If you do not have insurance and are unable to afford the high cost of a therapist, there are free options accessible in most cities. Churches and other religious organizations offer marital counseling, generally the priest, minister, or other appointed person, will provide the service. Some churches make referrals if they do not provide therapy in-house; this may be an excellent option for people who really prefer a licensed therapist, and who do not necessarily want faith-based counseling. Another way to seek out free counseling services is to do a search for “non-profit agencies marriage counseling”, “low-cost counseling agencies,” “sliding scale marriage counseling”, and the like, and be sure to search in your town or region. Many graduate students in Marriage and Family Therapy programs actually provide free counseling services in their colleges or out of community agencies, to gain clinical experience. These students are qualified professionals, and are usually passionate about their work, making universities a great resource.
The best way to obtain free marriage counseling is to identify a church, synagogue, or mosque that operates a counseling center. These non-profits generally have a sliding scale approach to services. If a couple’s income does not reach a certain level, services are free. Colleges and Universities that train psychologists often offer free services if a couple is willing to see a psychology student under supervision. Priests, pastors, imams, and rabbis typically offer free services, too.