Therapists in L8W

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Ionatan Stan
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and I work with individuals, couples and families. I help my clients to cultivate presence and to reduce stress in their lives, to be aware of their negative feelings and thoughts and to express them in a healthy way. I help couples and families to improve their communication skills, to set healthy boundaries, to connect better and to maintain balance and harmony in their relationships. Clients are empowered to address issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, stress, burnout, trauma/abuse, addiction, self-esteem related problems, grief, parenting issues, separation/divorce.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and I work with individuals, couples and families. I help my clients to cultivate presence and to reduce stress in their lives, to be aware of their negative feelings and thoughts and to express them in a healthy way. I help couples and families to improve their communication skills, to set healthy boundaries, to connect better and to maintain balance and harmony in their relationships. Clients are empowered to address issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, stress, burnout, trauma/abuse, addiction, self-esteem related problems, grief, parenting issues, separation/divorce.
(289) 272-8607 View (289) 272-8607
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Brandon Sajor
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), HBA, RP(Q), CCPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W
Finding one's self can be difficult to pin down whether you're a person of colour experiencing conflicting values culturally, an individual exploring your sexual identity, unable to balance work/school with life, or otherwise. Coupled that with the stresses of everyday life and things tend to feel overwhelming. You may feel like it's hard to organize your thoughts and feelings or you may even feel like you have nowhere to express yourself.
Finding one's self can be difficult to pin down whether you're a person of colour experiencing conflicting values culturally, an individual exploring your sexual identity, unable to balance work/school with life, or otherwise. Coupled that with the stresses of everyday life and things tend to feel overwhelming. You may feel like it's hard to organize your thoughts and feelings or you may even feel like you have nowhere to express yourself.
(548) 490-5518 View (548) 490-5518
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ELM Medicine
MD
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
Are you an adult who is looking for professional support for happiness ? Are you someone who is looking for ways to help yourself cope better and maybe even thrive ; despite past difficulties ? Are you highly motivated ? While we cannot make you choose happiness , we can support you in making more skillful choices. Our Stress Reduction Clinic will support you in developing self awareness, self compassion & self confidence.
Are you an adult who is looking for professional support for happiness ? Are you someone who is looking for ways to help yourself cope better and maybe even thrive ; despite past difficulties ? Are you highly motivated ? While we cannot make you choose happiness , we can support you in making more skillful choices. Our Stress Reduction Clinic will support you in developing self awareness, self compassion & self confidence.
(289) 768-8167 View (289) 768-8167
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Chantal Gray
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W
Waitlist for new clients
Are you facing the challenges of setting boundaries, dealing with work-related or school stress, navigating anxiety, or coping with trauma and grief that impact your daily life? You don't have to face these struggles alone. I'm here to support you at any stage of your life journey. I bring a holistic and culturally responsive approach to therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of children, youth, adults, and families. My practice is firmly rooted in the belief that everyone possesses inherent strengths that can be harnessed for healing and growth.
Are you facing the challenges of setting boundaries, dealing with work-related or school stress, navigating anxiety, or coping with trauma and grief that impact your daily life? You don't have to face these struggles alone. I'm here to support you at any stage of your life journey. I bring a holistic and culturally responsive approach to therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of children, youth, adults, and families. My practice is firmly rooted in the belief that everyone possesses inherent strengths that can be harnessed for healing and growth.
(289) 206-8683 View (289) 206-8683
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Stone (Si Dong) Fu
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
Waitlist for new clients
I help couples who aren't satisfied in their relationships, and individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. The clients I see are hurting, but they're capable, smart, and ready to break free from negative patterns. If you're struggling in your relationship, maybe you've tried voicing your concerns but the communication in your relationship just isn't working. You want to feel connected again, instead of holding back your concerns and growing further apart.
I help couples who aren't satisfied in their relationships, and individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. The clients I see are hurting, but they're capable, smart, and ready to break free from negative patterns. If you're struggling in your relationship, maybe you've tried voicing your concerns but the communication in your relationship just isn't working. You want to feel connected again, instead of holding back your concerns and growing further apart.
