Therapists in Victoria, BC

Photo of Rachel Dee Athey, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Rachel Dee Athey
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
Waitlist for new clients
I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed approach. I engage collaboratively with my clients to understand what they are seeking from the therapeutic experience and the goals they may have. I tailor sessions and my approach based on my client's needs and prioritize their sense of safety at all times. I work relationally with clients and support them to explore how developmental experiences and internalized beliefs shape their current lived experience. I have a special interest in the physiological experience of trauma and anxiety and supporting folks to build resiliency through re-conditioning the nervous system.
I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed approach. I engage collaboratively with my clients to understand what they are seeking from the therapeutic experience and the goals they may have. I tailor sessions and my approach based on my client's needs and prioritize their sense of safety at all times. I work relationally with clients and support them to explore how developmental experiences and internalized beliefs shape their current lived experience. I have a special interest in the physiological experience of trauma and anxiety and supporting folks to build resiliency through re-conditioning the nervous system.
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Photo of Jenny Harris, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Jenny Harris
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8R  (Online Only)
My passion lies in partnering with clients to navigate life's challenges and foster personal growth, and I believe in the power of collaboration. With curiosity and respect for how your experiences and identities have shaped your values, beliefs, and goals, I can help you set goals, make decisions, and explore solutions. I offer support for those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting, boundary setting, navigating life transitions, healthy relationship building, and self-empowerment work. Each session will focus on what you feel is most important for you, using a strengths-based approach.
My passion lies in partnering with clients to navigate life's challenges and foster personal growth, and I believe in the power of collaboration. With curiosity and respect for how your experiences and identities have shaped your values, beliefs, and goals, I can help you set goals, make decisions, and explore solutions. I offer support for those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting, boundary setting, navigating life transitions, healthy relationship building, and self-empowerment work. Each session will focus on what you feel is most important for you, using a strengths-based approach.
(778) 763-1954 View (778) 763-1954
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Alexine Papp
Counsellor, MACF, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8V
Alexine has years of experience working with unique and complex individuals from general psychiatry and community populations, spanning a wide range of ages. Working with a trauma informed foundation with a multi-modal approach allows for sessions to be individually tailored and collaborative. Alexine specializes in complex trauma, mood disorders with a focus on bipolar, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety.
Alexine has years of experience working with unique and complex individuals from general psychiatry and community populations, spanning a wide range of ages. Working with a trauma informed foundation with a multi-modal approach allows for sessions to be individually tailored and collaborative. Alexine specializes in complex trauma, mood disorders with a focus on bipolar, emotional dysregulation, and anxiety.
(778) 762-3223 View (778) 762-3223
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Miranda Harvey
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8W
I am honoured your journey has led you here. Welcome. Whether you’re a young adult or elder, interested in individual or partnered counselling, I can help you manage stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and pain; improve your relationships; navigate grief and loss; and become better friends with yourself. I enjoy working with people of diverse backgrounds to situate problems in systems of influence, unveiling your inner resources by collaborating with you to connect your values and interests with your goals for meaningful transformation and life management.
I am honoured your journey has led you here. Welcome. Whether you’re a young adult or elder, interested in individual or partnered counselling, I can help you manage stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and pain; improve your relationships; navigate grief and loss; and become better friends with yourself. I enjoy working with people of diverse backgrounds to situate problems in systems of influence, unveiling your inner resources by collaborating with you to connect your values and interests with your goals for meaningful transformation and life management.
(289) 273-8838 View (289) 273-8838
Photo of Jacqueline MacLennan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Victoria, BC
Jacqueline MacLennan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, BEd
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8V
Saturday Appointments are Now Available. Are you experiencing increased stress & anxiety? As a seasoned psychotherapist I am confident our work together can help to alleviate your current symptoms while learning new ways of managing and thriving. Providing counselling support services for 25 plus years. My membership with the BC College of Social Worker ensures the public is protected. All MSW RSW's adhere to the highest ethical standards governing clinical social work practice. Finding the right therapist can be life changing! Let's begin.
Saturday Appointments are Now Available. Are you experiencing increased stress & anxiety? As a seasoned psychotherapist I am confident our work together can help to alleviate your current symptoms while learning new ways of managing and thriving. Providing counselling support services for 25 plus years. My membership with the BC College of Social Worker ensures the public is protected. All MSW RSW's adhere to the highest ethical standards governing clinical social work practice. Finding the right therapist can be life changing! Let's begin.
