Therapists in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC

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Jaclyn Kahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N  (Online Only)
I have over a decade of experience in the mental health field. I have extensive experience supporting adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal challenges, grief, loss & trauma, and have specialized training in eating disorders, substance use and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. I have experience working with individuals, couples and families.
I have over a decade of experience in the mental health field. I have extensive experience supporting adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal challenges, grief, loss & trauma, and have specialized training in eating disorders, substance use and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. I have experience working with individuals, couples and families.
(672) 906-0753 View (672) 906-0753
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Nadia Campitelli Expressive Arts Therapist
Counsellor, RTC, MAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
Come as you are. I am devoted to creating a safe and supportive atmosphere. Whether you come with overwhelming anxiety, depression, unworthiness, a history of abuse, trauma, disordered eating or want to work on improving unhealthy thought patterns - all is welcome. Expressive Arts Therapy is a non-invasive nourishment focused approach to therapy that uses direct experience through art making to tap into the senses in order to explore thoughts, patterns, and belief systems. No prior technical skill is necessary. I understand my immense responsibility not only as a space-holder but also as a witness to your vulnerability.
Come as you are. I am devoted to creating a safe and supportive atmosphere. Whether you come with overwhelming anxiety, depression, unworthiness, a history of abuse, trauma, disordered eating or want to work on improving unhealthy thought patterns - all is welcome. Expressive Arts Therapy is a non-invasive nourishment focused approach to therapy that uses direct experience through art making to tap into the senses in order to explore thoughts, patterns, and belief systems. No prior technical skill is necessary. I understand my immense responsibility not only as a space-holder but also as a witness to your vulnerability.
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Ana Atem
Counsellor, RTC, RPC-C, MSc, BSc
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Ana, I'm a Registered Counsellor, and my life's purpose is to help people heal and grow. Do you struggle with anxiety, grief, a challenging relationship, low self-worth, that affects your day-to-day life and relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry or flooded with emotions, by just getting through the day, and feeling stuck on autopilot? Do you hope that your life, relationships with others and yourself could be better? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious and uncertain about not knowing who they are, overcoming a breakup, working through a loss, or finding their place in life.
Hi there! My name is Ana, I'm a Registered Counsellor, and my life's purpose is to help people heal and grow. Do you struggle with anxiety, grief, a challenging relationship, low self-worth, that affects your day-to-day life and relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry or flooded with emotions, by just getting through the day, and feeling stuck on autopilot? Do you hope that your life, relationships with others and yourself could be better? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious and uncertain about not knowing who they are, overcoming a breakup, working through a loss, or finding their place in life.
(587) 404-2636 View (587) 404-2636
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Samudyatha Hiremagalore
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
Most people find themselves reaching out for therapy when feeling stuck, overwhelmed or struggling to navigate life. I enjoy walking alongside my clients on their unique journeys towards health, and love helping people transform internal conflicts, limiting self-beliefs, and old, unhelpful habits. It brings me joy to notice how the new self-awareness gained through the process of therapy provides the foundation for the change process. You can expect my warm, gentle and non-judgemental presence that will help create a safe, therapeutic space that invites both acceptance and transformation.
Most people find themselves reaching out for therapy when feeling stuck, overwhelmed or struggling to navigate life. I enjoy walking alongside my clients on their unique journeys towards health, and love helping people transform internal conflicts, limiting self-beliefs, and old, unhelpful habits. It brings me joy to notice how the new self-awareness gained through the process of therapy provides the foundation for the change process. You can expect my warm, gentle and non-judgemental presence that will help create a safe, therapeutic space that invites both acceptance and transformation.
(782) 400-0408 View (782) 400-0408
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Nicole Fofonoff
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
I support folks who may be struggling with feelings of anxiousness and depression, or who are in the perinatal/postpartum period. I dive with you into your past hurts, current coping strategies and thought patterns and support you in understanding where these came from and what we can do now to find some peace.
I support folks who may be struggling with feelings of anxiousness and depression, or who are in the perinatal/postpartum period. I dive with you into your past hurts, current coping strategies and thought patterns and support you in understanding where these came from and what we can do now to find some peace.
(587) 847-5513 View (587) 847-5513
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Georgia Schindler
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with trauma, anxiety, stress, addictions or low mood? I can help. I have extensive experience working with trauma, addictions, low mood, self-esteem issues and anxiety in private practice and in a treatment setting. Therapeutically, I know how important it is to have a sense of connection, and a non-judgemental person to listen and understand in times of struggle, change and growth. Mental health is a spectrum and many of us go will go through periods where we need support. I invite clients to get curious about what is happening for them and to engage in the therapeutic process with self-compassion and an open mind .
