Therapists in K1P

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Sameen Salim
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, LCT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Licensed Counselling Therapist with the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick (CCTNB). Through working in community settings, I have gained experience working with a diverse clientele, presenting many different concerns (such as anxiety, depression, trauma, gender-based violence, etc.).
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Licensed Counselling Therapist with the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick (CCTNB). Through working in community settings, I have gained experience working with a diverse clientele, presenting many different concerns (such as anxiety, depression, trauma, gender-based violence, etc.).
(343) 801-1801 View (343) 801-1801
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Aroha Pride Counselling & Consulting
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
Everyone needs some extra support sometimes. With Aroha Counselling, our mental health professionals support people who are coping with a range of experiences. Our practices are framed within an anti-oppressive, queer affirming, anti-racist, sex positive, trauma informed, and harm reduction lens. Clients can expect a welcoming and stigma free counselling environment. We provide services to anyone in need of support from all walks of life and have additional specialization in providing informed services to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Please note that all of our services are virtual.
(306) 994-6967 View (306) 994-6967
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Christie Lim
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA(c), RP(Q)
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Navigating the walk of life can be isolating and challenging for many of us at times but it does not have to be this way. As a therapist, my passion lies in creating a safe and empathetic space to help clients uncover what is contributing to their struggles. I strongly believe people have the resiliency to overcome challenges. Thus, my aim in therapy is to collaborate with clients to cultivate inner strength and positive growth to live a more enjoyable and meaningful life.
Navigating the walk of life can be isolating and challenging for many of us at times but it does not have to be this way. As a therapist, my passion lies in creating a safe and empathetic space to help clients uncover what is contributing to their struggles. I strongly believe people have the resiliency to overcome challenges. Thus, my aim in therapy is to collaborate with clients to cultivate inner strength and positive growth to live a more enjoyable and meaningful life.
(343) 308-3553 View (343) 308-3553
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Melisa Arias-Valenzuela
Psychologist, CPsych, PhD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Waitlist for new clients
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Ontario and I hold a doctoral degree in Psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.) from the Université du Québec à Montréal. I provide psychological assessments and psychotherapy at my clinic, Uprise Psychology & Wellness, to adults and teens suffering from eating disorders and body image concerns, as well as adults struggling with perinatal mental health difficulties, including postpartum depression, birth trauma, pregnancy loss and infertility. I also have experience working with people suffering from Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma-Related Disorders as well as other difficulties.
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Ontario and I hold a doctoral degree in Psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.) from the Université du Québec à Montréal. I provide psychological assessments and psychotherapy at my clinic, Uprise Psychology & Wellness, to adults and teens suffering from eating disorders and body image concerns, as well as adults struggling with perinatal mental health difficulties, including postpartum depression, birth trauma, pregnancy loss and infertility. I also have experience working with people suffering from Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma-Related Disorders as well as other difficulties.
(613) 909-6078 View (613) 909-6078
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Jaswir Dhillon
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and career and workplace difficulties. I specialize in the treatment of childhood and intergenerational trauma. I can help you calm dysregulated nervous system responses, deepen your understanding of yourself, increase emotional awareness and improve emotional regulation, work with you to confront and shift self-limiting beliefs and response patterns, and help you cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.
I work with individuals and couples who are experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and career and workplace difficulties. I specialize in the treatment of childhood and intergenerational trauma. I can help you calm dysregulated nervous system responses, deepen your understanding of yourself, increase emotional awareness and improve emotional regulation, work with you to confront and shift self-limiting beliefs and response patterns, and help you cultivate self-acceptance and self-love.
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The Joy of Living
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed or working about too much in your life, or perhaps frustrated and stuck in your personal or work relationships? Perhaps a past negative experience is making you feel unable to move forward. Many people who are struggling with uncertainty have a hard time knowing what direction to go in. It may be that you’ve tried to handle things on your own, or put off reaching out for support because you feel you should be able to work through your challenges by yourself. Sometimes everyone around you seems to have answers, but all you feel is confused. Mostly, you don’t want to let others down and feel that you might.
