Therapists in Bridgetown, NS

Photo of Nika Peters, Pre-Licensed Professional in Bridgetown, NS
Nika Peters
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, AT, DWheat
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgetown, NS B0S
I am an art therapist who works with children, teens and adults. I continuously marvel at the wisdom of the body and bring an embodiment/mindfulness focus into my practice. My practice is queer affirming, trauma informed, abolitionist, and integrative. Together we can integrate stressful life experiences and challenging emotions, cultivate self-compassion and inner-knowing, and foster connection and belonging. I am available for online as well as in-person in my studio in the Annapolis Valley. Online art therapy can be a great fit for people who live farther away.
I am an art therapist who works with children, teens and adults. I continuously marvel at the wisdom of the body and bring an embodiment/mindfulness focus into my practice. My practice is queer affirming, trauma informed, abolitionist, and integrative. Together we can integrate stressful life experiences and challenging emotions, cultivate self-compassion and inner-knowing, and foster connection and belonging. I am available for online as well as in-person in my studio in the Annapolis Valley. Online art therapy can be a great fit for people who live farther away.
(902) 909-2311 View (902) 909-2311
Photo of Nigel Tinker, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Nigel Tinker
Counsellor, MEd, RCT, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bridgetown, NS B0S
You struggle with difficult thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and urges that negatively affect your relationships, work, school, and other aspects of life. At times you feel stuck dealing with the the same thing(s) over and over. In therapy you want to feel heard, understood, and respected. You want work on the topics and goals most important to you. Regardless of the situation or challenge, I believe in your potential to live well, and as a collaborative, trauma-informed, and strengths-oriented therapist, I can help you struggle less with life's difficulties and spend more time being the person you want to be.
You struggle with difficult thoughts, memories, feelings, sensations, and urges that negatively affect your relationships, work, school, and other aspects of life. At times you feel stuck dealing with the the same thing(s) over and over. In therapy you want to feel heard, understood, and respected. You want work on the topics and goals most important to you. Regardless of the situation or challenge, I believe in your potential to live well, and as a collaborative, trauma-informed, and strengths-oriented therapist, I can help you struggle less with life's difficulties and spend more time being the person you want to be.
(902) 909-2691 View (902) 909-2691
Photo of Annapolis Art Therapy, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Annapolis Art Therapy
Counsellor, BA, DTATI, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Bridgetown, NS B0S
Art Therapy aids people develop tactile and kinesthetic awareness; develop fine and gross motor skills; build self-esteem; promote self-expression; develop self-communication and interpersonal skills; enhance sensory integration/processing experiences; develop self-regulation skills; promote cognitive/problem-solving skills; enhance health and well-being; develop self-mastery, empowerment, and assertiveness skills and; increases sense of independence. Everyone can participate in art therapy. No artistic experience or ability is required. All you need is a desire to make art and explore using a variety
Art Therapy aids people develop tactile and kinesthetic awareness; develop fine and gross motor skills; build self-esteem; promote self-expression; develop self-communication and interpersonal skills; enhance sensory integration/processing experiences; develop self-regulation skills; promote cognitive/problem-solving skills; enhance health and well-being; develop self-mastery, empowerment, and assertiveness skills and; increases sense of independence. Everyone can participate in art therapy. No artistic experience or ability is required. All you need is a desire to make art and explore using a variety
(782) 821-3674 View (782) 821-3674
Photo of Amy Rubin, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Amy Rubin
Counsellor, MA, RCT, CCC, C-IAYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgetown, NS B0S
Life can be a lot, and we don’t get to skip over the rough parts. It might be an especially stressful time, or old issues and patterns might be holding us back. Sometimes it’s from moving through systems that cause harm. And sometimes we just get tired, and need someone in our corner. It can help to talk to someone who's not directly involved for support, insight, and a safe place to unpack it all. The longer I do this, the more I feel “mental health” isn’t quite the right term… it’s often physical, or spiritual, or cultural. The good news is we can start wherever you are. We can talk, move, go outside, or just feel what’s there.
