Photo of Helen So, Registered Psychotherapist in L4B, ON
Helen So
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
A lot of the time, our first instinct is to seek support when we may feel we are drowning in our current struggles. The first step is always the hardest, in where we fear we will not be understood. My belief is that because each one of us is unique, our struggles and thus our journey in healing will be too. I aim to be an anchor in these turbulent times and be a beacon of unfiltered, unconditional and non-judgemental space in exploring our internal processes. In collaboration, we can address motivational, acceptance, behavioural, cognitive, social, biological and cultural aspects that can work in tandem in maintaining our struggles.
A lot of the time, our first instinct is to seek support when we may feel we are drowning in our current struggles. The first step is always the hardest, in where we fear we will not be understood. My belief is that because each one of us is unique, our struggles and thus our journey in healing will be too. I aim to be an anchor in these turbulent times and be a beacon of unfiltered, unconditional and non-judgemental space in exploring our internal processes. In collaboration, we can address motivational, acceptance, behavioural, cognitive, social, biological and cultural aspects that can work in tandem in maintaining our struggles.
(647) 360-3170 View (647) 360-3170
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Suzan Chu
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
I have worked with children, teens, adults, and families for over 14 years in various settings, which include schools, day treatment programs, community mental health agencies, and within the child welfare and foster care system. I have also facilitated groups for parents who want to prevent and treat social, emotional, and behavioural problems that their children are facing. My mission is to help others navigate life's challenges by helping them develop tools to cope with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, fertility, parenting, self-esteem, relationships, and life transitions.
I have worked with children, teens, adults, and families for over 14 years in various settings, which include schools, day treatment programs, community mental health agencies, and within the child welfare and foster care system. I have also facilitated groups for parents who want to prevent and treat social, emotional, and behavioural problems that their children are facing. My mission is to help others navigate life's challenges by helping them develop tools to cope with challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, fertility, parenting, self-esteem, relationships, and life transitions.
(289) 236-0976 View (289) 236-0976
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Dr. Katelyn Boersma @ FLEX Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Making the decision to disclose difficulties and seek out psychological services can be challenging. I work collaboratively with adult and adolescent therapy clients to develop a clear understanding of problems, building agreement on the core tasks of therapy to lead to meaningful changes. I utilize my training in Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, Psychodynamic, and Integrative therapies to address a diverse range of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma (eg. sexual assault, childhood abuse), and personality difficulties. The foundation of our relationship will be our focus on establishing and maintaining a strong working-alliance rooted in empathy and trust.
Making the decision to disclose difficulties and seek out psychological services can be challenging. I work collaboratively with adult and adolescent therapy clients to develop a clear understanding of problems, building agreement on the core tasks of therapy to lead to meaningful changes. I utilize my training in Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, Psychodynamic, and Integrative therapies to address a diverse range of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma (eg. sexual assault, childhood abuse), and personality difficulties. The foundation of our relationship will be our focus on establishing and maintaining a strong working-alliance rooted in empathy and trust.
(855) 586-7390 View (855) 586-7390
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Aastha Jain
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Trauma, immigration related difficulties, and anxiety psychotherapist. You may be considering therapy to understand yourself better, or you may be going through some intense emotional pain and want relief. The reasons you are seeking therapy could be due to depression, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, feeling ‘empty’ or ‘stuck’. At times it may feel like traumatic experiences from the past are still affecting you in unexplainable ways. You may have experienced a deep loss, it could be the loss of a loved one, one’s homeland, or the loss in terms of unlived life. Whatever your reason might be, your feelings are valid.
Trauma, immigration related difficulties, and anxiety psychotherapist. You may be considering therapy to understand yourself better, or you may be going through some intense emotional pain and want relief. The reasons you are seeking therapy could be due to depression, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, feeling ‘empty’ or ‘stuck’. At times it may feel like traumatic experiences from the past are still affecting you in unexplainable ways. You may have experienced a deep loss, it could be the loss of a loved one, one’s homeland, or the loss in terms of unlived life. Whatever your reason might be, your feelings are valid.
(289) 206-7300 View (289) 206-7300
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Marcus Chow
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP, CCFT, RMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
My passion is to walk along side with people during their journey towards healing and growth. I value each client as a unique individual, who deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. I believe that developing emotional maturity and gaining self-understanding are essential steps towards personal growth.Over the course of our lives, we all inevitably experienced some emotional wounds, which hinder us from personal growth. Counselling serves as a process to help us uncover those wounds and heal, and in the process, gain self-understanding and self-awareness, and be empowered to make changes towards holistic growth.