(365) 803-1186 View (365) 803-1186
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Aaron Van Beilen - Uniquely Affordable
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
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.
(289) 276-8135 View (289) 276-8135
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Madeleine Serhal
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W
Hey there - my name is Maddie and I’m a Lebanese Canadian offering support to children and youth 10+, students, and young adults experiencing anxieties, school and life stressors, ADHD, relationship challenges, identity exploration, people pleasing, perfectionism, depression, grief, liberation, and the overall pressures of being a human. In working with me, we will explore topics of self-awareness, attachment, emotions, thoughts, behaviours, protective patterns and narrative themes; relationship with our true selves, communities, and nature; power dynamics and the impact of systems we live in; and many more mental health topics.
Hey there - my name is Maddie and I’m a Lebanese Canadian offering support to children and youth 10+, students, and young adults experiencing anxieties, school and life stressors, ADHD, relationship challenges, identity exploration, people pleasing, perfectionism, depression, grief, liberation, and the overall pressures of being a human. In working with me, we will explore topics of self-awareness, attachment, emotions, thoughts, behaviours, protective patterns and narrative themes; relationship with our true selves, communities, and nature; power dynamics and the impact of systems we live in; and many more mental health topics.
(289) 236-2545 View (289) 236-2545
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Cert. Perinatal Specialist | Christine Brum Tollis
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CRPO, OAMHP, PMH-C
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
Starting a family can be an overwhelming and challenging process that no one really prepares you for. From difficulties with fertility and pregnancy to perinatal mood and anxiety, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, identity/life transition challenges and relationship & family conflicts. It’s no surprise that at least 1 in 5 women suffer from mental health challenges during pregnancy and after childbirth. As a Registered Psychotherapist for over 10 years, and a mother myself, I understand many of these challenges. My personal experiences provide me with invaluable understanding of the difficulties that can arise in the perinatal period.
Starting a family can be an overwhelming and challenging process that no one really prepares you for. From difficulties with fertility and pregnancy to perinatal mood and anxiety, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, identity/life transition challenges and relationship & family conflicts. It’s no surprise that at least 1 in 5 women suffer from mental health challenges during pregnancy and after childbirth. As a Registered Psychotherapist for over 10 years, and a mother myself, I understand many of these challenges. My personal experiences provide me with invaluable understanding of the difficulties that can arise in the perinatal period.
(289) 796-1404 View (289) 796-1404
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Mark Wsevolod Isajiw
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, LICSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from York University (1992) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (1993). I am also a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I take a very client-centred approach to providing therapy services and am well-versed in principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in a trauma-informed manner.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from York University (1992) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (1993). I am also a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I take a very client-centred approach to providing therapy services and am well-versed in principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in a trauma-informed manner.
(289) 797-1273 View (289) 797-1273
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Angela Hevey
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist providing integrated and holistic individual therapy for trauma and stress-related disorders; relationships; grief and loss; depression; anxiety; anger; complex mental health; as well as couples therapy. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental and safe environment for sharing and growth based on your individual needs. Together we will work towards building an understanding of areas that have become problematic to you and examine how they have shaped your experiences.
I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist providing integrated and holistic individual therapy for trauma and stress-related disorders; relationships; grief and loss; depression; anxiety; anger; complex mental health; as well as couples therapy. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental and safe environment for sharing and growth based on your individual needs. Together we will work towards building an understanding of areas that have become problematic to you and examine how they have shaped your experiences.
(289) 206-0542 View (289) 206-0542
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Stephanie Dennis
Registered Social Worker, BAH, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
