Therapists in L8L

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Nathan J Cooper And Associates
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm, Maryam Rahat and Carlin Palme, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm, Maryam Rahat and Carlin Palme, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
(289) 768-7727 View (289) 768-7727
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Kaely Danahy
Occupational Therapist, MScOT
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults struggling with ADHD or attentional issues who are looking to simplify the way they engage in their daily activities. Adult ADHD can impact many aspects of life, with challenges ranging from scheduling and prioritizing time, organizing workspaces, filtering environmental stimuli, and regulating emotions. These difficulties can lead to feeling overwhelmed, always behind, and consistently disorganized. I help clients organize the chaos and engage in the activities they want to do, like to do, and/or are expected to do. No official ADHD diagnosis required. Please note I cannot complete diagnostic assessment.
I work with adults struggling with ADHD or attentional issues who are looking to simplify the way they engage in their daily activities. Adult ADHD can impact many aspects of life, with challenges ranging from scheduling and prioritizing time, organizing workspaces, filtering environmental stimuli, and regulating emotions. These difficulties can lead to feeling overwhelmed, always behind, and consistently disorganized. I help clients organize the chaos and engage in the activities they want to do, like to do, and/or are expected to do. No official ADHD diagnosis required. Please note I cannot complete diagnostic assessment.
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Reem Abdul Rahim
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MACP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
Are you looking to ignite that flame with your partner? I can help you rekindle the hope for feeling connected. Do you want to get to the root cause of your present struggles and dig deeper and connect with your inner child? I am here to offer you a safe and non-judgmental space where I am honored to walk by you. I'm a registered psychotherapist (qualifying), an author, a professional trainer, a coach, and a mother. I provide support for couples and individuals ages 14 and older; students overwhelmed with being away from home for the first time, new parents, individuals considering a change of career and newcomers to Canada.
Are you looking to ignite that flame with your partner? I can help you rekindle the hope for feeling connected. Do you want to get to the root cause of your present struggles and dig deeper and connect with your inner child? I am here to offer you a safe and non-judgmental space where I am honored to walk by you. I'm a registered psychotherapist (qualifying), an author, a professional trainer, a coach, and a mother. I provide support for couples and individuals ages 14 and older; students overwhelmed with being away from home for the first time, new parents, individuals considering a change of career and newcomers to Canada.
(365) 652-3324 View (365) 652-3324
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Simply Social Work
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Therapy can be a great place to explore our thoughts, process our experiences, and gain a better understanding of ourselves. We offer psychotherapy, relationship counselling, grief counselling, sex therapy, & addiction counselling. Rob (RP) focuses on supporting people experiencing trauma & PTSD, phobias, and narcissism or narcissistic abuse. Brianna (RSW) combines her lived experience as a neurodivergent, chronically ill caregiver to provide accessible therapy & counselling to empower and support members of these communities regain control of their lives and work through related challenges.
Therapy can be a great place to explore our thoughts, process our experiences, and gain a better understanding of ourselves. We offer psychotherapy, relationship counselling, grief counselling, sex therapy, & addiction counselling. Rob (RP) focuses on supporting people experiencing trauma & PTSD, phobias, and narcissism or narcissistic abuse. Brianna (RSW) combines her lived experience as a neurodivergent, chronically ill caregiver to provide accessible therapy & counselling to empower and support members of these communities regain control of their lives and work through related challenges.
(365) 651-0422 View (365) 651-0422
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Rayne Jarvis
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Are you thinking about taking steps towards healing and growth? My practice is guided by the principles of integrity, non-judgement, collaboration, curiosity and compassion. I view my clients holistically, and regard what they bring to therapy as subject to nuance. I spent over 10 years doing community-based harm reduction work. I am well-versed in working with clients to build an atmosphere where they feel safe, equipped, and empowered to address and overcome their unique challenges. I understand that such spaces can only be created by actively listening to and applying feedback from my clients and adapting my practice accordingly.
Are you thinking about taking steps towards healing and growth? My practice is guided by the principles of integrity, non-judgement, collaboration, curiosity and compassion. I view my clients holistically, and regard what they bring to therapy as subject to nuance. I spent over 10 years doing community-based harm reduction work. I am well-versed in working with clients to build an atmosphere where they feel safe, equipped, and empowered to address and overcome their unique challenges. I understand that such spaces can only be created by actively listening to and applying feedback from my clients and adapting my practice accordingly.
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Allison Hillier
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
