Therapists in Courtenay, BC

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Joslyn Kilborn
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, MA(q)
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
I believe one of the greatest maladies of our time, affecting us individually and socially, is the loss of soul. Fulfilling work, rewarding relationships, personal resiliency, a sense of belonging, are all gifts of the soul that have become particularly elusive because we no longer believe in the soul. Instead, we come to know the soul through its complaints—emptiness, meaninglessness, loneliness, disillusionment, longing, hunger. These complaints let us know what the soul craves, but it can be hard to discern the cry when it comes in the form of blind reactivity, conflict in our relationships, anxiety, confusion, melancholy.
I believe one of the greatest maladies of our time, affecting us individually and socially, is the loss of soul. Fulfilling work, rewarding relationships, personal resiliency, a sense of belonging, are all gifts of the soul that have become particularly elusive because we no longer believe in the soul. Instead, we come to know the soul through its complaints—emptiness, meaninglessness, loneliness, disillusionment, longing, hunger. These complaints let us know what the soul craves, but it can be hard to discern the cry when it comes in the form of blind reactivity, conflict in our relationships, anxiety, confusion, melancholy.
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Diane Brussell
Counsellor, MA, RCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N  (Online Only)
We cannot change the events or situations of our past, but we can absolutely be free from being chronically impacted, and compacted by our history. You are entitled to all of your feelings and they are an integral part of healing and living a healthy life. If you are ready to move what you are holding to a new place, I am here to support that process. You can find your voice, unpack your story, be seen and heard, I bring tools and support to make the changes you would like to make, so that you can embrace your life with love and enthusiasm. In my mind, everyone who survived their story and makes it to counselling is a superhero.
We cannot change the events or situations of our past, but we can absolutely be free from being chronically impacted, and compacted by our history. You are entitled to all of your feelings and they are an integral part of healing and living a healthy life. If you are ready to move what you are holding to a new place, I am here to support that process. You can find your voice, unpack your story, be seen and heard, I bring tools and support to make the changes you would like to make, so that you can embrace your life with love and enthusiasm. In my mind, everyone who survived their story and makes it to counselling is a superhero.
(587) 800-3617 View (587) 800-3617
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Peony Therapeutic Counselling
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N  (Online Only)
Hey, how are you? I am so honored to work together with you on your journey to building a life you want, what ever that may look like to you. Whether it be struggling with issues of anxiety and panic, depression and low moods or you are unsure why you have the feelings that you do, reach out. I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor who is passionate about the helping profession and to make my clients feel safe and to be heard. My only interest is to be here for you and help you create a plan to get the tools you need to move forward and challenge life in your own way.
Hey, how are you? I am so honored to work together with you on your journey to building a life you want, what ever that may look like to you. Whether it be struggling with issues of anxiety and panic, depression and low moods or you are unsure why you have the feelings that you do, reach out. I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor who is passionate about the helping profession and to make my clients feel safe and to be heard. My only interest is to be here for you and help you create a plan to get the tools you need to move forward and challenge life in your own way.
(343) 309-9906 View (343) 309-9906
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Jessie Turner
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
Not accepting new clients
Life is immense. The range of experiences we encounter— the trials that we endure— are both collective and personal. While some of what touches us will inspire and empower, other things will block and hinder. Finding our way through difficult times often requires us to forge a new and unfamiliar path; to cultivate our capacity to meet the unknown with curiosity, creativity, and compassion. The way I work creates change as a felt, lived experience rather than just a cognitive one. This allows for embodied learning, which in turn, encourages a greater potential for sustainable change and stability.
Life is immense. The range of experiences we encounter— the trials that we endure— are both collective and personal. While some of what touches us will inspire and empower, other things will block and hinder. Finding our way through difficult times often requires us to forge a new and unfamiliar path; to cultivate our capacity to meet the unknown with curiosity, creativity, and compassion. The way I work creates change as a felt, lived experience rather than just a cognitive one. This allows for embodied learning, which in turn, encourages a greater potential for sustainable change and stability.
(604) 373-4779 View (604) 373-4779
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Lake & Associates Inc.
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
Change! If you want to change your relationships, feel better about yourself, enjoy life more, and overcome the debilitating effects of past trauma, now is the time to transform your life. Hi, I'm Steven Lake and I have been assisting people to improve their lives for 20+ years. The first step in making change is often the scariest. If you have any questions or just want to get a sense of who I am, please contact me by email or phone for a free initial consult. I look forward to working with you to create change in your life.
Change! If you want to change your relationships, feel better about yourself, enjoy life more, and overcome the debilitating effects of past trauma, now is the time to transform your life. Hi, I'm Steven Lake and I have been assisting people to improve their lives for 20+ years. The first step in making change is often the scariest. If you have any questions or just want to get a sense of who I am, please contact me by email or phone for a free initial consult. I look forward to working with you to create change in your life.
