Therapists in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC

Photo of Christina C Chen, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Christina C Chen
Counsellor, BEd, M Ed , RCC
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward in life? Are you struggling to better relationships with significant others? Do you feel anxious and pessimistic about the future? Is your life changing in profound ways that feel daunting and unmanageable? Life’s challenges can overwhelm us and rob us of the balance we need for maintaining personal wellness, positive relationships, and meaningful work. At times we can drown in our negative voices that keep us emotionally stuck and physically depleted. With a witnessing and compassionate therapist, we can transform you journey to one of healing, meaning, and positive connections.
Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward in life? Are you struggling to better relationships with significant others? Do you feel anxious and pessimistic about the future? Is your life changing in profound ways that feel daunting and unmanageable? Life’s challenges can overwhelm us and rob us of the balance we need for maintaining personal wellness, positive relationships, and meaningful work. At times we can drown in our negative voices that keep us emotionally stuck and physically depleted. With a witnessing and compassionate therapist, we can transform you journey to one of healing, meaning, and positive connections.
(604) 999-8828 View (604) 999-8828
Photo of Jordan Levi-Matin, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Jordan Levi-Matin
Counsellor, RCC, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Clients typically see me for issues ranging from depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems, to loneliness, anger, and the increasingly common 'trifecta' of addictions: tech, porn, and recreational substances. I regularly work with people from multicultural backgrounds, and those confronting crises of worldview, identity and belief. This includes clients struggling with their own cultural and religious upbringing, or changes in ideology and self-image. I also have an interest in the management of chronic pain and illness.
Clients typically see me for issues ranging from depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems, to loneliness, anger, and the increasingly common 'trifecta' of addictions: tech, porn, and recreational substances. I regularly work with people from multicultural backgrounds, and those confronting crises of worldview, identity and belief. This includes clients struggling with their own cultural and religious upbringing, or changes in ideology and self-image. I also have an interest in the management of chronic pain and illness.
(604) 227-1740 View (604) 227-1740
Photo of Jonathan Carter, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Jonathan Carter
Counsellor, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6P  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients; No referral necessary; CVAP & FNAH approved therapist; When we set out on life's journey we all have expectations of what life is going to give us and how life is going to turn out. We all have a sense of how life operates and what we need to do to get on in the world. However, as we move through life our initial views can be altered and our worldviews can be shaped unexpectedly leaving us at a loss. Does this resonate? Are you feeling like life looks different than you expected? Are you finding it difficult to engage in life in a meaningful way? Then it's important for you to know that you are not alone.
Accepting new clients; No referral necessary; CVAP & FNAH approved therapist; When we set out on life's journey we all have expectations of what life is going to give us and how life is going to turn out. We all have a sense of how life operates and what we need to do to get on in the world. However, as we move through life our initial views can be altered and our worldviews can be shaped unexpectedly leaving us at a loss. Does this resonate? Are you feeling like life looks different than you expected? Are you finding it difficult to engage in life in a meaningful way? Then it's important for you to know that you are not alone.
(825) 251-2848 View (825) 251-2848
Photo of Irene Nizzero in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Irene Nizzero
MA, PCC
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
I am a Certified Personal and Executive Coach, who can help you reach untapped potential in any area of your life. I am passionate about, and highly skilled at, helping you improve your career path or work experience, get the most out of your relationships, and improve your overall well-being, on multiple levels. Do you feel like you're overly stressed, or pulled in too many directions? Are you struggling to get recognized for the talents you know you have? My coaching skills can help you turn these challenges into victories.
I am a Certified Personal and Executive Coach, who can help you reach untapped potential in any area of your life. I am passionate about, and highly skilled at, helping you improve your career path or work experience, get the most out of your relationships, and improve your overall well-being, on multiple levels. Do you feel like you're overly stressed, or pulled in too many directions? Are you struggling to get recognized for the talents you know you have? My coaching skills can help you turn these challenges into victories.
