will going to individual therapy help me?

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trying2getby
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
i go to a CBT group once a week, and to a support group at least once a week as well. do i need to have one on one therapy? i dont know how it will help me...

serafena
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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
It's impossible to know if it will help you, but it can't hurt trying it. If you can afford it, or you insurance will pay for it, and you have the time, by all means try it. I can't deal without my therapist.

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fast1toochase
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   Posted 1/14/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
It is so helpful for me to have a therapist. with out her i would loss my mind. I tryed CBT not for long, it did not seem to help me. thats me i am very stubon(spelling) . and did not take well to change of my thought prosesses. but i did not give it a chance i lasted 3 visits. did you start cbt yet? and if so do you like it, do you find it helpful? good luck i hope it works out good for you! fast1

trying2getby
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   Posted 1/14/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i dont have insurance and cant pay out of pocket for a therapist...

Simon's Dad
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
trying2betby,

Check around and see if you can find organizations which provide counseling/therapy with reduced fees or fees based upon income.

Check hospitals, county health department, medical schools at universities near you. One possibility is Catholics Family Service, also know as Catholics Charities. They don't care if you're not catholic or whatever.

Look for medical clinics who base their fees on income. Many clinics have a social worker or psychologist on staff and if not, they may be able to refer you to someone who can provide services at reduced cost.

Such help is out there - due to our unbelievable low income, there is an organization here that will charge me only $20 per session. I have my first appointment with them next week - I don't know how good they are but I'm going to find out.

When I was looking for someone, I googled:

"st louis" mo counseling free OR "sliding scale" OR "sliding fee" -- note the quotes around phrases

Change st. Louis mo to your city and state.

Look through the search results and see what you can find. Often one site will tell you about another site. Don't give out easily, keep digging.

You might want do the search I did an look at the search results. They may give you ideas about what to search for in your area.

Google:

"st louis" mo counseling free OR "sliding scale" OR "sliding fee"

and see the results I found. I had to do some more digging and make telephone calls but I found three organizations, who I called, and others which I haven't contacted yet.

Catholic Family Services would change me $50 and there is an organization which would charge by $52

Look around, you may be able to find something.

Don't worry about what people will think of you as you search for someone you can afford. Simply call the organizations and say 'Do you provide counseling services at reduced cost or with a sliding fee scale based on income?"

If they don't, ask if they know anyone who does provide reduced fees.

When I call someone, a company or such, I always begin with, "Hi, my name is Bob" - that goes a long way to set the proper mood for the conversation and makes it more personal, which generally helps you to get better assistance.

Don't forget to thank them for their time.

Bob
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Simon's Dad
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to add that I just found out that Missouri has a Department of Mental Health.

Check to see if your state has such a department.

Also, contact the state health department.

In Missouri it is called the Department of Health and Senior Services. They may have some organizations you can contact.

Bob
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bipolardude73
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure where you live, but Georgia has an organization that is free for low income people- if it weren't for that, I am not sure what I would do. I know that the local Department of Family and Childrens Services can point you in the right direction.
Diagnosed with Mixed Bipolar Disorder with hallucinations, PTSD, OCD and Major Depression since 1994.

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