Therapists in British Columbia

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Meghan Thom
Counsellor, MA, RCC, DMT
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8Z
An old soul that grew up in the Scottish countryside, Meghan brings a wisdom and depth to therapy that can be hard to find. You will leave sessions feeling genuinely listened to and understood, while also making clear progress towards a better life for yourself. You will be met exactly where you are at and work together to get a better understanding of where you have come from and how past life experiences have led you to be in this place. Meghan will support you towards greater self-awareness and compassion to alleviate unnecessary suffering. Lightness and humour in the therapy space also offer the opportunity to find joy.
An old soul that grew up in the Scottish countryside, Meghan brings a wisdom and depth to therapy that can be hard to find. You will leave sessions feeling genuinely listened to and understood, while also making clear progress towards a better life for yourself. You will be met exactly where you are at and work together to get a better understanding of where you have come from and how past life experiences have led you to be in this place. Meghan will support you towards greater self-awareness and compassion to alleviate unnecessary suffering. Lightness and humour in the therapy space also offer the opportunity to find joy.
(778) 608-5978 View (778) 608-5978
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Plum Blossom Counselling Inc.
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CSAT, SEP, CPTT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9A
Do you feel you’re not living the life that you want for yourself? Do you find that you repeat patterns of behaviour that you realize aren’t serving you and are keeping you from meaningful connections and intimate relationships? I can support you to heal from chemical and behavioural addictions (compulsive sexual behaviours, problematic pornography use, intimacy disorders, internet gaming), childhood, attachment, and/or family of origin wounds, unhealthy financial behaviours, and mental health (depression, anxiety, etc.). I work with individuals who have experienced trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, sexual trauma, and First Responders.
Do you feel you’re not living the life that you want for yourself? Do you find that you repeat patterns of behaviour that you realize aren’t serving you and are keeping you from meaningful connections and intimate relationships? I can support you to heal from chemical and behavioural addictions (compulsive sexual behaviours, problematic pornography use, intimacy disorders, internet gaming), childhood, attachment, and/or family of origin wounds, unhealthy financial behaviours, and mental health (depression, anxiety, etc.). I work with individuals who have experienced trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, sexual trauma, and First Responders.
(587) 404-4712 View (587) 404-4712
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Noke' Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Kristin! I have over ten years experience in walking alongside individuals who are going through difficulties, whether mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. My clinical approach is informed by my experience working in mental health and community services. I have had the privilege of supporting individuals on their path with depression, anxiety, (inter-generational) trauma, grief, chronic illness/pain, life transitions, and identity concerns. My perspective is that you are the expert of your own life and together we can create a safe space to explore your inner knowing and path forward.
Hi I'm Kristin! I have over ten years experience in walking alongside individuals who are going through difficulties, whether mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. My clinical approach is informed by my experience working in mental health and community services. I have had the privilege of supporting individuals on their path with depression, anxiety, (inter-generational) trauma, grief, chronic illness/pain, life transitions, and identity concerns. My perspective is that you are the expert of your own life and together we can create a safe space to explore your inner knowing and path forward.
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Susanne Gilby
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I offer counselling services for adult individuals and youth (16+) facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders or career transitions. My practice emphasizes the interconnection of mind and body, helping you to process your thoughts and emotions in an integrated way that supports deep and lasting change. With a background in community mental health, I am dedicated to providing a safe, empathic and judgement-free space for you to heal and grow.
I offer counselling services for adult individuals and youth (16+) facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders or career transitions. My practice emphasizes the interconnection of mind and body, helping you to process your thoughts and emotions in an integrated way that supports deep and lasting change. With a background in community mental health, I am dedicated to providing a safe, empathic and judgement-free space for you to heal and grow.
(250) 389-2819 x123 View (250) 389-2819 x123
Catherine Zieniewicz
Counsellor, MSc
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8Y  (Online Only)
For nearly a decade I have been providing counselling services to individuals and groups in private, not-for-profit, and clinical settings in Alberta and British Columbia. I am located in the Greater Victoria area, and enjoy providing a wide range of mental wellness support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, pain, chronic illness, grief, and more. I focus on client’s positive qualities and their strengths to assist them in generating effective solutions for issues they may be facing, facilitating positive growth through a relationship-driven integrative approach.
For nearly a decade I have been providing counselling services to individuals and groups in private, not-for-profit, and clinical settings in Alberta and British Columbia. I am located in the Greater Victoria area, and enjoy providing a wide range of mental wellness support for those experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, pain, chronic illness, grief, and more. I focus on client’s positive qualities and their strengths to assist them in generating effective solutions for issues they may be facing, facilitating positive growth through a relationship-driven integrative approach.
