Therapists in West End, Vancouver, BC

Photo of Neda Kerdar, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Neda Kerdar
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
I'm not here to instruct you on how to live your life or to criticize the way you already do. I'm here to give you a safe space to express yourself and let go of the burden of having to carry it all alone. You are likely here at this time in your life because you are sick of telling yourself stories that don't suit your best interests or the best version of yourself. Reconnecting with the part of you that knows you deserve to be happy is my aim in helping you. In our work together I will help you get in touch with your own knowing and tap into your strengths.
I'm not here to instruct you on how to live your life or to criticize the way you already do. I'm here to give you a safe space to express yourself and let go of the burden of having to carry it all alone. You are likely here at this time in your life because you are sick of telling yourself stories that don't suit your best interests or the best version of yourself. Reconnecting with the part of you that knows you deserve to be happy is my aim in helping you. In our work together I will help you get in touch with your own knowing and tap into your strengths.
(819) 414-2774 View (819) 414-2774
Photo of Minoo Asadi, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Minoo Asadi
Counsellor, PhD, RCC
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G
Are you feeling anxious and cannot figure out why ? when working with my clients my goal is to help them and manage their feeling more effectively , i have over 10 years experience working with individual , couples , families , children and adolescents .Some areas of my expertise include Depression , anxiety , anger issue ,stress management,trauma, Grief and loss , marriage issue , divorce recovery , infidelity ,trust issues , self esteem , self confidence and eating disorder
Are you feeling anxious and cannot figure out why ? when working with my clients my goal is to help them and manage their feeling more effectively , i have over 10 years experience working with individual , couples , families , children and adolescents .Some areas of my expertise include Depression , anxiety , anger issue ,stress management,trauma, Grief and loss , marriage issue , divorce recovery , infidelity ,trust issues , self esteem , self confidence and eating disorder
(604) 359-6121 View (604) 359-6121
Photo of Scott R Hildebrandt, Registered Psychotherapist in West End, Vancouver, BC
Scott R Hildebrandt
Registered Psychotherapist, RCC, MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I use an integrative, holistic, and evidence-based approach to therapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, complex trauma, grief and loss self-esteem issues, addictions, life transitions, as well as dysfunctional relationships and family dynamics. I work with individuals and couples.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I use an integrative, holistic, and evidence-based approach to therapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, ADHD, complex trauma, grief and loss self-esteem issues, addictions, life transitions, as well as dysfunctional relationships and family dynamics. I work with individuals and couples.
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Photo of Ella Scaglione, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Ella Scaglione
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
Currently taking clients / Clients come to me to me with a desire to reclaim parts of themselves that are buried under trauma, anxiety, self-judgement, and perfectionism. They feel as though the fundamental spark at the core of their being is lost, tarnished, and far out of reach. As such, they rightfully long for the fullness of their being and it is a privilege to help them rediscover it.
Currently taking clients / Clients come to me to me with a desire to reclaim parts of themselves that are buried under trauma, anxiety, self-judgement, and perfectionism. They feel as though the fundamental spark at the core of their being is lost, tarnished, and far out of reach. As such, they rightfully long for the fullness of their being and it is a privilege to help them rediscover it.
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Photo of Cathrine Chambers - Trauma - Anxiety - Chronic Illness Counselling, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Cathrine Chambers - Trauma - Anxiety - Chronic Illness Counselling
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCC
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G
Welcome, I’m Cathrine. I believe that relationships to ourselves, one another, the land, and all living beings have the ability to inspire, heal, and transform us. Throughout my own healing journey, I have come to believe that experiences of deep connection, wholeness, and happiness are not only possible, but are our unique birthright as humans. If you are looking to explore, discover, or reconnect with your most authentic Self and live more fully from a place of integrity and self-compassion, my approach may be a good fit for you.
Welcome, I’m Cathrine. I believe that relationships to ourselves, one another, the land, and all living beings have the ability to inspire, heal, and transform us. Throughout my own healing journey, I have come to believe that experiences of deep connection, wholeness, and happiness are not only possible, but are our unique birthright as humans. If you are looking to explore, discover, or reconnect with your most authentic Self and live more fully from a place of integrity and self-compassion, my approach may be a good fit for you.
(431) 814-7243 View (431) 814-7243
Photo of Sophie Vinette, Registered Social Worker in West End, Vancouver, BC
Sophie Vinette
Registered Social Worker, MSW, AT, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E  (Online Only)
You want to move forward and live your best life but you know something's holding you back. You're feeling stuck and it's created a sense of failure, as if you "should" be farther ahead by now. What you need is someone who is equipped to help you process your grief or your trauma. To bring you to the other side of depression or burnout. To help clear your anxiety once and for all. To give you support that's useful as you navigate a big life change. Doing this for my clients is my passion and I am committed to getting you to the other side of this!
