Therapists in Fort McMurray, AB

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Kenneth Guye
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
Many people tell me that they’re the person who keeps it together, the beacon of support and stability for friends and family alike. For a long time, they have been last on their own priority list. Work, kids, spouses, parents, and daily life demands have taken priority, creating a lost sense of purpose and self. They want to prioritize themselves and their relationships, but they’re not sure what that means or how to do it. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Good therapy can be transformative and can offer the tools and insights needed to prioritize yourself and navigate life's obstacles with resilience and authenticity.
Many people tell me that they’re the person who keeps it together, the beacon of support and stability for friends and family alike. For a long time, they have been last on their own priority list. Work, kids, spouses, parents, and daily life demands have taken priority, creating a lost sense of purpose and self. They want to prioritize themselves and their relationships, but they’re not sure what that means or how to do it. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Good therapy can be transformative and can offer the tools and insights needed to prioritize yourself and navigate life's obstacles with resilience and authenticity.
(587) 802-3755 View (587) 802-3755
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Sarah Callin
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
Life can sometimes throw unexpected challenges your way and you can find yourself losing sight of who you are, what you value, and where you’re going. When these struggles show up, they can intensify stress and sadness, create confusion, complicate relationships, and impact self-esteem. These experiences can also catalyze a yearning for self-exploration and personal growth, creating a desire to deepen your connection with yourself and experience more purposeful meaning in life. These journeys are not meant to be taken alone. Together, we can support you in embracing authenticity and living a life aligned with your true self.
Life can sometimes throw unexpected challenges your way and you can find yourself losing sight of who you are, what you value, and where you’re going. When these struggles show up, they can intensify stress and sadness, create confusion, complicate relationships, and impact self-esteem. These experiences can also catalyze a yearning for self-exploration and personal growth, creating a desire to deepen your connection with yourself and experience more purposeful meaning in life. These journeys are not meant to be taken alone. Together, we can support you in embracing authenticity and living a life aligned with your true self.
(587) 875-0740 View (587) 875-0740
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Geraldine Denty
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I provide counselling to individuals/couples who are experiencing mental health issues, addictions, PTSD, depression/anxiety, loss/bereavement, behavioral issues, divorce, life transition, with a focus on building supportive and trusting relationships. I support clients using methodologies and strategies I have used successfully for over twenty years as a skilled clinician. I also provide couples counselling by providing support and teaching effective communication skills. My priority is to establish a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel respected and validated.
I provide counselling to individuals/couples who are experiencing mental health issues, addictions, PTSD, depression/anxiety, loss/bereavement, behavioral issues, divorce, life transition, with a focus on building supportive and trusting relationships. I support clients using methodologies and strategies I have used successfully for over twenty years as a skilled clinician. I also provide couples counselling by providing support and teaching effective communication skills. My priority is to establish a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel respected and validated.
(587) 841-0274 View (587) 841-0274
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Jennifer Pope
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, BEd, MA 2024
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
Life often presents challenges that can be overwhelming. Whether it's academic stress, emotional hurdles, or relationship dynamics, I'm here to provide support. With over 15 years of experience, including a decade as an educator, I transitioned to become a school counsellor in 2022. As a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology student, I am qualified to practice onsite under the clinical supervision of an approved supervisor. Under the guidance of Dr. Denise Mannell, Registered Psychologist, I am providing free counselling on evenings and weekends to clients aged 10 and above. Your well-being is my priority.
Life often presents challenges that can be overwhelming. Whether it's academic stress, emotional hurdles, or relationship dynamics, I'm here to provide support. With over 15 years of experience, including a decade as an educator, I transitioned to become a school counsellor in 2022. As a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology student, I am qualified to practice onsite under the clinical supervision of an approved supervisor. Under the guidance of Dr. Denise Mannell, Registered Psychologist, I am providing free counselling on evenings and weekends to clients aged 10 and above. Your well-being is my priority.
(587) 816-8133 View (587) 816-8133
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Marlowe Lindberg (Psychotherapy For You Alberta)
CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
Greetings from your therapist, Marlowe Lindberg. As a Registered Psychotherapist, a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Marriage Therapist for nineteen years, and an Educator for 10 years, my passion is to transform client’s lives with proven therapeutic approaches that are grounded in science. Prior to being a Psychotherapist, I was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. in the faculty of Education, and an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University. in the Faculty of Business and Administration Degree Program, and as well have been a high school teacher. My background in education has had a great influence on my