(705) 482-0164 View (705) 482-0164
Photo of Joie d'une vie authentique, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Joie d'une vie authentique
Counsellor, PhD
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M  (Online Only)
My Soul Mind Body Alignment holistic modality accelerates the transformational process at many levels simultaneously. Helping my clients discover their true self and living according to their values and life purpose are my goals for each person I encounter. Childhood traumas and their associated negative messages can be dissolved and transformed rapidly with EMDR. I offer a unique approach based on 5,000 years of ancient wisdom of unifying soul heart mind and body as One. With simple practices and tools, my clients are empowered to live a more fulfilling, happier and healthier life. C'est un honneur de vous accompagner!
My Soul Mind Body Alignment holistic modality accelerates the transformational process at many levels simultaneously. Helping my clients discover their true self and living according to their values and life purpose are my goals for each person I encounter. Childhood traumas and their associated negative messages can be dissolved and transformed rapidly with EMDR. I offer a unique approach based on 5,000 years of ancient wisdom of unifying soul heart mind and body as One. With simple practices and tools, my clients are empowered to live a more fulfilling, happier and healthier life. C'est un honneur de vous accompagner!
(778) 770-1846 View (778) 770-1846
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Colleen Marcoux
Pre-Licensed Professional, MC, BA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
My name is Colleen, and I am a practicum student completing a Master of Counselling degree. Holding a BA in psychology and sociology from MacEwan University, I have been fascinated by the field of psychology with a deeply rooted desire to help others for as long as I can remember. Through compassion, collaboration, warmth, and humour, I strive to support my clients' growth, as they discover their strengths, find accessible solutions, and create meaningful change through transformative and empowering therapeutic work. My empathetic, kind, and non-judgemental nature allows me to foster therapeutic relationships of care with ease.
My name is Colleen, and I am a practicum student completing a Master of Counselling degree. Holding a BA in psychology and sociology from MacEwan University, I have been fascinated by the field of psychology with a deeply rooted desire to help others for as long as I can remember. Through compassion, collaboration, warmth, and humour, I strive to support my clients' growth, as they discover their strengths, find accessible solutions, and create meaningful change through transformative and empowering therapeutic work. My empathetic, kind, and non-judgemental nature allows me to foster therapeutic relationships of care with ease.
(236) 837-0372 View (236) 837-0372
Photo of Becky Leung, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Becky Leung
Counsellor, RCC, MIOP, MSocSc
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M  (Online Only)
I specialize in guiding individuals through various life challenges, helping adults, teenagers, children, and families find their way to psychological well-being. My expertise lies in treating a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety (such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.), behavioral problems, relational issues, and parenting challenges. I am also skilled in crisis management, providing support and guidance during times of acute distress.
I specialize in guiding individuals through various life challenges, helping adults, teenagers, children, and families find their way to psychological well-being. My expertise lies in treating a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety (such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.), behavioral problems, relational issues, and parenting challenges. I am also skilled in crisis management, providing support and guidance during times of acute distress.
(581) 880-0343 View (581) 880-0343
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Galen Hutcheson
Counsellor, MA, DVATI, RCC
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M  (Online Only)
Galen primarily works with adults and teens and also provides clinical consultation. If life feels harder than you think it should, you’re not alone. These times are hard and Humaning is not for the faint of heart. The good news is there is help & we all need help sometimes. My clients report that they feel cared about and supported. They tell me that together we meet emotions and challenges in a way that helps them connect with their own power, voice, vitality and joy. Life gets easier and feels better. We go there together gently with care, respect & warmth.
Galen primarily works with adults and teens and also provides clinical consultation. If life feels harder than you think it should, you’re not alone. These times are hard and Humaning is not for the faint of heart. The good news is there is help & we all need help sometimes. My clients report that they feel cared about and supported. They tell me that together we meet emotions and challenges in a way that helps them connect with their own power, voice, vitality and joy. Life gets easier and feels better. We go there together gently with care, respect & warmth.