Life can be a lot, and we don’t get to skip over the rough parts. It might be an especially stressful time, or old issues and patterns might be holding us back. Sometimes it’s from moving through systems that cause harm. And sometimes we just get tired, and need someone in our corner. It can help to talk to someone who's not directly involved for support, insight, and a safe place to unpack it all. The longer I do this, the more I feel “mental health” isn’t quite the right term… it’s often physical, or spiritual, or cultural. The good news is we can start wherever you are. We can talk, move, go outside, or just feel what’s there.
(902) 907-3006 View (902) 907-3006
Photo of April Pater, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
April Pater
Counsellor, MA, RCT, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bridgetown, NS B0S  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients - Does life sometimes feel like it's just too much? Do you find yourself constantly searching for happiness while trying to manage feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt, overwhelm, etc.? I work with clients to get to the bottom of what is stopping them from leading a fulfilling life, meeting their goals, and effectively coping with life’s ups and downs. I offer a safe space for my clients to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences; to learn to manage their emotions and relationships effectively and with integrity; and to make meaningful and lasting changes.
Accepting new clients - Does life sometimes feel like it's just too much? Do you find yourself constantly searching for happiness while trying to manage feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt, overwhelm, etc.? I work with clients to get to the bottom of what is stopping them from leading a fulfilling life, meeting their goals, and effectively coping with life’s ups and downs. I offer a safe space for my clients to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences; to learn to manage their emotions and relationships effectively and with integrity; and to make meaningful and lasting changes.
(902) 801-9432 View (902) 801-9432
Photo of Azra Poe, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Azra Poe
Counsellor, RCT-C, MA
Verified Verified
Bridgetown, NS B0S  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone has inner wisdom which can lead them towards healing. Can I help you learn to trust yourself enough to make space for your pain, shame, grief, sadness, joy, and love to be felt and explored? By being curious about your resistance to feeling, we can process and digest it. I am trained as a somatic, relational, and trauma therapist, and I can help you understand the unique ways you learned to resist or avoid parts of yourself as a way of protection. I believe that human connection is an essential part of the healing process and I prioritize my role as a human first and as a therapist second.
I believe that everyone has inner wisdom which can lead them towards healing. Can I help you learn to trust yourself enough to make space for your pain, shame, grief, sadness, joy, and love to be felt and explored? By being curious about your resistance to feeling, we can process and digest it. I am trained as a somatic, relational, and trauma therapist, and I can help you understand the unique ways you learned to resist or avoid parts of yourself as a way of protection. I believe that human connection is an essential part of the healing process and I prioritize my role as a human first and as a therapist second.
(902) 601-0099 View (902) 601-0099

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Aurora Counselling and Wellness
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCT
Verified Verified
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S
Welcome! It is important to me that my clients feel safe, supported, and heard at all times. I know from my own experience that starting counselling can be scary, but I am here to meet you with warmth, compassion, and non-judgement. I believe that past wounds and the hustle bustle of every day life can make a lot of us feel overwhelmed and dis-connected from ourselves. I would love to assist you in coming home to yourself by re-connecting to your inner wisdom and guiding you in creating nurturing habits. It is my hope that you will experience a blossoming sense of self-worth and a growing capacity to navigate life’s challenges.
Welcome! It is important to me that my clients feel safe, supported, and heard at all times. I know from my own experience that starting counselling can be scary, but I am here to meet you with warmth, compassion, and non-judgement. I believe that past wounds and the hustle bustle of every day life can make a lot of us feel overwhelmed and dis-connected from ourselves. I would love to assist you in coming home to yourself by re-connecting to your inner wisdom and guiding you in creating nurturing habits. It is my hope that you will experience a blossoming sense of self-worth and a growing capacity to navigate life’s challenges.
(902) 709-0210 View (902) 709-0210
Photo of Dr. Laura Scallion, Psychologist in Bridgetown, NS
Dr. Laura Scallion
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S
Dr. Scallion works with adults (19+) with a range of mental health difficulties including insomnia, anxiety disorders, stress, relationship difficulties, PTSD, and low mood/depression.
Dr. Scallion works with adults (19+) with a range of mental health difficulties including insomnia, anxiety disorders, stress, relationship difficulties, PTSD, and low mood/depression.