Are you feeling stressed or working about too much in your life, or perhaps frustrated and stuck in your personal or work relationships? Perhaps a past negative experience is making you feel unable to move forward. Many people who are struggling with uncertainty have a hard time knowing what direction to go in. It may be that you’ve tried to handle things on your own, or put off reaching out for support because you feel you should be able to work through your challenges by yourself. Sometimes everyone around you seems to have answers, but all you feel is confused. Mostly, you don’t want to let others down and feel that you might.
(437) 747-5866 View (437) 747-5866
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Natalie Armbruster
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Natalie is a registered psychotherapist-qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP). Natalie is a certified trauma professional (CTP) and she works with a variety of clients providing a range of support for anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, and overall wellbeing. Natalie utilizes an integrative therapeutic orientation drawing from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy (SFT), person centered therapy (PCT), existential therapy, and internal family systems theory (IFS).
Natalie is a registered psychotherapist-qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP). Natalie is a certified trauma professional (CTP) and she works with a variety of clients providing a range of support for anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, and overall wellbeing. Natalie utilizes an integrative therapeutic orientation drawing from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy (SFT), person centered therapy (PCT), existential therapy, and internal family systems theory (IFS).
(343) 453-4182 View (343) 453-4182
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Mackenzie Bacon
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
While trying to balance life’s many responsibilities, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. During this time, you deserve to feel heard and understood. My goal as a therapist is to provide you with a safe environment where you can open up about your experience and learn the skills needed to create positive change in your life. I take a client-centred approach to counselling, where I conceptualize you as the expert on your own life.
While trying to balance life’s many responsibilities, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. During this time, you deserve to feel heard and understood. My goal as a therapist is to provide you with a safe environment where you can open up about your experience and learn the skills needed to create positive change in your life. I take a client-centred approach to counselling, where I conceptualize you as the expert on your own life.
(343) 341-4962 View (343) 341-4962
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Diana Alexandra Moldoveanu
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q), CCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
You sometimes find yourself in overwhelming situations that diminish your ability to function or to feel well. Could this mean that you need to clarify what's best for you? Build more meaning and purpose in life? Or learn to make decisions and solve life problems more effectively? Counselling can help you achieve these and other exciting goals through such elements as self-knowledge, a clear mindset, optimism, assertiveness, and non-violent communication. Drawing on the latest client-centred therapies, I am skilled at adapting my approach to serve your specific needs.
You sometimes find yourself in overwhelming situations that diminish your ability to function or to feel well. Could this mean that you need to clarify what's best for you? Build more meaning and purpose in life? Or learn to make decisions and solve life problems more effectively? Counselling can help you achieve these and other exciting goals through such elements as self-knowledge, a clear mindset, optimism, assertiveness, and non-violent communication. Drawing on the latest client-centred therapies, I am skilled at adapting my approach to serve your specific needs.
(343) 307-0626 View (343) 307-0626
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Maryanne Nicholls
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed or working about too much in your life, or perhaps frustrated and stuck in your personal or work relationships? Perhaps a past negative experience is making you feel unable to move forward. Many people who are struggling with uncertainty have a hard time knowing what direction to go in. It may be that you’ve tried to handle things on your own, or put off reaching out for support because you feel you should be able to work through your challenges by yourself. Sometimes everyone around you seems to have answers, but all you feel is confused. Mostly, you don’t want to let others down and feel that you might.
Are you feeling stressed or working about too much in your life, or perhaps frustrated and stuck in your personal or work relationships? Perhaps a past negative experience is making you feel unable to move forward. Many people who are struggling with uncertainty have a hard time knowing what direction to go in. It may be that you’ve tried to handle things on your own, or put off reaching out for support because you feel you should be able to work through your challenges by yourself. Sometimes everyone around you seems to have answers, but all you feel is confused. Mostly, you don’t want to let others down and feel that you might.
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Solace Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story”….. a variety of experiences studying, working and volunteering in Iran, Turkey, and here in Canada, all of which have contributed to my personal and professional education. As a psychotherapist, I have worked cross-culturally with clients with a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues, personality disorders, life transitions and many other psychological problems. I also worked with children with cognitive disabilities, Autism, and ADHD…. “So, let me pour you a cup of tea, and let’s talk”
