Low cost / sliding fee counseling services
Unless otherwise noted, most of the listed agencies provide services on a “sliding fee scale” which slides according to income, in some cases down to $0. Many of the agencies do take insurance, and if you are income-eligible, will work with you to apply for government health care programs that will cover the costs of counseling (such as MA and Minnesota Care). Some programs are able to provide services based on the county that you live in.
The Crisis Connection 612-379-6363 free 24/7 phone counseling
Walk-In Counseling Center 612-870-0565 (south Minneapolis) Free counseling services by volunteer mental health professionals on a short-term basis. 20 minutes by bus from Augsburg (take the 2 Route west towards Franklin, at bus stop on south side of Riverside by Augsburg; get off at Chicago Avenue and walk south a few blocks). Also a St. Paul location at Family Tree Clinic. The first appointment is walk-in, then you schedule follow-up sessions with your counselor.
Community-University Health Care Center — Mental Health 612-638-0700 Option 8 Behavioral Health (near the Franklin Avenue light rail stop) Sliding fee scale, free to Hennepin County residents if below poverty level. Individual and family counseling, cultural transition counseling, family violence counseling, medication monitoring, mental health day treatment, sexual assault counseling (specialize in working with Somali women). African-American, American Indian, Spanish-speaking, and Asian and African bicultural staff available. CUHCC Psychiatric Triage Helpline 612-301-0876
Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic 651-224-0614 (downtown St Paul, near light rail) Provides quality and culturally competent mental health care to adults and families, particularly those who cannot afford the full cost of care. Services include individual, group, couples, family psychotherapy, and medication management. Length of therapy varies depending on need. College students with “high deductible” insurance policies eligible for sliding fee scale.
Indian Health Board 612-721-9807 (Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood, south of Franklin a few blocks) Trauma-informed approaches for healing. Serving the American Indian and non-native community. Rides may be provided to clients.
Native American Community Clinic 612-870-8086 press 2 (Minneapolis on Franklin Ave, 10 minutes by bus) Group and individual therapy, appointments and walk-ins. Sliding fee scale if you do not have insurance.
Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio 612-746-3500 Minneapolis office (1/2 hour by bus; Route 22, transfer at Lake Street to Route 21 westbound)
African-American Family Center for Healing (also known as African American Wellness Institute) 612-813-5034
Wilder Foundation Southeast Asian Services 651-280-2310 (near Lexington Parkway light rail station in St. Paul) Culturally appropriate counseling services for the Southeast Asian community. Primarily serves St. Paul residents.
People’s Center — Behavioral Health Services 612-332-4973 (across Riverside from the Afro-Deli)
Headway Emotional Health Services Located in Richfield and Golden Valley. Sliding fee available to lower income clients. Call Intake Coordinator at 763-746-2411 to see if you qualify. Offers therapy, EMDR, DBT, medication management.
University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services 651-962-4820 (downtown Minneapolis) Services provided by supervised graduate students. Therapy, testing, DBT.
Vet Centers Free counseling for veterans; Brooklyn Park and New Brighton Centers.
Westminster Counseling Center 612-332-7743 Downtown Minneapolis. Counseling provided by pastoral counselors with advanced degrees in psychology. Sliding fee based on income.
Lutheran Social Services 612-879-5320 (Minneapolis) Free counseling for veterans state-wide.
Family & Children’s Service (Minneapolis) – Confidential, professional counseling to individuals and families regardless of ability to pay. Individual, couples, group, and family therapy, and medication management. Specialized counseling services: community counseling, credit counseling, family violence prevention and intervention, GLBT counseling. Locations downtown Minneapolis, Lake Street, Northwest Hennepin, and South Hennepin. 612-339-9101
Hennepin County Mental Health — Information and Referral Nurse – Adult Outpatient Program provides a full range of outpatient mental health services to adult residents of Hennepin County, including individual, couple, family and group therapy, and medication management. Also has an Aftercare and Community Treatment Program which provides long-term, supportive psychotherapy and medication maintenance for persons who experience serious and persistent mental illness. 612-347-5770
Jewish Family Service (St. Paul) – Individual/couple/family counseling, group counseling and support groups. Provides services to all community members and ethnic groups. Priority given to residents of Ramsey County. 651-698-0767
Ramsey County Mental Health Adult outpatient program for Ramsey County residents providing a full range of outpatient mental health services including urgent care mental health resources. 651-266-7890
Counseling Clinics (requires health insurance)
Fairview Counseling Center — Minneapolis (612-672-6999) Across the street from Augsburg.
Smiley’s Clinic (note that the Augsburg contract with Smiley’s does NOT cover sessions with their psychologist)
Psych Recovery (counseling, DBT, and medication management) University Avenue and 280, short bus ride from Augsburg
Minnesota Center for Psychology (individual and group DBT, including college student group DBT) University Avenue near 280, short bus ride east on Franklin from Augsburg)
Kenwood Therapy Center (narrative therapy, individual and family therapy) St. Louis Park; 10 minute drive, 45 minutes by bus
Kente Circle Professional therapy services for individuals, couples, and families; embraces community and diversity. Reduced fees available on a limited basis. South Minneapolis (40 minutes by light rail/bus)
University of Minnesota Outpatient Psychiatry Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program (across the street from Augsburg)
Northland Therapy Center (University Avenue St. Paul, 13 minutes by bus on Route 67) Special focus in serving the GLBT community.
Lutheran Social Service Counseling and Family Resources Minneapolis 612-879-5320 Insurance based or sliding fee scale (does not slide to low fee). Individual, family, and group therapy and medication management, 24 hour emergency service. Staffed by licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, chemical dependency professionals, and psychiatrists. Specialized counseling to help people with disabilities.
Christian Counseling Centers
Westminster Counseling Center Downtown Minneapolis. Counseling provided by pastoral counselors with advanced degrees in psychology. Sliding fee based on income 612-332-7743
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Counseling Service Counseling by licensed mental health counselors and a pastoral counselor. Low cost for members, moderate cost for non-members. 612-927-7335
Online Counseling Referrals
Find a Therapist — Psychology Today (can search by location, specialty, and insurance)
EMDR Referral Directory List of therapists in MN trained in EMDR, a special form of therapy that helps in healing from the big and small traumas of life.
Licensed Psychologists/Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers/Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
See your insurance plan for a referral to a “behavioral health” therapist covered by your insurance. Many therapists in private practice will also provide services on a “sliding fee scale” basis that adjusts according to your income (on a very limited basis). Psychologists licensed by the Minnesota Board of Psychology have either master’s or doctoral degrees in psychology or related fields, and have met minimum standards for education and training. They are obligated to subscribe to ethical standards as set forth by the Board of Psychology, including confidentiality standards. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers typically have a master’s degree in clinical social work and are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Licensed Professional Counselors have a minimum of a master’s degree and are licensed by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have a minimum of a master’s degree and are licensed by the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
CWC will provide referrals to private practice therapists in the community (you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a counselor to discuss a referral tailored to your needs).