Private therapists will often work on a sliding scale — as low as $10/hour
Recently I found a few therapists who are taking new clients but not insurance. I was discouraged by their steep hourly rates and didn’t press, but I will now because often they’ll adjust their fee to match your financial resources.
“[We often] just ask the patient how much they can afford, and try our best to make it work,” says
Dr. Laura Chackes, founder of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT in St. Louis, Missouri. “Most of our therapists who do a sliding scale will slide down from $120 to about $60 per session. I am bringing on an intern this fall who will be able to see patients at an even lower rate ranging from $10-$50 per hour.”
See if you’re eligible for Medicaid for free therapy.
Your local training institutes may provide free sessions for up to two years.
University hospitals are often eager to put students to work for a low fee — so are some non-profits.
Check out Open Path Psychotherapy Collective.
Don’t give up — the resources are out there, possibly on your smartphone.
If you’re really hurting, check into a clinic and/or call for help.