M.S. asks from Cleveland, TX on July 05, 2009
Counseling - Conroe,TX
I am having trouble in my marriage. I want to go to counseling. With the way the economy is though, I am worried about the cost. Can someone give me an idea of how much I should expect to pay to a therapist? Any advice or insight about therapy would be good. Thank you
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Thank you everyone for responding and the prayers. I do not live close to a university and I had not thought about insurance covering it so that is my next step. There is no infedelity, drugs/alcohol, or abuse, he rarely goes out with friends. My husband works a lot and I feel like a married single, and like we are losing/have lost our connection. Just need to sort through my feelings. We can give each other hell. Thanks again
K.M. answers from Houston on July 06, 2009
You might try Samaritan Counseling Center. They have various locations in the Houston area and work (or at least used to) on a sliding scale according to what you can afford. The number is ###-###-####. If you google "samaritan counseling center houston" you can get more information.
Congrats on the decision to get counseling. It is a big step, and a very good one.
M.K. answers from Houston on July 05, 2009
i also am having trouble with my marriage, and didnt want to go to counselling because it cost $50 a session.
Im not sure which area you live in , but if you live near huntsville the jack stagg counselling clinic at sam houston state uni offers free marriage, child and personal counselling, you get 8 sessions. we are on session 3 now, and it has really helped us - they are not young kids, they are all final year students, and mostly are mature students, the lady who counsells us has been married for 25 years and has 6 kids, so she not only brings realistic experience, but also the benefit of her training, if you wanted her in particular her name is lori brabham, or branham i cant remember which.
the phone number is ###-###-####.
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A.M. answers from El Paso on July 05, 2009
Try counseling at a church. That should help with cost. There are also several nonprofit organizations that provide help for marriages. I can't think of the names, but a quick google search should help. I know several marriages that were saved by these programs. Blessings...
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A.B. answers from San Antonio on July 06, 2009
If you do belong to a church, pastors can do counseling for free. They have limited counseling training, so it's a good start, but you should probably move on after a few sessions if things aren't improving too much.
Pastors should be able to refer you to agencies that do counseling on a sliding scale which may help as well.
I remember our pastor telling in premarital counseling us that if we spent $15,000 on a wedding, we should be willing to spend at least that much to keep our marriage together later. Great idea, but, of course, if you don't have $15,000, how could you possibly spend it on counseling?
Someone else mentioned universities, which is a great idea. Where I went to school, the university counseling center was for students only, but the practicum students in the counseling psychology department saw clients from outside the university on a sliding scale. You can call the department to ask about it. Counseling centers may be in psych depts, education departments, family studies departments, etc., so you may need to do some asking around to find out which department has the program.
Good luck and I sure hope you are successful!!
M.B. answers from Beaumont on July 07, 2009
I called my insurance and they covered all but $20 a visit for me. It was well worth it. I went once a month and considered it self care just like having a pedicure or a massage. I found someone I really liked in Beaumont. Not sure where you are?
D.S. answers from Killeen on July 06, 2009
Hello! If you have insurance you can get counseling for the price of your co-pay. The prices for counseling out of pocket ranges from $85-125. Some specialties are upwards of $200. If you are in the Belton area, call Fran Strange ###-###-####. She is a family therapist located at 404 N. Main. She is a dear friend of mine and she is an excellent therapist. My father is a therapist in Conroe, TX. I wish you the best in your search for a therapist.
K.J. answers from Houston on July 06, 2009
Second Baptist has a great counseling program at no cost...
Encluding Jesus and lots of prayer...and...the counselor Benno Bauer has helped us...good luck!
J.M. answers from Odessa on July 06, 2009
Unaware of you location, I would recommend finding a Samaritan Counseling Center. They work on a sliding scale, they take insurance and in my experience have been very effective. My advice: if you end up with a counselor you do not like or are not 100% comfortable with, change immediately. A bad session can really deter you or your spouse from seeking the appropriate help.
Counseling SAVED my marriage.
P.B. answers from San Antonio on July 06, 2009
Hi M. S,
I am so sorry to hear of your marital issues.
While recognizing money may be tight for counseling at this time, I want to suggest you and your husband frame that cost by looking at the financial and emotional costs of divorce. When you look at splitting your income(s) to cover two homes and two of everything that goes with two households PLUS the emotional impact on yourselves and especially your children, any counseling that helps is a BARGAIN and an investment in a happier marriage and family life.
Look at all the great alternatives suggested in other replies and also consider creative ways to come up with the money to cover the counseling.
I agree with the suggestion of identifying your individual wants and needs and finding a counselor who is results-oriented. ALSO - if one of you is more open to counseling, find a counselor that suits the other person better. I've often found that different people relate better to different counselors.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.