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Allura Sex Therapy Centre
Counsellor, MCP, RCC, CST
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Waitlist for new clients
At Allura, we know and understand that sexuality is one of the most fun but complicated parts of humanity, while also one of the hardest to find a safe and non-judgmental space to speak openly about. Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about your sexuality, sex life, or relationship? Do you wish for more connection and excitement with your partner? Do you sometimes feel stress or anxiety fill your life? We can help with that. Our clients are professionals, parents, sometimes monogamous and sometimes polyamorous, LGBTQ+ - but they all share one thing in common: they are struggling with their sexuality in some way.
At Allura, we know and understand that sexuality is one of the most fun but complicated parts of humanity, while also one of the hardest to find a safe and non-judgmental space to speak openly about. Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about your sexuality, sex life, or relationship? Do you wish for more connection and excitement with your partner? Do you sometimes feel stress or anxiety fill your life? We can help with that. Our clients are professionals, parents, sometimes monogamous and sometimes polyamorous, LGBTQ+ - but they all share one thing in common: they are struggling with their sexuality in some way.
(604) 245-1105 View (604) 245-1105
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Tasha Davidson
Counsellor, RCC, MA, YTT
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! First, I recognize how challenging starting the process of counselling may be. I aim to provide a safe and supportive space to work through whatever difficulties bring you here. I specialize in relationships (of all kinds), addictions, feelings of being stuck or overwhelmed, life's transitions, sex & intimacy and grief and loss. In addition to a Master's in Counselling Psychology, I have over 15 years of teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness. My approach is collaborative and client-focused, and I work with individuals of all genders, sexualities and intersectionalities.
Hi! First, I recognize how challenging starting the process of counselling may be. I aim to provide a safe and supportive space to work through whatever difficulties bring you here. I specialize in relationships (of all kinds), addictions, feelings of being stuck or overwhelmed, life's transitions, sex & intimacy and grief and loss. In addition to a Master's in Counselling Psychology, I have over 15 years of teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness. My approach is collaborative and client-focused, and I work with individuals of all genders, sexualities and intersectionalities.
(506) 805-3686 View (506) 805-3686
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Mandy Leinbach
Art Therapist, DVATI, RTC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8R
I specialize in working with individuals of all ages who have experienced Trauma, PTSD, and acquired brain injury. These experiences often manifest in challenges related to self-esteem, identity, feelings of isolation, and loss of hope. I am dedicated to helping individuals focus on emotional regulation, brain health, and overall well being. I aim to guide my clients towards a path of empowerment, and emotional regulation and resilience. By integrating neuroplasticity concepts with art therapy techniques, I help individuals explore their inner landscapes, gain insight, and transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
I specialize in working with individuals of all ages who have experienced Trauma, PTSD, and acquired brain injury. These experiences often manifest in challenges related to self-esteem, identity, feelings of isolation, and loss of hope. I am dedicated to helping individuals focus on emotional regulation, brain health, and overall well being. I aim to guide my clients towards a path of empowerment, and emotional regulation and resilience. By integrating neuroplasticity concepts with art therapy techniques, I help individuals explore their inner landscapes, gain insight, and transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
(431) 341-2508 View (431) 341-2508
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Carolynn Turner, Lavender Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Langley, BC V2Y
I am not currently accepting new individual clients directly. However, I am working with new clients in group therapy and offer groups for those who have lost a loved one in a traumatic way (e.g., murder, suicide, accident, unforeseen or untimely circumstance, etc), for those wishing to process trauma, for those interested in mediation, for teachers struggling with burnout, and for students in a Master's Degree program studying counselling, or new to the field of counselling.
I am not currently accepting new individual clients directly. However, I am working with new clients in group therapy and offer groups for those who have lost a loved one in a traumatic way (e.g., murder, suicide, accident, unforeseen or untimely circumstance, etc), for those wishing to process trauma, for those interested in mediation, for teachers struggling with burnout, and for students in a Master's Degree program studying counselling, or new to the field of counselling.
(778) 763-1352 View (778) 763-1352
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Westshore Counselling Services
Counsellor, MC, CHT, RCC, CCC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9B
Confidentiality / Non-judgement / Respect / Kindness. ​We offer assistance with anxiety, depression, anger, relationships, personal development, trauma, and so much more. See the GALLERY for interns, counsellors, and coach. Online booking is available. Credit card and eTransfer accepted.
