How Much Does Counseling Cost?
Therapy is a 100% investment in one’s self. For many, it can seem outlandish or even selfish to spend several hundred dollars a month on themselves. One of the underlying issues that bring people through my door is their failure to prioritize their own self-care. Counseling is often the first step in acknowledging that they can not adequately take care of others if they first don’t take care of themselves.
Counseling is known to have a tremendous return on investment (if we’re using business terms). Many areas of one’s life can benefit from the effects of counseling including:
- At work:
- Developing skills that make you more effective in your career
- Learning ways to manage stress and overcome perfectionism
- Increasing productivity, making you an invaluable member of your team
- Setting appropriate boundaries so that you don’t feel taken advantage of or can speak up about that next raise or promotion
- At home:
- Deeper, more meaningful connections with your partner and loved ones
- Improve your communication skills so that you can express and have your needs met
- A more fulfilling sex life (who doesn’t want that?)
- With your children:
- Have more fun with your kiddos
- Be a better role model, so that your children learn to effectively communicate their own thoughts and feelings
- Know that you don’t have to be like your parents and can learn from their mistakes
Those in counseling also benefit from improved physical health and immune function, so they may be able to avoid a costly trip to the ER or recurring trips to the chiropractor for back, shoulder, or neck pain (often a sign of stress). Not to mention avoiding expensive dental work which arises due to you grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw.
When you look at all the benefits of counseling, the real question becomes: How can you afford not to?
The current rate for a 50-minute individual session with Mark is $150.
Payments can be made in the form of cash, check, or credit card at the time of each session.
I believe that counseling is an investment in your future, your relationships, and your career.
Do you offer a sliding scale or reduced fee?
No. There are plenty of counselors and therapists who offer sliding scale and lower cost options for counseling. I am not one of them and can refer you to them should you find my services to be outside of your means.
I have dedicated my career and my time to becoming the best therapist that I can be and deserve to be paid accordingly. Most people won’t try to ask their PCP or dentist for a discounted rate. Why are therapists treated differently? I value my time, my experience, and my education and charge accordingly.
Do you take insurance?
Nope. I find that insurance companies often get in the way of providing the best service possible to my clients. They put limitations on your therapy and also ask for sensitive information in order to ‘track progress.’
You can decide to seek reimbursement from your insurance company should you have out-of-network benefits, and I can provide you with the necessary paperwork, called a superbill, should you decide to do so. You will be responsible for full payment at the time that services are rendered.