(778) 401-4685 View (778) 401-4685
Photo of Darcie Clarke, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Darcie Clarke
Counsellor, MC, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8W
Currently accepting new clients. I am inspired by the resiliency that can be found in people from all walks of life, and in every corner of the globe. I believe there is strength to be found in everyone, sometimes it just takes a nurturing hand, an understanding ear, and an open heart to create opportunity for individuals to find what is innately within themselves.
Currently accepting new clients. I am inspired by the resiliency that can be found in people from all walks of life, and in every corner of the globe. I believe there is strength to be found in everyone, sometimes it just takes a nurturing hand, an understanding ear, and an open heart to create opportunity for individuals to find what is innately within themselves.
(250) 884-0124 View (250) 884-0124
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Kathryn Als
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W  (Online Only)
Sometimes, all we need is someone to listen. I work with clients who feel like they need a compassionate, empathetic ear to listen to whatever they wish to work through. I strongly believe that everyone has the power, strength and agency to work through life's challenges and I'll make sure you feel like that while simultaneously helping you build your resilience and "coping skills toolkit" or simply giving you the space to talk and feel seen and heard.
Sometimes, all we need is someone to listen. I work with clients who feel like they need a compassionate, empathetic ear to listen to whatever they wish to work through. I strongly believe that everyone has the power, strength and agency to work through life's challenges and I'll make sure you feel like that while simultaneously helping you build your resilience and "coping skills toolkit" or simply giving you the space to talk and feel seen and heard.
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Photo of Phil Mach, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Victoria, BC
Phil Mach
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8V
Hi and thank you looking at my profile. I work mostly out of a strengths-based perspective which means that when we talk about the things you want to change in your life, I'm not only considering what you struggle with but also all the things that you're great at. In my experience, we all have skills and tools that we might not be aware of and part of my role is to uncover them with you. In some cases, we might also want to add to your toolkit to give you more options to deal with life's challenges. In the past, I've helped clients work through depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, communication skills, and trauma.
Hi and thank you looking at my profile. I work mostly out of a strengths-based perspective which means that when we talk about the things you want to change in your life, I'm not only considering what you struggle with but also all the things that you're great at. In my experience, we all have skills and tools that we might not be aware of and part of my role is to uncover them with you. In some cases, we might also want to add to your toolkit to give you more options to deal with life's challenges. In the past, I've helped clients work through depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, communication skills, and trauma.
(778) 557-3744 View (778) 557-3744
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Shelley Schulberg
Counsellor, MA, RCC, SEP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8P
I specialize in trauma work with youth and adults, helping individuals to process, transform, heal, and grow. I offer a non-judgemental, safe space and warm presence. I can help with low mood, mood swings, anxiety and panic, anger, PTSD, self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation, addictions, shame, early developmental attachment trauma, stress, balance, and life transitions. I am passionate about supporting and empowering people in their walk towards living their most fulfilling life. I draw upon a range of evidence based approaches (including Somatic Experiencing and CBT), which are tailored to fit your unique needs and goals.
I specialize in trauma work with youth and adults, helping individuals to process, transform, heal, and grow. I offer a non-judgemental, safe space and warm presence. I can help with low mood, mood swings, anxiety and panic, anger, PTSD, self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation, addictions, shame, early developmental attachment trauma, stress, balance, and life transitions. I am passionate about supporting and empowering people in their walk towards living their most fulfilling life. I draw upon a range of evidence based approaches (including Somatic Experiencing and CBT), which are tailored to fit your unique needs and goals.
(778) 400-4593 View (778) 400-4593
Photo of Amelia Lowe, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Amelia Lowe
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V
Not accepting new clients
I work to help clients gain a better understanding of their experiences and inherent worth. Together, we address their identified goals, reflect on and process experiences that may have been traumatic, challenge negative self-beliefs, and foster self-compassion. I strive to recognize intersectional factors that may impact client's, such as culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, etc. I am passionate about creating safer spaces for all communities, bodies, and backgrounds.
I work to help clients gain a better understanding of their experiences and inherent worth. Together, we address their identified goals, reflect on and process experiences that may have been traumatic, challenge negative self-beliefs, and foster self-compassion. I strive to recognize intersectional factors that may impact client's, such as culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, etc. I am passionate about creating safer spaces for all communities, bodies, and backgrounds.
