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Re: Am I paying too much for therapy?

Posted by kerridc on June 3, 1999, at 20:03:56

In reply to Re: Am I paying too much for therapy?, posted by Tom on June 1, 1999, at 11:49:43

Pay what you feel the therapy is worth. If it is worth nothing to you, then as little as $1 is too much. If it keeps you from feeling horrible and enables you to make progress, it is invaluable.

What's interesting is that you have globalized an entire 5 years therapy experience as being "all bad." If I were your therapist, my first question to you would be; "what do you expect me to do that [potentially] several others in the past five years could not?" Next I would point out how you managed to completely engage and de-focus an entire group of people away from any therapeutic issues, since it doesn't appear that obtaining the money is actually a problem.

If your highly reputed doc is not suggesting you be involved in group treatment, you are paying too much. Based on what little you have revealed, group would definitely be the treatment of choice.

I charge $45 a session because I think that is "fair" and I am able to provide services for that fee. I pay $95 a session for my own therapy, and though I would hate to pay more, it is an inadequate reimbursement for what I gain.

Others in this thread have offered excellent points to consider when the actual issue at hand is the dollar amount paid for therapy.

> > I recently started therapy. As i have no insurance, I am forced to borrow money from my parents to pay for it. We are paying $175.00 per 45 min session. I have decided to go with this expensive psychdoctor/psychotherapist because he was recommended to me as being very good and necessary for myself given my history of 5 years of bad treatment..."




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