5 Tips to Find Affordable Therapy
The isolation, loss, grief and uncertainty experienced by many this past year have taken a toll on our collective mental health, making it even more necessary to talk about—and provide solutions for—better mental health care. Forty percent of adults in the United States report that they have experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression because of the pandemic, according to a 2021 analysis by the Kaiser Family Fund on the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, known as CBT or talk therapy, has been proven to greatly reduce anxiety and depression. A 2016 study done in the UK found that 43 percent of the participants who had received CBT over the course of four years reported a 50 percent decrease in symptoms of depression. While therapy is a highly beneficial treatment for many, cost remains one of the main obstacles to seeing a therapist: 46 percent of those surveyed cited affordability as one of the most important factors when choosing a therapist, according to a 2018 study on counseling by Barna.
Of course, increasing access to free and low-cost mental health resources for all is the goal on a systemic level. While we all work (and vote) on that, here are some tips on how you can find more affordable therapy options, right now.