I don’t know, I’ve only been to one and it was pretty much against my will. ^^;
I think it’s hit or miss, you might get matched with a professional you mesh well with or you might not. I’m not really cool with the idea of paying about $200 - $400 for ongoing support that doesn’t necessarily result in likely happiness or what you want out of it.
At least I didn’t have to pay for it but I’m really sceptical about going to one in general because at least to me it’s a lot harder to fix what is inside than outside.
It’s very hit and miss. I’m bipolar, and been dealing with them for 30 years. Psych services are not too bad near the universities. Usually cheap enough for students to pay for. If you’re referred via one of the hospitals you might also find decent help. If you’re referred by a GP (doctor) it’s less likely you’ll find the help you need...unless your GP has a special interest in mental health.
If you need a hospital stay, they are over crowded and you basically have to have made a serious suicide attempt or be obviously psychotic to be admitted...or you pay a truckload of money to a private hospital.
My illness is well managed, so I see my GP who has an interest in mental health, and the psych nurse in his practice. I am referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist only when I need extra assistance.