This is a good question, why should we pay?
Here is a list of reasons why and below is an interesting article published in psychology today.
10 reasons why we pay for therapy
1. Its a professional service like dentist, doctors, hairdressers, etc etc
2. The therapist has paid an awful lot of money to train and they have bills to pay
3. Its a commitment which prepares one for the seriousness of the task ahead
4. It sets boundaries. One of the most important factors in a relationship especially a therapeutic one
5. Fees can tell you alot about a therapist level of training
6. Fees can tell the therapist alot about their level of self esteem and self worth!
7. It adds value to the service
8. Its halal, ok, ethical and lawful to charge for a helping service as its more than just help!
9. there a many costs within this fee such as supervision, room hire, insurance, professional membership and marketing
10. Because I’m worth it and your worth it, so its priceless when therapy changes your life for the better!
Paying for Psychotherapy
Dissonance theory would predict, with some caveats, that the more we pay for something the more we value it.
We happily pay for many services we require. We pay doctors and dentists, hairdressers and physiotherapists, car mechanics and consultants. But what about those who offer “the talking cure”. How much should you pay your therapist and why may one more than another?
It has been observed that, since Freud, many psychoanalysts have argued that patients do not get well unless they pay for their treatment.
Therapists have written about money in analysis: how they “charge” their patients. Unlike sex and death, money does seem to remain a taboo subject. The analyst’s complexes and practices about money can clash badly with those of the client, causing particular problems.
The agreement about fees, the presentation of bills, the charging for cancellation, the increases of fees, can all present problems as well as opportunities to understand how the relationship is progressing.