(782) 400-0583 View (782) 400-0583
Photo of Dr. Michael Dayan, Family Counsellor, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Michael Dayan, Family Counsellor
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
I have acquired over 20,000 hours direct clinical experience. I have run depression-treatment psycho-education groups in Outpatient Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital. As a university instructor I taught thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. I have mentored practicum and internship students at the beginning of their careers as well as professionals in development. I have been a consultant on Intergenerational and Intercultural communications. I have spoken at corporate events on burnout, corporate divorce, family succession, major life transitions, high-stakes decision-making, and existential crises.
I have acquired over 20,000 hours direct clinical experience. I have run depression-treatment psycho-education groups in Outpatient Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital. As a university instructor I taught thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. I have mentored practicum and internship students at the beginning of their careers as well as professionals in development. I have been a consultant on Intergenerational and Intercultural communications. I have spoken at corporate events on burnout, corporate divorce, family succession, major life transitions, high-stakes decision-making, and existential crises.
(778) 761-4400 View (778) 761-4400
Photo of Sheila Johal, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Sheila Johal
Counsellor, MEd, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Developing a trusting and safe relationship is foundational to Sheila’s therapeutic practice. She creates warm and nurturing environment where clients feel understood and respected. Sheila understands that seeking therapy for oneself or a loved one can feel vulnerable. Clients are supported to feel a sense of security and are empowered to be their authentic self while working with Sheila. She has worked in the school system for 25 years. Sheila's continued employment in schools enhances her ability to connect with children and families though a trauma informed lens.
Developing a trusting and safe relationship is foundational to Sheila’s therapeutic practice. She creates warm and nurturing environment where clients feel understood and respected. Sheila understands that seeking therapy for oneself or a loved one can feel vulnerable. Clients are supported to feel a sense of security and are empowered to be their authentic self while working with Sheila. She has worked in the school system for 25 years. Sheila's continued employment in schools enhances her ability to connect with children and families though a trauma informed lens.
(431) 441-2941 View (431) 441-2941
Photo of Leah Dhahan, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Leah Dhahan
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6N  (Online Only)
Welcome! Are you struggling to set boundaries and speak your truth in relationships? Are you currently experiencing emotional abuse or seeking support for childhood trauma? Do you find yourself struggling with anger, anxiety, or unpleasant feelings and emotions and wondering where to start? Would you like to develop tools and strategies to build stronger personal boundaries and better relationships with others? I can help…
Welcome! Are you struggling to set boundaries and speak your truth in relationships? Are you currently experiencing emotional abuse or seeking support for childhood trauma? Do you find yourself struggling with anger, anxiety, or unpleasant feelings and emotions and wondering where to start? Would you like to develop tools and strategies to build stronger personal boundaries and better relationships with others? I can help…
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Photo of Doug Adams, Psychologist in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Doug Adams
Psychologist, BA, MA, EdD
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Psychotherapy is an unusual but important relationship, based on talking with a trained and trusted resource, in confidence. It is a collaborative process, one of teamwork and shared expertise; you from your perceptions and your life, me from my skills and knowledge and awareness. Therapy consists of care and encouragement and also a guided enquiry, to help you sort through concerning aspects of your life so that you can improve your well-being, your emotional and mental health, your relationships, and your behaviors.
Psychotherapy is an unusual but important relationship, based on talking with a trained and trusted resource, in confidence. It is a collaborative process, one of teamwork and shared expertise; you from your perceptions and your life, me from my skills and knowledge and awareness. Therapy consists of care and encouragement and also a guided enquiry, to help you sort through concerning aspects of your life so that you can improve your well-being, your emotional and mental health, your relationships, and your behaviors.
