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7 Affordable Therapy Options to Choose From

Therapy can be a daunting journey to begin. Finding the right therapist for you can be a process that leads you to work a little harder to find the right match for you. Not only that, but it can be expensive. It can be very overwhelming when you begin your search to see those costs per session. Some can cost upwards of $200 per session. However, not every avenue is that pricey. In fact, some services are entirely free or can be covered by insurance! We’re going to unpack 7 cost-effective options for affordable therapy plans. Don’t give up your search just because some methods are overly expensive, we’re here to help.

7 Options to Choose From:

1. Sliding Scale Therapists

Sliding Scale Therapists are psychologists, social workers, and psychotherapy specialists who adjust their hourly fees to make their practice more accessible to different clients. This kind of therapist is a great option if you are paying out-of-pocket or if your insurance does not cover these kinds of specialists. One benefit to Sliding Scale Therapists is that they specialize in treatments for postpartum depression, PTSD, and other, more specific forms of grief, so individuals who are seeking help in these areas may particularly benefit from working with a specialist who will slide their scale. Some websites and treatment services may specifically say if they offer sliding scale fees, so double-check or ask for clarification.

2. Free or Low-Income Mental Health Services

Community and federally-funded services typically offer low fee or free care to people who meet those criteria. To find out if a center is near you, look up your city or county’s mental health authority or department of behavioral health. They will then point you towards centers that will be best for you. Psychotherapists and psychologists are on staff, but these clinics typically also have student psychologists and mental health counselors, as well as student social workers who are all supervised by licensed and experienced psychologists. These clinics can offer counseling and help in a wide range of areas, so this is a great avenue to explore if it is accessible to you.

3. Mental Treat

Online platforms are a great way to find a therapist! At Mental Treat, our platform lets you search for therapists and use the filter setting to find the best possible fit. Filters include price, age, gender, religion, and more! Whatever you are looking for in a therapist, we will be able to help match you with.

4. Support Groups

Some types of traumas and grief are better coped with within a group setting via a local support group. Whereas individual therapy emphasizes your specific experiences, support groups connect you with individuals who are working through similar experiences to you. You will be able to receive more opinions and hear stories from people that may directly or indirectly help you work through your issues. It is a great reminder that you are not alone, especially if you are coping with something that makes you feel that way. Before joining a group, make sure it meets your needs and is a dynamic you want to be part of. Ask questions of the leader and make sure it is a good fit before you dive in. Because of the group setting, this is often a more affordable option as well. Online support groups are also available.

5. Pre-Licensed Professionals

If you really only want to work with someone who has years of experience and training, this may not be the best option for you. These pre-licensed professionals are usually right out of school and under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, so they often charge a lot less per session than someone who is licensed. You will still be receiving a high level of care, but from someone who is still in the process of becoming a professional. These people usually have more energy and eagerness to help because they are training to be the best they can be. As always, do your research to find the right fit, but this is a great opportunity.

6. Professionals Working Online

Especially in light of COVID-19 restrictions, having a therapist online makes things a little easier. Particularly with telehealth mobile applications, you have a little more control over your situation. It can be difficult to meet someone face-to-face, so the distance the digital world provides can be helpful. You will also be able to try out multiple therapists without feeling overwhelmed or awkward ending a relationship with one. Many therapists offer different kinds of services from text to video chat, so find someone who is offering the kind of service you need. With so many options available, there is bound to be a therapist for you out there!

7. Hotlines

There are many emergency and non-emergency hotlines available. Suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other episodes of this nature require immediate care and attention. There are 24-hour hotlines available for these situations, 7 days a week. All of these options are available and staffed by trained volunteers, as well as professionals, who can provide you with emotional support and connect you with whatever assistance you or a loved one may require.

Now, you have plenty of options to begin your search for the right therapist at an affordable price. If the price is a big concern for you, be upfront about it. Sometimes payment information is not available directly on someone’s website, so it does not hurt to reach out directly and get the answers you need. It is so worth taking your time with the process of finding the right therapist. Your treatment will be much more successful if you have someone you feel comfortable with and supported by. Do not be afraid to ask for help along the way if you need it! Friends can be really helpful in these situations with recommendations, rides to and from clinics, childcare, or whatever else you may need. Remember, prioritizing your self care in this way is not a selfish act, but incredibly selfless. You will be able to be a better friend, parent, parner, employee, whathaveyou, when you take the time to make your mind and body as healthy as possible. Your health is your business, so treat it as a priority and do what feels right.

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