(782) 800-5374 View (782) 800-5374
Photo of Victoria Flemming (Psychotherapy For You Nova Scotia), Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Victoria Flemming (Psychotherapy For You Nova Scotia)
Counsellor, RCT-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cornwallis, NS B0S  (Online Only)
My name is Victoria and I appreciate you considering working with me. I am a compassionate and dedicated Registered Counselling Therapist–Candidate (RCT-C) based out of beautiful Nova Scotia. I believe in the power of whole body wellness and the connection between body, mind and soul.I hold a BA in Psychology and Criminology from Saint Mary’s University and a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville. I have always been passionate about self-discovery and would be honoured to work with you if you’re struggling with grief, stress, anxiety, panic, depression, communication, interpersonal relationships, workplace stress,
My name is Victoria and I appreciate you considering working with me. I am a compassionate and dedicated Registered Counselling Therapist–Candidate (RCT-C) based out of beautiful Nova Scotia. I believe in the power of whole body wellness and the connection between body, mind and soul.I hold a BA in Psychology and Criminology from Saint Mary’s University and a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville. I have always been passionate about self-discovery and would be honoured to work with you if you’re struggling with grief, stress, anxiety, panic, depression, communication, interpersonal relationships, workplace stress,
(902) 906-9884 View (902) 906-9884
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Donna Raxlen
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S
I am a Clinical Therapist working with families and children, age 5-10. As school begins many issues kids put aside for their summer begin to resurface - peer pressures, bullying, learning issues, and self esteem. Children are often dealing with parental separation, divorce, remarriage and family deaths. Social media is a mixed blessing bringing children into contact with adult worlds - floods, wild fires, rising costs of everyday living; when we adults are concerned, our children are affected. No surprise, they are now experiencing high levels of anxiety, leading to moodiness, defiance, poor sleep and school problems.
I am a Clinical Therapist working with families and children, age 5-10. As school begins many issues kids put aside for their summer begin to resurface - peer pressures, bullying, learning issues, and self esteem. Children are often dealing with parental separation, divorce, remarriage and family deaths. Social media is a mixed blessing bringing children into contact with adult worlds - floods, wild fires, rising costs of everyday living; when we adults are concerned, our children are affected. No surprise, they are now experiencing high levels of anxiety, leading to moodiness, defiance, poor sleep and school problems.
(902) 912-5379 View (902) 912-5379
Photo of Sara Adams, Pre-Licensed Professional in Bridgetown, NS
Sara Adams
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA/MEd, RYT
Verified Verified
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S
Not accepting new clients
People seeking support in navigating emotions, experiences, life transitions, or career planning—desiring a safe space for self-discovery. Proficient in English and French, I offer services in either language. Whether grappling with stress, trauma, personal growth, or diverse life challenges, clients value inclusivity and cultural sensitivity. Together, we explore these aspects, fostering resilience and emotional well-being
People seeking support in navigating emotions, experiences, life transitions, or career planning—desiring a safe space for self-discovery. Proficient in English and French, I offer services in either language. Whether grappling with stress, trauma, personal growth, or diverse life challenges, clients value inclusivity and cultural sensitivity. Together, we explore these aspects, fostering resilience and emotional well-being
(782) 201-3840 View (782) 201-3840
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Ruthanne Donellsen Âû
Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate, MEd, RCT-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S
Accepting new adult clients. I integrate lived experiences of self and others with educational insights, employing relevant evidence-based methods to form the core of my practice. Committed to client-driven, strength-based therapy, I collaborate closely to customize approaches that transcend traditional talk-therapy, and can incorporate a more pragmatic focus. My inclusive approach caters to adults navigating diverse intersections of identity, encompassing culture, religiosity, gender, communication, disability, and socioeconomic factors. Operating from a non-judgmental, anti-ableist, neurodiversity, and gender-affirming stance.
Accepting new adult clients. I integrate lived experiences of self and others with educational insights, employing relevant evidence-based methods to form the core of my practice. Committed to client-driven, strength-based therapy, I collaborate closely to customize approaches that transcend traditional talk-therapy, and can incorporate a more pragmatic focus. My inclusive approach caters to adults navigating diverse intersections of identity, encompassing culture, religiosity, gender, communication, disability, and socioeconomic factors. Operating from a non-judgmental, anti-ableist, neurodiversity, and gender-affirming stance.
