I got called a mental health center last year when I got depressed. The worker who answered the phone was empathetic. I went in to talk with her for about one hour.
She referred me to another provider in another town who I decided I liked. I stopped at the billing office on my way out of their building like I was supposed to.
My understanding was that I should not be concerned about the cost and that it was most likely on a sliding scale. I had no insurance. Six months later, I got a bill from them out of nowhere and they were asking for $340 for only one hour of work. This was like a slap in the face. I went to visit their billing office to see if there had been a mistake and there had not been. If counselors are asking for $340 per hour, I'm staying away from them. Do they really have the right to charge this much? Is the ongoing expense of their building and business really worth charging clients more than some of them can make in a week? Thankfully, I only saw them one time.