(855) 410-7339 View (855) 410-7339
Photo of Ania Malewicz, Registered Social Worker in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Ania Malewicz
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M  (Online Only)
Are you seeking more ease in your life? Are you struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, or challenges in your relationships? Do you ever wonder if things could improve and you could experience more joy in life? My goal is to support you through that change. Some of my focus areas are Complex PTSD, developmental trauma, psychedelic integration, navigating relational difficulties, boundaries, coping strategies, stress management, addictions, living authentically, supporting self-esteem, shifting patterns, and mindfulness.
Are you seeking more ease in your life? Are you struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, or challenges in your relationships? Do you ever wonder if things could improve and you could experience more joy in life? My goal is to support you through that change. Some of my focus areas are Complex PTSD, developmental trauma, psychedelic integration, navigating relational difficulties, boundaries, coping strategies, stress management, addictions, living authentically, supporting self-esteem, shifting patterns, and mindfulness.
(581) 221-3431 View (581) 221-3431
Photo of Michelle Marshman, Registered Social Worker in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Michelle Marshman
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MACP, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M  (Online Only)
Now Offering 30 MIN Sessions as well as 60 MIN sessions. Virtual Care. Sometimes things don't go as we expected, and it can have a significant impact on how we think and feel. Relationships, of all kinds, can be challenging, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Problems can feel like they are taking up all the space in your mind, and weighing you completely down. I can help you unravel those thoughts and feelings, cope, and find happiness again. About me: I grew up in Iqaluit and, later, Yellowknife - I've lived all over Canada and am a passionate mental health advocate. NIHB/MMIWG provider.
Now Offering 30 MIN Sessions as well as 60 MIN sessions. Virtual Care. Sometimes things don't go as we expected, and it can have a significant impact on how we think and feel. Relationships, of all kinds, can be challenging, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Problems can feel like they are taking up all the space in your mind, and weighing you completely down. I can help you unravel those thoughts and feelings, cope, and find happiness again. About me: I grew up in Iqaluit and, later, Yellowknife - I've lived all over Canada and am a passionate mental health advocate. NIHB/MMIWG provider.
(226) 407-9120 View (226) 407-9120
Photo of Flowa Grace Therapy, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Flowa Grace Therapy
Counsellor, MPsych, BA, CHN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Working from a body-mind framework, you are able to move through and release blocks that are holding you back from living your most authentic and purposeful life. Online, in-office, and nature therapy for individuals, couples, and families is offered. "I felt heard as I talked with her. I was a able to let go and fully express what I needed to say and I felt comfortable and safe." - FL “I would recommend Flowa to anyone. She is an expert at creating a warm and accepting space; allowing you to heal and release the thoughts and energies you need." - SC
Working from a body-mind framework, you are able to move through and release blocks that are holding you back from living your most authentic and purposeful life. Online, in-office, and nature therapy for individuals, couples, and families is offered. "I felt heard as I talked with her. I was a able to let go and fully express what I needed to say and I felt comfortable and safe." - FL “I would recommend Flowa to anyone. She is an expert at creating a warm and accepting space; allowing you to heal and release the thoughts and energies you need." - SC
(604) 409-4226 View (604) 409-4226
Photo of Joney Poon, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Joney Poon
Counsellor, RCH, ACCT, PAP
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6P
For the brave souls (individuals or couples) seeking transformative therapy, life's complexities can be overwhelming. You've likely felt the exhaustion, questioning, "Can I catch a break?" I've been there too, understanding that inner stories may surface as anxiety, depression, or feeling stuck. Together, we navigate this journey. My nurturing, collaborative approach merges quantum-inspired therapy with harm-reduction plant medicine, aiming for deep self-understanding, reconnecting you with yourself, others, and the vast universe. It's time to reclaim your narrative.
For the brave souls (individuals or couples) seeking transformative therapy, life's complexities can be overwhelming. You've likely felt the exhaustion, questioning, "Can I catch a break?" I've been there too, understanding that inner stories may surface as anxiety, depression, or feeling stuck. Together, we navigate this journey. My nurturing, collaborative approach merges quantum-inspired therapy with harm-reduction plant medicine, aiming for deep self-understanding, reconnecting you with yourself, others, and the vast universe. It's time to reclaim your narrative.
