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I am struggling with codependency and depression. I cannot afford therapy. What can I do to get help?

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Last Updated: 01/07/2022 at 7:57pm
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July 20th, 2016 1:13pm
There are 12 step programs available through Codependency Anonymous. Although an offering basket is passed, you do not have to pay if you cannot afford it. For depression, there are online support groups as well as Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) available at no cost to you.
August 19th, 2016 6:47pm
talk to someone, maybe friends, family, partner and of course listeners on 7cups .. :)
August 18th, 2017 5:37am
Been there. Ain't it fun? When I was struggling most, I started reading CBT books and recovery books like The Zen of Recovery. If you have a tablet or cellphone, you can get some good e-books for free or cheap that will help you to take control of your brain.
June 15th, 2018 12:47pm
Try to find something you enjoy doing and try talking to a school counselor or hotline; someone who already has boundaries in place.
October 26th, 2016 4:35pm
Thinl about why you are you depressed? Its hard to get out of depression. I know and I understand. Try spending time with people who are positive and try to participate in things that interest you.
April 12th, 2017 6:17pm
First, try having a look at the resources in your area. Many places offer free therapy for those who need it, and many schools/jobs have therapy services as well. There are also therapists who work on a sliding scale, so you pay what you can instead of their usual rate. Aside from that, there are online services like 7 Cups, including the self-help guides here. You could also look up methods to dealing with the things you're struggling with, as many people have gone through similar things and have shared what works for them online. Things like challenging negative thoughts, meditation, exercise, reality checking, guided thinking, and gradual exposure can help, and you can learn a lot about them online.
July 17th, 2016 5:44pm
Reach for someone who can help you with this on 7 Cups. There are many people willing to talk to you for no money at all.
July 31st, 2016 7:45pm
We have therapists on this site that you can talk to! As well, as tons of listeners who can lend an ear.
May 16th, 2018 9:07am
Talk with someone you love, and don't be afraid of worrying them, they prefer to know. They will listen and try to help. If nobody is available near, then we are here as a team to listen to you and give you support.
July 25th, 2018 10:23am
There are many online therapists that charge very little to nothing for service. I would do some research and try to find one that accommodates you needs.
October 19th, 2019 2:30pm
I have found in my experience that there is a good amount of therapy offices that offer what is called a "sliding pay scale". This is therapy billed at a bare minimum amount. I have had it so cheap that is was $10-$15/session. Some will even offer it for free. They are easy to find through google, or asking for a referral for it from a licensed therapist. Call and inquire once you know. Even going in person is helpful because they will see the need for it. If all else fails, I have found the self help section of Barnes & Nobles, Border's, or a library extremely helpful. These books can be empowering.
July 23rd, 2016 4:35pm
I've found support groups to be monumentally helpful. They're usually free to attend, and in certain cases they can be more beneficial than therapy. Being surrounded by people who can understand and relate to your struggles is, in and of itself, a self sustainable source of positivity. It would also help you to broaden your perspective as you learn of the challenges others have had to overcome and what they did in the face of adversity. I myself have made lasting friendships from support groups, with individuals I probably would have never interacted with otherwise.
August 3rd, 2016 12:51am
understand your situation and its not an easy one to be in. The question is should you avoid all uncomfortable situations that happen in your life? That being said,its your life. Your parents must take your feelings into consideration as well. As for those church hypocrites you need to stand strong in god.
August 4th, 2016 12:03am
You can go talk to your school councelor and also we here can listen to you. Also maybe you can lend money from your parents etc?
August 11th, 2016 3:26am
Usually most localities have free or low-cost mental health services (such as clinics or public health offices). Also, many therapists offer sliding scales for low-income clients. Depression, for one, is a serious mental illness that should be treated by a professional, just as if you had a broken leg you would go to a medical doctor. If you still cannot afford treatment, try asking family, friends, church, or other social organizations for help. Once again, mental illness does not typically go away on its own and requires professional treatment to adequately address.
August 14th, 2016 4:15am
Go onto this site and let us talk to you with regular appointments, or talk to a family member or friend about yourself.
May 11th, 2018 8:26pm
There is bound to be a free help in that you may find beneficial-I'd suggest you check a few of them out. Alternatively, talking to friends might help you!
July 4th, 2018 9:49pm
If you work or study, look for a student counseling service or at work you can ask the HR (confidentiality!) or management if they can recommend someone. There are free to call mental health hotlines (not suicide hotlines) and social services which can provide you with information on free group or private therapy settings.
July 8th, 2018 3:50am
Well, obviously, 7Cups is a wonderful resource that is both free and on-demand. Aside from that, however, there are therapy-adjacent options available to students, certain employees, and people who live in certain parts of the world. Do some internet digging and you might be able to find something that appeals to you. You can also open up to friends and family and lean on them for support.
August 9th, 2018 6:20pm
You should go to a psychiatrist, not a therapist. Only a doctor can help you. The listeners in here will support you. :)
February 15th, 2020 2:46am
Try to see if there are places in your area that offer free therapy sessions. You can come on to 7cups website, and browse the many free programs and services they offer. The website address is There you will find a whole lot of information. You can even become a member of 7Cups membership,cost you nothing at all. The website also has a list of trained listeners,who are caring people,who give of there time to listen. 7Cups has support rooms as well. The rooms are run by Trained Room Leaders. In the rooms, there are listeners,in there who also help out. The members help the other members out,when they can. Hope this helps.
July 13th, 2016 6:53pm
You can listen to music, go on a walk, take a shower, talk to friends, watch funny cat videos. eTC You can get through it all.
July 15th, 2016 2:26am
What you can do is reach out to family and friends so that it's easier to talk to you need to have to pay for it or you can write all your emotions down so that they're out and you're not bottling them inside
July 16th, 2016 7:41am
You can always seek help from a school guidance counselor or a trusted adult. Talking can help alot
July 17th, 2016 5:00pm
i will personally suggest you to talk to people around you and do meditate !! see what good you have in life rather than focusing about negative things..
July 20th, 2016 6:23am
Talk with others, friends, family, loved ones, seek help here on 7 cups, it helps when someone listens
July 20th, 2016 5:58pm
Very often, therapists will work with individuals when it comes to cost. If for some reason they cannot, they are most often able to refer you to community resources like support groups, or other even perhaps another therapist who is able to work with you on the cost. I have found that most therapists are genuinely caring people and are concerned about people and their mental health, and if they cannot personally help you, they can usually refer you to someone who can.
July 23rd, 2016 2:46am
You can always look for free online therapy/chat sites such as 7 cups If you are struggling with codependency and depression and if you are unable to afford therapy or if you're comfortable talk to a friend, family member and/or someone that you can trust.
July 27th, 2016 7:10pm
it's best to go on therapudic sites like these, or talk to a close friend/relative. as for now, 7 cups is a great website to help others. And once you have enough money to afford therapy, we will generously do the best we can to help.
July 28th, 2016 8:21am
If you are struggling with codependency and depression and you can't afford therapy then you can talk to friends and family or come here on 7 cups.