A Popular FAQ: How Much Does Marriage Counseling Cost?
By Toni Hoy
Updated December 07, 2018
Reviewer Jeffrey Craven , MA, LMHC, LPCC, LLC
In the past couple of decades, online marriage counseling has become a very popular choice for many marital issues. Although traditional marriage counseling is still used quite often, online counseling is beginning to have a great following. However, it is suggested that getting your counseling online is more beneficial than you thought.
The Statistics of Marriage Counseling
Only 50% of marriages in the United States last more than five years. In fact, there is only a 50/50 chance that you will still be together within one or two years after your wedding. Whether it is due to infidelity, trust, or any other issue, the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that communication is the key to your marriage's survival.
It is difficult to communicate sometimes, especially if one of you do not believe that Internet counseling is a good idea. But with online counseling, you have both options. One of you can use online chatting or videoconferencing and the other can use a more traditional approach and you do not all have to be in the same room. You can talk or text from your computer or phone wherever you are while your spouse is in the therapist's office talking face to face or vice versa. This is good especially if you are having trouble talking to each other. Texting is much better for people with such problem to prevent arguments.
What it Costs
The cost of marriage counseling varies a great deal depending on the type of counseling. In a survey done by the National Directory of Marriage and Family Counseling, the rates of both marriage and family counseling can run you between $80 to $225 per hour for an office visit. Online therapy is a cheaper alternative with an average cost of approximately $35 to $50 per month for a subscription or about $40 per session. The subscriptions usually include unlimited access with texting, email, and chat rooms. This often includes both spouses.
Even with the growing interest in mental health care in recent years due to violence, most insurance companies still do not cover mental health care, especially online therapy. However, there are some health insurance that will reimburse you and the number of companies are growing daily.
If you are having any kind of marital issues, there are plenty of choices for you and your spouse, both online and in person. Isn't your marriage worth it?