At this time, our therapy matchmaking is available outside of insurance.
We would love to connect you with the right therapist or coach for you and we believe strongly in the value (both financially and emotionally) of our community’s deep expertise. At this time, our transparent experience is that the systems and reimbursement rates surrounding insurance make finding a therapist in-network very challenging. Learn more about why many therapists do not accept insurance in-network here.
We have also found that if you can manage to make room in your budget (which we acknowledge can also be very challenging), working with a therapist outside of insurance has many benefits. There are ways to reduce the cost of therapy, as well, even if your therapist is not in-network with insurance. For example, check out Nirvana, a helpful resource to make receiving your cash back from insurance easy.
We recognize that therapy is an investment. Though many therapists and coaches we work with offer a sliding scale, even sliding scale rates are sometimes not accessible to all. As a company, we are committed to working toward a world where therapy is more financially accessible. We know that at this time, accessibility is a frustrating and often debilitating void in the system. We want to do our best to provide the resources you need.
If matchmaking through My Wellbeing is not financially accessible for you right now, the following are free or low cost therapy resources:
- NYC Well:
Free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat. Mental health professionals there can link you to the services you need.
Reach NYC Well by texting "WELL" to 651-73 or visiting their website. They can provide bilingual help in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Additionally NYC Well offers translation services in more than 200 languages. Health insurance is not required. Depending on your phone/text services, you may be charged a fee.
- NYS Office of Mental Health:
In an emergency, call 911, visit a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), to go to the emergency room at your local hospital. New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Text GOT5 to 741741.
- National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP):
Location: 250 W 57th St., New York NY
The Treatment Center of NIP is the clinical training component for candidates enrolled in NIP’s various training programs. All clinicians are graduate or postgraduate students working under the supervision of experienced licensed psychotherapists. NIP’s Treatment Center offers individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and EMDR services at a reduced fee based on income.
In-network with: Aetna, HealthFirst, ValueOptions commercial plans (GHI, HIP, Emblem, NY State Empire Plan (Not Blue Cross/Blue Shield), MVP)
For more information about fees for individual psychotherapy, please call (212) 582-1566 ext. 7750.
- The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP):
Location: 1114 6th Ave, New York NY
Therapists at ICP have decided to go to ICP for additional training above and beyond their professional degree. They attend classes at ICP to receive specific training in analysis, eating disorders, trauma, LGBTQ issues, or family and couples treatment.
In-network with: HIP, GHI, Oscar, and Healthfirst. In most cases you will need to contact your insurance in advance for authorization and will have a co-pay.
To schedule an initial intake to begin and discuss treatment, please call (212) 333-3444.
- Open Path Collective:
Open Path is a nonprofit that serves clients who lack health insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t provide adequate mental health benefits. These clients also cannot afford current market rates for therapy (between $80-200 a session). Open Path helps their members access their choice of affordable in-person care from a vetted mental health professional.
Open Path Collective therapists provide affordable, in-office psychotherapy between $30-$60 per session (between $30 and $80 for couples and family sessions).
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC):
Location: 80 5th Ave, New York NY
The PPSC Treatment Service, founded in 1986, is committed to providing quality psychotherapy in a private practice setting for affordable fees. PPSC staff consists of highly trained licensed psychotherapists who offer a sliding scale based on ability to pay. PPSC offers short or long term psychotherapy as well as psychoanalysis.
In-network with: Aetna, CHP, Marymount student insurance
To get started, please call PPSC Treatment Services at (212) 560-2208.
- NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy:
Location: 19 W 34th St., New York NY
NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy is a community focused sustainable sliding scale mental health practice in Manhattan providing treatment to individual adults ages 18+. Our mission is simple: provide affirmative psychotherapy in a sustainable way to the community. By affirmative we mean that we do not view individuals from the perspective of being defective or needing to be fixed.
In-network with: Aetna and CHP.
Affirmative Psychotherapy NYC’s full fee is $150 cash (a few dollars more if using credit or debit). They do offer $55, $75, or $105 sliding scale options, but $55 and $75 are currently full. Please call 347-625-5020 if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.
A number of providers in the My Wellbeing community also offer sliding scale fees as low as $75/session, so feel free to get matched here.
- National Eating Disorder Association Hotline
Provides support, resources, and treatment options regarding eating disorders. Please call 800-931-2237.
- The Lesbian Therapist Referral Network
Organization that provides referrals to lesbian therapists in the NY metropolitan area: 212-206-1589.
- The Trevor Project
Organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth: 866-488-7386.
- NYC Youth Line
24 hour service for youth, family, and service providers that offers resources and referrals: 800-662-4357.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Series of meeting where people work together to solve their alcoholism. Various meeting locations. 212-647-1680.
- Identity House
Organization that provides walk in counseling and referrals to issues related to sexual identity. 212-243-8181.
- Crime Victims Treatment Center
Provides free-of-charge therapeutic services to those who are victims of violent crimes. 212-523-4728.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Links to find treatment for substance abuse by state as well as a toll-free 24/7 hotline to call for help: 1-800-662-4357.
- Postpartum Resource Center of NY
Offers a state-wide directory of resources and a toll-free helpline. 855-631-0001- for Spanish call 631-422-2255.
- The Door
Location: 555 Broome St., New York NY
Empowers young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services. 212-941-9090
- Day One
Partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through education, support & legal advocacy. Call 800-214-4150 or text 646-535-3291.
Provides trauma-informed, strengths-based services to women and girls, ages 12–24. 212-926-8089.
- Carter Burden Network
Location: 415 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021
Provides support for seniors 60 and older through an array of services, advocacy, arts, and volunteer programs. Call 212-879-7400.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call 988.
- Domestic Violence Hotline.
If you are someone you know is in a relationship being controlled by another individual through verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, please call: 1-800-942-6906.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality healthcare and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
View this page to learn about different locations and contact information.
- The Local Optimist Hotline
The Local Optimist Hotline is a free, nationwide text line for mental health resources and peer support. They provide general guidance through mental health topics, the behavioral health system, national and community resources, or simply encouragement and an empathetic ear.
You can text them anytime, and they answer live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-5PM ET to chat.
Text “Hotline” to 310-299-9414 to tell them whatever’s on your mind. Please note: this hotline is not a crisis hotline. If you are in crisis, utilize one of these crisis resources instead.
- The New School
The New School offers 40 to 50 placements of low fee psychodynamic psychotherapy and (starting from $10) for members of the larger New York community. They also offer 15 CBT placements. Visit their site to learn more.
- Institute for Human Identity
The Institute for Human Identity is a NYC nonprofit focused on LGBTQ+ therapy. Learn more here.
- Parnes Clinic
The Parnes Clinic in the Bronx is a low-fee clinic offered through Yeshiva University.
- Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy
Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy offers fees of $40-50 per session for individual therapy and $60 for couples therapy.
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