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Divergent Coaching: Dr. L. Hua & T. Throckmorton
MBA, MA, PhD, PCC, BCC
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
From boardrooms to babies, burn rates to burnouts—you've been there. You’ve experienced fires and fascinations, exhilarations and exhaustion. You've known victory and felt pain, DIY'd and Googled, but something's amiss. Generic advice doesn’t cut it. Perhaps ADHD whispers amidst the noise. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or maybe you’re just tired of searching for a better way on your own. Let's create one together. With a coach, your way is smoother, bolder, you-er, sooner.
From boardrooms to babies, burn rates to burnouts—you've been there. You’ve experienced fires and fascinations, exhilarations and exhaustion. You've known victory and felt pain, DIY'd and Googled, but something's amiss. Generic advice doesn’t cut it. Perhaps ADHD whispers amidst the noise. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or maybe you’re just tired of searching for a better way on your own. Let's create one together. With a coach, your way is smoother, bolder, you-er, sooner.
(437) 292-3828 View (437) 292-3828
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Katie Mastromattei
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, BEd, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients - Are you going through life transitions, or feeling overwhelmed by anxious thoughts? Wondering how your past may be influencing your life circumstance? If so, I would be honoured to meet you where you are, and work with you to better understand your goals, and how you can reach them. I truly believe that each client who works with me deserves to be heard, understood and should receieve a personal, client-centred approach.
Accepting New Clients - Are you going through life transitions, or feeling overwhelmed by anxious thoughts? Wondering how your past may be influencing your life circumstance? If so, I would be honoured to meet you where you are, and work with you to better understand your goals, and how you can reach them. I truly believe that each client who works with me deserves to be heard, understood and should receieve a personal, client-centred approach.
(289) 275-9104 View (289) 275-9104
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Julia Balaisis
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, RP, OCT
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes in life, we need a mentor, advocate or a careful, accepting and non-judgmental, yet skilled, listener for our thought and emotion processes. My intention as a therapist is to be there for you with a compassionate presence, contributing my expertise to help you access your needs, self-understanding and inner wisdom. Where unconscious behaviours and unsuccessful life patterns impede access to fulfillment and happiness in life, I offer skills development for self-care, self-discovery and self-mastery. I welcome clients who experience emotional distress due to trauma, loss, anxiety, panic, low self-esteem, depression and relationship problems, providing skilled guidance and support.
Sometimes in life, we need a mentor, advocate or a careful, accepting and non-judgmental, yet skilled, listener for our thought and emotion processes. My intention as a therapist is to be there for you with a compassionate presence, contributing my expertise to help you access your needs, self-understanding and inner wisdom. Where unconscious behaviours and unsuccessful life patterns impede access to fulfillment and happiness in life, I offer skills development for self-care, self-discovery and self-mastery. I welcome clients who experience emotional distress due to trauma, loss, anxiety, panic, low self-esteem, depression and relationship problems, providing skilled guidance and support.
(647) 977-5899 View (647) 977-5899
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Iryna Dutko
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (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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Sandina Bouchan
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, grief and other overwhelming emotions? Are you navigating the lasting effects of trauma and its impact your identity and relationships? Often our symptoms are part of survival mechanisms that helped us in the past. Unfortunately, they can lead to unwanted behaviours in our present lives that can cause us shame and self-loathing. What you really deserve is compassion and care towards your pain. It takes a great deal of courage to embark on a path of healing and growth, and I consider it a privilege to work along side you throughout your journey.
Are you experiencing feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, grief and other overwhelming emotions? Are you navigating the lasting effects of trauma and its impact your identity and relationships? Often our symptoms are part of survival mechanisms that helped us in the past. Unfortunately, they can lead to unwanted behaviours in our present lives that can cause us shame and self-loathing. What you really deserve is compassion and care towards your pain. It takes a great deal of courage to embark on a path of healing and growth, and I consider it a privilege to work along side you throughout your journey.
(289) 302-3576 View (289) 302-3576
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Dr. Leah Litwin
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P
Therapy allows you to develop new insights about yourself, to challenge patterns that no longer work for you, and to build a set of unique skills that allow you to navigate your world in a more fulfilling way. I am a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University, with a focus on children, youth and families. I provide treatment to clients experiencing difficulties ranging from depression and anxiety, to complex trauma and family-related challenges. Outside of work you might find me spending time with family, walking my dog, camping, reading, or sampling ice cream.
