Therapists in Comox, BC

Photo of Elisabeth van Assum Counselling, Counsellor in Comox, BC
Elisabeth van Assum Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MEd, BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
www.elisabethvanassum.com. I engage with people experiencing challenges with life transition issues: middle age, education, career, family, separation, gender transition, fertility, depressive periods, moving, death, physical changes, illness…etc. Life transitions, although always inevitable and often unsettling, offer opportunities for insight, change, growth, wisdom and joy. I fundamentally believe that if you do the work, you will get the insights you need to make the best choices for yourself.
www.elisabethvanassum.com. I engage with people experiencing challenges with life transition issues: middle age, education, career, family, separation, gender transition, fertility, depressive periods, moving, death, physical changes, illness…etc. Life transitions, although always inevitable and often unsettling, offer opportunities for insight, change, growth, wisdom and joy. I fundamentally believe that if you do the work, you will get the insights you need to make the best choices for yourself.
(604) 229-3806 View (604) 229-3806
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White Sage Therapy Inc
Counsellor, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M  (Online Only)
Tansi (Hi) and welcome. My practice is guided with a strengths-based approach, we will focus on the things that are working(strengths), and build on them. I also have a client centered approach to therapy, meaning that you are the one steering our therapeutic ship and doing the work, I am just be the guide. This approach to therapy also means we do not have an agenda, the only pace we follow is yours. This is hard for some who are used to a more Western approach to therapy. It has been my experience, that we all possess the knowledge and skills we need to solve our difficult situations, often we just need a few tools.
Tansi (Hi) and welcome. My practice is guided with a strengths-based approach, we will focus on the things that are working(strengths), and build on them. I also have a client centered approach to therapy, meaning that you are the one steering our therapeutic ship and doing the work, I am just be the guide. This approach to therapy also means we do not have an agenda, the only pace we follow is yours. This is hard for some who are used to a more Western approach to therapy. It has been my experience, that we all possess the knowledge and skills we need to solve our difficult situations, often we just need a few tools.
(250) 703-6292 View (250) 703-6292
Photo of Steph Janzen, Counsellor in Comox, BC
Steph Janzen
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
Do you notice yourself often feeling resentment, anger, guilt, or shame? Are you longing for connection but often feel uncared for or let down by others? Do you find yourself constantly numbing out or in a state of flight or fight? If you're stuck repetitively experiecing these reactions and are ready to get off the rollercoaster, then please keep reading. I understand how these patterns can disrupt mood, energy level, and cognitive functioning, making it difficult to fully enjoy daily activities and relationships. It's exhausting. You deserve to live with greater ease and calm.
Do you notice yourself often feeling resentment, anger, guilt, or shame? Are you longing for connection but often feel uncared for or let down by others? Do you find yourself constantly numbing out or in a state of flight or fight? If you're stuck repetitively experiecing these reactions and are ready to get off the rollercoaster, then please keep reading. I understand how these patterns can disrupt mood, energy level, and cognitive functioning, making it difficult to fully enjoy daily activities and relationships. It's exhausting. You deserve to live with greater ease and calm.
(226) 271-4568 View (226) 271-4568
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Marlo McMurchy
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M  (Online Only)
Are you tired of constantly putting others' needs before your own? Do you find yourself trapped in a cycle of overthinking, struggling with setting boundaries, and feeling like you've lost touch with who you truly are? I specialize in helping individuals break free from people-pleasing tendencies, navigate the challenges of overthinking, establish healthy boundaries, and rediscover their authentic selves. Through a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I work alongside my clients to explore the roots of these patterns, uncover limiting beliefs, and develop practical strategies to empower you to live with confidence.
Are you tired of constantly putting others' needs before your own? Do you find yourself trapped in a cycle of overthinking, struggling with setting boundaries, and feeling like you've lost touch with who you truly are? I specialize in helping individuals break free from people-pleasing tendencies, navigate the challenges of overthinking, establish healthy boundaries, and rediscover their authentic selves. Through a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I work alongside my clients to explore the roots of these patterns, uncover limiting beliefs, and develop practical strategies to empower you to live with confidence.
(431) 244-4975 View (431) 244-4975
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Chandra Bailey
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled in your life, unsure with how to move forward? Everyone struggles sometimes and we are not meant to do it alone. Life can throw us all kinds of intense challenges that may leave us feeling disoriented and disconnected; not even recognizing who we are anymore. I believe we all have the capacity to create change with the right support. My intention is to create a non-judgemental space for you to better understand and express yourself in a way that allows you to emerge reconnected to your own inherent wisdom. I trust your reconnection to this wisdom implicitly.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled in your life, unsure with how to move forward? Everyone struggles sometimes and we are not meant to do it alone. Life can throw us all kinds of intense challenges that may leave us feeling disoriented and disconnected; not even recognizing who we are anymore. I believe we all have the capacity to create change with the right support. My intention is to create a non-judgemental space for you to better understand and express yourself in a way that allows you to emerge reconnected to your own inherent wisdom. I trust your reconnection to this wisdom implicitly.
