Therapists in L8M

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Ishtar S Gabriel
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Soulmenders normalize mental illness and accept it as the human condition. We use a bottom up approach focusing on nervous system regulation knowing the mind will follow. Finding your sanity & soul once again. VISIT www.soulmenders.ca Clients who come to see Soulmenders have these types of symptoms: emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, depletion, reactivity, addictive cycles, struggle with codependency, narcissism, trauma and stress. Soulmenders is a healing collective including yoga, breath, reiki, coaches, therapist, art therapy all designed to help you feel better
Soulmenders normalize mental illness and accept it as the human condition. We use a bottom up approach focusing on nervous system regulation knowing the mind will follow. Finding your sanity & soul once again. VISIT www.soulmenders.ca Clients who come to see Soulmenders have these types of symptoms: emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, depletion, reactivity, addictive cycles, struggle with codependency, narcissism, trauma and stress. Soulmenders is a healing collective including yoga, breath, reiki, coaches, therapist, art therapy all designed to help you feel better
(365) 536-0970 View (365) 536-0970
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Michelle Crozier
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a queer-identified Registered Social Worker, with over ten years of experience providing counselling support for individuals, couples, and families. I support people in deepening awareness of their thoughts, feelings, body sensations and adaptive ways of coping. Together we can explore the spaces in your life where you may feel stuck, gently fostering compassion, while moving toward desired growth. My practice is guided by a lens that is Anti-Oppressive, intersectional and feminist. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on various evidence-based therapeutic modalities to discover what aligns with your needs.
Welcome! I am a queer-identified Registered Social Worker, with over ten years of experience providing counselling support for individuals, couples, and families. I support people in deepening awareness of their thoughts, feelings, body sensations and adaptive ways of coping. Together we can explore the spaces in your life where you may feel stuck, gently fostering compassion, while moving toward desired growth. My practice is guided by a lens that is Anti-Oppressive, intersectional and feminist. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on various evidence-based therapeutic modalities to discover what aligns with your needs.
(226) 407-4577 View (226) 407-4577
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Sara Kohtala
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
I have a significant amount of experience in working with those who present with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, sex and relationship concerns, trauma, and oppression. My clients may struggle with internalized self-blame for the issues they're facing. I hope to help them reject harmful societal messages that lead them to believe that the problems they're having are entirely due to their personal shortcomings. I hope to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for them to process their experiences of trauma and oppression. I hope to help them develop self-care routines, strategies and boundaries to avoid burnout.
I have a significant amount of experience in working with those who present with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, sex and relationship concerns, trauma, and oppression. My clients may struggle with internalized self-blame for the issues they're facing. I hope to help them reject harmful societal messages that lead them to believe that the problems they're having are entirely due to their personal shortcomings. I hope to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for them to process their experiences of trauma and oppression. I hope to help them develop self-care routines, strategies and boundaries to avoid burnout.
(365) 661-4551 View (365) 661-4551
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Accepting Clients For Online Therapy Leila Coulibaly
Registered Psychotherapist, MsPsy
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
Thank you for visiting my profile. I offer E.M.D.R. therapy, a trauma-informed therapy, to treat past disturbing memories. Do you experience symptoms in the spectrum of anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic attack), or depressive disorders (depression, bipolar)? Or stress disorders (PTSD, trauma)? Some memories are still a disturbance in your present. When the natural reprocessing gets stuck, you don't have peace. I also offer therapy that focuses on the present with approaches, such as CBT or ACT.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I offer E.M.D.R. therapy, a trauma-informed therapy, to treat past disturbing memories. Do you experience symptoms in the spectrum of anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic attack), or depressive disorders (depression, bipolar)? Or stress disorders (PTSD, trauma)? Some memories are still a disturbance in your present. When the natural reprocessing gets stuck, you don't have peace. I also offer therapy that focuses on the present with approaches, such as CBT or ACT.
(289) 769-9827 View (289) 769-9827
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Kristina Coda
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
I provide a non-judgmental, confidential, responsive space to process, gain insight, knowledge and strategies, and work towards resolution. Using an integrative, client-centered approach, with elements of Narrative Therapy, CBT, EFT, etc., I primarily work through the exploration of relationship dynamics and patterns, addressing attachment wounds, and using a focus on emotions and cognition. Perhaps you are dissatisfied with your relationships, or are not getting along with a family member or co-worker, are feeling alone or stressed? Compassion and empathy based, I encourage self-compassion, self-acceptance and authentic self-expression.
I provide a non-judgmental, confidential, responsive space to process, gain insight, knowledge and strategies, and work towards resolution. Using an integrative, client-centered approach, with elements of Narrative Therapy, CBT, EFT, etc., I primarily work through the exploration of relationship dynamics and patterns, addressing attachment wounds, and using a focus on emotions and cognition. Perhaps you are dissatisfied with your relationships, or are not getting along with a family member or co-worker, are feeling alone or stressed? Compassion and empathy based, I encourage self-compassion, self-acceptance and authentic self-expression.
