When someone asks me if they can afford therapy, my first response is can you afford not to have it? If therapy is something you have been interested in, chances are there is something you want to work through or achieve from it. For many people, therapy is simply life changing, allowing them to move through blockages that have caused them to get fixated on something, often resulting in increased productivity and earnings. If you’re wondering if you can make therapy affordable or looking for ways to fit it into your budget, here are some tips:

1. Consider Online Therapy
In person therapy can be really expensive, often running $75-150 per session. Therapists that operate in offices have a lot of additional expenses you might not consider, such as renting a space, paying for a secretary, office related expenses and the list goes on. By working online, therapists can reduce their rates considerably, some charging as little as $35 a session. Online therapy also works out cheaper for you as you can save money on transport getting to your therapist’s office, as well as any parking costs. For those of us with a tight budget, it can make therapy a lot more affordable while opening up a larger range of therapists.

2. Go for Quality Over Quantity
A good therapist that would connect with well will be worth their weight in gold. There are so many issues that we can have, from relationships with parents or limiting world views. Whatever you want to resolve or work through, the right therapist will help make that possible. If you find a therapist you love and you’re not sure your budget will stretch, consider working with them less often.

3. Get Your Priorities Right
If you’re spending oodles of extra cash on takeaways or mindless online shopping, but not sure you can justify the cost of therapy, then you might want to consider what will benefit you the most in the long run. Cutting down a few monthly expenses can open up a lot of extra money to invest into therapy.

If you’re interested in therapy but you haven’t taken the plunge, there’s no better time than now. With these tips I’m sure you’ll be able to fit it into your budget.