Do you struggle with trauma, anxiety, stress, addictions or low mood? I can help. I have extensive experience working with trauma, addictions, low mood, self-esteem issues and anxiety in private practice and in a treatment setting. Therapeutically, I know how important it is to have a sense of connection, and a non-judgemental person to listen and understand in times of struggle, change and growth. Mental health is a spectrum and many of us go will go through periods where we need support. I invite clients to get curious about what is happening for them and to engage in the therapeutic process with self-compassion and an open mind .
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Noel Tait
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, CCAC, BA
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
Are drugs and alcohol interfering with your life? Thinking about making some changes but now sure where to start? Are you concerned about a loved one and need some guidance and support? Call me - I can help. Together we can discover choice, find hope, and create a road map for what to do next. Compassion, understanding and empowerment have been central to my own journey of recovery and are at the heart of my approach. I'm a Nationally Certified Addictions Counsellor and have been involved in all facets of Addiction Recovery for over 15 years.
Are drugs and alcohol interfering with your life? Thinking about making some changes but now sure where to start? Are you concerned about a loved one and need some guidance and support? Call me - I can help. Together we can discover choice, find hope, and create a road map for what to do next. Compassion, understanding and empowerment have been central to my own journey of recovery and are at the heart of my approach. I'm a Nationally Certified Addictions Counsellor and have been involved in all facets of Addiction Recovery for over 15 years.
(778) 400-1387 View (778) 400-1387
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Lauren Buckley
Counsellor, MCAP-AT, RCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5P  (Online Only)
I work collaboratively, inter-sectionally and conscious of my clients lived experience and world view. I believe learning to become an authentic person is the ongoing journey we all undergo and with counselling, it can be a bit easier. I believe strongly in meeting an individual where they are presently and working alongside their own desires for change and growth. However, counselling is a safe space to work through these difficult parts so that you are able to take better control over your own life and live your life authentically.
I work collaboratively, inter-sectionally and conscious of my clients lived experience and world view. I believe learning to become an authentic person is the ongoing journey we all undergo and with counselling, it can be a bit easier. I believe strongly in meeting an individual where they are presently and working alongside their own desires for change and growth. However, counselling is a safe space to work through these difficult parts so that you are able to take better control over your own life and live your life authentically.
(438) 300-9183 View (438) 300-9183
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Spencer Walker
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
My client focus is working with neurodivergent people with conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities. Although these differences can be an asset in many situations, individuals may have difficulty navigating a world not necessarily designed for them. Feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, and low self esteem may linger from years of feeling misunderstood or being under-equipped in social, school or work settings. Exploring your strengths, obstacles and goals allow you to take charge of your mental health and work with your difference rather than against it.
My client focus is working with neurodivergent people with conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities. Although these differences can be an asset in many situations, individuals may have difficulty navigating a world not necessarily designed for them. Feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, and low self esteem may linger from years of feeling misunderstood or being under-equipped in social, school or work settings. Exploring your strengths, obstacles and goals allow you to take charge of your mental health and work with your difference rather than against it.
(587) 405-3108 View (587) 405-3108
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Joshua B Fishman
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
HI, I’m Josh, I know what it's like to be in crisis, in addiction, in depression, anxiety, to live in toxic relationships, to feel unworthy.   I also know that we can change our lives and be free.   I’m here to help you and empower you to start making healthy choices in your life, so that you can find true peace and happiness. For the past 9 years, I’ve been helping clients find their true path. Who is counseling and therapy for: If you are looking for relief from Anxiety and panic attacks,Grief and Loss, Stress ,Distress tolerance and Resilience,Sleep disturbance- let’s set up a clarity call and determine what best suits you.
HI, I’m Josh, I know what it's like to be in crisis, in addiction, in depression, anxiety, to live in toxic relationships, to feel unworthy.   I also know that we can change our lives and be free.   I’m here to help you and empower you to start making healthy choices in your life, so that you can find true peace and happiness. For the past 9 years, I’ve been helping clients find their true path. Who is counseling and therapy for: If you are looking for relief from Anxiety and panic attacks,Grief and Loss, Stress ,Distress tolerance and Resilience,Sleep disturbance- let’s set up a clarity call and determine what best suits you.
(581) 500-5360 View (581) 500-5360
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Andrea Araujo
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych, BCN
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
Dr. Araujo is a registered psychologist in BC, and BCIA Board Certified in Neurofeedback. She provides psychological and QEEG assessments and neurotherapy services for her clients. Her goal is to identify strengths, areas of dysfunction and improve mental health using neurofeedback as a treatment modality. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, autism, concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, depression, memory loss, PTSD/complex trauma, and sleep problems in adults and children. Neurofeedback and biofeedback can also be used to improve peak performance, meditation, heart rate variability, and lessen pain and inflammation in the brain.
