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Mental health guide: Where to get therapy on a sliding scale in Philadelphia

UR ENOUGH by Philly street artist Amberella. June 27, 2018 Category: FeaturedLongPurpose


This article has been updated with more resources. (6/29, 4:19 p.m.) (7/6, 12:05 p.m.) (7/17, 10:50 p.m.)
With the recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain, social media feeds have been flooded with messages urging people who are struggling with mental health issues to seek professional help.

Not being insured and not knowing if you’re able to afford professional help shouldn’t be factors that make the decision to seek that help any harder. But for many people, they are: Low-cost counseling can be as difficult to find as low-cost health insurance, especially for prospective clients of color.

Here are a few places in Philadelphia offering therapy on a sliding scale based on yearly income, number of dependents and other factors.

(P.S. If you do have insurance or are looking for options besides the ones listed below, check out Philly technologist Lauren Hallden’s therapy cost calculator.)

William Way LGBT Community Center

The nonprofit offers short-term, anonymous peer counseling for LGBTQ-related issues. Clients get eight free sessions with a peer counselor. The peer counselors aren’t certified, but the group of college students, transgender people and senior citizens are trained and supervised by psychiatrists.

Sliding scale:

  • Free


  • 1315 Spruce St.;215-732-8255

Drexel Psychological Services Center

This clinic is run by the Department of Psychology at Drexel University and staffed by clinical psychology doctoral students who are supervised by licensed professionals. The training facility aims to provide “high quality, accessible and affordable” services to the surrounding area. The fees for therapy are determined on a sliding scale based on income and number of people supported by that income. Fees vary for other services.

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Sliding scale:

  • Intake session is free
  • $15/hr for yearly income lower than $30,000
  • $25/hr for $30,000 to $60,000
  • $30/hr for $60,000 to $75,000
  • $35/hr for $75,000 to $90,000
  • $40/hr for $90,000 to $105,000
  • $45/hr for $105,000 to $120,000
  • $50/hr for $120,000 and up

Fees can be reduced if an individual has dependents.


Council for Relationships

This nonprofit aims to provide “quality counseling services to all in need.” There are locations in Center City and University City. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on income and varies depending on clinician or graduate intern.

Sliding scale (with supervised interns):

  • $15 to $45 according to income

Staff clinician fees increase from here and vary based on the experience level of the clinician. Council for Relationships doesn’t turn people away due to lack of funds and clients can pay as little as $1 a session if they can’t afford $15.


  • Center City — 1800 JFK Blvd, Suite 888; 215-382-6680 Ext. 1 or fill out a form
  • University City — 4025 Chestnut St.; 215-382-6680 Ext. 1 or fill out a form

Philadelphia Social Therapy Group

The practice offers short term individual therapy and group therapy. Jennifer Bullock, who runs the group, lets new clients decide the fee they’re able to pay within the sliding scale.

Sliding scale:

  • $20 to $50 for students and people who are underemployed


  • 245 S. 16th St.; 215-957-5073

The Center for Growth

This outpatient counseling center has locations in Fairmount and Society Hill. The center offers individual therapy on a sliding scale and shares self-help tips on its website.

Sliding scale:

  • $35 to $200 for individual counseling
  • $10 a session for support groups

Call for more information on specifics of sliding scale and choosing a therapist


LGBTQ Counseling at Emerge Wellness

This is the therapy branch of Emerge Wellness, a Center City practice committed to holistic health and wellness. The practice offers therapy services to LGBT individuals in a “comfortable environment.”

Sliding scale:

  • $50 to $125 based on income


  • 1518 Walnut St., Suite 303; 215-603-7336

Professional Psychological Services

Professional Psychological Services has a team of licensed counselors, psychologists and social workers. The practice offers a variety of services. Some practitioners offer free services available for people who are connected to the military, including veterans, active service members and widows. Call the main office for more information.

Sliding scale:

  • $70 per session


  • Rittenhouse (main office) — 250 S. 17th St., Suite 101; 215-545-7895 ext. 2
  • Fern Rock — 1600 Stenton Ave.

Mazzoni Center

This healthcare provider for the LGBT community in Philadelphia offers health and wellness support including outpatient mental and behavioral health services.