We’re spinning through this vast galaxy, having appeared on this planet out of nowhere, and destined to return to where we came from. What will you do with your time here? Let’s explore that. I work best with people asking some variation of the following questions: “What does it all mean? What am I doing with my life? Why is this happening to me? What the hell is going on? or Is this it? " -- all honest questions and great starting points for developing depth, meaning, and purpose in your life.
We’re spinning through this vast galaxy, having appeared on this planet out of nowhere, and destined to return to where we came from. What will you do with your time here? Let’s explore that. I work best with people asking some variation of the following questions: “What does it all mean? What am I doing with my life? Why is this happening to me? What the hell is going on? or Is this it? " -- all honest questions and great starting points for developing depth, meaning, and purpose in your life.
(647) 360-3489 View (647) 360-3489
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Wafa Naseem
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Are you weighed down by high expectations, wanting a life free from constant pressure to be perfect? Navigating through depression's shadows, are you searching for a path to joy, connection, and real happiness? In the grip of anxiety, do you face a constant struggle, yearning for a calm and empowered existence? Your needs are important – to break free, find hope, and make a unique plan for change, even if you're not sure where to start. That's where I come in – guiding you to create a journey towards a more meaningful life. Your goal? To make a difference, not just in your own life but also in the lives of others.
Are you weighed down by high expectations, wanting a life free from constant pressure to be perfect? Navigating through depression's shadows, are you searching for a path to joy, connection, and real happiness? In the grip of anxiety, do you face a constant struggle, yearning for a calm and empowered existence? Your needs are important – to break free, find hope, and make a unique plan for change, even if you're not sure where to start. That's where I come in – guiding you to create a journey towards a more meaningful life. Your goal? To make a difference, not just in your own life but also in the lives of others.
(365) 363-1437 View (365) 363-1437
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Brianna Urquhart
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Living with a chronic illness or disability, or being a family caregiver for a loved one, is complicated and life-changing. Chronic pain, fatigue, medical trauma, burnout, and isolation are all very real challenges that can take a negative toll on your mental health and impact your relationships. I know you have had to do a ton of advocating for yourself or your loved one to ensure needs are being met, and there still remain far too many barriers to getting the support you deserve. You should not have to do this alone. It IS possible to regain control of your life and have a supportive team collaborating with you to meet your goals!
Living with a chronic illness or disability, or being a family caregiver for a loved one, is complicated and life-changing. Chronic pain, fatigue, medical trauma, burnout, and isolation are all very real challenges that can take a negative toll on your mental health and impact your relationships. I know you have had to do a ton of advocating for yourself or your loved one to ensure needs are being met, and there still remain far too many barriers to getting the support you deserve. You should not have to do this alone. It IS possible to regain control of your life and have a supportive team collaborating with you to meet your goals!
(365) 305-0115 View (365) 305-0115
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Rami Safi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA(C)
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
I appreciate the trust a client put in me when they pick me up ,my current practice is around anxiety ,depression and trauma for individual therapy and I focus on relationship dynamics. I also have special interest in ADHD in Youth and adults.
I appreciate the trust a client put in me when they pick me up ,my current practice is around anxiety ,depression and trauma for individual therapy and I focus on relationship dynamics. I also have special interest in ADHD in Youth and adults.
(365) 601-8522 View (365) 601-8522
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Mark Mullkoff
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
People encounter problems in their lives and come into relationship with them. Sometimes problems stay around longer than people would like - sometimes even long enough that they start to see themselves as the problem. My approach follows the narrative therapy practice of externalizing and examining problems so that we can reveal their histories, their impacts, and also the ways you have resisted their unwanted influence on your life. This approach focuses on the active role you play in pursuing the life that you want, as well as the people and things that support you in that pursuit.
People encounter problems in their lives and come into relationship with them. Sometimes problems stay around longer than people would like - sometimes even long enough that they start to see themselves as the problem. My approach follows the narrative therapy practice of externalizing and examining problems so that we can reveal their histories, their impacts, and also the ways you have resisted their unwanted influence on your life. This approach focuses on the active role you play in pursuing the life that you want, as well as the people and things that support you in that pursuit.
(647) 360-5385 View (647) 360-5385
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Dr. Katherine Gardhouse
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
Katherine is a licenced clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. She is the Director of the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT) in Hamilton, Ontario and is the founder of eFIT Institute. She is a psychologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Eating Disorder Program and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience. Katherine completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and her pre and postdoctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Inpatient Trauma Unit.
