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How much does Grief Counseling cost?

Average Price
$100 per session

What can I expect to pay for a Bereavement Counselor?

Seeking support from a bereavement counselor but not sure how much it will cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much your Bereavement Counselor will charge for one-to-one sessions or group therapy.

What Is A Bereavement Counselor?

A bereavement counselor is specifically trained at helping people through the different stages of grief. First and foremost, they provide a safe and calm environment for the person to share their thoughts free from judgment. They will work with them in a caring manner to help them navigate the road ahead and to make sense of some of the things they may be experiencing. 

The death of a loved one can cause a tremendous amount of pain for those left behind. Sometimes even the support of friends and family isn’t enough to meet the emotional needs of a person who is grieving. This is where a bereavement counselor can be extremely beneficial. 

How much does Bereavement Counseling cost?

All counseling, especially grief counseling deals with some quite raw and painful emotions. Therefore, it’s good to be aware that it will likely take several sessions to work through things. This will ensure you are fully supported every step of the way. 

The price of a counselor is impacted by several factors. The individual may specialize in many different areas of counseling, or specifically operate as a grief counselor. 

Although there is no fixed rate for bereavement counseling, here is what you should expect to pay per session on average. 

Average cost of Bereavement Counseling
Average cost (per session)$100
Minimum cost (per session)$60
Maximum cost (per session)$150

What affects the cost of Grief Counseling?

The cost of a therapist can vary depending on different factors. This includes: 

  • Group therapy vs. individual therapy

  • Experience

  • Location

Group Counseling vs. Individual Counseling 

Grief is a very personal thing. However, the way you choose to access support can remain as an individual or with others who have been through similar loss to yourself via group therapy.  The approach depends entirely on what you’d feel most comfortable with.

Whether you choose individual or group therapy will ultimately affect the price, as group therapy is usually significantly less expensive. Though, with individual counseling, you will be able to specify a time that suits you. Group sessions will be held at set times which may not be as convenient depending on your schedule. 

Average cost of Group Counseling vs Individual Counseling
Group bereavement counseling average cost (per session) Individual bereavement counseling average cost (per session)
$40 - $60$100 - $150

Experience 

The cost of grief counseling can vary depending on the level of training your counselor has had. You should make sure that your counselor has the minimum qualifications to practice. 

It’s worth noting that most counselors will have some flexibility on their price for those on a lower income, especially due to the sensitive nature of what they do. 

While counselors are free to set their rates, here is what you should expect to pay per session depending on the individual’s experience level: 

Average cost of a Grief Counselor based on their experience
Expertise of CounselorAverage cost (per session)
Newly qualified$50 - $70
Intermediate$80 - $100
Expert$120 - $160

How to save money on Bereavement Counseling

Everyone should be able to access bereavement counseling if they are struggling, regardless of their financial circumstances. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep costs down: 

  • Ask about price packages - If you are booking multiple sessions with a counselor you can normally get a small discount per session. This is also true for group sessions which like individual sessions can be bought as part of a package. 

  • Check for flexible rates - Some counselors will state that they offer flexible pricing based on income. If you are worried about the cost of sessions, mention this to your counselor before booking as they may be able to reduce your costs or refer you to a more affordable option. 

  • Go online - Just like general counseling, grief counseling can also be given online which may work out cheaper. Plus with online counseling, you can pick the right person for your needs and budget without having to worry about the location. 

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