(855) 522-0813 View (855) 522-0813
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Mary Clements - The Therapist's Therapist
Counsellor, CT, CCH
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Spiritually curious or awakening therapist/coach struggling with overwhelm, loneliness, doubt? Feeling tender & raw? Maybe you know you’re meant for more & can’t grasp it/scared to go for it? Or you're stuck between the old you & next-level you. New layers of old wounds pop up yet you rehash the same old stories on a healing merry-go-round. Nervous system rides like a janky rollercoaster. You endure emotional & energy hangovers with isolation hibernations. You're unravelling while everyone else is fitting in neat & tidy boxes. If that's you, it's time for your upgrade & to step into your sacred purpose as the magical being you are.
Spiritually curious or awakening therapist/coach struggling with overwhelm, loneliness, doubt? Feeling tender & raw? Maybe you know you’re meant for more & can’t grasp it/scared to go for it? Or you're stuck between the old you & next-level you. New layers of old wounds pop up yet you rehash the same old stories on a healing merry-go-round. Nervous system rides like a janky rollercoaster. You endure emotional & energy hangovers with isolation hibernations. You're unravelling while everyone else is fitting in neat & tidy boxes. If that's you, it's time for your upgrade & to step into your sacred purpose as the magical being you are.
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Sara Turner
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
Not accepting new clients
We carry our life story within us. Each person has a unique collection of joys and triumphs, pleasures and pain that imprints their biology. These imprints, formed unconsciously, influence our feeling states, our decision making, self-esteem, and the way we see the world. They shape the way our nervous systems respond and adapt to challenges and change. The imprints that hold the most charge are often formed in childhood or in response to trauma, and they have the ability to create mental, emotional, and physical imbalance—to create a state of disregulation. However, we each possess the profound capacity for change.
We carry our life story within us. Each person has a unique collection of joys and triumphs, pleasures and pain that imprints their biology. These imprints, formed unconsciously, influence our feeling states, our decision making, self-esteem, and the way we see the world. They shape the way our nervous systems respond and adapt to challenges and change. The imprints that hold the most charge are often formed in childhood or in response to trauma, and they have the ability to create mental, emotional, and physical imbalance—to create a state of disregulation. However, we each possess the profound capacity for change.
(778) 760-2915 View (778) 760-2915
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Kenton Falls
Counsellor, BA, BEd, MEd
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
I have a special interest in working with youth, adults, men and relationships. I collaborates with clients to develop resilience, greater emotional expression and healing. After years of teaching, I pursued my Masters in Education (School Counselling) to offer greater clinical support to youth. I have continued to expand my scope to include relationships, youth and adults. I am person-centered, collaborative and relational in my practice. I work from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and attachment orientation.
I have a special interest in working with youth, adults, men and relationships. I collaborates with clients to develop resilience, greater emotional expression and healing. After years of teaching, I pursued my Masters in Education (School Counselling) to offer greater clinical support to youth. I have continued to expand my scope to include relationships, youth and adults. I am person-centered, collaborative and relational in my practice. I work from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and attachment orientation.
(236) 904-0848 View (236) 904-0848
Photo of Emma Hutchinson, Registered Social Worker in Courtenay, BC
Emma Hutchinson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
Are you looking for a calm and compassionate counsellor to support you on your wellness journey? I provide support for people looking to step into greater well-being whether that be improved self compassion, self esteem, and peace; healthier relationship dynamics; or a clearer sense of purpose and direction. People come in wanting to work through issues such as traumatic events, challenging relationship patterns, stress at work or home, anxiety of all kinds, grief and loss, parenting issues, anger, and other internal challenges that may feel stuck in a holding pattern.
Are you looking for a calm and compassionate counsellor to support you on your wellness journey? I provide support for people looking to step into greater well-being whether that be improved self compassion, self esteem, and peace; healthier relationship dynamics; or a clearer sense of purpose and direction. People come in wanting to work through issues such as traumatic events, challenging relationship patterns, stress at work or home, anxiety of all kinds, grief and loss, parenting issues, anger, and other internal challenges that may feel stuck in a holding pattern.
(236) 302-3807 View (236) 302-3807
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Gretal Montgomery
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9J
In my 15 years of experience as a counsellor, I have come to understand the value for clients in communication and personal agency; to speak and be heard, to invite stillness and reflection, to see and be seen. There are times in life when talk therapy with its vast array of tools, techniques and well researched, empirically validated methods is precisely what soothes, building the foundation for change. If this is one of those times for you, connect with me so we can explore your concerns and I can support you with the transformation process you are seeking.
