You are not alone in this! In fact, many do not have health insurance or perhaps their policy does not cover mental health services. Others simply do not have the funds to cover the cost of therapy out of pocket. So, how do you gain access to care?
WHERE CAN I FIND LOWER COST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FROM LICENSED THERAPISTS?
It may feel like you are searching for a unicorn but the great news is that you are not! One option is to complete an application for an Open Path membership. Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides a directory of licensed therapists who have reserved a number of spots on their schedules for clients who cannot afford the standard rate.
The one-time lifetime membership fee of $65 allows you to gain access to therapists at a reduced rate of $40-$70 per session for individuals or up to $80 for a couples/family session. You may visit the website before joining in order to see the therapists in your area who are accepting Open Path clients. For more information on this program, you can visit their website at www.OpenPathCollective.org, call 1-800-268-2833, or email them through the contact form on their website. Although you may find therapists at Hope Harbor on the directory, Hope Harbor and Open Path have no legal affiliation.
If you are unable to afford Open Path reduced rates, another option is to contact MHMR of Tarrant County. They can provide financial assistance for mental and behavioral health diagnoses and treatment through the county. Please see their website for more information at www.mhmrtarrant.org.
Their 24/7 ICare Call Center Helpline is (817) 335-3022 or by text at (800) 866-2465.
It is important that you receive the care you need! You are worth it!
CALL US TO ASK ABOUT ANY SPECIALS AND IF ANYONE ON STAFF HAS ANY OPEN PATH SPOTS!
WHY IS THERAPY SO EXPENSIVE?
After all, why would it cost so much just to sit across from someone and talk, right? Fair question!
Here is an example of some of the expenses that are not obvious when you're seeing your therapist:
$125,000+ in student loans from college and graduate school thereafter
Ongoing state licensing fees
Supervision fees/exam fees
Required continuing education fees
Often thousands of dollars worth of specialization training
Medical records software and upkeep
Administrative, technology, and office overhead expenses