We would like to address the question of cost for therapy. We know that with inflation, stagnate pay increases, and certain sectors of the job market cutting thousands of jobs, it can seem unfair or overpriced. (If you’re struggling to find affordable mental health therapy, please check out our resource page with multiple ways to find therapy you can afford)
We can’t speak for other therapists, but this is why our rates are what they are:
Quality over Quantity
We purposefully keep a lower case load. Trauma work can be extremely demanding (for both the client and the therapist), so we keep a low case load to avoid burnout and to be the best version of ourselves. Our clients do not require a stressed-out, overburdened therapist. That serves no purpose for them, and were sure our friends and family don’t enjoy dealing with it either.
Business is Expensive
We are small business owners, which means we have expenses to keep the practice running smoothly and in compliance with state and national regulations. Yes, having a private practice is a business that must be treated as such in order to stay in business and provide very good counseling to our community. This includes attending trainings, workshops, and other events to maintain our credentials, specializations, and knowledge of the most effective therapy methods.
All of this is done so that we can be the best therapists for our clients and continue to practice therapy in the long run. Our job is our passion, and we want to be able to do it for as long as possible while remaining grounded, balanced, and happy (as we teach my clients)
What is the average cost of therapy?
Therapy typically costs between $65 and $250 per hour. A person can expect to pay $100-$200 per session in most parts of the country. Some of the factors that can influence the cost of therapy are as follows:
- The therapist’s education. Highly trained and experienced therapists typically charge a higher fee.
- The location of therapy. Therapists in large cities and areas with high living costs must charge more to cover their expenses.
- The reputation of the therapist. Well-known and in-demand therapists frequently charge more.
- Insurance protection. People whose insurance covers their therapy typically pay less.
- The duration of the therapy session. A client will typically pay more for a longer session.
- Specialization. When the therapist is an expert in a highly specialized field or treats an unusual or difficult condition, therapy tends to be more expensive.