Best Therapists For College Students in Boston

The following therapist have offices in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Belmont, Newton, Lexington, and Jamaica Plain. Some also offer remote video sessions for patients' convenience. They have expertise in areas such as anxiety, depression, LGBTQ topics, gender identity, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, addictions, substance abuse, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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How to find a therapist for college students in Boston

How common is mental illness among college students?

The college student age range has the highest prevalence of mental illness among all age groups. 22% of people aged 18-25 have a mental illness, in comparison to 21% among adults aged 26-49 years and 14.5% among adults aged 50 and older, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. Studies by the American Psychological Association (APA), the American College Health Association (ACHA), and the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) also suggest that mental illness is more common among college students now than ever before. According to a 2013 survey by the AUCCCD, 41.6% of college students reported symptoms of anxiety and 36.4% indicated symptoms of depression. If you feel alone in struggling with college mental health, take comfort in the fact that you’re not.

What mental health challenges do college students experience?

Mental health issues among college students span more than just anxiety and depressive disorders. College students struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, OCD, self injury, and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, it is common for students dealing with the stress of college life or a mental illness to turn to alcohol or other substances to cope. The use of drugs and alcohol can exacerbate symptoms of mental illnesses, interfere with school work and daily life, and develop into an addiction.

What do I look for in an off-campus therapist?

Some factors to consider when looking for an off-campus therapist include the type of provider that you need, which insurances the therapist accepts, the therapist’s specialties, and, later, your general feel for the therapist based on a phone call, video, or intake session.

Different types of therapists are licensed to provide different services; these mostly fall into the buckets of medication prescription (psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners) and talk therapy (all other mental health professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, and counselors). If you are aware that you are struggling with a certain issue, you may want to look for a therapist that specializes in your needs, for example, those with specific training anxiety, disordered eating, or addictions. Finally, client-therapist fit is an important aspect of therapy; think about whether you feel you can connect with the therapist moving forward.

How do I pay for off-campus therapy?

One way to offset the cost of off-campus therapy is to find a therapist who is in-network with your health insurance. You usually pay for part of the cost of therapy (your copay, or copayment), while your insurance covers the rest. The copay can range in amount, but typically falls somewhere between $20 - $30 per session. However, your health insurance may also have a deductible, which is the amount you need to pay before your health insurance starts to cover part of your session costs. Check your health insurance website or call your insurance company for these details of your benefits. While it can feel like a hassle to check, having this information upfront can significantly streamline your search.

If you are attending a college outside your home state and you have your parents’ health insurance, you may also find that your health insurance doesn’t cover services outside your home state. If this is the case, you can call your insurance company to learn about out-of-network benefits or check your out-of-network benefits on your insurance company website.

You can also try asking your therapist about sliding scale fees. A sliding scale is a range of lowered fees that a therapist may offer based on the client’s financial need. For example, a therapist may list a sliding scale of $80-$150 per session. Some clients with financial needs, including undergraduate and graduate students, may pay $80 per session even though the therapist’s standard fee is $150.