Therapists in Brookside, NS

Photo of Ainsley Fraser, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Ainsley Fraser
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Brookside, NS B3T  (Online Only)
I support both adolescents (13+) and adults who are working through issues such as loss (ambiguous or tangible - grief of another’s life, of what could have been, of a changed self or loved one from illness or injury, of a former life stage or role); (dis)Ability and neurodivergence - special interest and many years experience in acquired brain injury; “burnout” or fatigue from caregiving invisibly (family, parenting) or as a professional helper; being in your body (self-image, toxic beauty standards, competitive curation); & reproductive health (fertility, abortion).
I support both adolescents (13+) and adults who are working through issues such as loss (ambiguous or tangible - grief of another’s life, of what could have been, of a changed self or loved one from illness or injury, of a former life stage or role); (dis)Ability and neurodivergence - special interest and many years experience in acquired brain injury; “burnout” or fatigue from caregiving invisibly (family, parenting) or as a professional helper; being in your body (self-image, toxic beauty standards, competitive curation); & reproductive health (fertility, abortion).
(782) 400-8043 View (782) 400-8043

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Photo of Amy Pinnell, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Amy Pinnell
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3H  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You aim to live in a way that doesn’t let anyone else down but are noticing that in doing so, you are letting yourself down and your own needs are not being met. You feel conflicted and anxious because “don’t good people always show up for others? Then, why do I feel hollow, lost, and unfulfilled?” You are noticing that something is off-balance in your life, and you are curious about what is it that YOU like, want, need, and desire. You wonder, “could it be possible to live a life that aligns with my true self?”
You aim to live in a way that doesn’t let anyone else down but are noticing that in doing so, you are letting yourself down and your own needs are not being met. You feel conflicted and anxious because “don’t good people always show up for others? Then, why do I feel hollow, lost, and unfulfilled?” You are noticing that something is off-balance in your life, and you are curious about what is it that YOU like, want, need, and desire. You wonder, “could it be possible to live a life that aligns with my true self?”
(902) 909-5663 View (902) 909-5663
Photo of Kiren Sandhu, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Kiren Sandhu
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3M  (Online Only)
I am registered to provide virtual counselling to individuals and couples residing in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Life can present us with various challenges that can be difficult to work through on our own. We don’t often take the time to sit with our emotions and thoughts. I will encourage you to slow down and reflect while offering a curious and compassionate perspective and a safe and non-judgmental space where you feel heard and supported. We will work together to make sense of your experiences and move towards the change you are hoping for in your life.
I am registered to provide virtual counselling to individuals and couples residing in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Life can present us with various challenges that can be difficult to work through on our own. We don’t often take the time to sit with our emotions and thoughts. I will encourage you to slow down and reflect while offering a curious and compassionate perspective and a safe and non-judgmental space where you feel heard and supported. We will work together to make sense of your experiences and move towards the change you are hoping for in your life.
(437) 747-3988 View (437) 747-3988
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Lindsey MacDonald
Counsellor, RCT-C, CCC, MEd, BEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3S  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Lindsey MacDonald. I am originally from Cape Breton Island and have lived in Halifax for a little over two decades. I have been working with youth, adolescents, and families for almost 20 years in various roles within the education system such as a Student Support (Learning Centre) Teacher, Transition Support Teacher, and currently as a School Counsellor. I hold a Masters Degree in Education in Counselling, a Masters Degree in Education in Leadership & Administration (focusing on mental health), and a Masters Degree in Education in Curriculum Studies (Supporting Learners with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities).
Hello, my name is Lindsey MacDonald. I am originally from Cape Breton Island and have lived in Halifax for a little over two decades. I have been working with youth, adolescents, and families for almost 20 years in various roles within the education system such as a Student Support (Learning Centre) Teacher, Transition Support Teacher, and currently as a School Counsellor. I hold a Masters Degree in Education in Counselling, a Masters Degree in Education in Leadership & Administration (focusing on mental health), and a Masters Degree in Education in Curriculum Studies (Supporting Learners with Diverse Needs and Exceptionalities).
(782) 822-5457 View (782) 822-5457
Photo of Kristen Williams True North Psychological Services - Halifax, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Kristen Williams True North Psychological Services - Halifax
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3S
I have been a registered social worker in Nova Scotia since 2022 after immigrating from Los Angeles, California. Prior to moving to HRM, I had been working with formerly unhoused veterans and their families in the Greater Los Angeles community for past ten years. Much of my work has been with the US Veterans' Healthcare Administration, while collaborating with multiple community-based agencies in Los Angeles. I also have experience working with LGBTQI+ transitional age youth (18-24 years old) while in New York City.
