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Ask Julie: Sister Needs Therapy But Can’t Afford It

Q: Are there any resources for my sister-in-law who’s suffering from anxiety, mood disorders, depression and wants therapy but can’t afford it? (concerned sister in St. Louis, MO)

Yes! Most urban communities have mental health resources available for individuals who can’t afford to pay full fee for therapy. There are several options to explore to get help for your sister.

1) Click the “Find Help” option at the topi of this page and search for providers in your sister’s area who offer services on a sliding fee scale.

2) The St. Louis, MO National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) may be a great resource point for access to low-cost or no-cost services for your sister.

3) Your state Missouri Dept. of Mental Health will likely offer low or no-cost mental health services.

4) Local colleges and universities may offer reduced fee services provided by supervised graduate students. For example, St. Louis University and University of Missouri-St. Louis both have clinics that provide services on a sliding scale.

Your sister is lucky to have your support and encouragement. I’m glad you’re encouraging her to get help.

Take good care of you and yours!

Julie Hanks, LCSW

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About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to KSL TV's Studio 5, and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available.