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how much do you pay for a therapist?

post #1 of 22
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I'm going to IC for now, and eventually would like to go to MC. But, I need to work on me for now. My current IC isn't very solution-based and doesn't offer much. He says "well, it doesn't look good." I KNOW it doesn't look good...that's why I'm here.

Anyways, I think I found someone that might be good. He said in his profile that he specializes in law-enforcement issues, and I think a lot of what I deal with is in relation to h's job...but OF COURSE he's not in my insurance network. He charges $80-89/session. I would probably see him every other week.

Is that a lot? Is that the going rate? Should I go out-of-network? I've called several in-network counselors and they're either booked, or they don't seem like a good match for me.

How much do you pay?
post #2 of 22
$90-$100 is a reasonable out of pocket amount. Any chance he would do a sliding scale?
post #3 of 22
$105/hour
post #4 of 22
i am seen at our community mental health and the fee is on a sliding scale. i pay a monthly payment of $50 and that is for my therapist and pysch. i see my therapist twice/month and the pysch once/month. i'm very lucky. i do not have insurance right now (it is in the works) but when i do i still will be able to be seen at the same sliding price and they will bill the insurance for the full amount ($280 for the pysch and $120 for the therapist) to be used towards my deductable. it's a good system; i'm very happy.
post #5 of 22
Around $100 would be the going rate around here.
post #6 of 22
Nothing. Free in BC Canada.
post #7 of 22
$85/hour and up around here.
post #8 of 22
A couple years ago my therapist was 75/hour (I think) it was covered by insurance so had a copay only.
post #9 of 22
$40 for 50 minutes. It was $35 before the new year, but he upped his fee Jan 1st. However, I believe his fee was actually around $70'ish, but thank goodness it's sliding scale. All I said is that I couldn't afford that (which is totally true) and he immediately said he could do $35. Edit: Just to clarify, this is without any insurance.

But it's in no way intensive. I wouldn't expect to find that price if I was doing anything specialized (CBT, DBT, EMDR, whatever).


Good luck.
post #10 of 22
oops double post. internet was being silly. or maybe it was MDC.
post #11 of 22
18.00 or so with my insurance. I think she charges 120.00.
post #12 of 22
$15 co pay-- $105 one hour session.
post #13 of 22
DP's therapist charges us $75 per hour because she is not covered by our insurance. If she was covered by our insurance my understanding is that the cost would be closer to $100 per hour. If we stay in network for therapy it is $20 per hour.
post #14 of 22
I don't post often, but thought I'd throw in my $.02 on this thread (who says the mentally ill don't have good senses of humor?)

I pay a $25 co-pay and she charges about $170. Worth every penny.

(Babygrant: I am SOOO jealous!)
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by bjorker View Post
$40 for 50 minutes. It was $35 before the new year, but he upped his fee Jan 1st. However, I believe his fee was actually around $70'ish, but thank goodness it's sliding scale. All I said is that I couldn't afford that (which is totally true) and he immediately said he could do $35. Edit: Just to clarify, this is without any insurance.

But it's in no way intensive. I wouldn't expect to find that price if I was doing anything specialized (CBT, DBT, EMDR, whatever).


Good luck.
CBT should not be considered specialized treatment. CBT especially-it is one of the most commonly used therapies today.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bearsmama View Post
$85/hour and up around here.
I wanted to add here that this is without insurance, and what you would pay for a therapist (a LCSW or MSW). A psychiatrist or psych. would be more expensive, but would more likely be covered by insurance.
post #17 of 22
I pay $85 for my therapist (not a psychiatrist). I have health insurance and therapy is a benefit but I couldn't find a therapist in my insurance's network that was any good. The one I have now is really good and worth the $ though it is getting expensive.
post #18 of 22
Most seem to charge $75/hour. Some charge $125/hour for their extra education, knowledge and experience.

Definitely ask about a sliding scale.
post #19 of 22
I called around and told the therapists what I could afford, $25 a session. And I actually found a woman who is a PhD that would see me. She has been great so far.
post #20 of 22
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I called around and told the therapists what I could afford, $25 a session. And I actually found a woman who is a PhD that would see me. She has been great so far.
Good for you! I'm glad it's worked out for you!!!
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