(819) 414-2411 View (819) 414-2411
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Terry Folks SpiritFirst Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
Terry Folks is a Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Her practice attracts individuals in the health, mental health, legal, educational and helping professions. She has a reputation for providing a safe nurturing healing space. Her practice is Spiritually Integrated meaning she offers spiritual strategies if this interests you. Terry uses Rogerian client centered psychotherapy which focuses on the relationship as the primary catalyst for change. She is known for helping individuals change/interrupt patterns and move forward.
Terry Folks is a Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Her practice attracts individuals in the health, mental health, legal, educational and helping professions. She has a reputation for providing a safe nurturing healing space. Her practice is Spiritually Integrated meaning she offers spiritual strategies if this interests you. Terry uses Rogerian client centered psychotherapy which focuses on the relationship as the primary catalyst for change. She is known for helping individuals change/interrupt patterns and move forward.
(778) 767-2341 View (778) 767-2341
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Nicole Oliver
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
I am specialized in working with adults, treating complex trauma (C-PTSD), intergenerational trauma, and childhood attachment and relational injuries. In working with trauma survivors, I am also experienced in working with those living with depression, anxiety, persistent pain and substance use, which are often rooted in trauma. For the majority of my career, I have had tremendous opportunities and the honour to work with First Nations communities, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to Nuxalk Territory. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a somatic (body-based) therapeutic modality.
I am specialized in working with adults, treating complex trauma (C-PTSD), intergenerational trauma, and childhood attachment and relational injuries. In working with trauma survivors, I am also experienced in working with those living with depression, anxiety, persistent pain and substance use, which are often rooted in trauma. For the majority of my career, I have had tremendous opportunities and the honour to work with First Nations communities, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to Nuxalk Territory. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a somatic (body-based) therapeutic modality.
(431) 304-5776 View (431) 304-5776
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Restored Hope Counselling Services
Counsellor, RPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
Hi. I’m Suzan and I’m so excited you found my page. Whether you are someone looking for help with issues around eating or with your relationship, I can help. I work with individuals who are struggling with body image and/or an eating disorder. With therapy you can heal and make peace with food and your body. Recovery is possible. I also work with couples who somewhere along the way, lost connection. You may be noticing you don't laugh or have fun anymore. You may be having the same fight over and over again. The good news is that it's repairable. My practice is built around the highly acclaimed Gottman Method.
Hi. I’m Suzan and I’m so excited you found my page. Whether you are someone looking for help with issues around eating or with your relationship, I can help. I work with individuals who are struggling with body image and/or an eating disorder. With therapy you can heal and make peace with food and your body. Recovery is possible. I also work with couples who somewhere along the way, lost connection. You may be noticing you don't laugh or have fun anymore. You may be having the same fight over and over again. The good news is that it's repairable. My practice is built around the highly acclaimed Gottman Method.
(778) 906-2641 View (778) 906-2641
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Emma Louise Thompson
Counsellor, RGN, RMN, UKPSYCH, MA
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
“That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end, leads to liberation and dignity.” ― Ricky Gervais. I am a UK, trained Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist. Psychotherapy requires being actively involved, honest and open to change one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Change will sometimes be easy and swift, but more often, it will be slow and even frustrating. There is no guarantee that psychotherapy will yield positive or intended results. I will be with you, my patient, all the way.
“That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end, leads to liberation and dignity.” ― Ricky Gervais. I am a UK, trained Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist. Psychotherapy requires being actively involved, honest and open to change one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Change will sometimes be easy and swift, but more often, it will be slow and even frustrating. There is no guarantee that psychotherapy will yield positive or intended results. I will be with you, my patient, all the way.
(778) 766-4102 View (778) 766-4102
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Rachel Bullock
Counsellor, RCC, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
There are times when we feel overwhelmed, scared, lost. We're doing our best, but we can't seem to find our way. As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to catch your breath, find your strength, and navigate towards wellness.
There are times when we feel overwhelmed, scared, lost. We're doing our best, but we can't seem to find our way. As an experienced counsellor, I can help you to catch your breath, find your strength, and navigate towards wellness.
(867) 988-1594 View (867) 988-1594
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Jennifer McIntosh Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I'm currently offering zoom sessions as I have relocated to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, from North Vancouver, BC. I work with individuals and couples, assisting you to navigate challenging circumstances with growth and connection, both to oneself and with others. I have 15 years experience in diverse clinical settings with specialities in assisting you through Life transitions and any presenting issues. I specialize in offering EMDR, CBT and MBSR as well as The Developmental Model re Couples Counselling. Grow your life in meaning ways with these approaches if you're interested!
