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Minisode 6 | May 31, 2022

If Therapy Isn't An Option

In our sixth minisode in a series about accessing and normalizing therapy, we discuss alternatives for therapy or where to access free resources.


Welcome to “That’s a Hard No” – the podcast about saying no and setting boundaries so you can become the authentic and empowered you that this world needs.

Reminder: While Sarah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, this podcast is in no way replacement for one-on-one therapy with a mental health professionalIf you are struggling with mental health issues, we welcome you on this journey, but also invite you to seek out professional help.

Looking for a therapist? Here’s a good place to start:


In season 2 of That’s a Hard No, we’re making it a priority to dig deeper into the process of finding and utilizing the mental health support you may need. We’re taking some time to discuss with our “in-house expert,” Sarah Saunders, what to expect from therapy and all of its intricacies.  

What to Do if Therapy Isn’t An Option
  • Why Isn’t It? – Make sure to really dig in to the reasoning why therapy may not be an option for you.
    • You may not be ready – and that’s ok!
    • Cost – There are many FREE and accessible resources if this is a concern (see below).
    • Feel too busy
  • If Cost is Holding You Back – There are FREE options and it also may be more affordable than you think.
    • Some therapists have sliding fee scales according to income.
    • You should contact HR about coverage as some language can be difficult to understand (they may also have free resources).
    • Training therapists – To become a counselor you need a number of therapy hours all under the supervision of someone licensed. You can reach out to a local university to see if they have students providing services.
    • Pro bono work – Some therapists do provide services pro bono depending on the patient. It’s okay to be upfront to see if this is an option for you.
  • FREE Resources- There are lots of different options, some better than others and many take research – but can be extremely accessible and helpful.
    • Anonymous Groups – Alcoholics Anonymous, ALANON (for family members of the suffering from addiction), Codependent Anonymous – there are hundreds of different kinds to access depending on your particular needs
    • Mom and Parenting Groups – MOPS groups are local groups for coming into school systems or mothers needing additional support, often with your healthcare providers there are lactation and new mom support groups as well
    • County Based Groups – There many different free groups to provide those living in the county additional support
    • Facebook Groups – Through research you can find virtual groups that can be very specific to your needs (parent to child with specific disability, parentless children, suffering from a parent with dementia) the list truly goes on
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