Dr. Araujo is a registered psychologist in BC, and BCIA Board Certified in Neurofeedback. She provides psychological and QEEG assessments and neurotherapy services for her clients. Her goal is to identify strengths, areas of dysfunction and improve mental health using neurofeedback as a treatment modality. She specializes in ADHD, anxiety, autism, concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, depression, memory loss, PTSD/complex trauma, and sleep problems in adults and children. Neurofeedback and biofeedback can also be used to improve peak performance, meditation, heart rate variability, and lessen pain and inflammation in the brain.
(778) 719-5660 View (778) 719-5660
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Heidi Gray Psychotherapy
Counsellor, RCC, R/LMFT
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
Do you have trouble slowing down even when you don't have to be on? Is anxiety wreaking havoc on your relationships and your health? Does it feel like an alarm system is constantly going off in your mind and body? I get what that feels like and I am glad you are looking for help. So many people try to tough it out alone. Reaching out is smart, brave and the first step to getting your life back. Reach out for a free 15 minute consultation and start your journey to a safer, calmer, more peaceful center.
Do you have trouble slowing down even when you don't have to be on? Is anxiety wreaking havoc on your relationships and your health? Does it feel like an alarm system is constantly going off in your mind and body? I get what that feels like and I am glad you are looking for help. So many people try to tough it out alone. Reaching out is smart, brave and the first step to getting your life back. Reach out for a free 15 minute consultation and start your journey to a safer, calmer, more peaceful center.
(581) 481-8945 View (581) 481-8945
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Barbara Beach
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V
As a Registered Psychologist, I work from a positive place, seeing disordered behaviours as ways of coping that create problems as well as solves them. I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their goals and desires. We may use a motivational approach at first, if appropriate. Then we may focus on barriers to recovery, dysfunctional thinking, practical strategies for change, and past painful experiences or trauma, if relevant, using relationship-based, cognitive behaviour therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and emotion focused approaches. At the end of our session, I write my notes in the form of a letter to share.
As a Registered Psychologist, I work from a positive place, seeing disordered behaviours as ways of coping that create problems as well as solves them. I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their goals and desires. We may use a motivational approach at first, if appropriate. Then we may focus on barriers to recovery, dysfunctional thinking, practical strategies for change, and past painful experiences or trauma, if relevant, using relationship-based, cognitive behaviour therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and emotion focused approaches. At the end of our session, I write my notes in the form of a letter to share.
(866) 380-4110 View (866) 380-4110
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Caro Embling
Art Therapist, RCAT, BCATR
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
Hi, I am an art therapist. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, loneliness or who simply feel dissatisfied with their life and wish to maximize their well being and potential. I am comfortable working with all ages, genders, orientations, ethnicities and acknowledge the impact of colonization and systems of oppression on well being. I work collaboratively, with the belief that you have the inner resources; strengths, creativity, resilience and imagination to heal. I will provide a safe, gentle and compassionate space to help guide your journey of self-exploration and self- expression through art materials.
Hi, I am an art therapist. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, loneliness or who simply feel dissatisfied with their life and wish to maximize their well being and potential. I am comfortable working with all ages, genders, orientations, ethnicities and acknowledge the impact of colonization and systems of oppression on well being. I work collaboratively, with the belief that you have the inner resources; strengths, creativity, resilience and imagination to heal. I will provide a safe, gentle and compassionate space to help guide your journey of self-exploration and self- expression through art materials.
(867) 794-4633 View (867) 794-4633
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Sacha Rockliffe
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi, my name is Sacha Rockliffe (she/her) and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sexual Health Educator, and Certified Clinical Sexologist. I am a member of the queer community who specializes in working with 2SLGBTQ+ and neurodiverse clients. I offer individual counselling, couple/relationship counselling (ENM relationships welcome!), and social skills coaching for dating/relationships for adults and youth on the autism spectrum (PEERS certified).
Hi, my name is Sacha Rockliffe (she/her) and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sexual Health Educator, and Certified Clinical Sexologist. I am a member of the queer community who specializes in working with 2SLGBTQ+ and neurodiverse clients. I offer individual counselling, couple/relationship counselling (ENM relationships welcome!), and social skills coaching for dating/relationships for adults and youth on the autism spectrum (PEERS certified).
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Tangtang (Donna) Chen
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N
I support folks to reclaim, explore, and practice coming back to our bodies, feeling feelings, expanding relational possibilities, and embodying permission and more choices toward dignity, aliveness, connection, tenderness, ease, and pleasure. I approach therapeutic work from healing-centred, intersectional feminist, harm reduction, and decolonial frameworks and practices, and draw from interpersonal neurobiology, parts work, politicized somatics, and lineages of energetic medicine.