Therapy allows you to develop new insights about yourself, to challenge patterns that no longer work for you, and to build a set of unique skills that allow you to navigate your world in a more fulfilling way. I am a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University, with a focus on children, youth and families. I provide treatment to clients experiencing difficulties ranging from depression and anxiety, to complex trauma and family-related challenges. Outside of work you might find me spending time with family, walking my dog, camping, reading, or sampling ice cream.
(647) 692-2128 View (647) 692-2128
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Lisa Neill
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a more fulfilling life. I'm so glad you're here. My name is Lisa (she/her), and I support adolescent (13+) and adult clients who are looking to overcome and heal from the challenges that life has put them through, and discover the best possible version of themselves. I've been a mental health and developmental services professional for nearly 20 years, and have supported those who experience anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, neurodivergence (ADHD and autism), trauma and relational trauma, working in emergency services and their partners, low self-esteem, and more.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a more fulfilling life. I'm so glad you're here. My name is Lisa (she/her), and I support adolescent (13+) and adult clients who are looking to overcome and heal from the challenges that life has put them through, and discover the best possible version of themselves. I've been a mental health and developmental services professional for nearly 20 years, and have supported those who experience anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, neurodivergence (ADHD and autism), trauma and relational trauma, working in emergency services and their partners, low self-esteem, and more.
(866) 574-1122 x5 View (866) 574-1122 x5
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Mantra Psychotherapy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Our team of queer-affirming therapists focus on supporting clients with issues like self-esteem, anxiety, relationship issues, neurodivergent-related challenges, trauma, and burnout. We are a team of skilled therapists who are trained in a variety of modalities from mindfulness-based therapy, to dialectical behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. We would love to connect with you for a free phone consultation.
Our team of queer-affirming therapists focus on supporting clients with issues like self-esteem, anxiety, relationship issues, neurodivergent-related challenges, trauma, and burnout. We are a team of skilled therapists who are trained in a variety of modalities from mindfulness-based therapy, to dialectical behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. We would love to connect with you for a free phone consultation.
(647) 692-1295 View (647) 692-1295
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Naomi Gaskin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P
I am a registered psychotherapist and have been practicing in Toronto since 2010, offering psychotherapy with Intuitive alignment strategies. I work from a trauma-informed base of psychotherapy. I am certified by the Heart-Math Institute as a Heart Coherency Teacher. As a practitioner of yoga and shamanic traditions of indigenous wisdom. I offer a synergy of traditional western methods in compliment with tested therapeutic alternatives. Having recently adapted my practice to enable online counselling and online trauma-informed psychotherapy, I am now available to work with clients irrespective of location.
I am a registered psychotherapist and have been practicing in Toronto since 2010, offering psychotherapy with Intuitive alignment strategies. I work from a trauma-informed base of psychotherapy. I am certified by the Heart-Math Institute as a Heart Coherency Teacher. As a practitioner of yoga and shamanic traditions of indigenous wisdom. I offer a synergy of traditional western methods in compliment with tested therapeutic alternatives. Having recently adapted my practice to enable online counselling and online trauma-informed psychotherapy, I am now available to work with clients irrespective of location.
(647) 724-1539 View (647) 724-1539
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Deborah Meehan
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Taking the first step to begin therapy can be very challenging. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to discuss/explore any issues you are experiencing. By deepening your ability to be introspective and self-compassionate, we can explore any negative thinking patterns/habits that may be interfering with you making changes in your life. My style is warm, compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative, but also direct and solution-focused. I specialize in working with children/teens/young adults, and have experience engaging even the most reluctant young people to promote positive change.
Taking the first step to begin therapy can be very challenging. I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to discuss/explore any issues you are experiencing. By deepening your ability to be introspective and self-compassionate, we can explore any negative thinking patterns/habits that may be interfering with you making changes in your life. My style is warm, compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative, but also direct and solution-focused. I specialize in working with children/teens/young adults, and have experience engaging even the most reluctant young people to promote positive change.
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Charlena Marcuccio
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), HBSc, MACP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Our mind and soul (the etymology of the word “psyche”), are at the heart of all we do. Whether you’re facing overwhelm or trauma, personal illness, relationship & sexual struggles, loneliness & core wounding, or feeling like you’ve lost yourself; whatever you’re facing, a safe space to share and explore your story is essential to your healing. I am a holistically minded, trauma-informed & sex-informed psychotherapist who cares deeply about my practice as a BIPOC & LGBTQ+ ally. I work with stress, trauma, grief, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues & infidelity, ENM & poly, chronic pain & illness, and sex & pleasure issues.
