You can benefit from therapy if you’re feeling more down than usual, having a lot of conflict with loved ones, or feeling confused about what career option to take, as well as many other common issues. For example, research has shown that counseling is just as effective as medication for people with mild to moderate depression. But many more people take antidepressants than ever seek out a therapist. So…why? What barriers keep people from accessing mental health help that they could benefit from? In this 3 part series, I’m going to examine several common barriers, and offer some suggestions for how to work through them.
The first barrier I’m going to address is the lack of money or time.
Therapy is expensive and that sometimes is a barrier for individuals who don’t have the financial resources. Even people with insurance sometimes have high deductibles, or high copays. Additionally, having time to attend therapy can be a challenge. We live in a culture where people are often stressed, working multiple jobs to pay the bills, or taking care of others, such as children or aging parents. If you want to seek out therapy, but you’re financially stressed and worry that you can’t afford it, you are not alone.
How to work through it:
- Many therapists are committed to keeping therapy accessible to everyone, not just people with a lot of money. When searching for a therapist, you can ask if they offer a sliding fee scale, and be honest about financial constraints that you face.
- You can also seek out clinics that offer low-cost therapy. In Rochester, NY, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a healthcare center for individuals without insurance, or who are underinsured. They offer low-cost or free mental health counseling to anyone in the community. You can find out more about St. Joseph’s by going to their website.
- Finally, if you’re squeezed for time, you might benefit from online therapy, which offers you the flexibility to talk to your therapist from the comfort of your own home. Many therapists offer online appointments through HIPAA compliant platforms that are similar to Skype but encrypted and more secure, including myself.
I hope this post was useful to you. Please check in next week for part 2 of this series. In the meantime, if you have questions, or you’re interested in working with me, feel free to call (585) 294-4776.