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Why is Therapy So Expensive?

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Ok, can we just get real and have the awkward money talk? No one likes it, but let’s just air it out.

I can’t speak for other therapists, but this is why our rates are what they are:

Quality over Quantity

I intentionally keep a low case load. Trauma work can be really intense (for the client AND the therapist), so in order to prevent burnout and be the absolute BEST version of myself, I keep a low case load. My clients don’t need a stressed out, overworked therapist. That doesn’t benefit them at all, and I’m sure my friends and family don’t love dealing with it either. 😂

Business is Expensive

I’m always a small business owner, which means I have expenses to make the practice run efficiently. Yes, having a private practice IS a business and needs to be treated that way so I can stay in business. That also includes attending trainings, workshops and such to keep my credentials and stay on top of the most effective therapy methods.

Staying Balanced

All of this is so that I can be the absolute best therapist for my clients and so that I can continue practicing therapy for the long haul. My job is my joy and I want to be able to do this for as long as possible, while staying grounded, balanced and happy (just like what I try to teach my clients)!

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About the Author

Dana Carretta-Stein is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling, PLLC, in Scarsdale, NY.   She specializes in clinical psychotherapy to treat individuals with anxiety, behavior and trauma difficulties.


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