Katherine is a licenced clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. She is the Director of the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT) in Hamilton, Ontario and is the founder of eFIT Institute. She is a psychologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Eating Disorder Program and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience. Katherine completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and her pre and postdoctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Inpatient Trauma Unit.
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Claire Gosselin, Counselling and Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP, RMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
Not accepting new clients at this time - I work with individuals and offer supervision. Based on an assessment with you, we determine the best approach to meet your goals, and emotional needs towards personal health and growth. A few of the therapeutic approaches I use include, but not limited to, CBT which highlights thoughts, dysfunctional (unhelpful) thinking, and assumptions. We explore the unique meaning you make of situations and events. I also use Emotionally Focussed Therapy, mindfulness techniques that rely on neurosciences to restore emotional integrity, narrative therapy, and reconstruction therapy.
Not accepting new clients at this time - I work with individuals and offer supervision. Based on an assessment with you, we determine the best approach to meet your goals, and emotional needs towards personal health and growth. A few of the therapeutic approaches I use include, but not limited to, CBT which highlights thoughts, dysfunctional (unhelpful) thinking, and assumptions. We explore the unique meaning you make of situations and events. I also use Emotionally Focussed Therapy, mindfulness techniques that rely on neurosciences to restore emotional integrity, narrative therapy, and reconstruction therapy.
(365) 305-0136 View (365) 305-0136
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Bethany Howson-Jan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
I am currently accepting new clients! Hi, my name is Bethany, and for the last 13 years I have been working with children, youth, and caregivers in the city of Hamilton. I work with youth, individuals, and parents experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns and/or life transitions, including: anxiety, depression, school difficulties, self-esteem/relationship issues.
I am currently accepting new clients! Hi, my name is Bethany, and for the last 13 years I have been working with children, youth, and caregivers in the city of Hamilton. I work with youth, individuals, and parents experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns and/or life transitions, including: anxiety, depression, school difficulties, self-esteem/relationship issues.
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Andrea Zahra Therapy and Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
I consider it a privilege every single time someone welcomes me to share in their therapeutic process. My intention is to bring authenticity, empathy and non-judgemental guidance to the room. I believe that therapy is a very personal experience for each of my clients, so I try to enter the therapeutic relationship as a 'clean slate', free of judgement or any agenda other than what they want or need in their healing. In my practice, I work from an anti-oppressive, client-focused, strength-based framework and believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that you are the expert of your experience.
I consider it a privilege every single time someone welcomes me to share in their therapeutic process. My intention is to bring authenticity, empathy and non-judgemental guidance to the room. I believe that therapy is a very personal experience for each of my clients, so I try to enter the therapeutic relationship as a 'clean slate', free of judgement or any agenda other than what they want or need in their healing. In my practice, I work from an anti-oppressive, client-focused, strength-based framework and believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that you are the expert of your experience.
(905) 736-0682 View (905) 736-0682
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Kat Giles
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
Depression, anxiety, and stressful circumstances no longer have to control your life and steal your joy. I support individuals, children, youth, and families to restore hope in a safe and compassionate space where you can share, reflect, grow, and journey towards fullness. We can work together to navigate current situations and past experiences so that you can be more connected to what is happening in you, and in those you care about.
Depression, anxiety, and stressful circumstances no longer have to control your life and steal your joy. I support individuals, children, youth, and families to restore hope in a safe and compassionate space where you can share, reflect, grow, and journey towards fullness. We can work together to navigate current situations and past experiences so that you can be more connected to what is happening in you, and in those you care about.
(226) 640-0935 View (226) 640-0935
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Justin Pinksen
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Perhaps you’re down, anxious, or facing a crossroads in your life. Maybe you are unsure about the future of a relationship, or feel that you aren’t really living the life you were meant to lead. Life brings hardship and pain to all of us - there is no escaping it - some more than others. I want to hear your story, hear your challenges - and work together to write your next chapter. I believe that each of us have inherent strengths and values that shape the trajectory in which life takes us - building from this, I work with people to consider how these inner strengths are useful in combating mental health challenges and struggles.