Greetings from your therapist, Marlowe Lindberg. As a Registered Psychotherapist, a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Marriage Therapist for nineteen years, and an Educator for 10 years, my passion is to transform client’s lives with proven therapeutic approaches that are grounded in science. Prior to being a Psychotherapist, I was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. in the faculty of Education, and an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University. in the Faculty of Business and Administration Degree Program, and as well have been a high school teacher. My background in education has had a great influence on my
(587) 905-7100 View (587) 905-7100
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Some Other Solutions Society for Crisis Prevention
Counsellor, MC, CCC, RSW
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
Have you ever wondered how you could feel more hopeful even in the face of overwhelming circumstances? Perhaps this question makes you think of your potential in accessing your strengths. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers. I value individual difference, integrity, honesty, finding your own path, relationships and connection to ourselves and others. Sitting with people during times that feel like chaos is important. I can tolerate stuckness. When you are overwhelmed, I am not afraid of being afraid and can walk in the dark uncertain places until you experience a more hopeful vision for the future.
Have you ever wondered how you could feel more hopeful even in the face of overwhelming circumstances? Perhaps this question makes you think of your potential in accessing your strengths. I strongly believe people can be empowered to find their own answers. I value individual difference, integrity, honesty, finding your own path, relationships and connection to ourselves and others. Sitting with people during times that feel like chaos is important. I can tolerate stuckness. When you are overwhelmed, I am not afraid of being afraid and can walk in the dark uncertain places until you experience a more hopeful vision for the future.
(587) 844-2583 x3 View (587) 844-2583 x3
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Tamara Helen Austin
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
I provide both assessment and counselling. I have had nearly 30 years experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. I work mainly with adults. I have lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta, for 20 years, so am well-connected with other services that can be accessed to help my clients.
I provide both assessment and counselling. I have had nearly 30 years experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. I work mainly with adults. I have lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta, for 20 years, so am well-connected with other services that can be accessed to help my clients.
(587) 742-1586 View (587) 742-1586
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Jocelyn Morrison Counselling and Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, BSW, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
Looking for a therapist is a personal process. It is important to find someone who you feel comfortable working with and who has the training and experience to help you work towards your goals. I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the field since 2012. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and I work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I also hold a Perinatal Mental Health Certification through Postpartum Support International. I am located in Fort McMurray AB and working with Nova Scotia residents virtually.
Looking for a therapist is a personal process. It is important to find someone who you feel comfortable working with and who has the training and experience to help you work towards your goals. I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the field since 2012. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and I work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I also hold a Perinatal Mental Health Certification through Postpartum Support International. I am located in Fort McMurray AB and working with Nova Scotia residents virtually.
(587) 604-9401 View (587) 604-9401
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Alexa R Tyler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW, RPT, CPT
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
Each person’s experiences can only be witnessed and felt from their own perspective. I recognize that every person has an innate human need to be heard, witnessed, respected, and honored in those experiences. The focus of my practice is to honor every individual's unique feelings, circumstances, and experiences without interpreting them. My goal is to find the deepest meanings to their experiences. I want to help them heal from those experiences and help them to integrate them into becoming empowered to live their fullest lives.
Each person’s experiences can only be witnessed and felt from their own perspective. I recognize that every person has an innate human need to be heard, witnessed, respected, and honored in those experiences. The focus of my practice is to honor every individual's unique feelings, circumstances, and experiences without interpreting them. My goal is to find the deepest meanings to their experiences. I want to help them heal from those experiences and help them to integrate them into becoming empowered to live their fullest lives.
(587) 849-4717 View (587) 849-4717
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Denise Mannell
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
My name is Denise Mannell and I am a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and I have been in private practice in Fort McMurray since 2003. My skills and competency level allow me to provide counselling and assessment services in a wide range of areas since I am a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and a School Psychologist. I also have specific training in the area of trauma and am qualified to provide Self-Regulation Therapy, as well as EMDR Therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also a significant component of my approach to working with clients in their process of renewal and growth.