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Online Therapists

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Roseita M Corbett
Counsellor, BEd, MEd, RCT, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Middle Sackville, NS B4E  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients! Sessions conducted in person and virtually! I am a WPATH trained clinician and I work with youth and families who seek support with gender dysphoria and transition. I work with families to build awareness of the role each person plays in the family dynamic and how each can affect change. Through collaboration and reflection, we develop strategies specific to your needs and that promote acceptance of change as positive and necessary to move forward.
Currently accepting new clients! Sessions conducted in person and virtually! I am a WPATH trained clinician and I work with youth and families who seek support with gender dysphoria and transition. I work with families to build awareness of the role each person plays in the family dynamic and how each can affect change. Through collaboration and reflection, we develop strategies specific to your needs and that promote acceptance of change as positive and necessary to move forward.
(902) 901-2768 View (902) 901-2768
Photo of Igor Yakovenko, Psychologist in Bridgetown, NS
Igor Yakovenko
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Dartmouth, NS B2Y
My primary areas of clinical expertise lie in assessment of adult mental health, and addiction. I offer gold standard assessment techniques (approaches proven to be effective through research) for a variety of referral questions including psychodiagnostic assessments to clarify and confirm mental health and addiction diagnoses; and psychoeducational assessment to assist individuals struggling with academic performance. I also offer assessment for special circumstances such as Veterans Affairs mental health assessments and legal cases.
My primary areas of clinical expertise lie in assessment of adult mental health, and addiction. I offer gold standard assessment techniques (approaches proven to be effective through research) for a variety of referral questions including psychodiagnostic assessments to clarify and confirm mental health and addiction diagnoses; and psychoeducational assessment to assist individuals struggling with academic performance. I also offer assessment for special circumstances such as Veterans Affairs mental health assessments and legal cases.
(902) 418-5344 View (902) 418-5344
Photo of Crystal Blackler, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Crystal Blackler
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCT
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3L
Do you feel overwhelmed? Anxious? Not quite yourself? Having Emotional Destress? Relationship issues? Are your symptoms affecting your quality of life? If so therapy can help you gain new insight into your life. I am convinced that a deep sense of meaning and purpose in life, together with a sense of belonging is a foundational importance to overall well-being, and to achieving a sense of acceptance, integration and wholeness. I strongly believe clients are the expert of themselves and as such I will help my clients access their inner wisdom.
Do you feel overwhelmed? Anxious? Not quite yourself? Having Emotional Destress? Relationship issues? Are your symptoms affecting your quality of life? If so therapy can help you gain new insight into your life. I am convinced that a deep sense of meaning and purpose in life, together with a sense of belonging is a foundational importance to overall well-being, and to achieving a sense of acceptance, integration and wholeness. I strongly believe clients are the expert of themselves and as such I will help my clients access their inner wisdom.
(902) 201-6780 View (902) 201-6780
Photo of Alexa Camp, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Alexa Camp
Counsellor, MEd, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Chester Basin, NS B0J
Blending our natural human state with the systems, families, and communities in which we live can bring all sorts of challenges our way. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, stress, a life transition, grief, or other mental health challenges, it takes courage, strength, curiosity, and even a little bit of hope to begin a journey into counselling. Please connect with me if you would like a holistic approach, and an open heart, mind, and ear to join you on this journey. It is my hope to reconnect and empower you with the energy & rhythms of the Earth and body movements, and in turn reconnect you with yourself.
Blending our natural human state with the systems, families, and communities in which we live can bring all sorts of challenges our way. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, stress, a life transition, grief, or other mental health challenges, it takes courage, strength, curiosity, and even a little bit of hope to begin a journey into counselling. Please connect with me if you would like a holistic approach, and an open heart, mind, and ear to join you on this journey. It is my hope to reconnect and empower you with the energy & rhythms of the Earth and body movements, and in turn reconnect you with yourself.
