How much to sit on the couch?
April 29, 2008 10:10 AM Subscribe
How much do therapists usually cost?
I'm looking for a therapist after hemming and hawing about it for a long time. I have two options at the moment. An elderly woman (80ish) psychologist who worked alongside my father at a mental hospital, who I think would see me very cheeply if not for free. Or a woman I spoke to on the phone, who was recomended to me anonymously on this site. I just spoke to her and she said that she charges $100 a session. I'll be paying out of pocket. Actually my parents have offered to pay for this, since I have no insurance and we both feel that this is an important thing for me. Money and price is an issue though.
So is $100 an hour a totally normal rate for a qualified therapist? This is in the big city in a really rural and somewhat poor state.
I'm wondering if I should go with the friend of my fathers. They are not close (have not spoken in many years) but worked together for many years and had a really good relationship. There would be no issue of me worrying about her telling my dad anything (my dad and I are very close and he knows most of my ish anyway). I'm a little worried that she's quite old, is retired and not seeing other patients and might not be totally up to date with things. Also that she historically dealt with severe mental illness at the hospital, and I'm more worried about relationship issues and my career, creative work, anxiety. She also lives 1 hour away. Also that my father and I have very similar personalities in some regards, and very different in others, and I'd be worried she'd be thinking about my father as we talked.
I don't know too much about this other lady. She seems nice. My parents have been totally onboard for this, and probably would spring for it, but I feel weird asking them for this amount of money.
So questions are:
1) Any advice for finding therapists in general?
2) is that a normal rate?
3) Do you think I should give my father's friend a try?