“I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story”….. a variety of experiences studying, working and volunteering in Iran, Turkey, and here in Canada, all of which have contributed to my personal and professional education. As a psychotherapist, I have worked cross-culturally with clients with a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship issues, personality disorders, life transitions and many other psychological problems. I also worked with children with cognitive disabilities, Autism, and ADHD…. “So, let me pour you a cup of tea, and let’s talk”
(343) 341-6982 View (343) 341-6982
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Lori de Laplante
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P
(PLEASE NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS). I am a registered psychologist providing assessment and treatment to adults for common psychological problems as well as physical health problems or emotional issues and traumas. Physical health problems include chronic or terminal illnesses, medical conditions exacerbated by stress, and physical symptoms that doctors are unable to fully explain or treat (e.g., chronic pain, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities). Emotional issues include childhood or adult experiences of abuse or neglect, couple or family-related stressors, work-related stressors, challenging life transitions and loss or bereavement issues.
(PLEASE NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS). I am a registered psychologist providing assessment and treatment to adults for common psychological problems as well as physical health problems or emotional issues and traumas. Physical health problems include chronic or terminal illnesses, medical conditions exacerbated by stress, and physical symptoms that doctors are unable to fully explain or treat (e.g., chronic pain, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities). Emotional issues include childhood or adult experiences of abuse or neglect, couple or family-related stressors, work-related stressors, challenging life transitions and loss or bereavement issues.
(844) 331-0796 View (844) 331-0796
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Karina Czechowski
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Every individual is unique, and it is my job to provide you with a safe environment where you can explore and navigate the challenges in your life. As a therapist, I have a special interest in working with individuals who have never been to therapy before. I have experience working within community, military, educational, and private settings. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, perfectionism, personal/professional burn out, as well as academic and professional challenges. I have additional experience working with family members of individuals struggling with mental health and substance use issues.
Every individual is unique, and it is my job to provide you with a safe environment where you can explore and navigate the challenges in your life. As a therapist, I have a special interest in working with individuals who have never been to therapy before. I have experience working within community, military, educational, and private settings. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, perfectionism, personal/professional burn out, as well as academic and professional challenges. I have additional experience working with family members of individuals struggling with mental health and substance use issues.
(343) 307-4739 View (343) 307-4739
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Kayla Spicer
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA(c), RP(Q)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Within Buddhist philosophy it is believed that life contains inevitable and unavoidable pain. The discomfort created by such feelings often causes us to suppress, minimize, or blame ourselves; turning away from pain rather than towards it. While pain may be inescapable, suffering is not. Together, we can learn how to accept the things that cannot be changed whilst finding meaning in our experiences. As Nietzsche best said it: “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.”
Within Buddhist philosophy it is believed that life contains inevitable and unavoidable pain. The discomfort created by such feelings often causes us to suppress, minimize, or blame ourselves; turning away from pain rather than towards it. While pain may be inescapable, suffering is not. Together, we can learn how to accept the things that cannot be changed whilst finding meaning in our experiences. As Nietzsche best said it: “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.”
(343) 308-0219 View (343) 308-0219
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Ryan Wyatt
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
(343) 312-7496 View (343) 312-7496
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Amélie Vézina
Pre-Licensed Professional, BSc, PhD(c)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université Laval and I practice as a Doctoral Associate under Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela’s, C.Psych. supervision. I provide individual services to teens and adults (13+). I am experienced in providing assessments and therapy for people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, grief, body image and disordered eating, trauma and PTSD, relationship and communication difficulties, procrastination, perfectionism and low self-esteem. I also have special interest and experience helping people experiencing sleep disturbances and military populations.
I am a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université Laval and I practice as a Doctoral Associate under Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela’s, C.Psych. supervision. I provide individual services to teens and adults (13+). I am experienced in providing assessments and therapy for people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, grief, body image and disordered eating, trauma and PTSD, relationship and communication difficulties, procrastination, perfectionism and low self-esteem. I also have special interest and experience helping people experiencing sleep disturbances and military populations.
