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Deborah MacDonald
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RCC
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Within my practice I welcome adolescents, adults and couples. My therapeutic approach is tailored to the specific needs of my clients, as opposed to a prescriptive pre-determined formula. I work with people with varied backgrounds and life experiences. Each client; be they part of a couple or an individual is treated with respect and viewed as unique. My approach is positive, collaborative, compassionate and non-judgmental, and is aimed at supporting clients to explore, understand and to move towards different more desirable outcomes.
Within my practice I welcome adolescents, adults and couples. My therapeutic approach is tailored to the specific needs of my clients, as opposed to a prescriptive pre-determined formula. I work with people with varied backgrounds and life experiences. Each client; be they part of a couple or an individual is treated with respect and viewed as unique. My approach is positive, collaborative, compassionate and non-judgmental, and is aimed at supporting clients to explore, understand and to move towards different more desirable outcomes.
(855) 997-6841 View (855) 997-6841
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Shana Marie
Registered Psychotherapist, HBSc, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R
Intense emotions can pull you into a downward spiral of feeling overwhelmed and lost. It is difficult to face life when you are walking around with a heavy chest or feeling anxious. It is likely that you were never taught how to cope with how you feel or understand why a part of you feels empty inside. It can feel uncomfortable to turn to friends and family, fearing how they may react. I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental space, where you can feel heard as you work through difficult emotions. I can provide you with the insight, tools and support you need to bring about healing so that you can approach life in a new way.
Intense emotions can pull you into a downward spiral of feeling overwhelmed and lost. It is difficult to face life when you are walking around with a heavy chest or feeling anxious. It is likely that you were never taught how to cope with how you feel or understand why a part of you feels empty inside. It can feel uncomfortable to turn to friends and family, fearing how they may react. I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental space, where you can feel heard as you work through difficult emotions. I can provide you with the insight, tools and support you need to bring about healing so that you can approach life in a new way.
(289) 278-2473 View (289) 278-2473
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Supportive Therapy - Nicole Waldston
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
I am a firm believer that there is no one right or true way to engage in therapy. Everyone comes with a set of their own unique life experiences, which requires an individualized take on achieving personal goals and overcoming barriers. My approach is based in evidence and strength based practice, while focusing on you and where you are in your journey. We will work together to create a safe and empowering environment. You will receive support in gaining insight, developing coping mechanisms and strategies and strengthening the foundation of your authentic self through methods such as CBT, EFT, Attachment & Trauma Approaches.
I am a firm believer that there is no one right or true way to engage in therapy. Everyone comes with a set of their own unique life experiences, which requires an individualized take on achieving personal goals and overcoming barriers. My approach is based in evidence and strength based practice, while focusing on you and where you are in your journey. We will work together to create a safe and empowering environment. You will receive support in gaining insight, developing coping mechanisms and strategies and strengthening the foundation of your authentic self through methods such as CBT, EFT, Attachment & Trauma Approaches.
(289) 312-4324 View (289) 312-4324
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Amira Khan Lodhi
Registered Social Worker, MSW, LCSW, RSW, OCSWSSW
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R
Looking for the right therapist can be challenging and stressful. When I sit across from a client, I value and respect that I am being invited into important, personal situations, thoughts, and vulnerabilities. My philosophy to clinical work comes from my belief that you are trying to do the best you can and want support to do better. I will both accept you for where you are at, while helping you pushing toward the change you are looking for. I collaborate with my clients to then tailor the therapy I provide to the individual-pulling on my experience, trainings, and the understanding that we all are human.
Looking for the right therapist can be challenging and stressful. When I sit across from a client, I value and respect that I am being invited into important, personal situations, thoughts, and vulnerabilities. My philosophy to clinical work comes from my belief that you are trying to do the best you can and want support to do better. I will both accept you for where you are at, while helping you pushing toward the change you are looking for. I collaborate with my clients to then tailor the therapy I provide to the individual-pulling on my experience, trainings, and the understanding that we all are human.
(855) 999-7321 View (855) 999-7321
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Kristin Eastgate
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP IP, BAHons
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Hello! I’m Kristin. My intention as a counsellor is to be a guide in helping you approach personal growth, health, and wellbeing. During our time together, you can expect energy, enthusiasm, and passion in supporting your goals and ambitions. I have a great understanding of physical, mental, and systems issues that are barriers to seeking out timely and appropriate care. I enjoy working with adults and youth struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, grief, mindfulness, and health education and promotion.
Hello! I’m Kristin. My intention as a counsellor is to be a guide in helping you approach personal growth, health, and wellbeing. During our time together, you can expect energy, enthusiasm, and passion in supporting your goals and ambitions. I have a great understanding of physical, mental, and systems issues that are barriers to seeking out timely and appropriate care. I enjoy working with adults and youth struggling with mental health, substance use disorders, grief, mindfulness, and health education and promotion.
