I’ve seen this argument (by therapists) over again. “Why should I pay for a bad therapist?” “Why should I pay for a incompetent one?” “If therapists were good, wouldn’t they all be out of business?” And, “Wouldn’t therapists still be around?”
Those are valid questions. And yes, there are therapists who are less than stellar. Some will push you past your limit. That’s human nature. But, on the whole, therapists are pretty good at what they do.
So, why do some people continue to pay a bad therapist? Why do others skip over therapy? There are several reasons. Some clients have trust issues. If a therapist doesn’t know what he or she is doing, will the client still trust him or her?
One way to avoid the pitfall of having a bad therapist is to ask for referrals. Ask people you know if they have therapists they recommend. Make sure to follow up with the referrer. If the therapist passes, make sure you’re still working with him or her. Even if you’re not sure this person is any good, you can still do some background research before paying for sessions with this person.
Another reason some therapists waste time is because they’re busy trying to get new clients. They might give one or two referrals a week. In many cases, therapists’ availability might match the demand. Other therapists may be putting together a series of sessions for a client. These therapists don’t want to waste their time with a new client.
One of the ways clients can avoid wasting money is by using the Internet. Online resources make it easy to research qualified therapists. They also allow you to see videos of therapists working. This gives you a realistic idea of how a therapist might work with you. This allows you to decide whether or not you want to hire that therapist.
Finally, you should talk to your therapist about your budget. Some therapists charge by the hour. Others charge a flat rate fee. There may be a discount if you’ve been seeing the therapist for awhile. Other therapists charge a percentage of your overall caseload. Determine how much money you can afford to spend on a session.
Often, the answer to the question are therapists a waste of money? is only “yes”. You may have to check out several therapists before you find one you’re comfortable with. It may take some time, but once you find the right therapist, he or she will do wonders for your mental health and well-being.
If you have the money to spare, therapy sessions can be very expensive. In order to maximize your therapy, you may want to try more than one therapist. Find out how each therapist has been helpful to your loved ones. Then, if you still want to use another therapist, you can compare their fees.
Another reason why you may be skeptical about therapy is that you don’t want to go to therapists. You don’t want to admit to anyone else that you need help. But, if you’re feeling bad about yourself and your problems, you’ll likely feel better talking to someone than facing them head-on. Plus, if you say that you don’t want therapy, someone will probably think you’re stupid or lazy. But, if you say that you want to change, then you have taken the first step toward finding a therapist.
You may also feel like you’ll never find a good therapist. Because psychotherapy requires working with a trained therapist, some therapists may feel that their knowledge is limited. While some areas of therapy can be done online, others require actual face-to-face contact.
If you think that you’ll never find a good therapist, there’s good news. There are plenty of therapists who don’t charge a lot for their services. You’ll be able to find them just by doing an internet search. Check out forums and websites to see what other people are saying about different therapists.
So, are therapists a waste of money? They can certainly be beneficial if you have a genuine need for treatment. If you’re not sure that you need ongoing therapy, or if you’re not ready for therapy right now, consider starting out with a therapist or group therapy session. These two options are far less expensive and they can give you the help you need right away. But if you decide that you need a little bit more than therapy can give you, consider looking into more intensive forms of therapy such as marriage counseling. Therapists can be very beneficial in this type of situation as well.