Hello! I'm currently offering zoom sessions as I have relocated to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, from North Vancouver, BC. I work with individuals and couples, assisting you to navigate challenging circumstances with growth and connection, both to oneself and with others. I have 15 years experience in diverse clinical settings with specialities in assisting you through Life transitions and any presenting issues. I specialize in offering EMDR, CBT and MBSR as well as The Developmental Model re Couples Counselling. Grow your life in meaning ways with these approaches if you're interested!
(226) 406-5072 View (226) 406-5072
Photo of Georgette Whitehead, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Comox, BC
Georgette Whitehead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
Waitlist for new clients
I provide counselling therapy for individual adults who may be seeking support to help deal with challenging life circumstances, mental health concerns, or coping with the effects of trauma and PTSD. I have experience working with women and men with lived experiences of abuse or neglect as well as indigenous persons affected by systemic trauma. I see many clients who are Veterans or currently serving Canadian Forces members. I provide qualified, compassionate, and confidential service that respects each individual's strengths, self-knowledge, and ability to make choices.
I provide counselling therapy for individual adults who may be seeking support to help deal with challenging life circumstances, mental health concerns, or coping with the effects of trauma and PTSD. I have experience working with women and men with lived experiences of abuse or neglect as well as indigenous persons affected by systemic trauma. I see many clients who are Veterans or currently serving Canadian Forces members. I provide qualified, compassionate, and confidential service that respects each individual's strengths, self-knowledge, and ability to make choices.
(438) 792-3964 View (438) 792-3964
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Pamela Hiller
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
Are you living in survival mode? Is your nervous system stuck in fight, flight or freeze? Are you facing overwhelming challenges where you no longer see clarity?  When we use our mind to override our body, we can only be productive until our body catches up. Humans are clever at masking symptoms, but over time, it leads to burn out, nervous system dysregulation, or serious illness. Creating curiosity around self discovery leads to a reflective state of mind where we see our life goals more clearly. True authenticity and life change begins as we develop a practice of listening to what our body is saying.
Are you living in survival mode? Is your nervous system stuck in fight, flight or freeze? Are you facing overwhelming challenges where you no longer see clarity?  When we use our mind to override our body, we can only be productive until our body catches up. Humans are clever at masking symptoms, but over time, it leads to burn out, nervous system dysregulation, or serious illness. Creating curiosity around self discovery leads to a reflective state of mind where we see our life goals more clearly. True authenticity and life change begins as we develop a practice of listening to what our body is saying.
(604) 421-3358 View (604) 421-3358
Photo of Tasha Page, Registered Social Worker in Comox, BC
Tasha Page
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MA, MSW
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
You were supposed to get pregnant easily, have a healthy active pregnancy, and have a magical delivery. Isn’t that what we see in movies? No one prepared you for the grief and anxiety that you would feel with infertility or high-risk pregnancy. Or,​ you may have had an event free pregnancy and now your little one has arrived but something doesn’t feel right. Whether you’ve welcomed a singleton or twins, this is your first or your fifth. Your experience in this new stage is not what you thought it would be. You may be overwhelmed with worries or experiencing anger and frustration.
You were supposed to get pregnant easily, have a healthy active pregnancy, and have a magical delivery. Isn’t that what we see in movies? No one prepared you for the grief and anxiety that you would feel with infertility or high-risk pregnancy. Or,​ you may have had an event free pregnancy and now your little one has arrived but something doesn’t feel right. Whether you’ve welcomed a singleton or twins, this is your first or your fifth. Your experience in this new stage is not what you thought it would be. You may be overwhelmed with worries or experiencing anger and frustration.
(365) 297-0744 View (365) 297-0744
Photo of Heather Gaskill, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Comox, BC
Heather Gaskill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
I work with a lot of people who struggle in relationships: with setting and maintaining boundaries, asking for what they want, and maintaining a sense of self while still feeling connected to another person. A lot of my clients also struggle with their relationships with themselves: with self-worth, having reasonable expectations for themselves, self-criticism and with the exhaustion that accompanies a mind that won't shut off. It can feel really hard to trust yourself if your attempts at coping involve reaching for things that ultimately do more damage, in addition to numbing your pain.
I work with a lot of people who struggle in relationships: with setting and maintaining boundaries, asking for what they want, and maintaining a sense of self while still feeling connected to another person. A lot of my clients also struggle with their relationships with themselves: with self-worth, having reasonable expectations for themselves, self-criticism and with the exhaustion that accompanies a mind that won't shut off. It can feel really hard to trust yourself if your attempts at coping involve reaching for things that ultimately do more damage, in addition to numbing your pain.