I would be honoured to meet anyone who is feeling ready to take a step forward in their life. I operate from a non-judgemental standpoint, and my job is to support you in however you feel is beneficial. While I offer certain skills and experience, I will ask that we work together to determine the best course of action towards your hopes for tomorrow.
I would be honoured to meet anyone who is feeling ready to take a step forward in their life. I operate from a non-judgemental standpoint, and my job is to support you in however you feel is beneficial. While I offer certain skills and experience, I will ask that we work together to determine the best course of action towards your hopes for tomorrow.
(289) 212-6405 View (289) 212-6405
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Ashley Montreuil
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, RP
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
I provide a safe place for clients to share their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I help you figure out what is keeping you stuck and work with you toward the goals that you believe will make your life more fulfilling. I do this by helping you challenge thoughts and beliefs that leave you feeling sad or anxious, helping you understand and share your emotions with others, and by aiding you in changing behaviours you no longer find useful. I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I provide a safe place for clients to share their most vulnerable thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I help you figure out what is keeping you stuck and work with you toward the goals that you believe will make your life more fulfilling. I do this by helping you challenge thoughts and beliefs that leave you feeling sad or anxious, helping you understand and share your emotions with others, and by aiding you in changing behaviours you no longer find useful. I use a combination of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
(365) 601-6417 View (365) 601-6417
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Ruth Virgo
Registered Social Worker, M, S, W
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
Hi! Do you often feel overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety? Or “do you find it difficult to develop friendships and maintain positive relations?” “Do you experience sadness and loneliness?” “If so, come talk with me!” I am excited to work collaboratively with you on your journey to identify solutions to anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-confidence, relationship issues, and emotional dysfunction concerns; to develop coping strategies to build resilience to loss, grief, trauma, burnout, and daily activities. I will help you find meaning and purpose to live authentically. Please visit me at website: winroseoasiscounselling.com
Hi! Do you often feel overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety? Or “do you find it difficult to develop friendships and maintain positive relations?” “Do you experience sadness and loneliness?” “If so, come talk with me!” I am excited to work collaboratively with you on your journey to identify solutions to anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-confidence, relationship issues, and emotional dysfunction concerns; to develop coping strategies to build resilience to loss, grief, trauma, burnout, and daily activities. I will help you find meaning and purpose to live authentically. Please visit me at website: winroseoasiscounselling.com
(289) 210-7410 View (289) 210-7410
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Sophia Fernandes
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
My approach to counselling is strengths based, person centred and collaborative. I help clients to optimize strengths, build resilience and cultivate growth.
My approach to counselling is strengths based, person centred and collaborative. I help clients to optimize strengths, build resilience and cultivate growth.
(289) 440-7890 View (289) 440-7890
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Bauer Counselling & Consultation
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW, MSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
As a social worker, my goal is to provide support to individuals to overcome a variety of challenges through the use of evidence-based practice and clinical experience. Whether you are experiencing a life transition, recent loss, feeling down, relationship or general concerns, I am here to help. As each individual and their presenting concerns are unique, we will work together to tailor an approach that works best for your needs. While therapy may include serious matters, I believe therapy should also be engaging and enjoyable. My role is to support you to promote meaningful change to feel your best and live the life you envision.
As a social worker, my goal is to provide support to individuals to overcome a variety of challenges through the use of evidence-based practice and clinical experience. Whether you are experiencing a life transition, recent loss, feeling down, relationship or general concerns, I am here to help. As each individual and their presenting concerns are unique, we will work together to tailor an approach that works best for your needs. While therapy may include serious matters, I believe therapy should also be engaging and enjoyable. My role is to support you to promote meaningful change to feel your best and live the life you envision.
(289) 276-0396 View (289) 276-0396
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Christine Silva
Counsellor, BScN, RN
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
Not accepting new clients