In my 15 years of experience as a counsellor, I have come to understand the value for clients in communication and personal agency; to speak and be heard, to invite stillness and reflection, to see and be seen. There are times in life when talk therapy with its vast array of tools, techniques and well researched, empirically validated methods is precisely what soothes, building the foundation for change. If this is one of those times for you, connect with me so we can explore your concerns and I can support you with the transformation process you are seeking.
(581) 513-0068 View (581) 513-0068
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Tiffany Anderson
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
Many of my clients are looking for ways to strengthen their voices and develop a stronger sense of who they are. They tend to see themselves as outliers: the ones who count themselves out or who yearn for a different life but can’t quite navigate how to get it. My experience as a teacher and comedy/theatre performer combines with my naturally playful and energetic self to help people manage what’s ahead. Together, we will work on developing greater awareness and self-compassion while stoking our imaginations to think of new ways forward.
Many of my clients are looking for ways to strengthen their voices and develop a stronger sense of who they are. They tend to see themselves as outliers: the ones who count themselves out or who yearn for a different life but can’t quite navigate how to get it. My experience as a teacher and comedy/theatre performer combines with my naturally playful and energetic self to help people manage what’s ahead. Together, we will work on developing greater awareness and self-compassion while stoking our imaginations to think of new ways forward.
(548) 918-5302 View (548) 918-5302
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Michael Falls
Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, BSc, RTC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
Welcome! I specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges such as relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues. If you're seeking support for stress management, life transitions, or improving emotional and mental balance, you've found the right place. Let's work together to foster healing and enhance your overall well-being. My goal is to support clients in accessing their own inner wisdom and resources while healing from these challenges and improving overall well-being.
Welcome! I specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges such as relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues. If you're seeking support for stress management, life transitions, or improving emotional and mental balance, you've found the right place. Let's work together to foster healing and enhance your overall well-being. My goal is to support clients in accessing their own inner wisdom and resources while healing from these challenges and improving overall well-being.
(289) 276-8209 View (289) 276-8209
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Elly Boer
Counsellor, RCC, MC:AT, DVATI, BFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
As an art therapist as well as an RCC, I have a wide variety of clientele of all ages. I see mostly individuals who are experiencing anxiety, grief and loss, childhood trauma, anger issues, depression and issues related to neurodiversity. My office has a comfortable seating area for conversation, a sand tray with a growing assortment of figurines, and a wide variety of art supplies in an art making space. I feel privileged to offer client-centred support and creative directives when requested, which seems to be very popular with children and artists. I look forward to hearing more about how I may be of support to you at this time.
As an art therapist as well as an RCC, I have a wide variety of clientele of all ages. I see mostly individuals who are experiencing anxiety, grief and loss, childhood trauma, anger issues, depression and issues related to neurodiversity. My office has a comfortable seating area for conversation, a sand tray with a growing assortment of figurines, and a wide variety of art supplies in an art making space. I feel privileged to offer client-centred support and creative directives when requested, which seems to be very popular with children and artists. I look forward to hearing more about how I may be of support to you at this time.
(647) 951-6136 View (647) 951-6136
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Tatiana Naomi Baron
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
I help my patients live the life they desire. This may take the shape of processing deep core experiences, tuning into your body and building self-awareness. Patterns that were once protective and important may no longer be serving you. I can help with relationships, life transitions or employment. Similarly, you may be seeking support for anxiety, depression or a crisis in your life. I aim to provide a culturally safe environment that is inclusive and trauma informed.
I help my patients live the life they desire. This may take the shape of processing deep core experiences, tuning into your body and building self-awareness. Patterns that were once protective and important may no longer be serving you. I can help with relationships, life transitions or employment. Similarly, you may be seeking support for anxiety, depression or a crisis in your life. I aim to provide a culturally safe environment that is inclusive and trauma informed.
(902) 710-3083 View (902) 710-3083
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Mindful Mountains Wellness
Occupational Therapist, MScOT
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N  (Online Only)
Mindful Mountains is a person-first network of health professionals serving individuals in-person on Vancouver Island and virtually throughout British Columbia and Canada. We specialize in mental health, neurodiversity (such as ADHD and Autism) and chronic pain. We are a team of mental health professionals who believe in empowering wellness through knowledge, exploration and acceptance.
Mindful Mountains is a person-first network of health professionals serving individuals in-person on Vancouver Island and virtually throughout British Columbia and Canada. We specialize in mental health, neurodiversity (such as ADHD and Autism) and chronic pain. We are a team of mental health professionals who believe in empowering wellness through knowledge, exploration and acceptance.
(506) 805-3341 View (506) 805-3341
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Kate Pinsonneault
Counsellor, MACP, RCC-ACS, CIMH, CCTP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
People who experience difficulties in their relationships have often been hurt in the past. If this happened in childhood, you may not even be aware of it or understand why you're reacting. I help individuals, couples and family members discover and heal old wounds from early trauma or past relationships. I offer a variety of therapeutic options so you can chose an approach that is comfortable for you. Each individual determines the goals, pace, and treatment options that are the best fit for them. My client-centred practise ensures that everyone is treated with respect, confidentiality, compassion and cultural sensitivity.