(867) 670-8943 View (867) 670-8943
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ADHD Therapy
BEd, MA
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
My goals in this practice are to help you: 1. Understand what ADHD is and how your neurobiology works. 2. Create customized strategies and tools to help you manage your symptoms. 3. Learn about emotional regulation and impulse control. 4. Learn how to advocate for yourself and help regulate your nervous system. 5. Create healthy boundaries in your life. 6. Enjoy your family and friends. 7. Dismantle our abelist society so you can live on your terms.
My goals in this practice are to help you: 1. Understand what ADHD is and how your neurobiology works. 2. Create customized strategies and tools to help you manage your symptoms. 3. Learn about emotional regulation and impulse control. 4. Learn how to advocate for yourself and help regulate your nervous system. 5. Create healthy boundaries in your life. 6. Enjoy your family and friends. 7. Dismantle our abelist society so you can live on your terms.
(236) 900-5326 View (236) 900-5326
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Jessica Lauder
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M
One of the most profound sources of healing is already embedded in you; your body, your dreams, and your senses are always giving you clues as to what it is you need most, what you are invited to heal next, and where your next best step is. Current neuroscience reveals to us what ancient mystics and spiritual leaders have been showing us for millennia - that we can and will heal in profound ways as we gain capacity to integrate all of our experiences. Journeying together with a practitioner or healer who can see us, accurately reflecting back to us what we could not previously see, is a life-changing experience.
One of the most profound sources of healing is already embedded in you; your body, your dreams, and your senses are always giving you clues as to what it is you need most, what you are invited to heal next, and where your next best step is. Current neuroscience reveals to us what ancient mystics and spiritual leaders have been showing us for millennia - that we can and will heal in profound ways as we gain capacity to integrate all of our experiences. Journeying together with a practitioner or healer who can see us, accurately reflecting back to us what we could not previously see, is a life-changing experience.
(778) 765-4504 View (778) 765-4504
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Carla J. Freundlich
Counsellor, MA, RCC, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Comox, BC V9M
I would love to meet you and offer you real change and skills to move forward into wholeness and freedom. I believe the best healing involves all parts of us; mind, body, emotions and spirit. In our fast-paced society, opportunities to be deeply heard, respected and affirmed are scarce. I help clients from a position of respect and non-judgemental curiosity, while clarifying core beliefs, values and goals for change. The tools I have to offer are evidence-based and scientifically proven. The lens I use as I sit with clients is that every human being is a person of worth and value and deserves unconditional positive regard.
I would love to meet you and offer you real change and skills to move forward into wholeness and freedom. I believe the best healing involves all parts of us; mind, body, emotions and spirit. In our fast-paced society, opportunities to be deeply heard, respected and affirmed are scarce. I help clients from a position of respect and non-judgemental curiosity, while clarifying core beliefs, values and goals for change. The tools I have to offer are evidence-based and scientifically proven. The lens I use as I sit with clients is that every human being is a person of worth and value and deserves unconditional positive regard.
(604) 706-2527 View (604) 706-2527
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Karen Turner Clinical Counselling & Therapy
Counsellor, MA CPsy, RCC, CCPCPR
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are others in your life concerned about you? Are you facing an unsettling change or feeling stuck? Are you feeling unfulfilled in life? Are you struggling to cope with the loss of someone close to you, other losses, or nearing the end of your life due to illness? Asking for help when in need is an expression of hope. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice located in Comox Valley BC providing services throughout BC. Please see below for the issues and challenges I work with and feel welcome to contact me.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are others in your life concerned about you? Are you facing an unsettling change or feeling stuck? Are you feeling unfulfilled in life? Are you struggling to cope with the loss of someone close to you, other losses, or nearing the end of your life due to illness? Asking for help when in need is an expression of hope. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice located in Comox Valley BC providing services throughout BC. Please see below for the issues and challenges I work with and feel welcome to contact me.
(855) 782-1681 View (855) 782-1681
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Michelle Lafreniere
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Comox, BC V9M  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping my clients understand and regulate their emotions, set and maintain boundaries in all types of relationships, and deepen self-awareness to identify personal values and create balance in their lives. I work with people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, and life transitions including navigating new parenthood and post-partum mental health.
I am passionate about helping my clients understand and regulate their emotions, set and maintain boundaries in all types of relationships, and deepen self-awareness to identify personal values and create balance in their lives. I work with people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, and life transitions including navigating new parenthood and post-partum mental health.
(450) 700-8045 View (450) 700-8045

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Comox, BC

70+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in Comox, BC who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
80% Self Esteem
80% Stress
78% Trauma and PTSD
77% Grief
75% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% Green Shield Canada
40% Blue Cross
40% Pacific Blue Cross

How Counsellors in Comox, BC see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Comox?

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.