My name is Denise Mannell and I am a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and I have been in private practice in Fort McMurray since 2003. My skills and competency level allow me to provide counselling and assessment services in a wide range of areas since I am a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and a School Psychologist. I also have specific training in the area of trauma and am qualified to provide Self-Regulation Therapy, as well as EMDR Therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also a significant component of my approach to working with clients in their process of renewal and growth.
(587) 602-2806 View (587) 602-2806
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Tracy Colson
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9K  (Online Only)
Do you want to stop feeling consumed with thoughts of food or 'dieting', and feel more in charge of your eating behaviours? Do you want to find self-acceptance, and feel more at peace with your body? Incorporate movement in a joyful way? You are in the right place! I bring a unique skillset to the therapy process - I am educated in personal training and basic nutrition spending many years engrossed in the gym 'diet-culture. I believe that all bodies should move for enjoyment, as a positive coping strategy, and for overall health.
Do you want to stop feeling consumed with thoughts of food or 'dieting', and feel more in charge of your eating behaviours? Do you want to find self-acceptance, and feel more at peace with your body? Incorporate movement in a joyful way? You are in the right place! I bring a unique skillset to the therapy process - I am educated in personal training and basic nutrition spending many years engrossed in the gym 'diet-culture. I believe that all bodies should move for enjoyment, as a positive coping strategy, and for overall health.
(587) 412-1560 View (587) 412-1560
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Elsa Touch Light Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9K  (Online Only)
Are you presently facing life challenges and tired of constantly criticizing yourself? Or do you struggle with addictions, mood swings , anxiety, relationship issues, anger, chronic pain, grief & loss or insecurities? I provide an empathetic listening ear, with a holistic approach in a warm space and client focused approach, for you to restore your dignity, happiness and regain self confidence. I encourage you to start your journey of healing today to bring about the change you desire.
Are you presently facing life challenges and tired of constantly criticizing yourself? Or do you struggle with addictions, mood swings , anxiety, relationship issues, anger, chronic pain, grief & loss or insecurities? I provide an empathetic listening ear, with a holistic approach in a warm space and client focused approach, for you to restore your dignity, happiness and regain self confidence. I encourage you to start your journey of healing today to bring about the change you desire.
(587) 417-2382 View (587) 417-2382
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Dr. Berrin Tutuncuoglu
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
I am an experienced registered clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for individuals, children, and adolescents. I believe that therapy process is a journey towards increased awareness. As a therapist my role is to witness and accompany my client toward a state of inner integration and wholeness.
I am an experienced registered clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for individuals, children, and adolescents. I believe that therapy process is a journey towards increased awareness. As a therapist my role is to witness and accompany my client toward a state of inner integration and wholeness.
(587) 847-2760 View (587) 847-2760
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Amy O' Reilly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, BSW, MSW , RCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
My name is Amy O'Reilly MSW, RCSW. I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in Fort McMurray, AB for over fifteen years. My areas of practice include but are not limited too, the treatment of acute and chronic stress, anxiety and depressive disorders, adjustment struggles, perinatal mental health, trauma, grief, sleep problems, improving interpersonal skills, caregiver mental health, chronic illness, men's mental health. Depending on your needs, you may find it helpful in therapy to focus on a current problem you are experiencing or explore patterns of thinking and behaviour that get in the way of your goals.
My name is Amy O'Reilly MSW, RCSW. I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in Fort McMurray, AB for over fifteen years. My areas of practice include but are not limited too, the treatment of acute and chronic stress, anxiety and depressive disorders, adjustment struggles, perinatal mental health, trauma, grief, sleep problems, improving interpersonal skills, caregiver mental health, chronic illness, men's mental health. Depending on your needs, you may find it helpful in therapy to focus on a current problem you are experiencing or explore patterns of thinking and behaviour that get in the way of your goals.
(587) 209-5039 View (587) 209-5039
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Monarch Child & Family Therapy Inc.
Registered Psychotherapist, PsyD, MACP, CCC, CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
Cindy specializes in Therapy services for Children (age 3 and up), Youth and Adults. Cindy is significantly trained and a CERTIFIED EMDR and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) specialist, Blast hypnotherapy, complex trauma, behavioural and Conduct disorders, stress, anxiety, emotional disorders, attachment, disassociation and parent / family supportive services. Cindy's approach is a combination of Eclecticism and Multitheoretical approach; this framework allows a combined intervention from more than one theoretical source based on the client's individual needs, which allows techniques based on their efficiency/effectiveness.
Cindy specializes in Therapy services for Children (age 3 and up), Youth and Adults. Cindy is significantly trained and a CERTIFIED EMDR and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) specialist, Blast hypnotherapy, complex trauma, behavioural and Conduct disorders, stress, anxiety, emotional disorders, attachment, disassociation and parent / family supportive services. Cindy's approach is a combination of Eclecticism and Multitheoretical approach; this framework allows a combined intervention from more than one theoretical source based on the client's individual needs, which allows techniques based on their efficiency/effectiveness.
