Counseling and Therapy: Finding Emotional Support on the Web
Life's events can occasionally lead to an array of complicated feelings and emotions. Sometimes we're able to sort out these feelings ourselves, or with the help of family or friends. Other times, it might be necessary to talk to a trained counselor or therapist who can help us get to the root of our difficulties. If you or someone you know needs this specialized assistance, the Web sites in this guide can point you in the right direction.
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Financial considerations may affect your decision to seek therapy. The Web can tell you what you need to know about paying for therapy or counseling and whether you can expect your insurance company to chip in.
- Make sure you have verified the legitimacy of any online (or in person) counseling you receive in order to protect yourself from being subject to scams or fraud.
- If you find a therapist's site online, you'll likely find a fee schedule somewhere on the site.
For out-of-pocket payment …
The Relationship Resource Center
has an article about the benefits of paying for mental health care out of your own pocket, including flexibility of treatment schedules, confidentiality in your medical records, and the ability to see the therapist of your choosing.
is a site run by a family therapist in Minnesota who does not accept health insurance. This page explains some of the problems associated with using insurance coverage to pay for therapy, and offers a list of benefits of paying for it yourself.
For health insurance information …
The National Mental Health Information Center
is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Here you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions to get you started in finding mental health services and appropriate insurance coverage.
explains some of the problems associated with using insurance coverage to pay for therapy and offers a list of the benefits you’ll experience when you pay for therapy yourself.
For low-income resources …
runs the National Mental Health Information Center, offering suggestions for uninsured individuals who would like to use mental health services but are limited in their options because of financial restrictions. Links to other helpful resources that can aid you in paying for mental health care are also provided.
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