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Affording A Therapist

therapist close upAs you probably know, I moved to Nashville two months ago. Before I got here I made an appointment with a psychiatrist and therapist in the same practice. I was a good girl and went to both appointments. The therapist wasn’t quite the right match. He was a man and I gave it a go, but I prefer a female therapist. I did, however, really like the psychiatrist and have seen him twice and will see him again early next month. But I am running into a problem. How can I afford to see a therapist twice a month PLUS a psychiatrist? My co-pay is $45 for each visit. That is $135 a month for my mental health care. Now that I’ve moved, I have more expenses than I did in Virginia when I lived with my ex-boyfriend. So it is a challenge.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been going to therapy, which I definitely need what with all these changes. So, I am trying to find a therapist who works on a sliding scale. But even then, what I am finding is that the lower end of the scale is as high, if not higher, than what I already pay.  I need to delve further into free or low-cost services, but because I do have insurance a lot of times I am disqualified from them. BUT this is a new state and I don’t know all the rules.

I did ask for recommendations from my new support group and followed up on them. I have a lot of research to do because this beautifully bipolar lady needs therapy. I will keep you posted on my progress, but I will advise you to not give up trying to find services. Help is out there. We just have to find it.


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Affording A Therapist

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). Affording A Therapist. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from


Last updated: 25 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Oct 2015
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