(587) 452-0411 View (587) 452-0411
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Dayirai Kapfunde
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, RCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
In our society, race, gender, class, immigration status (and so much more) influence our experience of mental health and wellness. Many people strive to find care providers who are passionate about decolonizing and destigmatizing conventional beliefs about mental health care. Perhaps you’re one of those people. You’ve been looking for care that incorporates advocacy, empowerment, and a space where you can explore your identity, unmute your voice, and show up authentically. You’ve been searching for a therapist who will centre your experience, help you process traumas, and support you in achieving your most meaningful life goals.
In our society, race, gender, class, immigration status (and so much more) influence our experience of mental health and wellness. Many people strive to find care providers who are passionate about decolonizing and destigmatizing conventional beliefs about mental health care. Perhaps you’re one of those people. You’ve been looking for care that incorporates advocacy, empowerment, and a space where you can explore your identity, unmute your voice, and show up authentically. You’ve been searching for a therapist who will centre your experience, help you process traumas, and support you in achieving your most meaningful life goals.
(587) 412-0260 View (587) 412-0260
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Flourish Psychology YMM
Psychologist, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
If you’ve come here, chances are you aren’t coping the way you’d like. Emotions are high, thoughts are all over the place, and you aren’t sure what to do. You may be noticing frustration with yourself and others, spending too much time stressing about your current relationships, or obsessing about how your body looks. You’re exhausted. You might not like who you are right now. You don’t remember the last time you had a good belly laugh. Maybe your fears are so big there’s no room for hope, or happiness. Anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma have a way of making the usual troubles in life so much heavier.
If you’ve come here, chances are you aren’t coping the way you’d like. Emotions are high, thoughts are all over the place, and you aren’t sure what to do. You may be noticing frustration with yourself and others, spending too much time stressing about your current relationships, or obsessing about how your body looks. You’re exhausted. You might not like who you are right now. You don’t remember the last time you had a good belly laugh. Maybe your fears are so big there’s no room for hope, or happiness. Anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma have a way of making the usual troubles in life so much heavier.
(587) 872-5761 View (587) 872-5761
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Jillian Martin Psychology
Psychologist, BA, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I practice in Clinical/Counselling Psychology. I am the owner of Jillian Martin Psychology Inc and I am Co-Owner of YMM Collaborative Practice Inc. My main area of practice and speciality is perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, maternal and parental mental health concerns, reproductive mental health and sex therapy.
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I practice in Clinical/Counselling Psychology. I am the owner of Jillian Martin Psychology Inc and I am Co-Owner of YMM Collaborative Practice Inc. My main area of practice and speciality is perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, maternal and parental mental health concerns, reproductive mental health and sex therapy.
(587) 600-2373 View (587) 600-2373
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Abigail Mulenga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Fort McMurray, AB T9H
I use trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment modalities to help clients heal from trauma, cope more effectively with ongoing life stressors and develop new insights into their mental wellness. My approach to therapy is client-centred, strength-based, and compassion-focused, acknowledging the uniqueness that we all possess. I primarily use CBT (Cognitive behaviour therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior therapy), Compassion focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I continue to learn new ways that guide my practice.
I use trauma-informed, culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment modalities to help clients heal from trauma, cope more effectively with ongoing life stressors and develop new insights into their mental wellness. My approach to therapy is client-centred, strength-based, and compassion-focused, acknowledging the uniqueness that we all possess. I primarily use CBT (Cognitive behaviour therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior therapy), Compassion focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I continue to learn new ways that guide my practice.
(825) 435-1098 View (825) 435-1098
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Sabrina Ragan
Psychologist, MSc , CPT, RPsych
Verified Verified
Fort McMurray, AB T9H  (Online Only)
I am a psychologist and certified play therapist with a master’s of science degree in marital and family therapy. I provide online counseling and play therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. I provide family counseling to parents and children navigating the difficult process of separation and divorce, with the goal of maintaining a strong relationship between parents and children.
I am a psychologist and certified play therapist with a master’s of science degree in marital and family therapy. I provide online counseling and play therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. I provide family counseling to parents and children navigating the difficult process of separation and divorce, with the goal of maintaining a strong relationship between parents and children.
(587) 600-9052 View (587) 600-9052

