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Re: cost/benefit analysis of therapy?

Posted by jdgjdg on February 17, 2004, at 22:02:55

In reply to cost/benefit analysis of therapy?, posted by octopusprime on February 15, 2004, at 20:36:32

If you are not depressed enough for medications, therapy alone would probably benefit you greatly. Insurance companies are a pain when it comes to mental health coverage. I recently maxed out my lifetime mental health coverage. I understand about out of pocket therapy. Keep in mind, depending on who you see and your geographical location, the cost can be roughly $60-$200+ for a 50 minute session. I pay $90 for a session. Typically a LCSW(social worker) will charge closer to the lower end. I find them more helpful anyway. If you do end up needing medications, a psychiatrist(md) is much more expensive. Mine charges about $500 hourly. Generally, a therapist will want to see you weekly for a while. Eventually, you taper off to less frequent visits.

I don't know if you are supposed to name any authors on this website, but there is a great book called "The Depression Workbook" The author is Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A. I have found this book to be an excellent addition to therapy. It gives you a lot of the same techniques a therapist would use. It might be worth the $20 or so before investing the $ in a therapist. If your situation is bad, or worsening. I suggest you spend the money and see someone asap. It's a small price to pay for your mental health. If you get more depressed, you can end up missing work, getting sick more often, etc. Good luck. jdgjdg




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