(778) 767-2692 View (778) 767-2692
Photo of Leanne M Stepp, Registered Social Worker in Victoria, BC
Leanne M Stepp
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
If you are wondering if your life is "on the right path," you are not alone. One thing I've noticed as a helping professional for the past almost-20 years is how going through life transitions without guidance can lead to negative thoughts and self-blame or shame. Support and awareness in times of change means that the change process reflects your values and hopes for life. Therapy includes understanding two kinds of stories: the external stories that are told about us (usually these are very unfair!) and the internal stories that emerge in response (usually these are overly protective!). I will help you to break out of that cycle.
If you are wondering if your life is "on the right path," you are not alone. One thing I've noticed as a helping professional for the past almost-20 years is how going through life transitions without guidance can lead to negative thoughts and self-blame or shame. Support and awareness in times of change means that the change process reflects your values and hopes for life. Therapy includes understanding two kinds of stories: the external stories that are told about us (usually these are very unfair!) and the internal stories that emerge in response (usually these are overly protective!). I will help you to break out of that cycle.
(672) 572-2263 View (672) 572-2263
Photo of Guido Timmermans, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Guido Timmermans
Counsellor, MA(Psy), CCC, MScEng, PrE(SA)
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V9B
My therapy is about overcoming feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, or pain and developing ways to get the life you want. Many of us feel anxious and depressed about what is going on or worry about the future. If you are hurting those you love, you can change that. Do you need to handle your anger better? That is possible. Are you trying to survive a major loss? There is a way. If you have lost hope or don't know how to go about making these crucial adjustments, in our discussions you will develop insights to overcome these challenges, and learn about what needs to be done to achieve your goals, step by step.
My therapy is about overcoming feelings of anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, or pain and developing ways to get the life you want. Many of us feel anxious and depressed about what is going on or worry about the future. If you are hurting those you love, you can change that. Do you need to handle your anger better? That is possible. Are you trying to survive a major loss? There is a way. If you have lost hope or don't know how to go about making these crucial adjustments, in our discussions you will develop insights to overcome these challenges, and learn about what needs to be done to achieve your goals, step by step.
(866) 533-3743 View (866) 533-3743
Photo of South Island Counselling, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
South Island Counselling
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8P
South Island Counselling is a team of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Certified Counsellors, who offer counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Greater Victoria area. We can offer a unique experience to our clients as we have 10 clinical counsellors who can be matched to your specific needs. Our approaches can help with anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, trauma, family conflict, low self-esteem, marital conflict, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions, mood changes, gender identity, spiritual concerns and so much more.
South Island Counselling is a team of Registered Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Certified Counsellors, who offer counselling services to individuals, couples and families in the Greater Victoria area. We can offer a unique experience to our clients as we have 10 clinical counsellors who can be matched to your specific needs. Our approaches can help with anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, trauma, family conflict, low self-esteem, marital conflict, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions, mood changes, gender identity, spiritual concerns and so much more.
(672) 202-1356 x101 View (672) 202-1356 x101
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Vanya Laporte
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9E
I am committed to honouring the unique qualities of each individual and helping them explore their innate resources for well-being. Whether you are healing from a trauma, anxious about this stage in your life, or adapting to a changing world, we can work together to help you cultivate a more meaningful life and develop skills to navigate challenges. As both the Director and RCC at Thriving Roots Counselling Services, I support youth, couples, and families on their healing journeys, many who have been rediscovering their own gifts and resilience with my support.
I am committed to honouring the unique qualities of each individual and helping them explore their innate resources for well-being. Whether you are healing from a trauma, anxious about this stage in your life, or adapting to a changing world, we can work together to help you cultivate a more meaningful life and develop skills to navigate challenges. As both the Director and RCC at Thriving Roots Counselling Services, I support youth, couples, and families on their healing journeys, many who have been rediscovering their own gifts and resilience with my support.
(226) 400-2001 View (226) 400-2001
Photo of Angelina McOuat, Pre-Licensed Professional in Victoria, BC
Angelina McOuat
Pre-Licensed Professional, BRM, CNP, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V  (Online Only)
I aim to support your healing journey by providing a safe therapeutic environment along with a gentle and empathetic approach that is centred on collaboration. I believe in a holistic approach of exploring the whole person and acknowledging that everyone is unique. Understanding that one size does not fit all, I use an integrative approach to empower and help my clients.
I aim to support your healing journey by providing a safe therapeutic environment along with a gentle and empathetic approach that is centred on collaboration. I believe in a holistic approach of exploring the whole person and acknowledging that everyone is unique. Understanding that one size does not fit all, I use an integrative approach to empower and help my clients.
