Therapist rates and fees vary by discipline. However, having a successful treatment is more about the therapist’s skills and experience and less about their particular discipline. The most important factor though is how you feel about the relationship that you develop with your therapist.
MFTs are Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. They have a master’s degree in psychology or counseling. While the term “Marriage and Family” suggests that these therapists only see couples and families, they are also trained to provide therapy to individuals as well.
MFT rates for psychotherapy generally range from $100 to $250 per session.
LCSW’s are Licensed Clinical Social Workers. LCSW’s have a master’s degree in social work and often work in hospitals, clinics, and agencies as well as in private practice.
LCSW rates for psychotherapy can range from $110 to $200 per session.
Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology. The degree that a psychologist holds may be a PhD, PsyD or DMH (Doctor of Mental Health). Some psychologists provide psychological testing as well as psychotherapy.
Psychologist rates generally fall between those of a master’s level therapist or social worker and psychiatrist (MD), often ranging from $150 to $300 per session.
Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors and can prescribe medication. They are the only mental healthcare provider that can prescribe medications. A psychiatrist’s training now focuses more on psychopharmacology or prescribing medication and less on psychotherapy. Therapists often work together with psychiatrists toward your mental health goals.
Psychiatrist hourly rates are most expensive ranging from $180 to $300 or more per session. Psychiatrist fees for medication evaluations are often higher.
Go to Low Cost Therapy for information about paying for therapy out-of-pocket including where to find reduced and low fee referrals.
Go to Questions for Your Insurance Company for information about using health insurance to pay for therapy.