You want to move forward and live your best life but you know something's holding you back. You're feeling stuck and it's created a sense of failure, as if you "should" be farther ahead by now. What you need is someone who is equipped to help you process your grief or your trauma. To bring you to the other side of depression or burnout. To help clear your anxiety once and for all. To give you support that's useful as you navigate a big life change. Doing this for my clients is my passion and I am committed to getting you to the other side of this!
(236) 302-3457 View (236) 302-3457
Photo of Dr. Jelica Todosijevic Registered Psychologist, Psychologist in West End, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Jelica Todosijevic Registered Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6Z  (Online Only)
I know that it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help at times when we feel distressed, overwhelmed, vulnerable, confused, wrought with sadness, shame, hurt, guilt, intense worry... Some of us have been told or made feel that we do not deserve better, or that we are not good enough, or smart enough, or thin enough, or strong enough, or funny enough... Sometimes we seek refuge in food, alcohol, drugs, sex, or self-harm to cope with the belief that we can never feel differently about ourselves or the world.
I know that it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help at times when we feel distressed, overwhelmed, vulnerable, confused, wrought with sadness, shame, hurt, guilt, intense worry... Some of us have been told or made feel that we do not deserve better, or that we are not good enough, or smart enough, or thin enough, or strong enough, or funny enough... Sometimes we seek refuge in food, alcohol, drugs, sex, or self-harm to cope with the belief that we can never feel differently about ourselves or the world.
(778) 233-0972 View (778) 233-0972
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Turning Tides Counselling & Coaching
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G
Hello, I am a trauma-informed counsellor with a passion for helping clients overcome complex trauma/CPTSD. Are you struggling with emotional pain, trauma, or difficult life transitions? Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed, and are seeking support to move forward in your life? Are you wishing to feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental space. Are your goals to develop healthier coping skills, build resilience, and find meaning and purpose in your life? Do you want to heal from your past experiences and improve your emotional well-being, so you can lead a fulfilling life? If so I can help you.
Hello, I am a trauma-informed counsellor with a passion for helping clients overcome complex trauma/CPTSD. Are you struggling with emotional pain, trauma, or difficult life transitions? Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed, and are seeking support to move forward in your life? Are you wishing to feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental space. Are your goals to develop healthier coping skills, build resilience, and find meaning and purpose in your life? Do you want to heal from your past experiences and improve your emotional well-being, so you can lead a fulfilling life? If so I can help you.
(672) 202-2092 View (672) 202-2092
Photo of Naomi Galinski, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Naomi Galinski
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
You dream of running away to somewhere quiet and hide from the world, like a cabin in the forest or the beach. You feel overwhelmed and burned out. You struggle to get out of bed every day and question your whole life. Everything is falling apart, and you know you can’t keep up. The pressure is too much. Maybe you pushed so far that you got chronically ill, like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or depression. You ask yourself, “How did I get here?” You know something must change, but the task feels daunting. Where do you even begin?
You dream of running away to somewhere quiet and hide from the world, like a cabin in the forest or the beach. You feel overwhelmed and burned out. You struggle to get out of bed every day and question your whole life. Everything is falling apart, and you know you can’t keep up. The pressure is too much. Maybe you pushed so far that you got chronically ill, like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or depression. You ask yourself, “How did I get here?” You know something must change, but the task feels daunting. Where do you even begin?
(365) 607-5547 View (365) 607-5547
Photo of Karla Memoria, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Karla Memoria
Counsellor, PhD, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC-BCACC) based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am also a psychologist in Brazil registered with CRP RJ with more than 17 years of experience. I have a PhD in Psychology (UFF Brazil) in which I researched how to improve the care midwives provide to women, newborns and families. I am also a certified maternal mental health service provider with Postpartum Support International - PSI, USA.
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC-BCACC) based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am also a psychologist in Brazil registered with CRP RJ with more than 17 years of experience. I have a PhD in Psychology (UFF Brazil) in which I researched how to improve the care midwives provide to women, newborns and families. I am also a certified maternal mental health service provider with Postpartum Support International - PSI, USA.
(365) 536-2438 View (365) 536-2438
Photo of Scott Walter in West End, Vancouver, BC
Scott Walter
MA, BBA, BED
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E  (Online Only)
Scott is honoured to be able to provide counselling services to Canadians online and by phone. Scott works with individuals looking for support with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, conflict, relationship issues, and more. He takes a non-judgemental and empathetic approach to getting to know his clients. He seeks to create a safe space for clients to express their full range of emotions and find relief. He will provide encouragement, professional insight, and a caring approach.
Scott is honoured to be able to provide counselling services to Canadians online and by phone. Scott works with individuals looking for support with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, conflict, relationship issues, and more. He takes a non-judgemental and empathetic approach to getting to know his clients. He seeks to create a safe space for clients to express their full range of emotions and find relief. He will provide encouragement, professional insight, and a caring approach.
