know how debilitating problematic anxiety can be, we decided to do our best to help those who are struggling with problematic anxiety so that they wouldn’t have to suffer like we did.
To that end, we chose to help people full-time. It’s the work we’ve chosen because we truly want to make a difference in people’s lives.
The money we charge for our Recovery Support membership area helps us do that, as well as helps us pay for the costs associated with developing, hosting, and maintaining our website.
For years, I (Jim Folk) gave away not only my information and experience, but also my time. Within a few years, I realized that I couldn’t do that because I needed to make a living, too. Unless we are independently wealthy, we all have to work to make a living, including me.
So, I had to make a choice: focus on my career so that I could make a living and provide for my family, or find a way to make a living helping people overcome anxiety disorder. My passion was helping people so that they wouldn’t have to suffer like I did, so I found a way to do that. The result is our website and personal coaching/counseling/therapy services.
The money we charge for our Recovery Support area is below that of a regular book, making it affordable for most people. Our coaching/counseling/therapy rates are equal to or less than the market value for professional coaching/counseling/therapists who have similar credentials.
In comparison to other options, such as other methods or programs that can range from $80 to $450; seeing a psychiatrist (at $150 - $300 per session), seeing a psychologist (at $140 per session and up), or taking medication (at $50 per prescription), we believe our membership fee and coaching/counseling/therapy rates are very reasonable.
While paying for our help may not be palatable for some people, it does allow us to continue to do what we are passionate about: helping people overcome a struggle with problematic anxiety. As I mentioned, the fees and rates we charge help us do that full-time. It’s the career we’ve chosen, because we care about those who are hurting.
When I was struggling with anxiety disorder, the free options available weren't very helpful, and in many cases, caused more harm than good. So I decided to put the right information together so others wouldn't have to waste time trying methods that weren't helpful. The small membership fee we charge allows us to make that information available to most people and to any part of the world.
We also thought about getting advertising so that our information would be freely accessible. But we want to ensure that the information and support we provide is the truth about anxiety and recovery and not influenced or interfered with by advertisers. So advertising hasn’t been an option.
The bottom line: we are passionate about helping others, we want to make a difference in people’s lives, we want to do it full time, and our present membership fee and coaching/counseling/therapy rates allow us to do that. Over the years, we’ve found that most people are very comfortable with our help and approach.
I hope this clarifies why we charge for our information and help. Of course, we welcome your comments and suggestions. You can phone us or leave your comments and suggestions via email here.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
For more information about our Anxiety Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Anxiety Signs and Symptoms; common Anxiety Attack Symptoms; the symptoms of panic attack disorder; anxiety Recovery Support area; information about Anxiety; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate link or graphic below:
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 2016.