A friend asked me the other day, “how's business”? “Fine”, I replied.
Fine? Fine as in I enjoy what I do! To do well financially in the Mental Health field as a Counselor is another thing. One either has to become an administrator and run a large practice, or move to a well off neighborhood, stop accepting insurance, and charge $150 an hour....that may sound like a lot, but with all of the fees, overhead, insurance costs, taxes, it’s not.
What's the problem? In simple terms, insurance companies and attitude.
Insurance companies determine how much they're going to pay mental health professionals and other health professionals. Insurance companies determine what they're going to reimburse you for the services you've had as a client or patient. Insurance companies tell mental health professionals and other health professionals what they can and cannot do....seriously!
Attitude...Mental Health is on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to health in general. Look at the mentally Ill that are homeless...It's easier to throw someone in jail than offer treatment and rehab when they have a drug problem and not because it's cheaper...Medications are still in many cases the first line of treatment because we still use the old outdated medical model that you can treat the body by treating the individual parts as if they function independent of one another...Many still view Mental Health care as a luxury not a necessity, and many still see getting Counseling as a sign of weakness.
So what are the solutions?