It's true. Private psychotherapy is expensive. I'll be the first to say it. Even if you have extended health benefits, they don''t always cover the entire cost. However, it should be considered an investment in your future, when possible, as it is sometimes the best option for treatment. Here are a few alternatives to face-to-face counselling that might be within your reach.
1. Online counselling may be an affordable option for some people. At approximately half the cost of traditional face-to-face therapy, online counselling can be done using secure chat and video conferencing. Online counselling also takes away the need for transportation and child care, which are often additional barriers to seeking support. Click here to learn more about online counselling services.
2. Therapy Groups are an affordable alternative to individual counselling and, in many cases, have been shown to be just as effective at treating a variety of presenting problems. The added benefit of group therapy is the peer support you receive from other members of the group. Subscribe to updates from my website to hear about upcoming therapy groups offering in-person and online.
3. Guided Self-Help is an option for someone who cannot afford weekly or bi-weekly counselling sessions and is not comfortable with group therapy. Using self-help guides, like Mind Over Mood, in therapy sessions can help by bridging the gap between sessions. That way you can continue to benefit even if you are only able to attend once per month. Click here to contact me to find out if guided self-help is a good option for you.
If you think private counselling is an important tool in your recovery don't be afraid to ask if there is some way to accommodate your needs.