Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
The Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a national network of therapists who provide services at reduced rates. Typically, they offer in-person services, but because of the pandemic, most of the therapists now offer online appointments. Users can search for therapists by location, and there are fields to narrow their search to therapists with expertise in different ethnic groups, age groups, subject areas and therapeutic styles. The sessions are sliding scale, typically $30–$60 a visit for individuals and $40–$80 for couples.
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center
Grateful Heart has several locations throughout the Bay Area, but the center has moved to offering tele-health for all California residents because of COVID-19. In addition to therapy in English, it offers services in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Farsi, French and Hebrew. Its therapists offer sessions to individuals, couples and families for $50–$80, and provide additional flexibility for those facing a loss of income because of the pandemic. The center also promises to help with affordable therapy referrals if it cannot meet an individual’s budget.
BetterHelp is an online therapist network that offers sessions with licensed specialists via text, phone call or video. The intake process starts with a detailed, confidential questionnaire that includes questions about how the pandemic is impacting one’s mental health, and there are options to receive services in a several languages, including Spanish and Urdu, as well as to request an LGBTQ+ therapist. Sessions start at $40 and BetterHelp offers financial aid.
California Institute of Integral Studies
The California Institute of Integral studies offers sliding-scale therapy that varies in price based on an individual’s income, life circumstances and expenses. Its counselors are therapists in training in the CIIS graduate program. The center’s approach integrates mind-body awareness, mindfulness and spirituality into the therapeutic process. Typically, CIIS offers sessions at its six centers in San Francisco, but is currently doing tele-health due to COVID-19.
Therapists of Color
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Finding a Black therapist or a therapist of color is difficult. The same goes for one who’s competent in queer and trans issues. The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network offers a directory of queer and trans therapists of color and a fund for prospective clients seeking financial assistance.