I Only Use The Dunbar Number For My Medical Family Therapy Practice - But What Is It?


My entire Medical Family Therapy practice has been tailored based on feedback from past and current clients and their experience with the service.

Therapists everywhere promote “best client service” but this seems to dissipate after a few sessions because of sheer volume. As far a I am concerned this is a disservice to the client.

What makes my practice so different? My team and I are deliberately not overworked. We only accept the number of clients that can comfortably be personally serviced on a day-to-day basis by using the Dunbar Number.

The what number? Let me explain the Dunbar Number and what that fully means to my clients.

In the 1990s British anthropologist Robin Dunbar found there’s a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can only comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships, the Dunbar Number.

You’ve seen people on Facebook with 5,000 friends or more. Many of these are businesses such as realtors and insurance agents who are collecting “friends” hoping they will magically convert to future clients. How can these businesses possibly cultivate and maintain a personal relationships with 5,000 prospects. At one minute each a month is over 83 hours, almost another full time job!

According to Dunbar it’s mentally impossible for these realtors and insurance agents to maintain individual relationships with 5,000 people.

Taking Dunbar’s Number of 150 into consideration I’ve developed my very own number. My number, which is kept private, is considerably less than 150. It represents the ideal number that my team and I can physically and mentally handle to provide a high level of premium customer service to each and every client.

My version of the Dunbar Number is constantly monitored to ensure that the entire Medical Family Therapy practice can maintain and improve the overall level of client service.


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