I have been a registered social worker in Nova Scotia since 2022 after immigrating from Los Angeles, California. Prior to moving to HRM, I had been working with formerly unhoused veterans and their families in the Greater Los Angeles community for past ten years. Much of my work has been with the US Veterans' Healthcare Administration, while collaborating with multiple community-based agencies in Los Angeles. I also have experience working with LGBTQI+ transitional age youth (18-24 years old) while in New York City.
(782) 201-3847 View (782) 201-3847
Photo of Careen Coetzee Psychologist and Associate, Psychologist in Brookside, NS
Careen Coetzee Psychologist and Associate
Psychologist, MA, C, Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3H
We have a youthful mindset - a free spirit. This means we connect well with adolescents, young adults and adults. Nothing shocks us. As the Supervising Psychologist, Careen has a long history of looking out for the underdog. Her mentorship of Associates emphasizes this philosophy. We are creative and passionate about our work. We believe that you are curious about your personal healing and growth. Our training has given us skills in assesment, treatment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. Our areas of specialty include but are not limited to the following: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD,Substance abuse, PTSD.
We have a youthful mindset - a free spirit. This means we connect well with adolescents, young adults and adults. Nothing shocks us. As the Supervising Psychologist, Careen has a long history of looking out for the underdog. Her mentorship of Associates emphasizes this philosophy. We are creative and passionate about our work. We believe that you are curious about your personal healing and growth. Our training has given us skills in assesment, treatment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. Our areas of specialty include but are not limited to the following: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD,Substance abuse, PTSD.
(844) 332-3359 View (844) 332-3359
Photo of Dawn Maskine, Counsellor in Brookside, NS
Dawn Maskine
Counsellor, MEd , RCT-C , RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3L
Welcome, my name is Dawn and I have been working with individuals and groups in the fields of community-based development, education, health and wellness, and physical rehabilitation for over 20 years. Using narrative, trauma informed, and somatic approaches, I follow the philosophy that people are not their problems, behaviours, or past. If we can externalize and deconstruct the latter, by tapping into values and strengths, then there is potential to rewrite your narrative moving forward. I am dedicated in assisting you in relieving the stressors of holding onto stories that do not connect with your true self concept.
Welcome, my name is Dawn and I have been working with individuals and groups in the fields of community-based development, education, health and wellness, and physical rehabilitation for over 20 years. Using narrative, trauma informed, and somatic approaches, I follow the philosophy that people are not their problems, behaviours, or past. If we can externalize and deconstruct the latter, by tapping into values and strengths, then there is potential to rewrite your narrative moving forward. I am dedicated in assisting you in relieving the stressors of holding onto stories that do not connect with your true self concept.
(782) 201-2938 View (782) 201-2938
Photo of Natalie M. Edmondson, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Natalie M. Edmondson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3N  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. Reaching out for help can be overwhelming and especially difficult when you are searching for support to understand, process and heal from trauma. You may often find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, angry, or agitated and you don't know why. I know how confusing and challenging life can be when you have experienced any difficult situation and how it can affect all aspects of your life including your mental health, your work life, and relationships. I can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are and together determine what you might need to improve your overall wellbeing.
Accepting new clients. Reaching out for help can be overwhelming and especially difficult when you are searching for support to understand, process and heal from trauma. You may often find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, angry, or agitated and you don't know why. I know how confusing and challenging life can be when you have experienced any difficult situation and how it can affect all aspects of your life including your mental health, your work life, and relationships. I can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are and together determine what you might need to improve your overall wellbeing.
(782) 821-5264 View (782) 821-5264
Photo of Christina Rodrigue, Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate in Brookside, NS
Christina Rodrigue
Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate, MA, RCT-C, CCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bedford, NS B4B
I provide client-centred counselling services across the life span. However, my ideal clients are children, youth and neurodivergent folks.
I provide client-centred counselling services across the life span. However, my ideal clients are children, youth and neurodivergent folks.
(782) 482-0018 View (782) 482-0018
Photo of Dr. Stephanie Snow, Psychologist in Brookside, NS
Dr. Stephanie Snow
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3K  (Online Only)
Are you facing the unique mental health challenges of pregnancy and postpartum with a desire for resilience and well-being? I'm here to provide dedicated, evidence-based mental health support as you navigate this transformative journey. Together, we'll address tough thoughts and emotions, equip you with coping mechanisms, and empower you to foster mental strength and overall wellness. Let's work towards envisioning a fulfilling life path for yourself and your family.
