The average visitor to your website spends less than fifteen seconds before deciding to leave or read further.
If the writing on your site doesn’t grab them in those fifteen seconds – they’re gone.
Even after they choose to stay on your site, the biggest decision is still in front of them. Signing up for therapy is a weighty commitment. It means spending dozens (sometimes hundreds) of hours with a stranger, sharing your deepest secrets. It means trusting that you the therapist you chose is equipped to help you. For folks with limited insurance benefits, it means a significant financial investment.
Here too, the content writing on your site will determine what path they take. If your writing communicates expertise and empathy, if it gives them confidence that you are the right choice – then you can expect your phone to ring. But if your writing is sparse, vague, or unprofessional… well, what do you expect them to do?
What’s more, your website’s content plays a huge role in your SEO success. If you plan to attract clients through SEO but your content is lacking, you’ve lost before you’ve even begun.
Content Without Compromise
In order to solve this problem, some therapists try to write content themselves. Unfortunately, grad school equipped us to write academic papers and case studies. Writing effective marketing copy requires a totally different skill set and is a huge struggle for most therapists.
Another option is to turn to professional content writers. These writers ghostwrite pages for you to publish on your site.
Unfortunately, while skilled at writing, very few content writers have any background as therapists. This doesn’t matter so much with less sensitive topics, but would you want someone without any therapy training speaking on your behalf to a trauma victim or a feuding couple?
That’s why I’m proud to partner with my friend and colleague Dr. Kyler Shumway. Dr. Shumway is a skilled therapist with a profound depth of clinical knowledge. He’s also a recognized expert in the field of mental health copywriting – his work has been published all around the web, and he’s been invited to speak on writing by none other than the American Psychological Association (among many others!)
Content Writing With Kyler
As a therapist himself, Kyler understands how important the therapeutic relationship is. That’s why he takes the time to understand your therapeutic style to make sure that his writing reflects your unique “voice.” That way, clients feel like they’ve already started to get to know you even before your first session.
He also ensures that your content balances the need to appeal to clients, appeal to search engines, and uphold your ethical responsibility to provide accurate information. The result is SEO-optimized content that is tailored to your specific practice and custom-written to ensure both readability and clinical accuracy (no pseudoscience or outdated data in our writing!)
Here’s a quick outline of his approach:
Content Writing Services
The best strategy for therapist content is to have a separate page for each of the major specialties you offer. For instance, if you treat depression, trauma, and anxiety, it’s best to have a separate page for each topic. That way clients can go immediately to the information that they need. (It also boosts your SEO and Google Ads performance to have separate specialty pages.)
Therefore, Kyler’s main service is writing these specialty pages. He can write on issues such as depression and trauma, therapeutic modalities such as couples counseling and EMDR, or specific populations such as LGBTQ+ and college students. If you need content writing for something different (like blog posts or an ebook), just let us know and we can offer a custom quote.
Kyler offers simple pricing – your rate is either $400 or $150 per page, depending on what kind of writing you need.
Full-length SEO Content Pages (800 – 1200 words) – $400/page
Google loves lengthy, high-quality content. This is because Google knows that people who are searching for help with something want to find an authoritative answer that they can trust, not a handful of sentences of dubious value.
And clients gravitate towards full-length pages too. Remember, choosing the right therapist is hard work. It usually takes more than a paragraph or two to build someone’s confidence. (After all, you’re about 1000 words into this page – are you convinced yet?)
So the single best kind of content for boosting both your SEO and your conversion rate is a full-length (800 – 1200 word) page. Each page includes:
- An introduction
- An immediate call to action in case the client is ready to sign up right away
- A deep dive into the topic, explaining how to know if they need therapy, how therapy can help, and why you’re the right choice for them
- A final call to action
- Customized diagrams and illustrations throughout
Kyler has extensive experience producing these kind of pages, and his doctorate in clinical psychology makes him well-equipped to explain complex therapeutic topics in a way that is accurate and understandable to lay clients. If you need Kyler to write on a topic outside the realm of psychotherapy, he may need to charge an additional fee to account for his extra time in researching your topic.
It takes about 2-4 weeks for your pages to be completed after being ordered. Each page includes one round of revisions if desired.
Short Content Pages (3 paragraphs) – $150/page
If you have a lot of specialties or a limited budget, it might not be feasible for Kyler to produce full length pages for all of your specialties. Or you might just prefer a more concise style for your site. In either case, Kyler’s short pages will be a great fit for you.
While short pages are not as good for SEO, they’re still better than nothing. And even if you don’t want to compete in SEO at all, having content for your specialties will boost your conversion rate when clients find your site through other methods (such as Psychology Today.) Remember, if your website is lacking in good content, those people are likely to choose another therapist instead.
That’s where Kyler’s short content pages come in. Each page is three beefy paragraphs, introducing the topic, explaining why you’re the right choice, and ending with a call to action. While the longform pages get the best results, the short pages provide a huge boost compared to no content or bad content, and they are more affordable as well.
If you’re not sure which style of page is right for you, remember that you can mix and match as much as you want. Many therapists choose to have Kyler write one or two full length pages for their “flagship” specialties, and then use short pages for everything else.
As with the full-length pages, each page includes one round of revisions if desired.
Directory Profile Bio – $300
Kyler can also make sure that your directory profiles are well-written and fully optimized.
A huge number of potential clients start their search for a therapist on directories such as Yelp or Good Therapy, but you need to make sure your profile is well-written in order to stand out from the sea of competition. That’s where Kyler comes in – he will craft a custom description for your profile that captures the unique value you bring, and advise you on any other changes you can make to ensure your profiles are fully optimized. This description costs $300, and you can use it across multiple directories. If you decide you want a different description for another directory, Kyler can write a separate description for a cost of $200.
Please note that to protect your security, Kyler does not actually make changes to your profile directly. He will provide you with a written description and feedback on your profile, but you’re responsible for posting his changes. You’ll also have to sign up for the profiles yourself if you haven’t already. Here are the links to sign up for the profiles:
Yelp (sign up here)
Psychology Today (sign up here)
Health Grades (sign up here)
Good Therapy (sign up here) – use coupon GT20DW to receive some premium features for free.
Yellow Pages (sign up here)
Google My Business (sign up here) Bing Places (sign up here)
Curious if content writing is right for you? Fill out the form below and we’ll respond within a few days to answer any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you!