When a person makes the decision to attend therapy with a psychologist, they have probably gone through a long process, from the beginning of the problem to its recognition as such . Once aware of the problem, you may be reluctant to see a mental health specialist. It should not be forgotten that until the end of the 20th century, going to a psychologist or psychiatrist was considered a taboo , a subject that affected people and their families were ashamed of and did not want to talk about.
Once these initial barriers, especially mental and social ones, have been overcome, we move on to another phase, the choice of the psychologist. With this phase, the first question that goes through your head is probably: how much is the therapy going to cost me?
What should I take into account when choosing a psychologist?
Choosing a psychologist to go to therapy is a difficult task. It is about choosing a professional to whom we will tell our most intimate problems and matters, so it must be someone who inspires confidence from the first moment , and if possible, at a good price. Therefore, it is important to do a search taking into account our demands and not to choose the first psychologist we meet.
However, and although it is an important factor, the price should not be the determining factor in our choice of psychologist . It is important not to see the price of a consultation or how long the therapy will last and cost as an expense, but rather to see this expense as an investment for our future well-being, and the well-being of our closest environment.
What really must be taken into account when choosing our therapist is what we feel being with him or her, that is, if we feel comfortable and predisposed to talk openly about our problems. In this case, the first impression you give us is the one that will mark such an important decision.
It must be a well considered decision because for a therapy to have the desired results it is not advisable to change psychologists . Therefore, unless there are serious and unsolvable reasons, the chosen psychologist will accompany us throughout the recovery process.
What determines the price of a psychologist?
First of all, we must bear in mind that it depends on the place where we reside , we will have some prices or others. There are cities in which the quality of life is higher, and it is evident that professionals in any field will have rates in accordance with the needs imposed by the city.
But apart from the place of residence, there are other factors that determine the price of a psychologist consultation . Without a doubt, the most important factor is your training . A well-trained professional will have obtained skills that other professionals will not have. New theories, techniques and therapies to put into practice are constantly appearing in the field of psychology, and a well-trained psychologist will always be up-to-date with the latest developments in his discipline to offer a more beneficial service for his patients.
The type of therapy also determines the value of the consultation . Group therapy is not the same as individual therapy, or couple or family therapy . Now online therapies are gaining ground , through videoconferences. The choice of the most appropriate therapy will depend on the psychologist, taking into account the problem that is posed to treat. So depending on the type of therapy to be received, the consultation will have one price or another.
The duration of therapy sessions is another variable that influences the final price of the consultation . You can have sessions of 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The most common is to start with one-hour sessions, and watching the development of the patient and his evolution gradually decrease the duration and frequency of the sessions. But it will always be a decision made by the therapist.
Thus, taking these factors into account, the consultations can range between 40 or 45 and 100 euros , although there may be psychologists with more expensive rates. Cheaper rates are almost impossible to find in Spain. Many professionals offer the first free consultation, thus making it easier for the patient to choose without spending money during the first interview.
What do we pay with a psychologist consultation?
The price of a psychologist consultation can be expensive at first, but as I have said before, it is necessary to see it as an investment for personal well-being.
Keep in mind that you do not pay only one hour of service. A well-prepared psychologist will give personalized attention, which means that before and after the consultation time he will carry out an analysis and study of the particular case , something that will be reflected in subsequent consultations and in the patient’s progress.
It should not be forgotten that the vast majority of psychologists are self-employed , and have to pay the corresponding fees and taxes, social security and in addition to the facilities to receive patients, usually an office that carries other expenses (rent, insurance, electricity , Water…). Normally you will also pay the fees of the Official College of Psychologists and permanent training courses whenever you see it necessary, the psychological tests … The expenses are uncountable, like those that any other small company may have.
As I have already mentioned, the place or office where the consultations will be carried out is an important and essential expense because that place of confidences between therapist and patient has to be a quiet place that creates an atmosphere of peace and harmony suitable for patients, since be it working with individual therapies, couples or group therapies .
Taking all this into account, it is less difficult to see what we really pay when we go to the psychologist’s office. Because we not only value all his years of study and effort, but also the dedication he makes to our case in a personalized and professional way, since he will work to help us improve and make us capable of solving our problems.
By putting a lower price, your work would not be possible because you would be unable to meet the expenses of your professional activity.