My passion is to walk along side with people during their journey towards healing and growth. I value each client as a unique individual, who deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. I believe that developing emotional maturity and gaining self-understanding are essential steps towards personal growth.Over the course of our lives, we all inevitably experienced some emotional wounds, which hinder us from personal growth. Counselling serves as a process to help us uncover those wounds and heal, and in the process, gain self-understanding and self-awareness, and be empowered to make changes towards holistic growth.
(855) 956-1329 View (855) 956-1329
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Markham Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Dr. Christine Hansen, is a registered Ph.D psychologist in Clinical, Counselling and Rehabilitation Psychology with a thriving practices in Richmond Hill / Markham. She is a member of the College of Psychologists and the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Hansen obtained her doctorate in Counselling Psychology from U.of T.With 25 years + of experience obtained in diverse settings, she works with a variety of problems with clients from many cultural backgrounds. Working with a psychologist can facilitate changes and solutions sooner providing realistic solutions and strategies.
Dr. Christine Hansen, is a registered Ph.D psychologist in Clinical, Counselling and Rehabilitation Psychology with a thriving practices in Richmond Hill / Markham. She is a member of the College of Psychologists and the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Hansen obtained her doctorate in Counselling Psychology from U.of T.With 25 years + of experience obtained in diverse settings, she works with a variety of problems with clients from many cultural backgrounds. Working with a psychologist can facilitate changes and solutions sooner providing realistic solutions and strategies.
(855) 741-1303 View (855) 741-1303
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Dr Carolyne Lee @ FLEX Psychology
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Many people experience difficulty managing their emotions or feel “stuck” in life. Collaboratively, we will work together towards meaningful change. My approach is informed by Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Acceptance and Commitment therapies. I provide therapy to teens and adults, with particular expertise in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma/abuse.
Many people experience difficulty managing their emotions or feel “stuck” in life. Collaboratively, we will work together towards meaningful change. My approach is informed by Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Acceptance and Commitment therapies. I provide therapy to teens and adults, with particular expertise in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma/abuse.
(289) 809-6177 View (289) 809-6177
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Jinglan (Maggie) Xie
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Life is short yet long; sometimes, happiness feels fleeting, and most of the time, we face various challenges: a family of origin, academic pressure, romantic relationships, marriage, parenting, career anxiety, illness, grief, life transitions, etc. When facing these big and small "hurdles," do you also find yourself pulled by different voices within, in need of a place where you can be seen and heard? Fate may play tricks on us, but who knows if this is not an opportunity for growth? I am willing to create a safe, warm space where we can listen to those voices, understand our different needs and find meaning in our experiences.
Life is short yet long; sometimes, happiness feels fleeting, and most of the time, we face various challenges: a family of origin, academic pressure, romantic relationships, marriage, parenting, career anxiety, illness, grief, life transitions, etc. When facing these big and small "hurdles," do you also find yourself pulled by different voices within, in need of a place where you can be seen and heard? Fate may play tricks on us, but who knows if this is not an opportunity for growth? I am willing to create a safe, warm space where we can listen to those voices, understand our different needs and find meaning in our experiences.
(289) 277-4984 View (289) 277-4984
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Iris Chanmi Park
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with social, emotional, and mental health challenges. I am passionate about journeying with people sensitively through their changes, growth and healing process, and helping clients recover from trauma. I have experience working with individuals (children, youth, and adults), couples and families to manage overwhelming emotions. I enjoy working with parents, providing them with strategies to manage different challenges.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with social, emotional, and mental health challenges. I am passionate about journeying with people sensitively through their changes, growth and healing process, and helping clients recover from trauma. I have experience working with individuals (children, youth, and adults), couples and families to manage overwhelming emotions. I enjoy working with parents, providing them with strategies to manage different challenges.
(289) 275-9196 View (289) 275-9196
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Natalie Ho
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
The last few years have been hard on all of us. We have all grieved in some capacity, whether it be over the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a career, or simply the life that we knew before the world was changed by the pandemic. As someone who has been in therapy myself, I know how important it is to have a safe space in which we can process the ups and downs of life.
The last few years have been hard on all of us. We have all grieved in some capacity, whether it be over the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a career, or simply the life that we knew before the world was changed by the pandemic. As someone who has been in therapy myself, I know how important it is to have a safe space in which we can process the ups and downs of life.
(289) 272-8502 View (289) 272-8502
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Karrela Paris
Psychologist, MASP, CPsych
Verified Verified
Karrela is a Registered Clinical and School Psychologist in Ontario. Karrela has extensive experience from having served as an integral member of an interdisciplinary diagnostic team at TRC, Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Karrela is a Psychologist with the Toronto District School Board and Owner of Kids Psychological Centre (KPC) . KPC strives to support the well-being of children & adolescents by providing assessments that reveal the unique profile of each child & adolescent and recommendations, interventions, and consultation to support/enhance their every day functioning at home and school.