I support folks to reclaim, explore, and practice coming back to our bodies, feeling feelings, expanding relational possibilities, and embodying permission and more choices toward dignity, aliveness, connection, tenderness, ease, and pleasure. I approach therapeutic work from healing-centred, intersectional feminist, harm reduction, and decolonial frameworks and practices, and draw from interpersonal neurobiology, parts work, politicized somatics, and lineages of energetic medicine.
(587) 800-3556 View (587) 800-3556
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Monica L Pearson
Counsellor, MSc, RCC, (C)CGC
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5T
Often becoming a parent- or struggling to become one- can leave us vulnerable and anxious in a way we have never before experienced. I feel a strong calling to offer help to individuals and families journeying through the reproductive years. I want to support you through struggles with fertility, or the grief after pregnancy loss. I can help with traumatic birth experiences, difficulties transitioning to parenthood, or relationship difficulties associated with any of these events.
Often becoming a parent- or struggling to become one- can leave us vulnerable and anxious in a way we have never before experienced. I feel a strong calling to offer help to individuals and families journeying through the reproductive years. I want to support you through struggles with fertility, or the grief after pregnancy loss. I can help with traumatic birth experiences, difficulties transitioning to parenthood, or relationship difficulties associated with any of these events.
(604) 330-1520 View (604) 330-1520
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Rachelle Sayers
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5V  (Online Only)
My aim is to help folks get to the bottom of their concerns, and to support them in making meaningful changes in their lives. Sometimes we have the sense that something is not quite right, even if we cannot pinpoint what exactly it is. Other times we may want to get out of our heads and feel more present. Whatever your concern, I am here to support you in discerning what it is that’s in the way from allowing you to live the life you want to live. Together, you and I will work to identify and unpack your lived experiences and the values that inform where it is you want to go.
My aim is to help folks get to the bottom of their concerns, and to support them in making meaningful changes in their lives. Sometimes we have the sense that something is not quite right, even if we cannot pinpoint what exactly it is. Other times we may want to get out of our heads and feel more present. Whatever your concern, I am here to support you in discerning what it is that’s in the way from allowing you to live the life you want to live. Together, you and I will work to identify and unpack your lived experiences and the values that inform where it is you want to go.
(807) 808-5360 View (807) 808-5360
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Ryan Salter
Counsellor, RCC, MA
Verified Verified
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5N  (Online Only)
These brains of ours don't come with instruction manuals - figuring out how to navigate life is tough enough, but can sometimes seem impossible when we experience mental health difficulties. I specialize in working with people with BPD (attachment trauma), anxiety and OCD, couples, and folks who have complex difficulties and may have received multiple diagnoses. Therapy can be a strange process, I try to make it simple and straightforward. We get to know each other, and figure out if we’re a good fit. We get a clear picture of what the problems are, and what’s going wrong (and what’s going right) in your life.
These brains of ours don't come with instruction manuals - figuring out how to navigate life is tough enough, but can sometimes seem impossible when we experience mental health difficulties. I specialize in working with people with BPD (attachment trauma), anxiety and OCD, couples, and folks who have complex difficulties and may have received multiple diagnoses. Therapy can be a strange process, I try to make it simple and straightforward. We get to know each other, and figure out if we’re a good fit. We get a clear picture of what the problems are, and what’s going wrong (and what’s going right) in your life.
(844) 387-3580 View (844) 387-3580
Photo of Andrea Harowitz Live Well Dbt Program, Occupational Therapist in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC
Andrea Harowitz Live Well Dbt Program
Occupational Therapist, BScOT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC V5T  (Online Only)
The people I work with often tell me they experience intense, difficult emotions that are hard to control, often leading to harmful coping behaviours and relationship turmoil. Taking a behavioural approach, we work together to develop strategies and tools that support a more fulfilling life—what is referred to in DBT as a "life experienced as worth living.” Wellness tools and strategies we use are informed by DBT, ACT, CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy, but I believe it is the trusting and supportive relationship we build that forms the foundation upon which this challenging yet rewarding work is done.
The people I work with often tell me they experience intense, difficult emotions that are hard to control, often leading to harmful coping behaviours and relationship turmoil. Taking a behavioural approach, we work together to develop strategies and tools that support a more fulfilling life—what is referred to in DBT as a "life experienced as worth living.” Wellness tools and strategies we use are informed by DBT, ACT, CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy, but I believe it is the trusting and supportive relationship we build that forms the foundation upon which this challenging yet rewarding work is done.
(226) 799-6255 View (226) 799-6255

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Number of Counsellors in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC

80+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
83% Self Esteem
80% Life Transitions
79% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
71% Grief
71% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

58% SunLife
55% Pacific Blue Cross
52% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, BC see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver?

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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.