(289) 401-5272 View (289) 401-5272
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Shannon Baun
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R
Offering a holistic approach to psychotherapy, I provide a place for individuals who are struggling with stress and anxiety, grief or bereavement, depression, self esteem or relationship issues as well as many other challenges that we deal with daily. I will guide individuals to empower themselves and regain control over their lives. By exploring areas that are no longer serving you I will work with you to unravel the negative patterns that create barriers and move toward discovering awareness, balance and reconnection.
Offering a holistic approach to psychotherapy, I provide a place for individuals who are struggling with stress and anxiety, grief or bereavement, depression, self esteem or relationship issues as well as many other challenges that we deal with daily. I will guide individuals to empower themselves and regain control over their lives. By exploring areas that are no longer serving you I will work with you to unravel the negative patterns that create barriers and move toward discovering awareness, balance and reconnection.
(855) 976-9641 View (855) 976-9641
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Nicole Staite
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
My work as a clinician is grounded in the belief that people DESERVE therapy which means that YOU deserve a space to feel seen and heard and YOU deserve a space to process your past/current/future experiences with a non-biased professional. I offer you a modern, individualized and HUMAN approach to therapy where we work collaboratively to explore limiting beliefs, unhelpful thought/emotion & behavioral patterns and process life's challenges AND wins together so that you can stop living for the next best thing and start living for today. I am here to help you do the work necessary to feel unstuck, hopeful and in control again.
My work as a clinician is grounded in the belief that people DESERVE therapy which means that YOU deserve a space to feel seen and heard and YOU deserve a space to process your past/current/future experiences with a non-biased professional. I offer you a modern, individualized and HUMAN approach to therapy where we work collaboratively to explore limiting beliefs, unhelpful thought/emotion & behavioral patterns and process life's challenges AND wins together so that you can stop living for the next best thing and start living for today. I am here to help you do the work necessary to feel unstuck, hopeful and in control again.
(289) 797-3231 View (289) 797-3231
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Sarah Kaleem, OT Reg. (Ont.), Psychotherapist
Occupational Therapist
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
We all have the capacity to manage what comes our way, but sometimes it can feel like too much to carry on our own. Do you feel anxious, depressed, stressed or overwhelmed most days? Have you experienced a trauma that continues to bother you, impacts your relationships, career, or the ability to do the things you love? I want to help you feel more in control of your emotions so you are better able to navigate your day-to-day. Whether that means unravelling experiences of the past to make better sense of them or focusing on the here and now, we can do it together. Your emotions don't have to rob you of living a meaningful life.
We all have the capacity to manage what comes our way, but sometimes it can feel like too much to carry on our own. Do you feel anxious, depressed, stressed or overwhelmed most days? Have you experienced a trauma that continues to bother you, impacts your relationships, career, or the ability to do the things you love? I want to help you feel more in control of your emotions so you are better able to navigate your day-to-day. Whether that means unravelling experiences of the past to make better sense of them or focusing on the here and now, we can do it together. Your emotions don't have to rob you of living a meaningful life.
(289) 206-8448 View (289) 206-8448
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Terence Dayot
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R
Struggling with anxiety, feeling sad or low, worrying about the future, coming to terms with past trauma, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or concerns about relationship issues are some of the reasons you may decide to reach out and work with me. Understandably, it can be scary and hard to take the step of reaching out for help. However, working with a psychotherapist can help with understanding your situation, setting a goal, and striving to towards a point where you are no longer feel stuck. Additionally, it may help you reach a point of flourishing where you have taken steps to feeling better.
Struggling with anxiety, feeling sad or low, worrying about the future, coming to terms with past trauma, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or concerns about relationship issues are some of the reasons you may decide to reach out and work with me. Understandably, it can be scary and hard to take the step of reaching out for help. However, working with a psychotherapist can help with understanding your situation, setting a goal, and striving to towards a point where you are no longer feel stuck. Additionally, it may help you reach a point of flourishing where you have taken steps to feeling better.
(289) 302-7297 View (289) 302-7297
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Root to Rise Psychotherapy and Wellness
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Root to Rise Psychotherapy + Wellness is a virtual mental health clinic offering you a modern, individualized, and human approach to therapy. In offering both psychotherapy and psychological services, RTR offers you the support you need to strengthen your coping skills, confidence, self-awareness & self-love as well as in processing trauma through a safe and non-judgemental environment. We specialize in working with first responders, front-line healthcare workers (& their families); women's health; addiction/substance-use; stress; anxiety; coping; life transitions; sports performance; and in supporting high school and uni students.
