Located in Columbus Circle, ICP boasts a staff of 150 therapists who lead individual and group sessions. Patients can specify what they’d like to work on and what kind of therapist they’re seeking in an initial meeting with an intake worker. In addition to its general services, the Institute also specializes in therapy for children, adolescents and LGBTQ-identified people, as well as in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma. For those out-of-network or without insurance, ICP will charge a sliding scale fee based on income.
It often seems as though every New Yorker has a shrink, due to the high-anxiety nature of the city. But in reality, for many people, mental health care is a luxury they can't afford, especially with the never-ending rise in rent prices. While respected psychologists can often command hundreds of dollars per session, New York fortunately offers an abundance of options for low-cost therapy. Independent and hospital-affiliated clinics, support groups and university psych centers all provide affordable services—often with reasonable, sliding scale fees—to people who are seeking guidance. Here are 10 places where you can get help from trained mental health practitioners, regardless of your income.