Confidentiality / Non-judgement / Respect / Kindness. ​We offer assistance with anxiety, depression, anger, relationships, personal development, trauma, and so much more. See the GALLERY for interns, counsellors, and coach. Online booking is available. Credit card and eTransfer accepted.
(782) 825-0811 View (782) 825-0811
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Vanessa Luis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5L
Curiosity about the human experience is what motivates my work as a therapist, and I see healing as a creative and nonlinear process that happens through deepening one's awareness of their lived experience. No matter what you've been through or are actively going through, we can make space together to slow down, connect, process, and build self-compassion and curiosity. My hope is that you can cultivate meaning and grow stronger in your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around you.
Curiosity about the human experience is what motivates my work as a therapist, and I see healing as a creative and nonlinear process that happens through deepening one's awareness of their lived experience. No matter what you've been through or are actively going through, we can make space together to slow down, connect, process, and build self-compassion and curiosity. My hope is that you can cultivate meaning and grow stronger in your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around you.
(672) 784-0493 View (672) 784-0493
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Andrea Hendy
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Langley, BC V1M
Oftentimes we feel ‘stuck’ as though no movement forward is possible, or that our story is too complex to navigate and find healing from. Through my own experience, and in journeying alongside others, I have come to believe that freedom and life, even in the midst of significant pain and loss is possible. My clinical approach is unique, as I seek to incorporate the spiritual journey of the client, as understood through a Christian worldview, into the therapeutic process. I work using a parallel process of deepening your understanding of Self, and of God as you begin to reflect on your story.
Oftentimes we feel ‘stuck’ as though no movement forward is possible, or that our story is too complex to navigate and find healing from. Through my own experience, and in journeying alongside others, I have come to believe that freedom and life, even in the midst of significant pain and loss is possible. My clinical approach is unique, as I seek to incorporate the spiritual journey of the client, as understood through a Christian worldview, into the therapeutic process. I work using a parallel process of deepening your understanding of Self, and of God as you begin to reflect on your story.
(236) 458-0363 View (236) 458-0363
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Rhea Redivo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Penticton, BC V2A
Life is a journey, and like all journeys, the road can be unpredictable - sometimes smooth, other times rough. While we can handle most rough spots, sometimes we feel defeated by daily responsibilities, or generally exhausted, and we may not even know why. At times like this, it can help to explore what's going on with someone who is safe, supportive and understanding. Reaching out takes courage and wisdom. My goal is to walk with you through those rough times, offering hope, inspiration, skills and tools, and discovering your new best self. We learn and grow through challenges - let's take this road together.
Life is a journey, and like all journeys, the road can be unpredictable - sometimes smooth, other times rough. While we can handle most rough spots, sometimes we feel defeated by daily responsibilities, or generally exhausted, and we may not even know why. At times like this, it can help to explore what's going on with someone who is safe, supportive and understanding. Reaching out takes courage and wisdom. My goal is to walk with you through those rough times, offering hope, inspiration, skills and tools, and discovering your new best self. We learn and grow through challenges - let's take this road together.
(855) 976-2104 View (855) 976-2104
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Amelia Bradaric | Grief And Loss
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z  (Online Only)
I help my clients in the process of grief, trauma, life transitions and burnout. By integrating modalities such as Mindfulness, DBT, Somatic therapy and Internal Family Systems we are able to look at all aspects of the human experience. We can explore the impact these experiences have in your day-to-day life and the big picture. We will create an individualized and well-balanced approach to therapy by focusing on how you've been impacted, and develop tools and resources to support you in moving forward.
I help my clients in the process of grief, trauma, life transitions and burnout. By integrating modalities such as Mindfulness, DBT, Somatic therapy and Internal Family Systems we are able to look at all aspects of the human experience. We can explore the impact these experiences have in your day-to-day life and the big picture. We will create an individualized and well-balanced approach to therapy by focusing on how you've been impacted, and develop tools and resources to support you in moving forward.
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Dale MacIntyre
Counsellor, MDiv, RCC SEP
Verified Verified
Duncan, BC V9L
If you're looking for a counsellor you may be going through a crisis or experience chronic emotional pain, feel anxious and depressed or numb and shut down. You may be in a destructive cycle of compulsive, out-of-control behaviours - struggling with living in a chronic state of fight, flight, or disconnected freeze. You may be a compulsive people-pleaser, have difficulty setting boundaries, or be overcome with grief. And you may, in spite of honest effort, have discovered that anxiety and depression, cravings, loss of control, or carrying on despite negative consequences are beyond reason and willpower to overcome.