(343) 312-5636 View (343) 312-5636
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Gabriella Haas | Ottawa Adhd | Autism | Cptsd | Bpd
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
You're a woman in your 20's or 30's who needs a therapist who "gets" your ADHD brain. You've tried therapy before, but felt like you were just talking about your problems - you need somebody who will help you actually PROCESS what's going on, not just listen. You need somebody who can hold you accountable to making real change in your life, and call you on your shit. You've tried all the things - meditation, journaling, breathwork, medication, positive thinking, you've watched all the therapy tiktoks but you're still stuck. You have felt this way for a while and are not only ready, but are fully committed to making real change
You're a woman in your 20's or 30's who needs a therapist who "gets" your ADHD brain. You've tried therapy before, but felt like you were just talking about your problems - you need somebody who will help you actually PROCESS what's going on, not just listen. You need somebody who can hold you accountable to making real change in your life, and call you on your shit. You've tried all the things - meditation, journaling, breathwork, medication, positive thinking, you've watched all the therapy tiktoks but you're still stuck. You have felt this way for a while and are not only ready, but are fully committed to making real change
(437) 747-8567 View (437) 747-8567
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Uniquely You Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, Hons BA, MPH, MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
You don't know what to do anymore; you suppose it may be a good idea to look for a therapist. You may not know who to talk to; perhaps you don't have someone to talk to. You know things can't go on how they are; but, you don't have a clue how to begin to create change. You feel completely uncomfortable; but at the same time, are afraid of becoming more uncomfortable. If any of this resonates with you? What I have to say is: I get it. You're not alone. Life is tough and we could all use support to get through the battles. Whether you're struggling with a mental illness or a daily dose of emotional overwhelm, you're welcome here.
You don't know what to do anymore; you suppose it may be a good idea to look for a therapist. You may not know who to talk to; perhaps you don't have someone to talk to. You know things can't go on how they are; but, you don't have a clue how to begin to create change. You feel completely uncomfortable; but at the same time, are afraid of becoming more uncomfortable. If any of this resonates with you? What I have to say is: I get it. You're not alone. Life is tough and we could all use support to get through the battles. Whether you're struggling with a mental illness or a daily dose of emotional overwhelm, you're welcome here.
(705) 415-2780 View (705) 415-2780
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Michelle Diane Gagnon
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Michelle, I am bilingual French/English, and I'm currently accepting only online clients from Ontario. I enjoy working through an integrative lens to help clients discover and/or expand their inner desires and goals to help them grow into alignment with their internal values. This means that, through collaboration, we can build a treatment plan that fits you. Reaching out to a therapist can be one of the biggest hurdles to seeking help. You may be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of making the first move. You've searched for help, and I've appeared in your results, but how can you know I'm the right fit for you?
Hello! My name is Michelle, I am bilingual French/English, and I'm currently accepting only online clients from Ontario. I enjoy working through an integrative lens to help clients discover and/or expand their inner desires and goals to help them grow into alignment with their internal values. This means that, through collaboration, we can build a treatment plan that fits you. Reaching out to a therapist can be one of the biggest hurdles to seeking help. You may be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of making the first move. You've searched for help, and I've appeared in your results, but how can you know I'm the right fit for you?
(343) 800-0043 View (343) 800-0043
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Lovpreet Grewal
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
When we're going through tough times or dealing with a lot at once, we might find ourselves having a hard time navigating daily tasks or constantly questioning ourselves. Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed with our thoughts and emotions and feel like we're either losing control or feeling stuck in life. I want you to know that you're not alone and you indeed have the strength and intuition to heal, learn, and grow from these life experiences.
When we're going through tough times or dealing with a lot at once, we might find ourselves having a hard time navigating daily tasks or constantly questioning ourselves. Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed with our thoughts and emotions and feel like we're either losing control or feeling stuck in life. I want you to know that you're not alone and you indeed have the strength and intuition to heal, learn, and grow from these life experiences.
(343) 313-0787 View (343) 313-0787

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Number of Counsellors in K1P

50+

Average cost per session

$155

Counsellors in K1P who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
96% Self Esteem
86% Depression
84% Coping Skills
84% Stress
84% Life Transitions
78% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Manulife
81% SunLife
76% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in K1P see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
8% Male
6% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in K1P?

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.