People who experience difficulties in their relationships have often been hurt in the past. If this happened in childhood, you may not even be aware of it or understand why you're reacting. I help individuals, couples and family members discover and heal old wounds from early trauma or past relationships. I offer a variety of therapeutic options so you can chose an approach that is comfortable for you. Each individual determines the goals, pace, and treatment options that are the best fit for them. My client-centred practise ensures that everyone is treated with respect, confidentiality, compassion and cultural sensitivity.
(855) 982-1185 View (855) 982-1185
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Tanya Helle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
My name is Tanya, and I would be honoured to be part of your journey towards greater wholeness, healing and connection. I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of British Columbia and have over 11 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including community mental health counselling, outreach based social work, as well as working with LGBTQI+ communities. I am passionate about mental health and my goal as a counsellor is to help you learn to see yourself as you truly are; a person who is deeply worthy of love, belonging and joy.
My name is Tanya, and I would be honoured to be part of your journey towards greater wholeness, healing and connection. I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of British Columbia and have over 11 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including community mental health counselling, outreach based social work, as well as working with LGBTQI+ communities. I am passionate about mental health and my goal as a counsellor is to help you learn to see yourself as you truly are; a person who is deeply worthy of love, belonging and joy.
(778) 770-5417 View (778) 770-5417
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Mamatoto Counselling
Counsellor, BHSc, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
After 10 years of working with women and their families as a midwife, I am pleased to work with women and families in a counselling capacity. My practice is accessible to new mothers and mothers-to-be in clinic, on Skype and in clients homes. I offer individual, group and family counselling. After a practicum with CYMH I am passionate about working with children and often treat the family as an interconnected system.
After 10 years of working with women and their families as a midwife, I am pleased to work with women and families in a counselling capacity. My practice is accessible to new mothers and mothers-to-be in clinic, on Skype and in clients homes. I offer individual, group and family counselling. After a practicum with CYMH I am passionate about working with children and often treat the family as an interconnected system.
(844) 553-8131 View (844) 553-8131
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Kelly McManus
Psychologist, PhD, R, Psych
Verified Verified
Courtenay, BC V9N
Dr. Kelly McManus has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for over 12 years in various mental health settings as a Psychologist and as Registered Clinical Counsellor. Dr. McManus also has a Masters Degree in Education. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses integrative, strengths-focused, evidenced-based therapy. Her education includes theory and practice in the major approaches in Psychology including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Narrative. Dr. McManus tailors her approach to your particular needs, goals, and preferences. Dr. McManus also takes ICBC and Veteran's Affairs clients.
Dr. Kelly McManus has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for over 12 years in various mental health settings as a Psychologist and as Registered Clinical Counsellor. Dr. McManus also has a Masters Degree in Education. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses integrative, strengths-focused, evidenced-based therapy. Her education includes theory and practice in the major approaches in Psychology including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Narrative. Dr. McManus tailors her approach to your particular needs, goals, and preferences. Dr. McManus also takes ICBC and Veteran's Affairs clients.
(855) 463-2706 View (855) 463-2706
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Lisa Klco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD(c), MSW, MACP, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Courtenay, BC V9N
My primary work is in sexual, and complex mental health concerns. I have extensive training in ISTDP, Direct Neurofeedback (DNF), and behavioral approaches such as CBT, and DBT. This makes me highly effective working with disorders such as anxiety, depression, BPD, addictions, pain and medically complex conditions. My diverse range of skills, such including harassment investigation, and conflict resolution mediation, with my 25 years in the military proves me to be a very direct clinician. I work with individuals, couples and families/supports with varied needs. Most importantly, I strive to provide a safe space for all clients.
My primary work is in sexual, and complex mental health concerns. I have extensive training in ISTDP, Direct Neurofeedback (DNF), and behavioral approaches such as CBT, and DBT. This makes me highly effective working with disorders such as anxiety, depression, BPD, addictions, pain and medically complex conditions. My diverse range of skills, such including harassment investigation, and conflict resolution mediation, with my 25 years in the military proves me to be a very direct clinician. I work with individuals, couples and families/supports with varied needs. Most importantly, I strive to provide a safe space for all clients.
(888) 981-8124 View (888) 981-8124

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Number of Counsellors in Courtenay, BC

100+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in Courtenay, BC who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
78% Depression
76% Stress
74% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
73% Grief
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

52% Green Shield Canada
52% Pacific Blue Cross
50% SunLife

How Counsellors in Courtenay, BC see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
13% Male
1% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in Courtenay?

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.