(902) 905-6519 View (902) 905-6519
Photo of Julia Oguzer, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Julia Oguzer
Counsellor, MACP, BSc , DipCoun
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dartmouth, NS B2Y
Julia has been dedicated to the helping field since 2010, driven by her deep compassion for others. Her commitment to making a positive impact led her to pursue a career as a counsellor. With a person-centered approach, Julia empowers clients to find balance and stability in their lives. By recognizing and harnessing their strengths, she guides clients to build confidence and regain control of their life's journey. Julia is also an EMDR-trained trauma therapist. You can book a free consultation or your first visit online at www.wholetherapy.ca
Julia has been dedicated to the helping field since 2010, driven by her deep compassion for others. Her commitment to making a positive impact led her to pursue a career as a counsellor. With a person-centered approach, Julia empowers clients to find balance and stability in their lives. By recognizing and harnessing their strengths, she guides clients to build confidence and regain control of their life's journey. Julia is also an EMDR-trained trauma therapist. You can book a free consultation or your first visit online at www.wholetherapy.ca
(782) 492-0241 View (782) 492-0241
Photo of Leanne Cameron, Counsellor in Bridgetown, NS
Leanne Cameron
Counsellor, MEd, RCT, CCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Berwick, NS B0P  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging. Sometimes we need help to improve the quality of daily experiences & relationships. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction (sex, gambling & substances), anger, grief, complicated relationships, personality disorders and self-esteem all influence our lives. As a clinical supervisor for two addiction facilities, I have experience with complex mental health issues. I assist clients in identifying codependency traits, narcissists in their relationships and how emotional dis-regulation contributes to complications. Having overcome my own challenges aids in an authentic connection with my clients. Compassion and humour are tools I use while I assist clients in reclaiming identity
Life can be challenging. Sometimes we need help to improve the quality of daily experiences & relationships. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction (sex, gambling & substances), anger, grief, complicated relationships, personality disorders and self-esteem all influence our lives. As a clinical supervisor for two addiction facilities, I have experience with complex mental health issues. I assist clients in identifying codependency traits, narcissists in their relationships and how emotional dis-regulation contributes to complications. Having overcome my own challenges aids in an authentic connection with my clients. Compassion and humour are tools I use while I assist clients in reclaiming identity
(902) 701-9448 View (902) 701-9448
Photo of Erin Dempsey, Psychologist in Bridgetown, NS
Erin Dempsey
Psychologist, PhD, Cand R
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3K
The many twists and turns of life can be challenging to process and navigate. You may have experienced new or longstanding adversity that can make relationships challenging, cause overwhelming anxiety, or lead you to become withdrawn and depressed. I will collaborate with you to develop a warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship to help you explore how your body and mind respond to the complex emotions that emerge with such life adversity. For most of us, these patterns are automatic, but as you get to know yourself you can uncover new choices and options for meaningful, lasting change.
The many twists and turns of life can be challenging to process and navigate. You may have experienced new or longstanding adversity that can make relationships challenging, cause overwhelming anxiety, or lead you to become withdrawn and depressed. I will collaborate with you to develop a warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship to help you explore how your body and mind respond to the complex emotions that emerge with such life adversity. For most of us, these patterns are automatic, but as you get to know yourself you can uncover new choices and options for meaningful, lasting change.
(782) 400-0441 View (782) 400-0441
Photo of Lena Stewart, Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate in Bridgetown, NS
Lena Stewart
Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate, MACP, RCT-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dartmouth, NS B2Y
Are you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from your life and loved ones? As if you are going through life on autopilot? Do you feel lost, and struggle to recognize yourself, and what you want? I help individuals experiencing burnout, anxiety, grief, and an overall disconnection from things that matter and bring joy. Together we can help find balance amid our multifaceted roles - responsibilities across family, career, school, work, everyday life and/or society. I am a military spouse and allied in supporting military families with deep curiosity for at the intersection of mental health, careers, and the way we learn, live, work.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from your life and loved ones? As if you are going through life on autopilot? Do you feel lost, and struggle to recognize yourself, and what you want? I help individuals experiencing burnout, anxiety, grief, and an overall disconnection from things that matter and bring joy. Together we can help find balance amid our multifaceted roles - responsibilities across family, career, school, work, everyday life and/or society. I am a military spouse and allied in supporting military families with deep curiosity for at the intersection of mental health, careers, and the way we learn, live, work.
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Number of Counsellors in Bridgetown, NS

< 10

Counsellors in Bridgetown, NS who prioritize treating:

83% Relationship Issues
83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Grief
83% Stress
83% Life Transitions
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Medavie Blue Cross
50% Blue Cross
50% Veterans Affairs Canada

How Counsellors in Bridgetown, NS see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
17% Male
16% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Bridgetown?

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.