(902) 706-5094 View (902) 706-5094
Photo of Rami Nijjar, Psychologist in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Rami Nijjar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
Not accepting new clients
Whether it be conflict, lack of close connections, or traumatic memories of abuse, disruptions in our relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, and a range of addictions, unhealthy eating behaviours, and chronic pain. Effective therapy offers a unique relationship with a non-judgmental, highly-skilled professional who can help you safely explore the reasons for your distress. I believe that everyone has the right and the potential to be happy and act in their own best interest. I am dedicated to helping you uncover obstacles to your own well-being and support you on your journey to better health and improved relationships.
Whether it be conflict, lack of close connections, or traumatic memories of abuse, disruptions in our relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, and a range of addictions, unhealthy eating behaviours, and chronic pain. Effective therapy offers a unique relationship with a non-judgmental, highly-skilled professional who can help you safely explore the reasons for your distress. I believe that everyone has the right and the potential to be happy and act in their own best interest. I am dedicated to helping you uncover obstacles to your own well-being and support you on your journey to better health and improved relationships.
(604) 256-1703 View (604) 256-1703
Photo of Rebecca Rauscher, Counsellor in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Rebecca Rauscher
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6M
I have over fifteen years experience as a helping professional, first as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with a diverse range of issues such as adjusting to a new diagnosis (e.g. cancer), living with a chronic illness, grief, loss, anxiety, changes in mood, emotional dysregulation, and and changes in life roles. I also work with depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
I have over fifteen years experience as a helping professional, first as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with a diverse range of issues such as adjusting to a new diagnosis (e.g. cancer), living with a chronic illness, grief, loss, anxiety, changes in mood, emotional dysregulation, and and changes in life roles. I also work with depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
(604) 265-9362 View (604) 265-9362
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Nelson Sacristan
Counsellor, MA, CSAT, CASAC, LMHC, CMAT
Verified Verified
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6P  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the time to check out this profile. I have been working in the addiction field for over 25 years. I am a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist, Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist and a Rainbow Advocate through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. I also have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked extensively with families and partners of people with addictions. I truly enjoy helping people understand addiction, its dynamics, and its impact on self and others. I walk alongside my clients in recovery, and that is extremely rewarding.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this profile. I have been working in the addiction field for over 25 years. I am a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist, Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist and a Rainbow Advocate through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. I also have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked extensively with families and partners of people with addictions. I truly enjoy helping people understand addiction, its dynamics, and its impact on self and others. I walk alongside my clients in recovery, and that is extremely rewarding.
(778) 764-1954 View (778) 764-1954
Photo of Dr. Paulo Matos, Psychologist in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Paulo Matos
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC V6P  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychologist with a combined 25+ years of education and experience in psychotherapy. I have extensive experience helping with diverse concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and life transitions. I specialize in two areas: helping people overcome trauma/PTSD in individual therapy and improving relationships through couples therapy. I have a special interest in working with military veterans, first responders, public safety personnel, and health care professionals. I have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology and master’s degrees from Harvard University (Ed.M.) and UBC (M.A.).
I am a Registered Psychologist with a combined 25+ years of education and experience in psychotherapy. I have extensive experience helping with diverse concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and life transitions. I specialize in two areas: helping people overcome trauma/PTSD in individual therapy and improving relationships through couples therapy. I have a special interest in working with military veterans, first responders, public safety personnel, and health care professionals. I have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology and master’s degrees from Harvard University (Ed.M.) and UBC (M.A.).
(855) 910-8444 View (855) 910-8444

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Number of Counsellors in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC who prioritize treating:

85% Anxiety
82% Stress
79% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
74% Depression
69% Life Transitions
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% SunLife
54% Great-West Life
54% Pacific Blue Cross

How Counsellors in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Kerrisdale, 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.