Our mind and soul (the etymology of the word “psyche”), are at the heart of all we do. Whether you’re facing overwhelm or trauma, personal illness, relationship & sexual struggles, loneliness & core wounding, or feeling like you’ve lost yourself; whatever you’re facing, a safe space to share and explore your story is essential to your healing. I am a holistically minded, trauma-informed & sex-informed psychotherapist who cares deeply about my practice as a BIPOC & LGBTQ+ ally. I work with stress, trauma, grief, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues & infidelity, ENM & poly, chronic pain & illness, and sex & pleasure issues.
(437) 524-0628 View (437) 524-0628
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Monique Mathew
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy should always be a place where we find unconditional acceptance, are held in a positive light, regularly gain insights and reflection, and are free to voice our thoughts and feelings without fearing criticism or shame. I have experience supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, struggles with career and life path, relationship challenges, trauma, and issues of identity and self-worth related to race, culture, family, gender and sexuality.
I believe that therapy should always be a place where we find unconditional acceptance, are held in a positive light, regularly gain insights and reflection, and are free to voice our thoughts and feelings without fearing criticism or shame. I have experience supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, struggles with career and life path, relationship challenges, trauma, and issues of identity and self-worth related to race, culture, family, gender and sexuality.
(289) 312-0175 View (289) 312-0175
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Olga Vigil Letang
Registered Social Service Worker, RSSW, BASc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
I'm an adult diagnosed neurodivergent (ADHD), queer, cis woman of colour with over 17 years of experience in helping folxs navigate life's up and downs. I support individuals and couples/partnerships, who want to truly be understood without shame or guilt. I work from a relational, identity affirming, culturally responsive, anti-oppressive, equitable, sex-positive lens, that centres your needs. Through empathetic curiosity and connection, we will collaboratively help you get to where you want to be.
I'm an adult diagnosed neurodivergent (ADHD), queer, cis woman of colour with over 17 years of experience in helping folxs navigate life's up and downs. I support individuals and couples/partnerships, who want to truly be understood without shame or guilt. I work from a relational, identity affirming, culturally responsive, anti-oppressive, equitable, sex-positive lens, that centres your needs. Through empathetic curiosity and connection, we will collaboratively help you get to where you want to be.
(647) 696-7458 View (647) 696-7458
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Tate Sameshima
Registered Psychotherapist, dipTIRP, BFA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
I move through this world as a Queer, Trans, able-bodied person of colour. I completed my training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, where I now serve as faculty training emerging relational therapists. My trauma-informed, client-led approach is supported by my aim to work through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens. Though there will likely be tough moments, it is my hope that your time in therapy will also feel supportive, dynamic, playful, empowering and affirming. No matter what you bring with you, we can move through it all and make sense of it, together.
I move through this world as a Queer, Trans, able-bodied person of colour. I completed my training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, where I now serve as faculty training emerging relational therapists. My trauma-informed, client-led approach is supported by my aim to work through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens. Though there will likely be tough moments, it is my hope that your time in therapy will also feel supportive, dynamic, playful, empowering and affirming. No matter what you bring with you, we can move through it all and make sense of it, together.
(289) 276-7528 View (289) 276-7528
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Tania Pollard
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Does it feel like layers of stress, pressure, anxiety, and tension are starting to pile up on you? Are the struggles becoming harder to cope with? I can help. I have 13+ years of experience supporting clients as they overcome various challenges and difficulties. I am excited, dedicated, and passionate about helping clients discover their goals, reduce their suffering, and find their way to a better life.
Does it feel like layers of stress, pressure, anxiety, and tension are starting to pile up on you? Are the struggles becoming harder to cope with? I can help. I have 13+ years of experience supporting clients as they overcome various challenges and difficulties. I am excited, dedicated, and passionate about helping clients discover their goals, reduce their suffering, and find their way to a better life.
(866) 574-1122 x2 View (866) 574-1122 x2
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Debbie Papadakis
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CHT, CI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P
Hello, my name is Debbie Papadakis. My goal is to empower you to unfold your inherent potential by accessing the subconscious mind using a combination of psychotherapy with hypnotherapy to help you live a healthy, wealthy, productive and happy life. For more than 25 years, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, couples and groups from diverse backgrounds to help empower them to overcome limiting beliefs, unwanted behaviours, negative thoughts and emotions, addictions and/or afflictions, fears and phobias that were hindering them from achieving their goals, unleashing their full potential, and living in harmony.