(365) 598-5830 View (365) 598-5830
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Arlene Jane Pitts
Registered Social Worker, BA, MA, RSW, ACC
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Welcome! I am a trauma-informed Psychotherapist, Social Worker who works collaboratively to offer a client-centred approach promoting self-determination and autonomy. I draw from modalities I have trained extensively in including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, while combining internal family systems and mindfulness. I offer a non-judgemental space that is centred around your whole self, allowing you to explore your goals, identity, and strengths in order to heal, manage, process traumatic experiences and most importantly thrive. My approach is rooted in abolition, anti-oppression, pro-sex work, decolonization and harm reduction.
Welcome! I am a trauma-informed Psychotherapist, Social Worker who works collaboratively to offer a client-centred approach promoting self-determination and autonomy. I draw from modalities I have trained extensively in including Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, while combining internal family systems and mindfulness. I offer a non-judgemental space that is centred around your whole self, allowing you to explore your goals, identity, and strengths in order to heal, manage, process traumatic experiences and most importantly thrive. My approach is rooted in abolition, anti-oppression, pro-sex work, decolonization and harm reduction.
(647) 691-0729 View (647) 691-0729
Photo of Michaela Weaver (Psychotherapy For You), Registered Social Worker in L8M, ON
Michaela Weaver (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Michaela! I am a recent MSW graduate from the University of Windsor and had the pleasure of completing my last practicum with Psychotherapy for You Canada! I also hold an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology. I have spent the last four years working in acute inpatient psychiatric care for children and youth ages 5-17 and feel that I have a good grasp on some of the most pressing issues youth are currently facing. I believe every human being is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, and each person deserves to seek counseling with a therapist who tailors their approach to what fits the client best.
Hi, I’m Michaela! I am a recent MSW graduate from the University of Windsor and had the pleasure of completing my last practicum with Psychotherapy for You Canada! I also hold an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology. I have spent the last four years working in acute inpatient psychiatric care for children and youth ages 5-17 and feel that I have a good grasp on some of the most pressing issues youth are currently facing. I believe every human being is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, and each person deserves to seek counseling with a therapist who tailors their approach to what fits the client best.
(365) 650-9594 View (365) 650-9594
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Stardust Therapeutic Collective
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RSSW, SSW, BSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Stardust is a queer-owned collective of mental health workers trying to make counselling more accessible and affirming to folks experiencing systemic oppression. All of our team members have lived experience with mental health issues and/or neurodivergence, and we recognize the role that oppression plays in causing and aggravating mental health stuff. We work from a trauma-informed, intersectional and social justice-focused framework. We believe in harm reduction and are strongly sex and sex-worker positive, kink positive, familiar with non-traditional relationship dynamics, body-positive, and anti-capitalist.
Stardust is a queer-owned collective of mental health workers trying to make counselling more accessible and affirming to folks experiencing systemic oppression. All of our team members have lived experience with mental health issues and/or neurodivergence, and we recognize the role that oppression plays in causing and aggravating mental health stuff. We work from a trauma-informed, intersectional and social justice-focused framework. We believe in harm reduction and are strongly sex and sex-worker positive, kink positive, familiar with non-traditional relationship dynamics, body-positive, and anti-capitalist.
(365) 800-6201 View (365) 800-6201
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Peaceful Pathways Counselling
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, TCTSYc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
I am passionate about working with individuals to integrate their mental wellness and everyday life in order to obtain sustainable improvements, particularly those facing difficulty after experiencing trauma or loss.
I am passionate about working with individuals to integrate their mental wellness and everyday life in order to obtain sustainable improvements, particularly those facing difficulty after experiencing trauma or loss.
(289) 778-0147 View (289) 778-0147
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Emily Alton
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
Feeling worried or distressed about something? Do intrusive thoughts interfere with daily activities? Talking to someone about mental health can be scary but also empowering. Our work together will be guided by you each step of the way, as you are the expert on your own experiences. By understanding how our emotions connect to our behaviours, we are better able to navigate our day-to-day lives. Whether it's stress, nerves, fears, sadness, or anything else, I am here to listen with a non-judgmental lens. I hope to be here for your next big step in this journey.
Feeling worried or distressed about something? Do intrusive thoughts interfere with daily activities? Talking to someone about mental health can be scary but also empowering. Our work together will be guided by you each step of the way, as you are the expert on your own experiences. By understanding how our emotions connect to our behaviours, we are better able to navigate our day-to-day lives. Whether it's stress, nerves, fears, sadness, or anything else, I am here to listen with a non-judgmental lens. I hope to be here for your next big step in this journey.