Karrela is a Registered Clinical and School Psychologist in Ontario. Karrela has extensive experience from having served as an integral member of an interdisciplinary diagnostic team at TRC, Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Karrela is a Psychologist with the Toronto District School Board and Owner of Kids Psychological Centre (KPC) . KPC strives to support the well-being of children & adolescents by providing assessments that reveal the unique profile of each child & adolescent and recommendations, interventions, and consultation to support/enhance their every day functioning at home and school.
(365) 400-2298 View (365) 400-2298
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Holding Hearts Psychotherapy and Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CAMFT, MDiv, DCPprog, CCPA
Verified Verified
Finding the right therapist is as important as getting the right help. In the process of seeking who you would prefer to work with, we offer a free 15 minute consultation over the phone. If you decide to make an appointment, the first session has no strings attached. We will go through what the concerns are, some goals, and expectations (if any), and you can decide whether you are ready for us to continue with further sessions. Collaboration is essential in this process of finding a path to your healing. Take the next step and give us a call to see if we can work together. Our office hours are M-F 9am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.
Finding the right therapist is as important as getting the right help. In the process of seeking who you would prefer to work with, we offer a free 15 minute consultation over the phone. If you decide to make an appointment, the first session has no strings attached. We will go through what the concerns are, some goals, and expectations (if any), and you can decide whether you are ready for us to continue with further sessions. Collaboration is essential in this process of finding a path to your healing. Take the next step and give us a call to see if we can work together. Our office hours are M-F 9am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.
(647) 691-0498 View (647) 691-0498
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Koon-Chee Grace Chan
Registered Psychotherapist, MSocSc, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Ms. Koon-chee Grace Chan (preferred to be called Grace) received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master's degree in Counselling from the University of South Australia. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker in Ontario and is an experienced mental health practitioner. She obtained an Advanced Certificate of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Complex Disorders from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Association. She is also a member of Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.
Ms. Koon-chee Grace Chan (preferred to be called Grace) received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master's degree in Counselling from the University of South Australia. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker in Ontario and is an experienced mental health practitioner. She obtained an Advanced Certificate of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Complex Disorders from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Association. She is also a member of Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.
(289) 807-2671 View (289) 807-2671
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Amreeta Kaur - The Inner Compass Therapist
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
What if you can stop feeling anxious and overwhelmed, and start feeling more secure and confident? What if you are no longer striving to please others and are able to stop worrying about whether others are judging you? I can help you to overcome these nagging insecurities and listen to your inner compass so that you can build motivation, courageously make choices and connect with others authentically.
What if you can stop feeling anxious and overwhelmed, and start feeling more secure and confident? What if you are no longer striving to please others and are able to stop worrying about whether others are judging you? I can help you to overcome these nagging insecurities and listen to your inner compass so that you can build motivation, courageously make choices and connect with others authentically.
(647) 931-4223 View (647) 931-4223
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Alexis Roddau
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Feeling like life's been throwing you curveballs lately? Wondering if there's a way to break free from the cycle of struggle and find your footing again? With over a decade of experience in addictions and mental health, Alexis is a seasoned guide through life's challenges. Holding an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, along with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions and Mental Health, she's equipped with the knowledge and compassion to support you on your journey. Specializing in adults and transitional youth, Alexis understands the complexities of substance use and life's stressors.
Feeling like life's been throwing you curveballs lately? Wondering if there's a way to break free from the cycle of struggle and find your footing again? With over a decade of experience in addictions and mental health, Alexis is a seasoned guide through life's challenges. Holding an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, along with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions and Mental Health, she's equipped with the knowledge and compassion to support you on your journey. Specializing in adults and transitional youth, Alexis understands the complexities of substance use and life's stressors.
(289) 203-0246 View (289) 203-0246
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Ashley Ho
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MSocSc
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Even though it's so intangible, your mental health is crucial in many aspects of your life. It takes courage to put your foot forward and place yourself as a priority, setting healthy boundaries and self-understanding. We're in a society where we are told to put ourselves last and we forget that, our "self" is the foundation of progress and growth. When you experience a safe haven that you couldn't find anywhere else, you create something so unique for yourself. Step into my sessions, share what you're looking for in therapy and I'll be your passenger who navigates along side with you on your journey.
