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Here's how to fit therapy into your budget

There’s affordable therapy for everybody.

Going to a therapist is a huge step in taking care of mental health. Everybody at some point in life needs to reach for help and there is always a professional at hand. But, in some cities, a session might cost up to $200. Not every budget can afford to spend that money on therapy. That’s why here’s a list with some affordable therapy options.

1-Sliding scale therapists

Sliding scale therapists are psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers who adjust their hourly fee to help the client’s budget.

If your insurance provider doesn’t offer referrals to specialists, this type of therapist may be a good option if you need to pay out-of-pocket for counseling.

All mental health providers are trained to treat concerns, like anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders, but not all specialize in treating things like postpartum depression, complicated grief, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People seeking help for these types of conditions may benefit from finding a specialist who will slide their scale.

2-Free or low-income mental health services

If you can’t pay for mental health and don’t have health insurance, low-fee or free community mental health clinics can provide the care you need. At the clinics, you can get individual and family counseling, medication management, and drug addiction counseling. 

3-Therapy apps

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), online therapy may be as helpful as meeting with a therapist in-person. But thy type of therapy is not for everybody. The APA cautions that those with more serious mental health concerns, like schizophrenia, PTSD, and substance use disorder often need more attention and care than remote treatment offers.

4- Local support groups

Support groups are good because the person gets the chance to connect with other people that are going through the same. Similar to individual therapy, it’s important to find a group that meets your needs. Before joining a group, it can be helpful to ask the group leader about the group dynamic.

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