Posted 1/23/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -6)
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.
"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.