(365) 398-5126 View (365) 398-5126
Photo of Aaron Van Beilen - Uniquely Affordable, Registered Psychotherapist in L8M, ON
Aaron Van Beilen - Uniquely Affordable
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Our lives are full of challenges, but they can be overcome by working together. We can all find strength through connection and support. If you are seeking more from life, talking to a psychotherapist can help you along your journey. I am here to help you find peace and a greater sense of inner freedom. I listen deeply to your needs with respect and compassion. I offer individual therapy for a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, habit change, finding motivation, and relationships.
Our lives are full of challenges, but they can be overcome by working together. We can all find strength through connection and support. If you are seeking more from life, talking to a psychotherapist can help you along your journey. I am here to help you find peace and a greater sense of inner freedom. I listen deeply to your needs with respect and compassion. I offer individual therapy for a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, habit change, finding motivation, and relationships.
(343) 700-1403 View (343) 700-1403
Photo of Rachel Nolan, Registered Psychotherapist in L8M, ON
Rachel Nolan
Registered Psychotherapist, MMT, RP , MTA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
I find therapy can be a branch that reaches in, something strong you use to pull yourself from a harsh inner world to more solid ground. If you feel overwhelmed or raw, what you're experiencing isn't a problem with who you are. Plenty is hard in this world. Add in factors like your history, systemic barriers, learned habits, vulnerabilities, traumas, or feelings that overwhelm your capacities right now - it can be exhausting. At best. The hopeful news is that you can change your experience: gain understanding and strength, interrupt patterns, create your solid ground, and move in a direction that's in line with what matters to you.
I find therapy can be a branch that reaches in, something strong you use to pull yourself from a harsh inner world to more solid ground. If you feel overwhelmed or raw, what you're experiencing isn't a problem with who you are. Plenty is hard in this world. Add in factors like your history, systemic barriers, learned habits, vulnerabilities, traumas, or feelings that overwhelm your capacities right now - it can be exhausting. At best. The hopeful news is that you can change your experience: gain understanding and strength, interrupt patterns, create your solid ground, and move in a direction that's in line with what matters to you.
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Ancestral Memory Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
‘Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge” Audre Lorde We believe in different ways of knowing, and encourage people to tap into their ways of knowing to promote health and well being. We work from a holistic approach, and invite individuals to bring their body, mind, and spirit into each session. We provide trauma-informed, queer-friendly, and fat-positive counselling. Specializing in: • LGBTQ2S+ Shame and Guilt • Feeling Stuck • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome • Trauma • Anti-Racism & AOP
‘Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge” Audre Lorde We believe in different ways of knowing, and encourage people to tap into their ways of knowing to promote health and well being. We work from a holistic approach, and invite individuals to bring their body, mind, and spirit into each session. We provide trauma-informed, queer-friendly, and fat-positive counselling. Specializing in: • LGBTQ2S+ Shame and Guilt • Feeling Stuck • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome • Trauma • Anti-Racism & AOP
(647) 557-3150 View (647) 557-3150
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Salvina Castiglione
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
We often look for external solutions when we are trying to resolve or fix a problem. We may be struggling with issues at work or school, or perhaps we’re feeling stuck in a life that no longer brings us joy. The loss of a loved one or a marriage or relationship breakdown leaves us feeling depleted and abandoned. Overwhelmed anxious feelings can easily take over when faced with any of these situations.
We often look for external solutions when we are trying to resolve or fix a problem. We may be struggling with issues at work or school, or perhaps we’re feeling stuck in a life that no longer brings us joy. The loss of a loved one or a marriage or relationship breakdown leaves us feeling depleted and abandoned. Overwhelmed anxious feelings can easily take over when faced with any of these situations.
(365) 298-0295 x905537 View (365) 298-0295 x905537
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Iryna Dutko
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
Many people hold the belief that challenges with emotional and mental well-being are a result of difficulty in coping, functioning, or adaptability. We may attempt to use willpower, intellect, and behavioural changes to tackle these issues; if these attempts fail to bring us inner peace or lasting change, we can begin to feel ashamed, alone, and stagnant. It is my belief that challenges with mental health, emotion, and relationships do not exist in a vacuum. These are more than personal failings at coping and functioning. Once we settle into this understanding, we can begin to uncover the deeper questions of your healing work.
Many people hold the belief that challenges with emotional and mental well-being are a result of difficulty in coping, functioning, or adaptability. We may attempt to use willpower, intellect, and behavioural changes to tackle these issues; if these attempts fail to bring us inner peace or lasting change, we can begin to feel ashamed, alone, and stagnant. It is my belief that challenges with mental health, emotion, and relationships do not exist in a vacuum. These are more than personal failings at coping and functioning. Once we settle into this understanding, we can begin to uncover the deeper questions of your healing work.