Hello, my name is Debbie Papadakis. My goal is to empower you to unfold your inherent potential by accessing the subconscious mind using a combination of psychotherapy with hypnotherapy to help you live a healthy, wealthy, productive and happy life. For more than 25 years, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, couples and groups from diverse backgrounds to help empower them to overcome limiting beliefs, unwanted behaviours, negative thoughts and emotions, addictions and/or afflictions, fears and phobias that were hindering them from achieving their goals, unleashing their full potential, and living in harmony.
(855) 982-1391 View (855) 982-1391
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Amy Chen
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd, CCPA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about managing life's challenges, you might wonder whether it's possible to find peace amidst life's changes and transitions. Whether you're in the process of healing from challenging family dynamics, experiencing relationship issues, stress, or anxiety, navigating a recent health diagnosis, or grieving a loss - I believe that it is possible to emerge on the other side of these difficulties feeling empowered to live in alignment with your values. I walk you through the work of identifying patterns that are keeping you stuck, so you can finally live as your most authentic self.
If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about managing life's challenges, you might wonder whether it's possible to find peace amidst life's changes and transitions. Whether you're in the process of healing from challenging family dynamics, experiencing relationship issues, stress, or anxiety, navigating a recent health diagnosis, or grieving a loss - I believe that it is possible to emerge on the other side of these difficulties feeling empowered to live in alignment with your values. I walk you through the work of identifying patterns that are keeping you stuck, so you can finally live as your most authentic self.
(289) 768-8877 View (289) 768-8877
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Asha Katz-Feinstein
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q), MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am here to support you in your healing process so that you can live a joyful and vibrant life. Whether your pain has manifested as depression, anxiety, overwhelm, addictive tendencies, relationship or parenting challenges, or difficulty navigating a particular life transition, I will help you understand the why. My clients experience changes in their day-to-day lives, as well as profound shifts in their inner worlds. I also pay special attention to the wellbeing of your inner child; we live in a world with very little space for children to develop safely and wholly so most of still bear emotional wounds from our early development.
I am here to support you in your healing process so that you can live a joyful and vibrant life. Whether your pain has manifested as depression, anxiety, overwhelm, addictive tendencies, relationship or parenting challenges, or difficulty navigating a particular life transition, I will help you understand the why. My clients experience changes in their day-to-day lives, as well as profound shifts in their inner worlds. I also pay special attention to the wellbeing of your inner child; we live in a world with very little space for children to develop safely and wholly so most of still bear emotional wounds from our early development.
(437) 747-8257 View (437) 747-8257
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Daniel Martin
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Daniel Martin is a Registered Psychotherapist who completed his Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has spent 5 years working with queer and trans youth through individual counselling and group support, as well as their families; he also has experience with those struggling with problem gambling and tech addiction. Daniel believes that having a non-judgmental outside perspective on our lives is an essential ingredient for change. He combines specific techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy with gentle explorations of your experiences
Daniel Martin is a Registered Psychotherapist who completed his Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has spent 5 years working with queer and trans youth through individual counselling and group support, as well as their families; he also has experience with those struggling with problem gambling and tech addiction. Daniel believes that having a non-judgmental outside perspective on our lives is an essential ingredient for change. He combines specific techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy with gentle explorations of your experiences
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Caroline Newton
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, MFA
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P
Welcome! Every one of us has grown and been shaped by the relationships we have had and continue to have throughout our lives. Along this path, there may have been pain, anxiety, grief, loss, and joy. Perhaps you are searching for support with depression or loss, or anxiety, or the sense that something isn’t as you wish it to be in your life and relationships. You are seeking a path out of your distress. In therapy, building the space for acceptance and curiosity, for compassion and repair, is what heals.
Welcome! Every one of us has grown and been shaped by the relationships we have had and continue to have throughout our lives. Along this path, there may have been pain, anxiety, grief, loss, and joy. Perhaps you are searching for support with depression or loss, or anxiety, or the sense that something isn’t as you wish it to be in your life and relationships. You are seeking a path out of your distress. In therapy, building the space for acceptance and curiosity, for compassion and repair, is what heals.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in M6P

200+

Average cost per session

$155

Counsellors in M6P who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
87% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
83% Self Esteem
76% Stress
71% Trauma and PTSD
70% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% SunLife
65% Manulife
63% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in M6P see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

83% Female
13% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in M6P?

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.