Sliding scale:

Fees for individual therapy are personalized to income. Call for more information on specifics of sliding scale.


  • 1348 Bainbridge St.; 215-563-0652 ext. 248

Hispanic Community Counseling Services

This Latino-operated outpatient agency has a pro bono program for people who are unemployed. New patients who meet the criteria for the pro bono program can receive individual counseling for free. The agency doesn’t turn away interested patients who are undocumented.

Sliding scale:

Call for more information about pro bono program or specific fees.


  • 3156 Kensington Ave.; 215-291-8151
  • 3221 Kensington Ave.; 215-425-6900

The Family Practice and Counseling Network

The network provides primary care, behavioral health, dental and other additional services. Outpatient behavioral health services are offered at Abbottsford-Falls, Health Annex and 11th Street Family Health Services. Interested patients should call to make a referral to schedule an intake appointment.

Sliding scale:

  • $5 to $20 per session based on income


  • Abbottsford-Falls — 4700 Wissahickon Ave.; 215-843-9720
  • Health Annex — 6120-B Woodland Ave., 2nd floor; 215-727-4721
  • 11th Street Family Health Services — 850 N. 11th St.; 215-769-1100

New primary care patients are being accepted at each location and can be referred to integrated behavior health services onsite.

Therapy Center of Philadelphia

A nonprofit serving women, transgender and gender non-conforming adult communities, TCP’s main office is in Center City and a satellite office at Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center in West Philadelphia. Fee is determined on a sliding scale based on income and number of dependents. The fee is determined at intake and then reassessed every year.

Sliding scale:

  • $35 to $120 individual and couples
  • $20 to $70 group therapy
  • Established rate plus $25 for intake


  • Center City — 1315 Walnut St., Suite 1004; 215-567-1111
  • West Philadelphia — 4145 Chestnut St.; 215-567-1111 Ext. 812

Not accepting new patients at the moment. No wait list.

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

This nationwide network of mental health professionals provides in-office mental health care “at a steeply reduced rate,” wrote Program Director Lisa Isenhart in an email. The nonprofit currently has around 80 therapists in the Philly area accepting new clients for reduced-fee psychotherapy sessions.

Sliding scale:

  • One-time lifetime membership fee of $49
  • $30 to $50 per session for individual counseling
  • $30 to $80 per session for couples or family counseling


Check out Open Path’s website for a list of local therapists.

Guillermo Petit — Grief Therapy

Petit is a family therapy who speaks both Spanish and English and specializes in grief and loss, including “emotional losses, which is particularly relevant for marginalized communities who face discrimination and ‘othering,'” including those in the LGBTQ community, he wrote in an email. He works on a “good faith sliding scale” — meaning, no proof of income required. Phone consultations are free.

Sliding scale: 

  • $40 per session on Sundays only


  • 255 S 17th St.; 484-800-1468

Drexel Individual Couple and Family Therapy Services

This clinic is distinct from the Drexel Psychological Services Center and is run by second-year couple and family therapy students at Drexel. It also offers services on a sliding fee scale based on income.

Sliding scale: 

  •  $10 to $20 per session, but no one is turned away due to inability to pay


  • Center City — 1601 Cherry Street, Second Floor
  • West Philadelphia — 3020 Market Street, Suite 510
  • 215-571-3409

Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy

PhIIRST has a group a therapists who are sex-positive, gender-affirming and poly- and kink-friendly, according to therapist Colby Agostinelli.

Sliding scale: 

  •  $70 to $120 per session, plus an intern who sees clients for $35


  • 255 S. 17th Street, Suite 2200; 267-519-0241

The Men’s Resource Center

This clinic sees men “of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations” and has groups specializing in domestic violence prevention and anger management.

Sliding scale: 

  • Individual sessions begin at $25


  • 1601 Walnut Street, Suite 1017; 215-564-0488

A Better Life Therapy, LLC

This group practice has therapists trained to treat most psychological issues, including depression, anxiety, life transition issues, grief and trauma. Some also specialize in relationships and couples therapy.

Sliding scale: 

  • $45 to $140 depending on the therapist


  • 100 S. Broad Street, Suite 1304; 267-838-0066


Editor’s note: This guide may be updated. If you’d like your organization to be added to the guide, please email

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