Are you facing the unique mental health challenges of pregnancy and postpartum with a desire for resilience and well-being? I'm here to provide dedicated, evidence-based mental health support as you navigate this transformative journey. Together, we'll address tough thoughts and emotions, equip you with coping mechanisms, and empower you to foster mental strength and overall wellness. Let's work towards envisioning a fulfilling life path for yourself and your family.
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Photo of Tania (Margeson) Stanley, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Tania (Margeson) Stanley
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MEd, LCT
Verified Verified
Bedford, NS B4A
Graceful Life Counselling is operated out of my home office which is located in a quiet neighborhood in Hampton, NB. I'm a Social Worker and a Counselling Therapist which allows me to customize therapy in a holistic way that considers you personally and also social influences such as work, relationships, and family. I primarily assist individuals and couples going through life's various transitions such as a recent move or job loss, relationship changes, loss of loved ones, estranged family, terminal illness, step and blended family adjustment, and divorce recovery.
Graceful Life Counselling is operated out of my home office which is located in a quiet neighborhood in Hampton, NB. I'm a Social Worker and a Counselling Therapist which allows me to customize therapy in a holistic way that considers you personally and also social influences such as work, relationships, and family. I primarily assist individuals and couples going through life's various transitions such as a recent move or job loss, relationship changes, loss of loved ones, estranged family, terminal illness, step and blended family adjustment, and divorce recovery.
(506) 500-0661 View (506) 500-0661
Photo of Melinda Robb, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brookside, NS
Melinda Robb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RSW, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3K
Melinda's approach centers relationships—including the therapeutic relationship—as key to self-understanding and agency. She fosters a collaborative, open-minded, client-centered therapeutic frame, grounded in curiosity and respect. She tailors treatment to individual clients, and especially enjoys a depth-oriented, longer-term approach to helping clients work through various concerns (for instance: internal conflicts, life transitions, relationship and family challenges, gender and sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, and others). She is accepting referrals for adults and adolescents seeking individual, outpatient psychotherapy.
Melinda's approach centers relationships—including the therapeutic relationship—as key to self-understanding and agency. She fosters a collaborative, open-minded, client-centered therapeutic frame, grounded in curiosity and respect. She tailors treatment to individual clients, and especially enjoys a depth-oriented, longer-term approach to helping clients work through various concerns (for instance: internal conflicts, life transitions, relationship and family challenges, gender and sexuality, anxiety, depression, trauma, and others). She is accepting referrals for adults and adolescents seeking individual, outpatient psychotherapy.
(782) 825-5171 View (782) 825-5171
Photo of Jill Aucoin, Psychologist in Brookside, NS
Jill Aucoin
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3J
Waitlist for new clients
Wait list for new clients. I believe in the innate ability of people to improve their situations & cope with their troubles but sometimes, we all need a little extra help. I focus on building a comfortable relationship in which you can feel seen, heard & empowered to make change that matters to you. I aim to help you rediscover & apply your strengths, to identify your values, to engage with your life in meaningful ways. I have a particular interest in our relationships with nature & specifically with water; the ways in which being in, near or on water & engaging with "blue spaces" benefit our mental health and general well-being.
Wait list for new clients. I believe in the innate ability of people to improve their situations & cope with their troubles but sometimes, we all need a little extra help. I focus on building a comfortable relationship in which you can feel seen, heard & empowered to make change that matters to you. I aim to help you rediscover & apply your strengths, to identify your values, to engage with your life in meaningful ways. I have a particular interest in our relationships with nature & specifically with water; the ways in which being in, near or on water & engaging with "blue spaces" benefit our mental health and general well-being.
(902) 905-0404 View (902) 905-0404
Photo of Lucy Amadala, Psychologist in Brookside, NS
Lucy Amadala
Psychologist, MSc, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3J
Are you currently in a situation where you need to re-route some aspects of your life? Changing habits without a skilled, compassionate guide can be tough. Or maybe you have struggled with a mental health illness such as Trauma, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, etc. until you feel as though the problem is part of you. You want to change but are unsure how. I seek to support you as you name the problem, identify and own your strengths, plan for and implement the changes you desire for yourself. I am guided by the belief that people can and do want to change and my role as your therapist is to be your guide on the path to a better you.
