07-19-2012, 08:42 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
| | Re: So how much does marriage counseling cost?
Our marriage counselor charged $85/hour, but we paid $50/hour after insurance. My best friend is a family therapist and charges $100/hour, which is upper-average for our area. She also takes a few sliding-scale and pro bono clients at a time. She tells me that most counselors are not at all offended when people call to ask about rates, what insurance is accepted by the practice, what issues the counselors are experienced in handling, and what methods they use. Some counselors don't take insurance due to the headaches involved in handling claims, but it's just fine to ask and no one is offended if you pick someone else based on coverage or price.
There is also the option of religious counselor. Many houses of worship offer counseling to not only their congregants, but others as well. As with any counselor, shop around for one who has experience helping couples with whatever your particular issue is, and move on if it becomes clear that it's not a good fit. These types of sessions are often fairly cheap, and may even be free.