Therapy Costs Too Much!
What’s the ROI?
Therapy IS expensive. Period. How would our perspective shift if we were to consider it through the filter of a return on investment (ROI)? What kind of return do we expect for an investment in mental health care? There can be both short and long term gain through personal growth, and yes, that's difficult to measure objectively. It truly is an investment in our future. What type of return do we expect on other investments, and how do we measure results? Lots of questions to ask.
What we privilege reveals what we value
To lend perspective, let’s do some comparative analysis. We can set aside money for vacations, home improvements, or college funds, but we tend to be much more reluctant to spend money for our emotional well being and relationship development. Think of the costs for a new outfit, hair cut, dinner out, concert or sporting event; it can quickly add up. The return on our investment may be short lived, and there's nothing wrong with that as long as we give equal consideration to where all of our money goes. It is interesting that therapy can land in the column of an unnecessary overpriced luxury, but we may consider cable and internet essential expenses. When we ask where emotional care falls on our list of priorities, we will quickly learn what we privilege and value.
While most current research on divorce cost statistics are estimated and somewhat subjective, there is a widespread general consensus that the cost of a divorce in the US continues to rise. “Divorce is a big business in the United States. It is in fact a $28 billion-a-year industry with an average cost of about $20,000.” * Now consider the comparative investment in therapy. No, there is no guarantee, but if engaging in therapy is an action oriented step towards personal growth, authenticity, and better relationships, doesn’t that make it worth serious consideration?
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