Disclaimer: CWC is not endorsing any of the following services; our intent is to make you aware of possible resources in the community that may be helpful.
MiResource Referral Database for Mental Health Providers in the Community
Loveland Therapy Fund Financial assistance for Black women to obtain therapy (free 4-8 sessions).
Lotus Therapy Fund Asian Mental Health Collective Financial assistance for Asian Americans (8 therapy sessions)
Open Path is a national non-profit network of mental health professionals that are committed to providing therapy at reduced rates ($30-$60)..
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. For information about whether you may qualify for Medical Assistance (which fully covers outpatient mental health appointments) or MNCare, contact Health Access MN, a free service that supports Minnesotans in signing up for free or reduced cost insurance.
How to find free or affordable therapy Therapist.com
Walk-In Counseling Center Free, anonymous remote counseling services (phone or computer) by volunteer mental health professionals on a short-term basis. The first appointment is during specific “walk-in hours” as noted on website, then you schedule follow-up sessions with your counselor.
People’s Center — Behavioral Health Services 612-332-4973 (one block west of Augsburg on Riverside) Sliding fee available for uninsured clients (note counseling at People’s Center is NOT included in the Augsburg contract for uninsured students)
Community-University Health Care Center — Mental Health 612-301-3433 (near the Franklin Avenue light rail stop) Sliding fee scale services for uninsured. 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. Walk-in service is available for mental health care between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hamm 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 no insurance or with “high deductible” insurance policies eligible for sliding fee scale.
Face to Face Individual, family, and couples therapy for ages 11-24 with or without insurance; LGBTQIA+ Inclusive, telehealth. St. Paul 651-772-5555
Indian Health Board 612-721-9800 (Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood, south of Franklin a few blocks) Trauma-informed approaches for healing. Telehealth services available. Rides may be provided to clients.
Native American Community Clinic 612-872-8086 press 3 (Minneapolis on Franklin Ave, 10 minutes by bus) Group, couples, family and individual therapy. Telehealth available. Sliding fee scale if you do not have insurance.
Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio 651-379-4200, Option 4 for counseling intake. Telehealth available. Minneapolis office on East Lake Street
Northpoint Health & Wellness (North Minneapolis) 612-543-2500. 1011 West Broadway Sliding fee scale available if qualify based on income. Schedule appointment, or use walk-in behavioral health hours (call for current walk-in hours).
The Family Partnership 612-728-2061 South and North Minneapolis Diversity Social Work Advancement Program Low or no-cost therapy services to under-represented communities (BIPOC, new immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQ+) Available and South Mpls and North Mpls locations. Services provided by counseling interns, available September to May.
Wilder Foundation Adult Mental Health and Recovery Services In person or telehealth. Sliding fee scale for uninsured people (slides down to $0). Mental health and substance use recovery for “adults from all walks of life”. Walk-ins available in person or telehealth (see website for hours). Diverse team who speak in English, Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Karen, and Khmer. No insurance is needed to get started. 651-280-2310 or request appointment online (near Lexington Parkway light rail station in St. Paul)
University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services 651-962-4820 (downtown Minneapolis) Services provided by supervised graduate students. Prioritizes people who are uninsured or underinsured.
Reclaim! 612-235-6743 x4 Queer and Trans youth and family therapy. Teletherapy. Low cost sliding fee for uninsured or underinsured (have a high deductible, or co-insurance percentage that would be a barrier to care)
Vet Centers Free counseling for veterans; St. Paul and Anoka Centers.
Lutheran Social Services 612-879-5320 (Minneapolis) Free counseling for eligible veterans state-wide.
Hennepin County Mental Health — 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. Primarily serves individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. 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. 612-596-9438
Jewish Family Service (St. Paul) – Individual/couple/family counseling, group counseling and support groups. Provides services to all community members and ethnic groups. 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
Minnesota Community Care / La Clinica (St. Paul) Family Support & Mental Health Counseling
Counseling Clinics (requires health insurance)
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)
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)
Lutheran Social Services Mental Health 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.
Canopy Mental Health & Consulting Outpatient and online therapy options. Culturally informed therapy services for historically underserved and marginalized populations in the Twin Cities. Insurance or self-pay. “There is a flat fee associated with each psychotherapy session depending on the type and length of the session. If these fees are not affordable for you, Canopy clinicians are willing to adjust costs based on your situation and needs.” 612-712-7200
Christian Counseling Centers
Westminster Counseling Center Downtown Minneapolis. Currently closed with plan to re-open in 2023. Counseling provided by pastoral counselors with advanced degrees in psychology. “If you do not have insurance and have few financial resources, we will work together to find a fee that will be acceptable to you. But we expect every client to pay some amount.”
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
LGBTQIA+ Counseling Support
Counseling, Health & Support page – Augsburg LGBTQIA+ Services
Online Counseling Referrals
MiResource — Online counseling referral database
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 Therapists:
See your insurance plan for a referral to a “behavioral health” therapist covered by your insurance. Some 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 and clinics in the community (you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a counselor to discuss a referral tailored to your needs).