I take a holistic approach to stress, anxiety and burnout. I help overwhelmed women, especially moms, who are struggling to manage their stress, anxiety and burnout. As a mom of 2 special needs children, I understand your need to rediscover who you are and reconnect with your spouse. I understand your goals for better time management & organization skills. i can help you gain clarity as to why you are crying or angry all the time, especially at your family, maybe even at yourself.
I take a holistic approach to stress, anxiety and burnout. I help overwhelmed women, especially moms, who are struggling to manage their stress, anxiety and burnout. As a mom of 2 special needs children, I understand your need to rediscover who you are and reconnect with your spouse. I understand your goals for better time management & organization skills. i can help you gain clarity as to why you are crying or angry all the time, especially at your family, maybe even at yourself.
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Photo of Rachel Wilson, Registered Social Worker in L8W, ON
Rachel Wilson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Hamilton, ON L8W
With the ups and downs of life sometimes we fall off-track and need a bit of help getting back up. Whether we get stuck in a funk, experience the pain of loss, or life transitions just seem too much. I’m here to meet you where you are and together cultivate a safe space where you can feel seen and heard.
With the ups and downs of life sometimes we fall off-track and need a bit of help getting back up. Whether we get stuck in a funk, experience the pain of loss, or life transitions just seem too much. I’m here to meet you where you are and together cultivate a safe space where you can feel seen and heard.
(365) 536-1001 View (365) 536-1001
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Sabrina Gaik
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
My name is Sabrina Gaik and I am currently a student intern at Relationship Counselling Toronto, completing my MA in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I help individuals and couples build deeper emotional connections, trust and communication. I understand how isolating it can feel to lack meaningful connection and how hopeless it can feel to be stuck in negative relationships. My goal is to help you feel more connected to the significant people in your life and the aspects of yourself that you push away. Together we can strengthen your resiliency to face life's challenges.
My name is Sabrina Gaik and I am currently a student intern at Relationship Counselling Toronto, completing my MA in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I help individuals and couples build deeper emotional connections, trust and communication. I understand how isolating it can feel to lack meaningful connection and how hopeless it can feel to be stuck in negative relationships. My goal is to help you feel more connected to the significant people in your life and the aspects of yourself that you push away. Together we can strengthen your resiliency to face life's challenges.
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Anastasia Vuckovic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W  (Online Only)
No waitlist! Virtual appointments within Ontario. Are you having troubles with regulating emotions? In your mid 20s and feeling lost in life? Stuck in a relationship? Going through a breakup and unsure on how to move forward? If the answer is yes to any of those above, let me help! Through our journey together, you can expect to feel and experience a welcoming, safe, and judgement free zone as we work together to identify feelings of overwhelm, self-doubt, and helplessness. Together, we can explore these challenging patterns as we work towards creating a life that has you feeling confident, fulfilled, joyful and proud.
No waitlist! Virtual appointments within Ontario. Are you having troubles with regulating emotions? In your mid 20s and feeling lost in life? Stuck in a relationship? Going through a breakup and unsure on how to move forward? If the answer is yes to any of those above, let me help! Through our journey together, you can expect to feel and experience a welcoming, safe, and judgement free zone as we work together to identify feelings of overwhelm, self-doubt, and helplessness. Together, we can explore these challenging patterns as we work towards creating a life that has you feeling confident, fulfilled, joyful and proud.
(226) 908-0516 View (226) 908-0516
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Sonya Sethi-Rankin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified
6 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8W
Relationships, mental health or life in general can feel unmanageable. Many individuals I work with are seeking clarity, or feeling overwhelmed trying to work through difficult situations where they feel blocked or unable to move forward. I work together with my clients, to make sense of what is occurring in their life and experience changes they have been hoping for.
Relationships, mental health or life in general can feel unmanageable. Many individuals I work with are seeking clarity, or feeling overwhelmed trying to work through difficult situations where they feel blocked or unable to move forward. I work together with my clients, to make sense of what is occurring in their life and experience changes they have been hoping for.
(289) 768-8551 View (289) 768-8551

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Number of Counsellors in L8W

20+

Average cost per session

$147

Counsellors in L8W who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
79% Depression
79% Coping Skills
79% Self Esteem
79% Stress
69% Relationship Issues
69% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

57% Great-West Life
57% Green Shield Canada
43% Other

How Counsellors in L8W see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in L8W?

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.