(343) 453-5806 View (343) 453-5806
Photo of Gloria Thiessen, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Gloria Thiessen
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CYT-500, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
Does it feel as if life's become too much of a struggle? Where there's too much chaos and confusion inside? You know in your heart you want to leave it all behind, but you've felt caught in its maze for so very long. It's been painful. The struggle's become too much to bear. You want to break free, follow your heart, live life the way you know you need to. Except it's come to the point now where you realize, you just can't do this alone.
Does it feel as if life's become too much of a struggle? Where there's too much chaos and confusion inside? You know in your heart you want to leave it all behind, but you've felt caught in its maze for so very long. It's been painful. The struggle's become too much to bear. You want to break free, follow your heart, live life the way you know you need to. Except it's come to the point now where you realize, you just can't do this alone.
(343) 453-2580 View (343) 453-2580
Photo of Anna Iskra, Art Therapist in West End, Vancouver, BC
Anna Iskra
Art Therapist, BA, DKATI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
Have you experienced loss or grief? Are there significant changes in your life that create anxiety or depression? Maybe you just recently moved or immigrated? You lost your job, or home, or loved one? You can’t find the energy to interact with people around you, or are you feeling so anxious that you prefer staying alone? If you do not know who to talk to or how to feel safe, there is hope. Sometimes, you feel confused, misunderstood, or misinterpreted. You are looking for clarity and direction.
Have you experienced loss or grief? Are there significant changes in your life that create anxiety or depression? Maybe you just recently moved or immigrated? You lost your job, or home, or loved one? You can’t find the energy to interact with people around you, or are you feeling so anxious that you prefer staying alone? If you do not know who to talk to or how to feel safe, there is hope. Sometimes, you feel confused, misunderstood, or misinterpreted. You are looking for clarity and direction.
(343) 309-9960 View (343) 309-9960
Photo of Monica Queiroz, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Monica Queiroz
Counsellor, BAcc, RTC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E
Sometimes life events make us feel as if we are inside a tornado or stuck in a fog. I’ve been there myself, I know how it feels. It caused me to lose touch with my true self and cross paths with anxiety & depression decades ago. Finding my way back to myself was so impactful that I left a solid career in corporate to become a Registered Counsellor. If you find yourself lost in that fog battling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, relationships or disconnected from your true self, I am here to help you clear the way so you can reclaim your true self again, mind, body & soul. :)
Sometimes life events make us feel as if we are inside a tornado or stuck in a fog. I’ve been there myself, I know how it feels. It caused me to lose touch with my true self and cross paths with anxiety & depression decades ago. Finding my way back to myself was so impactful that I left a solid career in corporate to become a Registered Counsellor. If you find yourself lost in that fog battling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, relationships or disconnected from your true self, I am here to help you clear the way so you can reclaim your true self again, mind, body & soul. :)
(778) 901-2250 View (778) 901-2250
Photo of Maëlle Léna Richard, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Maëlle Léna Richard
Counsellor, MCP , RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E
Many people turn to therapy when they feel stuck, seeking guidance through life's various challenges. Whether it's your first time in therapy or have previous experience, finding the 'right fit' with your therapist is key. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress, dealing with the effects of trauma, facing relationship challenges, grappling with addiction issues, or identity questions, I'm here to offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be heard, explore, and heal. My goal is to help you deepen your self-awareness to achieve meaningful changes in your life.
Many people turn to therapy when they feel stuck, seeking guidance through life's various challenges. Whether it's your first time in therapy or have previous experience, finding the 'right fit' with your therapist is key. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress, dealing with the effects of trauma, facing relationship challenges, grappling with addiction issues, or identity questions, I'm here to offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be heard, explore, and heal. My goal is to help you deepen your self-awareness to achieve meaningful changes in your life.
(365) 977-1455 View (365) 977-1455
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Jasbir (Jas) Khurana
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E  (Online Only)
0ver 15 years of experience in Mental Health, I have dedicated a career supporting adults addressing challenges related to Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss, Life/Role Transitions, Relationship Problems and Communication, Addictive Behaviors, Anxiety and Depression. Therapy can be a personal and supportive journey to help you realize your strengths, goals and dreams as you try to overcome many of these challenges. As a therapist who identifies as older, male “person of colour", and an ally of LGBTQ+ populations, I bring to counselling a unique perspective and also acknowledge that it is your story to tell and therefore must be honored.
0ver 15 years of experience in Mental Health, I have dedicated a career supporting adults addressing challenges related to Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss, Life/Role Transitions, Relationship Problems and Communication, Addictive Behaviors, Anxiety and Depression. Therapy can be a personal and supportive journey to help you realize your strengths, goals and dreams as you try to overcome many of these challenges. As a therapist who identifies as older, male “person of colour", and an ally of LGBTQ+ populations, I bring to counselling a unique perspective and also acknowledge that it is your story to tell and therefore must be honored.