(647) 492-4294 View (647) 492-4294
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Zinta Auzins - Lit From Within Counselling And Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
+ + Accepting new clients + + Do you struggle with low self-esteem, difficulty setting boundaries, or anxiety in any of your relationships (romantic, friendship, family)? If so, you don’t need to struggle alone. I would love to help you reconnect to your inner strength and the power of being your whole, authentic self so that you can show up more fully and calmly in your life and relationships. With curiosity, empathy, and emotional presence, I hope to help you gain the clarity and conviction to stand in your worth and come home to your true self.
+ + Accepting new clients + + Do you struggle with low self-esteem, difficulty setting boundaries, or anxiety in any of your relationships (romantic, friendship, family)? If so, you don’t need to struggle alone. I would love to help you reconnect to your inner strength and the power of being your whole, authentic self so that you can show up more fully and calmly in your life and relationships. With curiosity, empathy, and emotional presence, I hope to help you gain the clarity and conviction to stand in your worth and come home to your true self.
(226) 705-0564 View (226) 705-0564
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Mitch Evans
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
10 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
I have a keen interest in understanding the sources of human suffering, as well as the tools needed to navigate and create a meaningful life. Over the last few years, I have worked in a variety of diverse social service settings, focusing primarily on adult mental health. I have supported individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and relationship issues. I am passionate about exploring the complexities of modern relationships, supporting queer and non-monogamous folks, and how we can create healthier outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones.
I have a keen interest in understanding the sources of human suffering, as well as the tools needed to navigate and create a meaningful life. Over the last few years, I have worked in a variety of diverse social service settings, focusing primarily on adult mental health. I have supported individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and relationship issues. I am passionate about exploring the complexities of modern relationships, supporting queer and non-monogamous folks, and how we can create healthier outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones.
(519) 270-9368 View (519) 270-9368
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Jasmin Baird
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and certified Clinical Supervisor through the CRPO. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, relationship issues and loved ones of have completed the supervision training through Laurier University's Continuing Education Program. I pride myself on building connections with my clients through education and mutual respect. I enjoy laughing with my clients and learning together. If you are looking for supervision I would be excited to help you on your journey to becoming the best therapist you can be.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and certified Clinical Supervisor through the CRPO. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, relationship issues and loved ones of have completed the supervision training through Laurier University's Continuing Education Program. I pride myself on building connections with my clients through education and mutual respect. I enjoy laughing with my clients and learning together. If you are looking for supervision I would be excited to help you on your journey to becoming the best therapist you can be.
(365) 800-6804 View (365) 800-6804
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Shareen Kaur Rikhraj
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MSc, BSc
Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8M
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) accepting new clients in person and virtually with sliding scale. Proudly supporting BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks with their mental health. As an immigrant and member of the Queer community, I want to be there for others who struggle to have their unique experiences understood. So if you’re racialized or have experienced racial trauma, are a first or second generation immigrant, are Queer, and/or need support with changes that are affecting your mental health: Welcome. This is a space for you to be safe, seen and fiercely supported.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) accepting new clients in person and virtually with sliding scale. Proudly supporting BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks with their mental health. As an immigrant and member of the Queer community, I want to be there for others who struggle to have their unique experiences understood. So if you’re racialized or have experienced racial trauma, are a first or second generation immigrant, are Queer, and/or need support with changes that are affecting your mental health: Welcome. This is a space for you to be safe, seen and fiercely supported.
(365) 654-3481 View (365) 654-3481
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Justin Hamilton
Registered Social Worker, SSW, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8M
Welcome. Mental health is essential to a happy life. It has a profound effect on the quality of our days. It also affects the depth and richness of all our relationships. We deserve to love our lives and those closest to us the best way we can. Living our lives to the fullest and enjoying our moments is essential, but sometimes, things can get in the way, and we have trouble getting around them. There is a way to get past almost anything. Through this work, I have witnessed some fantastic breakthroughs and life changes. If you're willing to do the work, a better life awaits. And I can help you get there.
Welcome. Mental health is essential to a happy life. It has a profound effect on the quality of our days. It also affects the depth and richness of all our relationships. We deserve to love our lives and those closest to us the best way we can. Living our lives to the fullest and enjoying our moments is essential, but sometimes, things can get in the way, and we have trouble getting around them. There is a way to get past almost anything. Through this work, I have witnessed some fantastic breakthroughs and life changes. If you're willing to do the work, a better life awaits. And I can help you get there.
(289) 302-5235 View (289) 302-5235

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Number of Counsellors in L8M

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in L8M who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
72% Depression
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Self Esteem
64% Stress
60% Relationship Issues
60% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Green Shield Canada
60% Great-West Life
60% Canada Life | Great-West Life

How Counsellors in L8M see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
12% Male
8% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in L8M?

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.