Even though it's so intangible, your mental health is crucial in many aspects of your life. It takes courage to put your foot forward and place yourself as a priority, setting healthy boundaries and self-understanding. We're in a society where we are told to put ourselves last and we forget that, our "self" is the foundation of progress and growth. When you experience a safe haven that you couldn't find anywhere else, you create something so unique for yourself. Step into my sessions, share what you're looking for in therapy and I'll be your passenger who navigates along side with you on your journey.
(289) 210-5248 View (289) 210-5248
Photo of Samantha Mirarchi | Thriving In Your 20S And 30S, Registered Social Worker in L4B, ON
Samantha Mirarchi | Thriving In Your 20S And 30S
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
What. is. life?! You didn’t anticipate things would be this overwhelming and you low key wish you could crawl into a hole to escape it ALL. Between your career, relationships/dating, and overall adult responsibilities, it feels like you're drowning & you don't know how you're going to keep this up. To top it off, your mood has been super up and down lately, you feel distant and detached from your friends & family, and your motivation is at an all time low (cue endless Instagram/TikTok scrolling). You thought you'd have your life all figured out by now but are feeling more lost than ever. I hear you & I can help.
What. is. life?! You didn’t anticipate things would be this overwhelming and you low key wish you could crawl into a hole to escape it ALL. Between your career, relationships/dating, and overall adult responsibilities, it feels like you're drowning & you don't know how you're going to keep this up. To top it off, your mood has been super up and down lately, you feel distant and detached from your friends & family, and your motivation is at an all time low (cue endless Instagram/TikTok scrolling). You thought you'd have your life all figured out by now but are feeling more lost than ever. I hear you & I can help.
(289) 806-9308 View (289) 806-9308
Photo of Miranda Tong, Registered Social Worker in L4B, ON
Miranda Tong
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
I am calm, non-judgemental and a skillful clinical social worker of extensive mental health knowledge and working experiences with individual and couple of diverse ethnic and cultural background. I have exceptional passion in working with people who experience and struggle with emotional and life adjustment difficulties, personal and relationship tension, poor school/occupational performance and behavioral challenge due to anxiety, depression, borderline personality traits, anger issue, loss/grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, ADHD, and chronic pain post motor vehicle accident.
I am calm, non-judgemental and a skillful clinical social worker of extensive mental health knowledge and working experiences with individual and couple of diverse ethnic and cultural background. I have exceptional passion in working with people who experience and struggle with emotional and life adjustment difficulties, personal and relationship tension, poor school/occupational performance and behavioral challenge due to anxiety, depression, borderline personality traits, anger issue, loss/grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, ADHD, and chronic pain post motor vehicle accident.
(647) 558-9812 View (647) 558-9812
Photo of Inna Sepia, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist in L4B, ON
Inna Sepia
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
I am an M.S.W with over 10 years of experience in clinical social work. I work with children, youth, families and adults with the goal of creating a safe and supportive space that allows clients to tap into their intuition and inner wisdom in order to thrive. I specialize in anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, self-harm, parenting and stress management. I view therapy as a collaborative journey in which clients are supported in creating new and more meaningful and fulfilling ways of being in the world.
I am an M.S.W with over 10 years of experience in clinical social work. I work with children, youth, families and adults with the goal of creating a safe and supportive space that allows clients to tap into their intuition and inner wisdom in order to thrive. I specialize in anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, self-harm, parenting and stress management. I view therapy as a collaborative journey in which clients are supported in creating new and more meaningful and fulfilling ways of being in the world.
(289) 797-3234 View (289) 797-3234
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Marilyn Becker
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
I am a registered Social Worker Therapist. I believe that change is possible and there is hope to lead a meaningful and fulfilled life. Our experiences can lead to difficulties with our emotions, moods, patterns of thinking and relationships, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, out of control or just stuck. I provide clients with support and tools to recognize their needs and then meet these needs. I work with individuals and/or their families to improve the quality of their life. Emotional well-being enhances a person's ability to better deal with the stresses of life, change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
I am a registered Social Worker Therapist. I believe that change is possible and there is hope to lead a meaningful and fulfilled life. Our experiences can lead to difficulties with our emotions, moods, patterns of thinking and relationships, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, out of control or just stuck. I provide clients with support and tools to recognize their needs and then meet these needs. I work with individuals and/or their families to improve the quality of their life. Emotional well-being enhances a person's ability to better deal with the stresses of life, change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
(647) 559-3911 View (647) 559-3911

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in L4B

100+

Average cost per session

$160

Counsellors in L4B who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
77% Stress
71% Trauma and PTSD
70% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% SunLife
73% Manulife
69% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in L4B see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in L4B?

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.