Root to Rise Psychotherapy + Wellness is a virtual mental health clinic offering you a modern, individualized, and human approach to therapy. In offering both psychotherapy and psychological services, RTR offers you the support you need to strengthen your coping skills, confidence, self-awareness & self-love as well as in processing trauma through a safe and non-judgemental environment. We specialize in working with first responders, front-line healthcare workers (& their families); women's health; addiction/substance-use; stress; anxiety; coping; life transitions; sports performance; and in supporting high school and uni students.
(289) 206-0278 View (289) 206-0278
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Shelby Stokes
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA, ADMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Shelby and I’m so happy you are here! I’m a strong believer that my passion for helping others and ability to pull on a human-centered therapeutic approach creates a therapy space conducive to positive change and holistic growth. To do this, I am committed to offering a safe, judgment-free and welcoming environment to help individuals, couples and families explore their personal, relational and/or life goals and learn how to utilize personal strengths to help get yourself there.
Hi there! My name is Shelby and I’m so happy you are here! I’m a strong believer that my passion for helping others and ability to pull on a human-centered therapeutic approach creates a therapy space conducive to positive change and holistic growth. To do this, I am committed to offering a safe, judgment-free and welcoming environment to help individuals, couples and families explore their personal, relational and/or life goals and learn how to utilize personal strengths to help get yourself there.
(289) 401-5264 View (289) 401-5264
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Charlene Hinds - Bloomosity Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Way to go! You’ve made the decision that self-care is important, and you want things to change. It’s tough to do it alone, and you want to give therapy a try. The next step is to find a therapist that’s right for you! My aim is to support women with where they are at in life. We all go through ups and downs, but when stress, anxiety, or depression start to creep in, finding the right therapist can help set you on a path that’s made for you.
Way to go! You’ve made the decision that self-care is important, and you want things to change. It’s tough to do it alone, and you want to give therapy a try. The next step is to find a therapist that’s right for you! My aim is to support women with where they are at in life. We all go through ups and downs, but when stress, anxiety, or depression start to creep in, finding the right therapist can help set you on a path that’s made for you.
(289) 272-8796 View (289) 272-8796
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Anooshy Shahid
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
We often encounter many challenges that cause feelings of worry, hopelessness, and burnout, making it feel impossible to keep up with daily life. Anxiety and uncertainty become a norm, causing us to feel overwhelmed and often alone. We begin to push our needs aside, failing to make time for ourselves and disconnecting from those we love. We wonder what it would feel like if things were different. What if things were better? I believe you have the power to create this change and work towards a better life.
We often encounter many challenges that cause feelings of worry, hopelessness, and burnout, making it feel impossible to keep up with daily life. Anxiety and uncertainty become a norm, causing us to feel overwhelmed and often alone. We begin to push our needs aside, failing to make time for ourselves and disconnecting from those we love. We wonder what it would feel like if things were different. What if things were better? I believe you have the power to create this change and work towards a better life.
(289) 806-1710 View (289) 806-1710
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Melissa Fraser
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
I am here to help you find your way through life's transitions, unmanageable stress, hopelessness, overwhelm, and anxiety. I will meet you where you are at, help you figure out where you want to be, and collaborate on how to help you get there. I am a guide for self-exploration, personal responsibility, and helping you to re-author the stories and narratives of your life. I am passionate about supporting caregivers who are assisting family members with disabilities, aging parents, and those struggling with fertility and all of the challenges and emotions that go along with that.
I am here to help you find your way through life's transitions, unmanageable stress, hopelessness, overwhelm, and anxiety. I will meet you where you are at, help you figure out where you want to be, and collaborate on how to help you get there. I am a guide for self-exploration, personal responsibility, and helping you to re-author the stories and narratives of your life. I am passionate about supporting caregivers who are assisting family members with disabilities, aging parents, and those struggling with fertility and all of the challenges and emotions that go along with that.
(289) 275-9548 View (289) 275-9548
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Shivani Dass
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MA, MSW, RSW, CRC-rtd
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Problems are inevitable and normal in life, some can be small and some bigger than one can handle. At that time an extra set of hands surely help. I can be that extra set of hands to pick you up when you are down by listening to you without judging, guiding you to get back to the rhythm of life, and cheering you from side lines, using some time tested techniques that have helped many to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, anger issues, addictions and grief, to name a few. I have helped many people in my 25 years of professional life in USA and Canada. I invite you to join me to explore your unending possibilities in life.