(672) 800-1510 View (672) 800-1510
Photo of Karla Dolinsky, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Karla Dolinsky
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
How do we move through pain, loss, frustration, trauma or anxiety unless we learn skills & gain new insights or perspectives to do so? There's no reason to be held back by the hurdles to change, to effective communication, greater collaboration and fundamental healing. Karla focuses on practical details for today as well as the larger life picture. We will identify & engage your existing strengths and abilities in addition to helping you master new skills and gain understanding of what is blocking you. Karla works with your unique situation of loss, trauma, relationship challenges & the demands or limitations of your present life.
How do we move through pain, loss, frustration, trauma or anxiety unless we learn skills & gain new insights or perspectives to do so? There's no reason to be held back by the hurdles to change, to effective communication, greater collaboration and fundamental healing. Karla focuses on practical details for today as well as the larger life picture. We will identify & engage your existing strengths and abilities in addition to helping you master new skills and gain understanding of what is blocking you. Karla works with your unique situation of loss, trauma, relationship challenges & the demands or limitations of your present life.
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Photo of Erin Kowlalewich, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Erin Kowlalewich
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9B  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Whether you seek anxiety/OCD management tools, wish to address past or recent trauma, hope to gain some support through life transitions, enhance accountability with your self-care goals, or just desire a place to explore and be.... I look forward to meeting you. I enjoy working with adult clients from all walks of life, and personalize sessions for my clients based on their goals and needs. I offer a student rate for those with University/College ID, and can direct bill for ICBC clients. Please contact me to set up your free, 15-minute consultation. Please email me to join the Spring 2024 waitlist!
Whether you seek anxiety/OCD management tools, wish to address past or recent trauma, hope to gain some support through life transitions, enhance accountability with your self-care goals, or just desire a place to explore and be.... I look forward to meeting you. I enjoy working with adult clients from all walks of life, and personalize sessions for my clients based on their goals and needs. I offer a student rate for those with University/College ID, and can direct bill for ICBC clients. Please contact me to set up your free, 15-minute consultation. Please email me to join the Spring 2024 waitlist!
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Photo of Maja Miljković, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Maja Miljković
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T  (Online Only)
Stressed, sad, numb, or just feeling lost? You don’t have to walk through it alone. I provide a welcoming, safe, and uplifting counselling experience where we will uncover what holds you back from feeling how you deserve to feel, and get you on your way to living life how you want to.
Stressed, sad, numb, or just feeling lost? You don’t have to walk through it alone. I provide a welcoming, safe, and uplifting counselling experience where we will uncover what holds you back from feeling how you deserve to feel, and get you on your way to living life how you want to.
(604) 283-6550 View (604) 283-6550
Photo of Karolien Vandersmissen, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Karolien Vandersmissen
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9C
I provide therapy for individuals and couples who are navigating life’s challenges and want to create meaningful change. Issues rarely stand alone, but affect and are influenced by various other aspects of daily life, such as our physical wellbeing, relationships, work, environmental and societal factors. I offer a judgment-free environment in which clients feel welcome, safe and heard. Through a collaborative, holistic approach we explore the challenges you are facing while incorporating and developing your inner strengths and resources and finding ways to increase your control.
I provide therapy for individuals and couples who are navigating life’s challenges and want to create meaningful change. Issues rarely stand alone, but affect and are influenced by various other aspects of daily life, such as our physical wellbeing, relationships, work, environmental and societal factors. I offer a judgment-free environment in which clients feel welcome, safe and heard. Through a collaborative, holistic approach we explore the challenges you are facing while incorporating and developing your inner strengths and resources and finding ways to increase your control.
(548) 490-2198 View (548) 490-2198
Photo of Naamat D, Pre-Licensed Professional in Victoria, BC
Naamat D
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8W  (Online Only)
Sometimes therapy feels scary and intimidating, I am here to be with you and provide a safe and comfortable place to share your stories. My approach is genuine and you'll find me an easy person to talk to. Working together in a professional relationship will help you free you from emotional pain and able to deal with life and discover meaning and purpose in relationships, family, friendships, and spirituality.
Sometimes therapy feels scary and intimidating, I am here to be with you and provide a safe and comfortable place to share your stories. My approach is genuine and you'll find me an easy person to talk to. Working together in a professional relationship will help you free you from emotional pain and able to deal with life and discover meaning and purpose in relationships, family, friendships, and spirituality.
(343) 453-5128 View (343) 453-5128

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Victoria, BC

800+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Victoria, BC who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
84% Depression
82% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
75% Stress
71% Trauma and PTSD
67% Grief

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

42% Pacific Blue Cross
42% SunLife
38% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in Victoria, BC see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
17% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Victoria?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.