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Fort McMurray, AB

90+

Average cost per session

$200

Counsellors in Fort McMurray, AB who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
87% Depression
80% Self Esteem
79% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Alberta Blue Cross
67% Green Shield Canada
62% Canada Life | Great-West Life

How Counsellors in Fort McMurray, AB see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Fort McMurray?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postal code, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postal code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Most Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are certified by one of the main professional associations, mainly the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and will have a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) designation with their name. Social Workers listed in the directory must be registered members of the college specific to their province. To be listed in the directory, Psychologists must be registered with the psychological college specific to their province or territory.

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given the considerable variation in professional regulation and prerequisites across Canadian provinces, some providers may possess significant professional qualifications without necessarily holding professional memberships or being obliged to acquire them. As a result, they may be selectively included without the "Verified" seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and social workers can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and supervised, practical experience that enable them to do so in Canada.

Psychologists have a master's and/or doctoral degree and have passed both written and oral exams. Psychologists are able to complete mental health assessments and provide diagnostic information to clients as well as provide counselling therapy or psychotherapy. Counsellors and psychotherapists are expected to have a master's or doctoral degree in counselling psychology, social work, or a related mental health discipline and certification by a professional association, such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Registered Social Workers possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Social Work and where possible must be licensed or certified by the provincial government and/or regulatory college.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, the cost of a therapy session in Canada could be between $100 and $200. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. Some types of outpatient mental health services are covered by Medicare, provided these are performed by a licensed mental health professional in the provinces or territory you reside in and who accepts the assignment.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postal code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Professionals licensed by regulatory colleges and those certified by associations such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association are obligated to uphold client confidentiality unless there is a legal reason that requires them to disclose information. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others, or a court order, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.