Frequently Asked Questions About Affordable Counseling

There was a time in my life when I risked everything to fulfill my dream of becoming a fisherman. I was already set to become a partner at a law firm when I decided to quit to travel to Southeast Asia (particularly in Thailand) to learn fishing. I told myself that I would only stay there for two to three months, and then I would return to the US, buy a boat, and fish for a living.


Living in Thailand was fantastic. Financially, it almost did not make an impact on my savings. Not to mention, I stayed at a fishing village most of the time, so I did not need to spend much. I learned all I thought I needed and moved back to the US.

The problem was that Los Angeles was not the best place for a fishing career. The most practical decision was to relocate to Alaska, where I could use my new boat well. My family was against it, but I insisted on doing it. The boat put a dent on my savings already, but it was nothing that I could not handle.

When Reality Turned Its Face On Me

I did not realize at the time that I was merely holding on to a picture-perfect idea that everything would turn out as great as I imagined. Before moving to Alaska, I said I would live in the boat to save money. However, being there in person showed me that I needed to rent an apartment or house if I did not want to freeze to death overnight.

I eventually noticed that the fishermen in Alaska used hi-tech fishing tools to catch as many marine creatures as possible. They were nothing like the hooks, lines, and sinkers I learned how to use in Thailand! I managed to sell a few fish to my neighbors, but I was nowhere near breaking even.

After six months of spending more than I was earning, I became broke. Even if I had not seen a psychologist yet, I also knew I had depression. I sailed on my boat back to Los Angeles, sold it, and moved back to my parents’ home, regretting every decision I made. Despite that, I wanted to get help to turn my life around before it’s too late.

This led me to the following questions:

  1. How can I get counseling with no money? 

 Various facilities offer to counsel for people who need it but cannot afford the service. Feel free to check local institutions or even Federally Qualified Health Centers for assistance.

  1. How much is a typical counseling session? 

 The base cost of a typical counseling session is $20 – you may be able to get that if you seek online counseling. If you prefer the traditional form, though, you may need to pay up to $250 per session. 

  1. How do you get therapy if you’re broke? 

 You can get therapy if you are broke by going to local training institutes. They offer free counseling sessions in such facilities. If that does not work, try contacting Medicaid for mental help.

  1. How can I see a Counsellor for free? 

 You may see a counselor for free through the NHS. They offer counseling services for various conditions, including depression. What’s incredible about it is that you need not get a medical referral before contacting the NHS for mental help.

  1. How do I know if I’m bipolar? 

 From the get-go, you may notice some common symptoms of bipolar disorder in you. For instance, some days, you feel enthusiastic about everything; other days, it is as if nothing can pull you out of depression. Still, you will not know if you are genuinely bipolar unless you see a psychologist or psychiatrist who can assess your condition and provide a proper diagnosis.

  1. Is paying for therapy worth it? 

 Yes, paying for therapy is undoubtedly worth it. The reason is that free treatment can only avail you of essential tips on how to improve your life; the therapist will not spend a lot of time talking to you about all your problems. When you pay for therapy, though, you can be confident that the therapist will only focus on you and help you to the best of their abilities.

  1. How often should I go to therapy? 

 The frequency of your therapeutic sessions depends on how severe your issues are and what the therapist recommends. However, in the beginning, they may tell you to come once a week to help you get comfortable with the process and the thought of getting therapy. As weeks go by, they may suggest that you go twice per week until the sessions are over.

  1. Why do therapists charge so much? 

 Therapists charge so much because of many bills that they must pay to continue their practice. We are talking about not only utilities and rent but also training, state license renewal, etc.

  1. What do you do if a therapist is too expensive? 

 If a therapist is too expensive, some people go online and try virtual therapy offered by platforms like BetterHelp, TalkSpace, 7 Cups of Tea, etc. Others look for self-help books or mastery classes to figure out how to improve their lives without needing to pay for an actual therapist.

  1. Do I really need therapy? 

 It depends on your mental state. If you have been overthinking, fearing various things, or not behaving normally, you most likely need therapy. However, if you want to be sure about it, you should see a psychologist or psychiatrist – they can put a name to your condition and advise you if you need therapy.

  1. How can I get therapy if I don’t have insurance? 

 If you don’t have insurance but need therapy, you may contact Medicaid to see if they can access free treatment. It is also possible to receive therapy through local training institutes and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Now, in case you don’t mind paying out of your pocket, you may seek private therapists either online or offline.

  1. What are the three types of therapy? 
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Humanistic therapy
  1. Is 7 cups therapy free? 

 Yes, the standard plan for 7 Cups of Tea is free, considering you can gain advice through the online community. However, if you want to get one-on-one therapy, you need to pay for a better plan.

  1. How do you start to see a therapist?

You may start to see a therapist by talking to a psychologist first. Some psychologists double as therapists, so they may help you when diagnosed with a mental condition. Others provide referrals to other therapists so that you will no longer have to search for one.


Final Thoughts

I could not thank my parents enough for supporting me throughout my recovery. I made it clear that I would not let them pay for my counseling and therapy, so they merely helped me look for a local training institute where I could get either service for free. A few months later, I called my former boss, hoping to get my old job back. I felt overjoyed when they agreed to hire me again and promised to make fishing nothing but a hobby.


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