Post # 1
Hello bees –
Both my FI and I have Kaiser health insurance. We really want to do couples counseling before our June 21 wedding, but Kaiser only offers a group class, and it’s booked until late May!
What are my options? Does anyone else have Kaiser who was able to somehow find inexpensive, non-religious counseling? Neither of us is making a lot of money, and all of our money is going into savings or towards the wedding. We definitely can’t afford the $500+ sessions that most therapists seem to charge.
Now I’m bummed because I don’t think we can make it work. My friend is going through counseling with her fiance and she’s raving about how fun and meaningful it has been for them. I really want to go through this to strengthen our relationship, but not at this expense!
Post # 3
@hisprettygirl: My insurance does not cover couples counseling, but they do cover INDIVIDUAL counseling. The clinic that I used to go to even billed it as such.
Sometimes you need your spouse to sit in on sessions, and they still billed it as individual with the insurance company.
Post # 4
@hisprettygirl: I don’t have Kaiser, but I wonder if you call around and ask, you might be able to find one that does a sliding cost scale? Or maybe see if your local health dept has any resources available
Post # 5
@sienna76 – I don’t see Kaiser going for that (bringing in partner to individual sessions). I have been advised to look into local church programs that can make them less religious-oriented, so now I’m on the lookout!
Post # 6
Not all therapists are that expensive. I’m in the field and you can go to a LCSW, LSW or LCPC for less (I promise we are all trained and my hourly is nowhere near that!). Groups are always less expensive. Look for local community mental health facilites or through the health department. There are also retreats you can do as well!
Post # 7
Look for a class at a local church called “Mastering the Mysteries of Love “
I took it with FI at my local church and its WONDERFUL!!! It has very little to do with religon and more with communicating with your partner. It costs $40 for 8 weeks and my Pastor says people teach this class all over the USA.
Its most often a group course, but it’s really worth it! Here is the website I found our class at. I don’t know if you are in California, but I know they offer the class everywhere.
Post # 8
Im glad we did the one on one, I think we got a lot more out of it. It was a lot of fun too. ours cost about $250 and was well worth it!!!!
Post # 9
Do you live near any universities? Just about every university that has a doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology has an in-house clinic that usually operates on a sliding scale. Most people who seek services at my university’s clinic end up paying no more than $30/session. Your therapist will be a student, but they are closely supervised and usually trained on the most up-to-date research supported methods.
Post # 10
@hisprettygirl: As Sienna76 mentioned, you can bring someone to ‘some’ sessions.
I have Kaiser and during my therapy session. My sister and I were having a major falling out and my therapist asked me to bring her eventhough my sister does not have Kaiser insurance.
Post # 11
Check at your local churches they sometimes offer free counseling
Post # 12
In case anyone else ever references this thread, we were able to get FREE excellent counseling by going through my Employer’s Assistance Program. I’m not sure if everyone has this, or only public / school employees, but it’s worth a shot! 🙂