Assessments: Can They Be Free?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

I am 19 year old college student. I don’t have money to see a therapist but my boyfriend and I think that I may have a personality disorder. Is there someone or somewhere I can go to get diagnosed for free or for a VERY small fee?

A. Yes, you may have options. Most college campuses have counseling centers in which services provided are free of charge to students. The college counseling center would be a great place to start with in regard to psychological assessment.

For long-term psychological care, the college counseling center may provide referrals to community treatment programs.

Other options include utilizing the local community mental health center (CMHC). CMHCs offer low-cost or free psychological services to members of their community. You can generally find information about your local CMHC by doing a Google search, checking the Yellow or White Pages, or by calling your local health department.

Another idea is to check local universities for psychological studies. Many university researchers are conducting psychological studies and are actively recruiting participants for those studies. Participating in a study may allow you access to new or cutting-edge assessment or treatment options. In some cases, study participants are paid for their involvement.

If you have health insurance, an evaluation with a mental health professional might be covered under your plan. You may want to check with your parents about this. You could also call the 800 number on the back of your health insurance card for additional information.

I hope this helps. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle
@DrKRandle

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Oct 2011

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2011). Assessments: Can They Be Free?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/10/10/assessments-can-they-be-free/