If you're looking for a counsellor you may be going through a crisis or experience chronic emotional pain, feel anxious and depressed or numb and shut down. You may be in a destructive cycle of compulsive, out-of-control behaviours - struggling with living in a chronic state of fight, flight, or disconnected freeze. You may be a compulsive people-pleaser, have difficulty setting boundaries, or be overcome with grief. And you may, in spite of honest effort, have discovered that anxiety and depression, cravings, loss of control, or carrying on despite negative consequences are beyond reason and willpower to overcome.
(778) 767-2393 View (778) 767-2393
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Josh Ivany
Counsellor, MASF, RCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Life can be really challenging. I believe that everyone has a unique story and I consider it a gift to be able to work with clients to pursue healing, wellness and fullness as they navigate through life’s challenges. For the past 12 years I have been helping people work through trauma and both the past and present impact this can have on us. I have personally dealt with anxiety for over 20 years so I understand the challenges that can come with overall mental health. Through the years I have accumulated many tools and techniques to help overcome the stressors of everyday life.
Life can be really challenging. I believe that everyone has a unique story and I consider it a gift to be able to work with clients to pursue healing, wellness and fullness as they navigate through life’s challenges. For the past 12 years I have been helping people work through trauma and both the past and present impact this can have on us. I have personally dealt with anxiety for over 20 years so I understand the challenges that can come with overall mental health. Through the years I have accumulated many tools and techniques to help overcome the stressors of everyday life.
(365) 652-3282 View (365) 652-3282
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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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Heart Tree Counselling
RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Helping you support your family- Tanya is a registered social worker with many years of experience working with children and families in various settings including government agencies and non-profit services. Tanya loves using her social work and clinical skills along with her creativity and passion for working with children and youth. She is a skilled, compassionate advocate and support for parents and caregivers, giving them insights, tools, and strategies to help their children grow and thrive.
Helping you support your family- Tanya is a registered social worker with many years of experience working with children and families in various settings including government agencies and non-profit services. Tanya loves using her social work and clinical skills along with her creativity and passion for working with children and youth. She is a skilled, compassionate advocate and support for parents and caregivers, giving them insights, tools, and strategies to help their children grow and thrive.
(672) 202-3413 View (672) 202-3413
Photo of Julia Blackwell, RCC, MCP, Counsellor
Julia Blackwell
Counsellor, RCC, MCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I invite you practice a few deep breaths as you reflect on aspects of your journey that led you to this page. Have you been feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Exhausted or drained? Perhaps seeking to to learn new coping tools or wanting to develop your self-care practices? When we bottle up emotions and feel disconnected to both ourselves and others it can be difficult to access healing, recovery, and growth. Counselling can provide a space to press pause from busyness or turmoil. Seeking a safe space to rest. reflect, and to feel restored.
I invite you practice a few deep breaths as you reflect on aspects of your journey that led you to this page. Have you been feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Exhausted or drained? Perhaps seeking to to learn new coping tools or wanting to develop your self-care practices? When we bottle up emotions and feel disconnected to both ourselves and others it can be difficult to access healing, recovery, and growth. Counselling can provide a space to press pause from busyness or turmoil. Seeking a safe space to rest. reflect, and to feel restored.
(778) 771-3438 View (778) 771-3438
Photo of Veronika Paukkunen, MA, RCC, Counsellor
Veronika Paukkunen
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6K
I work with children, youth, adults, couples and families including people from all backgrounds experiencing different challenges. I have worked with individuals struggling with relationships, intimate relationships, communication, grief, loss, addictions, substance misuse, trauma, sexual identity, coping with diagnoses, academic struggles, career challenges, body dissatisfaction, low-confidence, low-self esteem, depression, anxiety, OCD, personality disorders and bipolar. I guide my clients through the change they want to accomplish thus helping them cope better in the face of future challenges.
I work with children, youth, adults, couples and families including people from all backgrounds experiencing different challenges. I have worked with individuals struggling with relationships, intimate relationships, communication, grief, loss, addictions, substance misuse, trauma, sexual identity, coping with diagnoses, academic struggles, career challenges, body dissatisfaction, low-confidence, low-self esteem, depression, anxiety, OCD, personality disorders and bipolar. I guide my clients through the change they want to accomplish thus helping them cope better in the face of future challenges.
(778) 771-3860 View (778) 771-3860

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in British Columbia who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
83% Depression
78% Self Esteem
77% Relationship Issues
76% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

48% SunLife
46% Pacific Blue Cross
43% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in British Columbia see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in British Columbia?

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.