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Affordable Therapy Through Internships

Updated on July 26, 2010

There are so many people out in the world walking around with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or they just feel that things aren't quite right and they aren't sure who to turn to, or what to do about it. Some people deal with these feelings through drinking or getting high, but there is another way. A therapist, counselor, or psychotherapist can help you work through your "stuff" to become a person you can look in the mirror and be happy to meet and be proud of.

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."-

Carl Jung

"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."

- Helen Keller

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer."

- Albert Camus

My Experience

I was having feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and felt like I wasn't worth a whole lot. I started going to school, at one point, and this boosted my self-esteem, but I still felt a lot of worthlessness and, along with that came some depression.

I was on an anti-depression med called Wellbutrin. I took that twice a day and was still feeling depressed. Today, I take one and feel no depression.

One day, I was driving past a place called Anthropos and this notion crossed my mind that perhaps I could use a little therapy. This particular place is a place where counselors work toward getting their license. They need to put in several thousands of hours as part of an internship. These therapists work on a sliding scale. They charge what you can afford to pay. I was paying $20. per session for a year as I went each week. One intern was assigned to me and that was the beginning of my journey to getting some emotional healing. I was with her for over a year and today, I have to say, I am on a different road. I feel good about myself. AND there was an unexpected side affect. I used to use food to feel comfort. I was an emotional eater. I would get cravings and have binge-eating moments. I found that through therapy, my cravings have subsided and no more binges. I feel more freedom to be myself and today, I am a happier person.

Where to Find These Therapists

What I found is, that these therapists may not have as much experience as a fully licensed practitioner, but they are fresh and passionate about their calling. I would bet that there is one of these places close to you, in or near your town. When I google "affordable counseling, my city, ca" the first place that appears is Anthropos, I would suggest you google "affordable counseling,  your city, state" and see what comes up. Also, if you find that you aren't happy with your counselor, you have the right to ask for a different one. They are human beings and they all have different personalities. If you find their personality doesn't mesh with yours, don't give up. There are others.

What to Expect

You have to be willing to step into that room and go inside of yourself and deal with all of the issues that you have been dragging around with yourself all of your life. Issues that have been dragging you down and making you feel that you're not worth it.You will go into that room and unload your traumas, issues, fears, inadequacies, self-destructive behavior, losses and neglects you have had in your life. One-by-one, the counselor will help you pull them out. Start talking about is the therapists job to bring these into focus, so we can let them go, stop hanging on to the pain, stop feeling shame and start being the happier person that God intended us to be.

Giving God the Glory

I just want to add...this is just one of the avenues I went down. Through my years, I spent some time in NA/AA, and I began going to church, I started school, eating better, and exercising. I know that I couldn't have done any of this without the guidance of the Great Counselor, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through my Spirituality, I had access to the power of God, and in hindsight, I can see His hand guiding me every step of the way. He put my feet back on solid ground. My Victory is in Him. I have still so much to learn and my journey isn't over until He says so. I will always be His work in progress.

Before I went into each therapy session, I would sit in my car and pray for Him to be present in that room; that I would progress and move forward within that hour's time. AND you now worked!!


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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey, Caligirl,

      Wow. What a great piece, such helpful information for people who want counseling but can't afford.... umm people like me :-) I will remember and check it out in our neighborhood so others can get the help they need.

      I also give you credit for braving that inner world. It is often very difficult to look in that proverbial mirror, but if we don't, it will keep on knockin', and it gets louder and louder, in the form of some kind of pain. I am also glad you tell people that you trusted your God, because that is key. I find in my experience that people who do not trust God, or their definition of a Higher Power, tend to resist going within, so they cannot heal their pain.

      Good for you! Thank you so much for the information and for sharing. Personal experiences are so much more useful because we can all somehow relate. God bless you, sister.

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      It's amazing what God will do for you when you just let him guide you! Great HUb!

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      CaliGirl 7 years ago

      Hi Bayoulady, I'm so glad you found counseling for your son when it was needed. Sometimes is easier to talk to a neutral party. Thank you for your input. I remember when it was as low as $5.00. I might still be in some areas.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      caligirl, A good hub with good advice for those that are on a tight budget as many of us now are!This is the route I took for my son during his lanky,big feet,pimple face year. He needed to talk, and no way did he want to talk to his Mama or school counselor. I found an internship counseling sliding scale program. This was in the 90s, and my fee was about $5:00 per session. Totally worth it. He was feeling much better in a few months.

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      Caligirl 7 years ago

      Your welcome, Second Act, thank you for reading.

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      Second Act 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      I love your quotes, especially the one from Camus! Thanks for the inspiration.