How Much Does A Psychologist Cost, And Is It Worth It?
Updated March 09, 2020
Reviewer Karen Devlin, LPC
Are you considering seeing a psychologist but you're not sure it's going to be worth the cost? Maybe you're not even sure that you need to see someone and that cost fac making you second guess it. Maybe you're interested in going, but you don't think you can afford it. Well, you're in luck, because we're going to dive into everything you need to know, including how much does a psychologist cost and is it worth it. From there, you can make your own decisions.
Why See A Psychologist
There are several different reasons that you should go to see a psychologist, and we're going to go over many of them right here. That way, you can rest assured you're making a good and informed decision. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, however, and there may be entirely different reasons for you to speak with a psychologist. These are just some of the most common reasons that are listed for why someone might decide that a psychologist is going to be a great investment for them.
You Suffer from a Mental Illness - If you currently have a mental illness and you know this, either because you have self-diagnosed or because you've been diagnosed by someone previously it's a good idea to talk with a psychologist. They can help you to understand better what you're going through and they can make sure that you're getting the help you need to make it through your life in the best way possible. No matter what kind of mental illness you're suffering a mental health professional is a crucial step in helping you to get the life you deserve back.
You Suspect You Suffer from a Mental Illness - If you're not sure, but you think you might have a mental illness, it's a great reason to talk with a mental health professional. You can talk to them about what you are experiencing or feeling, and you can get feedback from them on whether you have a mental illness or not. But keep in mind that just because you don't have a diagnosable condition doesn't mean that you can't reap the benefits of talking to a professional anyway.
You Are Going Through a Traumatic Event/Dramatic Change - If you just moved to a brand new place, or your parents are getting divorced (whether you're a child or an adult), or you're going through a divorce, or you're thinking about changing careers, or you just lost someone close to you or really anything in your life that means change you may want to talk with a mental health professional. They can help you get to the bottom of your feelings and start to understand what this change is going to mean for you as an individual. They're going to help you understand yourself and your future.
You Are in a Relationship - If you are in a relationship at all, you could use mental health assistance. Relationships are difficult, and they require a whole lot of give, take, compromise, sacrifice and more. They can be complicated, and they are going to require a lot out of you. For that reason, it's always a good idea to talk to a professional and find out more about yourself and your partner. Couples counseling is a great idea in these situations as well as it can help the two of you learn to communicate better as a couple.
You Are Completely Healthy - You didn't think we were going to let you go that easily, did you? Anyone and everyone can benefit from mental health therapy and talking to a professional about what you're going through. You don't need to be struggling at all to see changes and improvements. After all, a mental health professional can work with you to start becoming a better person on your own, even if you think everything is going fine. Not only that but they can give you coping mechanisms for those times in your life where things aren't quite as fine.
Is It Worth It?
If you have a mental illness, in a relationship, going through a big change in your life or suffering a tragedy or even if you're completely healthy and everything seems great, you can see changes and improvements as a result of working with a mental health professional. You'll be able to talk to them about whatever you want, which is going to give you a benefit right off the bat. Rather than having to fight to be heard over everyone else in your life, you know that this is one person who is going to pay attention only to you and what you have to say.
Another benefit to therapy is that you're going to have someone there who can help you out with advice on different situations in your life. Now, a mental health professional is primarily there to help you figure out what's best for you on your own, but that's not the only thing that they can do. They can also give you a little bit of that advice themselves and help to steer you in the right direction. But you have to talk to them first to get their help.
The short answer is that talking with a psychologist is most definitely worth it. You're going to get a number of benefits that we can't even fully list, and you're going to have the ability to express yourself in a way that helps your future self. You'll be able to help improve any mental health conditions you may have as well as increasing your self-esteem and working on different areas of your life that you may be struggling with. So if you're deciding whether it's going to be worth the money it's a strong yes.
What Does It Cost?
The costs associated with seeing a mental health professional are a little difficult to discuss. Now, these individuals have gone to a great deal of schooling, and they've done a great deal of additional training after school. That means they're making around $120,000 per year, depending on where in the country they're located and that comes out to about $60 per hour. Of course, this is going to depend on just where you're working with a psychologist and what type of psychologist you're working with as well. Different areas have different pay scales, and different types of psychologist (such as school psychologists versus clinical psychologists) earn different amounts.
If you're looking to hire a psychologist you can expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $200+ per hour. This rate could cover an in-person session, or you could look at session with online therapists who may be closer to the low end of these costs. No matter what type of psychologist you're going to, you want to make sure that you're working with someone who knows what they're doing and who is going to give you the best possible help.
Keep in mind that the cost for a mental health professional is only one of the many different aspects that you want to consider. You want to know what kind of background the individual has, including their educational experience, their work history, and the type of therapy that they provide. You also want to make sure that it's someone that you're going to be comfortable working with because therapy is extremely personal. If you're not willing to share anything and everything with this person it doesn't matter how much you can save on an appointment. It's not going to be worth it.
Finding Your Psychologist
When you're ready to find a psychologist, you want to make sure you have the best person for the job, and that used to mean doing a whole lot of research. It meant being limited also. You were limited to people who were in your area or within driving distance and limited to appointments that fell into just the right time slots. But that isn't the case anymore because therapy is changing just like everything else. Rather than being limited by any of these things you have the freedom to find someone that you can feel comfortable with and that you can meet at any time.
ReGain is an online therapy platform that allows you to interact with mental health professions from anywhere in the country. These professionals are the best in their fields, and they can work with you on any mental health concerns you may have. Not only that but they can meet with you when it's convenient for you. All you need to do is log on the website from anywhere with an internet connection, using any internet-connected device. From there, you're all set. You can sit back and have your session wherever you're the most comfortable, and you'll be able to start seeing changes and improvements in your life.