(705) 710-2585 View (705) 710-2585
Photo of Kim Wong, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Kim Wong
Counsellor, RCC, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6E  (Online Only)
Having worked in the social services sector for the past 15 years or so, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact of empathic understanding and compassionate care. My experiences have taught me the power of reclaiming and reconstructing one’s story and my aim as a registered clinical counsellor is to support you towards a healthier sense of self and well-being. My integrative approach is thus strength-based and person-centred, working collaboratively with you to deconstruct unhelpful patterns and beliefs, while fostering resiliency, growth, and emotional agility.
Having worked in the social services sector for the past 15 years or so, I have seen firsthand the transformative impact of empathic understanding and compassionate care. My experiences have taught me the power of reclaiming and reconstructing one’s story and my aim as a registered clinical counsellor is to support you towards a healthier sense of self and well-being. My integrative approach is thus strength-based and person-centred, working collaboratively with you to deconstruct unhelpful patterns and beliefs, while fostering resiliency, growth, and emotional agility.
(343) 801-3091 View (343) 801-3091
Photo of Abby Rizzolo, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Abby Rizzolo
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Abby and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Reaching out for support is sometimes half the battle, and you are almost there. Whether you’re struggling with stress or anxiety, exploring queer experiences, or have mental health concerns, my goal is to offer you a soft place to find your ground. We will combine my knowledge and training with your intuition to navigate your needs. Together, we can build a trusting relationship where you feel safe to unravel difficult thoughts and feelings, move through painful experiences, and explore your identity and relationships.
Hi there! My name is Abby and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Reaching out for support is sometimes half the battle, and you are almost there. Whether you’re struggling with stress or anxiety, exploring queer experiences, or have mental health concerns, my goal is to offer you a soft place to find your ground. We will combine my knowledge and training with your intuition to navigate your needs. Together, we can build a trusting relationship where you feel safe to unravel difficult thoughts and feelings, move through painful experiences, and explore your identity and relationships.
(709) 401-0145 View (709) 401-0145
Photo of Mari Felipe, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Mari Felipe
Counsellor, MA, RTC, SEP
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G
My practice focuses on the therapeutic power of the arts using self-exploration, creative expression and play. I work with individuals and groups who are experiencing life transitions, challenges, creative blocks or interested in alternatives to talk therapy. I support children and adolescents facing behavioural issues or having difficulty relating to their peers and family. In groups of two or more we explore the richness and challenges of coexistence using alternative and wider forms of dialogue and exploration. I integrate Somatic Experiencing® techniques into my practice.
My practice focuses on the therapeutic power of the arts using self-exploration, creative expression and play. I work with individuals and groups who are experiencing life transitions, challenges, creative blocks or interested in alternatives to talk therapy. I support children and adolescents facing behavioural issues or having difficulty relating to their peers and family. In groups of two or more we explore the richness and challenges of coexistence using alternative and wider forms of dialogue and exploration. I integrate Somatic Experiencing® techniques into my practice.
(819) 803-0073 View (819) 803-0073
Photo of Shelley Ugyan, Counsellor in West End, Vancouver, BC
Shelley Ugyan
Counsellor, MC, BCEd
Verified Verified
West End, Vancouver, BC V6G  (Online Only)
Shelley Ugyan, RRC, is an acclaimed author, speaker and has over 15 years experience in mental and holistic health. Her evidence based tools including Cognitive Behavioural reconditioning as well as psychodynamic, relational and hypnosis approaches set you on a path to direct healing, starting immediately after the first 90 minute session. Her approach is genuine, empowering and powerful. Healing is probable, and happens as a result of conscious daily actions and unconscious dynamics that shift as a result of this process. Shelley loves to work with individuals who are ready and willing to change their thinking to heal for life.
Shelley Ugyan, RRC, is an acclaimed author, speaker and has over 15 years experience in mental and holistic health. Her evidence based tools including Cognitive Behavioural reconditioning as well as psychodynamic, relational and hypnosis approaches set you on a path to direct healing, starting immediately after the first 90 minute session. Her approach is genuine, empowering and powerful. Healing is probable, and happens as a result of conscious daily actions and unconscious dynamics that shift as a result of this process. Shelley loves to work with individuals who are ready and willing to change their thinking to heal for life.
(604) 330-1410 View (604) 330-1410

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Number of Counsellors in West End, Vancouver, BC

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in West End, Vancouver, BC who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
85% Depression
85% Self Esteem
83% Relationship Issues
81% Stress
76% Trauma and PTSD
72% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

54% SunLife
51% Pacific Blue Cross
47% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in West End, Vancouver, BC see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in West End, Vancouver?

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.