Who can afford it? The expense is prohibitive. Usually experience is commensurate with price. Is there any solution - like therapy gemachs or something?
why is therapy so expensive?(14 posts)
many health insurance plans cover 10 or so sessions. Have you looked into that?
Therapists are mostly good for unloading your wallets and pocketbooks.
They are mostly ripoffs, preying on the misfortune of poor parents
who are so desperate. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.
Experience *should* be commensurate with price. Good, qualified therapists invest a lot of time and money into their training as therapists.
There is an old joke about the computer technician who was called to an accountant's office whose printer was not working. He discovered the cable was unplugged, and reconnected it. He handed the CPA an invoice for $500. The accountant asked him for an itemized bill. It read, "Plugging in printer - $5. Knowing what to do - $495.
There is no doubt it is expensive i was in therapy for like 4,5 years but it was a life altering experience, i learned to love myself in those sessions to realize i have something to offer even now 5 years after ive stopped it carries on with me it was the single smartest thing i ever did and worth every penny.
I had a lot of childhood baggage to go through and through therapy i literally altered my whole perception of myself it was well worth the money.
wholewheat -"Who can afford it? The expense is prohibitive. Usually experience is commensurate with price. Is there any solution - like therapy gemachs or something?"
There are Mental Health clinics in the Frum community that provide free or reduced rates. Also some Bikur Cholims will pay for their communities Mental Health, but not all.
But I agree that there needs to be more done in the way of helping poor people receive help. Is there any Gvir out there that wants to start a Frum org. for this?
We have two orgs. to help people have kids (A Time, Bonai olam), how about one that pays Medical & Dental & Psychological help for poor people? Most of the Frum clinics that exist aren't totally free for those without insurance. Some people can't even afford reduced rates. It's the 9 days -I know some of you reading this can afford to start something like this -so about doing some Ahavas Chinum to combat the Sinas Chinum that exists?!?!
I am currently in therapy to work on anxiety that I am experiencing and apparently build up over the years . It is a fortune but i do see it is a major help to me - this money can change someone's lives and how they interact with those around them so in a way it is really money well spent
MorahRach - I'm in Israel so not sure if it applies here.
Health - great idea
Goq and Zeliger - good to know people see tangible positive results from this.
Sometimes I wonder if the huge expense is justified, or if at that the end it turns out to be one big waste of money, which is impossible to know in advance.
For example I know 2 ppl whose child struggled with selective mutism. One sent to therapy they coudn't really afford but somehow managed to pay it off. Their child began speaking after months of therapy. The other who couldn't afford it, their child struggled with it for years until they saw a breakthrough. You can't fault the second set of parents, (who didn't ignore the issue, and made efforts in other areas,) but simply couldn't afford therapy. If theres a financial difficulty involved, many people will continue to 'suffer', or won't give therapy a long enough chance to succeed.
Additionally, there is a certain stigma in going to therapy, so its going to be difficult to advocate for yourself (to possibly receive assistance) in kupat cholim etc.
Don't forget that the therapists themselves are often under massive amounts of debt due to student loans etc, and need to charge these rates to pay their own bills...
I would also suggest that the men in our community consider the drastic step of working for a living (gasp) so that the programs can go to those who really need it.
MCP - learning and getting paid - do you consider this "making a living"?
Few are fortunate enough to "make a living" in such a way - I wish I was one of them.
I go to an excelllant therapist Laura Kelly I met with her for the first time in CHemed in Lakewood... her office number is 732-539-3751 she has a lot of patients so it may take time her sessions are $50 dollars each it was worth every penny for me... Try calling chemed also to make an appointment with her i waited 2 month i think but im doing much better chemed:732-364-2144
dhl144 -Yes, CHEMED in Lakewood is one of the clinics that have reduced rates. They have a few therapists, but are very booked up.
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