Problems are inevitable and normal in life, some can be small and some bigger than one can handle. At that time an extra set of hands surely help. I can be that extra set of hands to pick you up when you are down by listening to you without judging, guiding you to get back to the rhythm of life, and cheering you from side lines, using some time tested techniques that have helped many to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, anger issues, addictions and grief, to name a few. I have helped many people in my 25 years of professional life in USA and Canada. I invite you to join me to explore your unending possibilities in life.
(289) 278-8735 View (289) 278-8735
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Hannah Carlson
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MTA
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R
Look for clients who demonstrate a willingness to engage in the therapeutic process with openness and honesty, allowing for the exploration of their emotions through music psychotherapy. This client possesses a strong commitment to self-reflection and a genuine desire to understand and navigate their internal struggles through a creative modality. Through our collaborative work, we embark on a journey that honors the uniqueness of their challenges and develop coping strategies for these.
Look for clients who demonstrate a willingness to engage in the therapeutic process with openness and honesty, allowing for the exploration of their emotions through music psychotherapy. This client possesses a strong commitment to self-reflection and a genuine desire to understand and navigate their internal struggles through a creative modality. Through our collaborative work, we embark on a journey that honors the uniqueness of their challenges and develop coping strategies for these.
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Kristy Weekes Beausoleil
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
If you are seeking a compassionate psychotherapist to assist you in meeting your goals, let’s talk! I am a therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in community treatment and hospital settings. I specialize in treating individuals with mental health disorders as well as the families that support them. In our work together, you will continue to develop insight and strategies which will help facilitate positive changes in your life!
If you are seeking a compassionate psychotherapist to assist you in meeting your goals, let’s talk! I am a therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in community treatment and hospital settings. I specialize in treating individuals with mental health disorders as well as the families that support them. In our work together, you will continue to develop insight and strategies which will help facilitate positive changes in your life!
(289) 207-4803 View (289) 207-4803
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Tracey Camacho
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step on your journey towards emotional wellness. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy to help manage emotions, overcome the effects of trauma, and create a heightened sense of personal empowerment. I specialize in intimate partner abuse and for the past 17 years have been working collaboratively with community agencies that service victims of gender-based violence.
Congratulations on taking the first step on your journey towards emotional wellness. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy to help manage emotions, overcome the effects of trauma, and create a heightened sense of personal empowerment. I specialize in intimate partner abuse and for the past 17 years have been working collaboratively with community agencies that service victims of gender-based violence.
(289) 806-7424 View (289) 806-7424
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Steppingstonestherapy
Registered Social Worker, MScr, Bsw, RSW
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R
L’équilibre dans la vie est quelque chose que nous recherchons . Cependant, il est n’est pas toujours facile de le trouver et parfois on a besoin d’un peu d’aide pour y arriver. Mon rôle est de vous appuyer tout au long de ce chemin durant lequel pour pourrez non seulement trouver une meilleure façon de comprendre vos émotions et vos expériences. Je travaille depuis plusieurs années avec des familles au niveau des besoins en santé mentale mais surtout des questions liées a la culture, la stigmatisation et l’equite. Mon approche est sensible à la culture et axee sur le bien- être. Vous n'etes pas seul.
L’équilibre dans la vie est quelque chose que nous recherchons . Cependant, il est n’est pas toujours facile de le trouver et parfois on a besoin d’un peu d’aide pour y arriver. Mon rôle est de vous appuyer tout au long de ce chemin durant lequel pour pourrez non seulement trouver une meilleure façon de comprendre vos émotions et vos expériences. Je travaille depuis plusieurs années avec des familles au niveau des besoins en santé mentale mais surtout des questions liées a la culture, la stigmatisation et l’equite. Mon approche est sensible à la culture et axee sur le bien- être. Vous n'etes pas seul.
(289) 272-8857 View (289) 272-8857
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Andrae Belle
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Whitby, ON L1R
It’s time to feel better, to experience deeply fulfilling relationships, it’s time to heal. With the belief that true and lasting change begins from within, I will listen to your story and work with you to help you grow in personal understanding. Paying particular attention to your experiences, thinking patterns, emotions, and relationships, and focusing on your strengths and resilience, you will gain perspectives and tools that will help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
It’s time to feel better, to experience deeply fulfilling relationships, it’s time to heal. With the belief that true and lasting change begins from within, I will listen to your story and work with you to help you grow in personal understanding. Paying particular attention to your experiences, thinking patterns, emotions, and relationships, and focusing on your strengths and resilience, you will gain perspectives and tools that will help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
(647) 802-9495 View (647) 802-9495

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Number of Counsellors in L1R

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in L1R who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Relationship Issues
95% Self Esteem
93% Depression
88% Stress
85% Coping Skills
78% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% SunLife
78% Green Shield Canada
78% Blue Cross

How Counsellors in L1R see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in L1R?

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.