Inexpensive therapy in the city

You’ve got [a dilemna|heartache|a substance abuse problem|existential angst|you’re shy]. You need someone to talk to. You try your mom: she says you should move home. You try your best friend: she listens for a while, gives some decent advice, then brings the conversation back around to herself. You try your girlfriend: she gets upset and thinks you’re blaming her. You think, maybe I should try one of those — what do you call them? — professionals. Right. But you work two part-time jobs at a coffee shop and a bookstore, so you don’t have health insurance, the cash or the patience to pay for five years of intensive Freudian psychoanalysis. You want to talk to someone who’s impartial, knowledgable and discreet — a really good listener — two or three times so you can get your head straight about [life|the universe|and everything]. What do you do?

You call the Psychological Service Center, a non-profit organization that’s been connecting New Yorkers with professional therapists through their Volunteer Treatment Program since 1968. You’ll answer a few questions about your needs and be placed with a therapist for a daytime session. If you want to give some information to a friend, they can mail you a pamphlet. The therapists donate their services completely gratis — all you pay is a $35 flat fee per session, for scheduling and space.

The number to call is 212-268-5337 and the lady on the other end of the phone is very nice. They’re at 352 7th Ave in Midtown. (They’ll have a new website up in about a month at Everybody could use a good listener once in a while.

One last word of advice: if you’re young, you might want to ask to see someone who’s close to your age.

1 Comment so far

  1. Joan Hacker (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2004 @ 3:36 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I just read your blog about the Psyhological Service

    Center. Thanks very much. By the way, we do see

    people for more than 2 or 3 times. Have a

    Happy Thanksgiving. Best, Joan

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