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Phone counselling, a more affordable option
If you need to keep therapy more affordable, phone counselling may be the better option for you
At one time, the traditional way of getting therapy was the only thing that was offered. That was to book a 50 or 60 minute in-clinic session with a fixed price.
With a fixed sessional time and price, and sometimes additional costs associated with intake and assessment appointments, in-clinic therapy could turn out to be relatively expensive.
On top of these expenses, you’d need to take time off work to attend in-clinic appointments and for many, time equals a cost outlay.
If cost is an issue for you, phone therapy could be the perfect solution, and a cheaper alternative to getting therapy.
Why is phone therapy more affordable?
- Phone counselling services, like Therapy Lounge, offer an alternative to the 1-hour long therapy session. You’ll only pay for the time you need and not what you don’t need, making phone therapy a more affordable way of accessing counselling.
- You’ll have no travel time to in-clinic sessions. If your time equals money then phone therapy may be particularly attractive to you. You can access phone therapy when and where you need it: from your office, in a coffee shop while you’re waiting for a friend or from your own loungeroom. Depending on your situation, the no-travel- time may equal saving dollars.
- You won’t need to take time off work or other commitments. For many, this may also mean a more cost-effective solution.
- Phone counselling services usually don’t talk ‘intake appointment’ or ‘assessment’. These aren’t included in the phone therapy process so if you don’t need them, you won’t pay for them.
- If it’s not a great time for you financially, brief phone therapy will offer you support without a huge financial drain. If you chose a pay-by-the-minute service, like Therapy Lounge, you can monitor the cost of each call to ensure you’re staying within your budget.
Affordable phone therapy uses brief-therapy models
Phone therapists work extensively with brief-therapy models. These models work from the premise that you can learn therapeutic strategies quickly and easily over the phone, to get your life back on track sooner.
Brief-therapy models focus on the present and serve to address problems that are impacting on your functioning right now. They are designed to be implemented in a briefer timeframe compared to other, more traditional models.