Perhaps you’re down, anxious, or facing a crossroads in your life. Maybe you are unsure about the future of a relationship, or feel that you aren’t really living the life you were meant to lead. Life brings hardship and pain to all of us - there is no escaping it - some more than others. I want to hear your story, hear your challenges - and work together to write your next chapter. I believe that each of us have inherent strengths and values that shape the trajectory in which life takes us - building from this, I work with people to consider how these inner strengths are useful in combating mental health challenges and struggles.
(365) 607-0778 View (365) 607-0778
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Susan Shin
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
How do we navigate change? As we’ve all learned in these past years, the ability to navigate change has been uncertain and very tough. But whether it’s a change in your mood, your physical health, your career, your family life and relationships, or struggling through challenges that have been out of your control, it can be a very bewildering, confusing and even scary time. As a therapist, my approach centres your safety and empowering you to uncover your inner abilities and strengths. My role is to walk beside you through the tough challenges and be a guide through – what might feel like – the wilderness of your own emotions.
How do we navigate change? As we’ve all learned in these past years, the ability to navigate change has been uncertain and very tough. But whether it’s a change in your mood, your physical health, your career, your family life and relationships, or struggling through challenges that have been out of your control, it can be a very bewildering, confusing and even scary time. As a therapist, my approach centres your safety and empowering you to uncover your inner abilities and strengths. My role is to walk beside you through the tough challenges and be a guide through – what might feel like – the wilderness of your own emotions.
(647) 372-1862 View (647) 372-1862
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Pathlight Counselling Ltd. (Eric Burnet)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with adults and youth dealing with anxiety, depression, work/school issues, relationship issues, parenting and family issues, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I have helped clients with diagnoses that include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience working with at-risk youth and youth involved in the youth criminal justice system. I am completely fluent in both English and French and provide services in both languages. I am a Registered Social Worker in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and am available to clients located anywhere in those provinces.
I have experience working with adults and youth dealing with anxiety, depression, work/school issues, relationship issues, parenting and family issues, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I have helped clients with diagnoses that include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience working with at-risk youth and youth involved in the youth criminal justice system. I am completely fluent in both English and French and provide services in both languages. I am a Registered Social Worker in both Ontario and Nova Scotia and am available to clients located anywhere in those provinces.
(365) 602-5599 View (365) 602-5599
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Kellie Thomas
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q), CCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
It's no secret that life's challenges can be overwhelming. Support from family and friends is important, but support from a mental health professional is unique and without the bias that often comes with a pre-existing relationship. I seek to support my clients during their life challenges and stressors while increasing resiliency and focusing on strengths. Our work together will be reflective, supportive, and collaborative.
It's no secret that life's challenges can be overwhelming. Support from family and friends is important, but support from a mental health professional is unique and without the bias that often comes with a pre-existing relationship. I seek to support my clients during their life challenges and stressors while increasing resiliency and focusing on strengths. Our work together will be reflective, supportive, and collaborative.
(365) 601-3986 View (365) 601-3986
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Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
At the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT), we believe that emotional health can be pursued by prioritizing your psychological, physical, and social needs. That's why we have developed a systematic and customizable therapy program that will help you access and address those needs to reach your goals. All clinical services are under the direction of Dr. Katherine Gardhouse, who is a registered clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. At CFIT, we are committed to bringing you today's best evidence-based approaches to maximize results and support your journey.
At the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT), we believe that emotional health can be pursued by prioritizing your psychological, physical, and social needs. That's why we have developed a systematic and customizable therapy program that will help you access and address those needs to reach your goals. All clinical services are under the direction of Dr. Katherine Gardhouse, who is a registered clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. At CFIT, we are committed to bringing you today's best evidence-based approaches to maximize results and support your journey.
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Number of Counsellors in L8L

30+

Average cost per session

$148

Counsellors in L8L who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
86% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
71% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
57% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

53% Other
53% SunLife
53% Manulife

How Counsellors in L8L see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
20% Male
12% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in L8L?

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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.