Is there Affordable Counseling in downtown Los Angeles?
Short answer? Yes, there is affordable counseling in downtown Los Angeles.
I know it’s challenging to find affordable counseling in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s even harder making room in your budget for therapy when you live in Downtown Los Angeles.
EVERYTHING is expensive: rent, food, and parking. These high costs are often the reason why many therapists in the downtown Los Angeles area charge so much more compared to other areas.
Don’t worry if the cost is the biggest factor standing between you and connecting with a therapist in LA.
The cost of therapy is the biggest reason why people don’t seek therapy – especially when they find out the hourly rate can range between $100 to $300.
Where to find low-fee therapy options in downtown Los Angeles
However before you assume you cannot afford professional help, we do have a list of therapists of which many offer affordable counseling in downtown Los Angeles. You can either access our list yourself or contact us. We can help you find the best match for you – cost and location-wise.
There’s a list of low-fee therapists available right here.
This post will help you:
- identify if you can rely on your existing support system or if you need to opt for a low-fee Therapist
- find a low-fee Therapist that offers affordable counseling in Downtown Los Angeles
When you don’t have money for therapy
If you don’t have the cash flow right now, having a strong support system of family and friends can sometimes offer you all the support you need. Still, it’s really important to make sure you get the help you need if you’re struggling with overwhelming issues.
If you’re struggling with serious issues like anxiety, depression, broken relationships (i.e., family, friends, partners), trauma, a really challenging stage in your life, health issues, stress at work, grief, loss, legal issues or some sexual obstacles, we’d highly recommend you connect with us.
To help you we’ve compiled a few practical tips below. It’s designed to help you identify when not to postpone finding a therapist.
When is therapy a must and when are friends/family enough?
“Contrary to popular misconception, you don’t have to be crazy, desperate or on the brink of a meltdown to go to therapy,” explains Dr. David Sack in 5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Therapy.
“At the same time, therapy isn’t usually necessary for every little struggle life throws your way, especially if you have a strong support system of friends and family,” he says.
It’s always tempting to dismiss your need for therapy with any of the following thoughts:
- “I would rather talk to family or friends than a stranger.”
- “What good is talking going to do?”
- “I do not know how comfortable I would feel in sharing my problems to a stranger.”
- “It’s hard to find time in my hectic schedule.”
- “Therapy cost too much.”
As valid as these points may feel, they should never be central to your decision to get therapeutic assistance or not. There is always the option of getting a therapist with low-fee options and there’s always the option of finding a therapist you do feel comfortable with.
Instead, here are a few really important factors to consider when your budget is limited.
When do you need a Therapist?
You should strongly consider a low-fee Therapists when you experience symptoms like:
- insomnia or hypersomnia
- experiencing big changes in your eating patterns
- having reactive behavior (like angry outbursts)
- withdrawing yourself from things and activities you had previously enjoyed
- having trouble concentrating or meeting demands at work, home, school or in your social life
- feeling things in your life feeling totally and overwhelmingly unmanageable
- having stress in your relationships with those close to you or in your marriage, whether it’s poor communication, difficulty solving problems, sexual difficulties, infidelity, major life changes, negative life events, and other issues influencing your relationships
- experiencing chronic medical problems that are having a negative impact on his or her daily life
- experiencing legal proceedings or pressures that are having a negative impact on your life
You should definitely contact us to help you find a low-fee Therapists when you experience any of the following symptoms:
- suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm
- finding yourself using coping mechanisms such as drugs, alcohol, food, shopping, and/or sex, and they’re having a regular effect on your life
- having overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anger, and/or reactive behavior that feels uncontrollable
- dealing with past and present trauma like physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse, or spiritual abuse.
If you want some guidance on finding THE RIGHT therapist, this might help.
The pros and cons of talking to friends and family about your issues
The most significant pro of talking to friends or family is the fact that they can offer you a great support system when the going gets really tough. However, there are a few cons, when you rely solely on them for therapeutic support:
- They give advice whether helpful or harmful
- They most probably won’t help you understand why you feel the way you do
- Sometimes they are the source of your problems
- They may not be equipped to hold your pain and they may feel overwhelmed by your problems.
- You might start to feel like they view your entire life as one big catastrophe after another
The pros and cons of talking to using a Therapist
The most significant con is often that it implies additional cost, but it’s often well worth the bucks you spend because:
- Therapy is safe and it’s confidential. What you share in therapy is protected by the law, which means your therapist will never share what you share with him or her *. * As long as you do not present yourself as a danger to self, others, or someone is a danger to you.
- Therapy treats both psychological and physical symptoms. Some individuals do not realize that by suppressing their emotions it can trigger physical symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, changes in eating pattern, headaches or migraines, muscles tension, chronic pain, digestive or bowel problems, and ulcers.
- You get to express ALL your feelings. Therapy provides a safe, empathic, and compassionate space where one can express and process their repressed emotions without feeling judged.
- Therapy gives you new expert tools. Therapy provides tools, such as effective communication skills, conflict resolution skills, identifying negative thought patterns, and emotional regulation.
How to find the money to do therapy
While the cost of therapy in downtown Los Angeles can feel daunting, you do have options. Here are some practical steps you can take to making therapy work for you financially.
- Find a low-fee therapist. You can find a private practice that offers low or sliding scale fee. We have many therapists who offer low-fee and sliding scale counseling.
- Give us a call or schedule an appointment. We think the best way to move forward is by reaching out for help. Our therapists will work with you to find the best counseling solution.
- Check with your health insurance. Oftentimes they offer in-network or accept out-of-network mental health or private practice therapy services.
- Prioritize. Re-evaluate and re-organize your budget to accommodate therapy.
How to find the time to do therapy
When you work full-time finding the time can be just as challenging as finding the money. Here are some options.
- Move your schedule around. Speak with your employer regarding changing your work schedule.
- Find a therapist closeby. Find a therapist near your place of employment or home, that way you can go before work, during lunch, or after work.
Why choose Sync Counseling Center as affordable counseling in downtown Los Angeles?
- Sync accepts most out-of-network health insurance.
- Sync offers low-fee counseling so that one can afford therapy. We have several trained therapists who offer affordable counseling.
- Sync offers convenience, Ww have a office located in downtown Los Angeles.
- Sync provides a safe space for individuals, couples, and families to explore and process their thoughts and emotions.
- Sync provides a safe space for individuals, couples, and families to talk about things that they would not normally talk about, such as past experiences, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other life challenges.
- Sync provides individuals, couples, and families with skills and tools, such as effective communication skills, conflict resolution skills, and emotional regulation.