The cost of counseling can vary greatly depending on your geographic location and whether counseling is being provided by a community mental health center or similar agency or by a counselor in private practice. In general, the average paid fee for individual counseling sessions is about $65. Fees for group counseling are generally lower, about $35 per group session. For clients with health insurance that does not cover mental health care and others who cannot afford the counselor’s standard fee, some counselors will lower their fee on a sliding scale basis or will work out a payment plan.
Your counselor should explain to you, prior to beginning the counseling relationship, all financial arrangements related to professional services.