Are you currently in a situation where you need to re-route some aspects of your life? Changing habits without a skilled, compassionate guide can be tough. Or maybe you have struggled with a mental health illness such as Trauma, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, etc. until you feel as though the problem is part of you. You want to change but are unsure how. I seek to support you as you name the problem, identify and own your strengths, plan for and implement the changes you desire for yourself. I am guided by the belief that people can and do want to change and my role as your therapist is to be your guide on the path to a better you.
(587) 805-0707 View (587) 805-0707
Photo of Brandy Gryshik, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Brandy Gryshik
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3P
Brandy has 10 years experience working with children, youth, adults and families. For the past 7 years, she has been working as a Clinical Social Worker (Therapist) to help individuals build fulfilling lives by drawing on their strengths. When appropriate, a family focused approach is used. Her areas of speciality include psycho-education, anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, family conflict, coping with daily stressors, self-harm, suicidal ideation, emotional concerns and trauma. She has experience with LGTBQ and indigenous populations with a focus on creating a safe and healing environment.
Brandy has 10 years experience working with children, youth, adults and families. For the past 7 years, she has been working as a Clinical Social Worker (Therapist) to help individuals build fulfilling lives by drawing on their strengths. When appropriate, a family focused approach is used. Her areas of speciality include psycho-education, anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, family conflict, coping with daily stressors, self-harm, suicidal ideation, emotional concerns and trauma. She has experience with LGTBQ and indigenous populations with a focus on creating a safe and healing environment.
(782) 800-0911 View (782) 800-0911
Photo of Michelle Chisholm, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Michelle Chisholm
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3H
Do you feel like there are deep roots to your problems but become overwhelmed trying to unpack these feelings on your own? Are you looking for some guidance to untangle your conflicting thoughts and behaviours and connect with your authentic self? I work with folks to understand where these big feelings come from, and support them to communicate with the parts of themselves that are experiencing difficulty. If you are tired of constantly fighting your own inner thoughts and want a space where where you can finally stop fighting and feel safe to open up about what is really going on for you, this may be it!
Do you feel like there are deep roots to your problems but become overwhelmed trying to unpack these feelings on your own? Are you looking for some guidance to untangle your conflicting thoughts and behaviours and connect with your authentic self? I work with folks to understand where these big feelings come from, and support them to communicate with the parts of themselves that are experiencing difficulty. If you are tired of constantly fighting your own inner thoughts and want a space where where you can finally stop fighting and feel safe to open up about what is really going on for you, this may be it!
(782) 800-8276 View (782) 800-8276
Photo of Tamarack Counselling Services, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Tamarack Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3H
Hi, my name is Steve Gates and I have been working in mental health for 15 years with 7 years working as a counsellor with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In my work, I try to blend my training with your expertise about you. Using this approach, I have seen people make progress through situations that truly seemed impossible. In my experience, once people accept where they are and make realistic goals, they tend to make progress. The “feel better” part does seem to take time, but it tends to follow the changes.
Hi, my name is Steve Gates and I have been working in mental health for 15 years with 7 years working as a counsellor with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In my work, I try to blend my training with your expertise about you. Using this approach, I have seen people make progress through situations that truly seemed impossible. In my experience, once people accept where they are and make realistic goals, they tend to make progress. The “feel better” part does seem to take time, but it tends to follow the changes.
(902) 907-2967 View (902) 907-2967
Photo of Nicole L. Morrissey, Counsellor in Brookside, NS
Nicole L. Morrissey
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCT-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3K  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you experience reoccurring overwhelm, anxiousness, dysregulation, depression, relationship difficulties, bodily and/or emotional numbness, depletion of energy levels, insomnia or restless sleeps, dependency on substances to cope with stressors and/or difficult emotions, feelings of hopelessness, and/or thoughts that hinder your ability to live well? If so, I could be the right person to help navigate these challenges with you.
Do you experience reoccurring overwhelm, anxiousness, dysregulation, depression, relationship difficulties, bodily and/or emotional numbness, depletion of energy levels, insomnia or restless sleeps, dependency on substances to cope with stressors and/or difficult emotions, feelings of hopelessness, and/or thoughts that hinder your ability to live well? If so, I could be the right person to help navigate these challenges with you.
(782) 800-5383 View (782) 800-5383
Photo of Maggie Logue-Prest, Registered Social Worker in Brookside, NS
Maggie Logue-Prest
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3J
*Currently accepting new clients* Hi! My name is Maggie and I am a Clinical Social worker based out of Kentville, Nova Scotia. I work with adults who are looking to reconnect with themselves, create healthy habits and define what they want in life. I provide in person sessions in Kentville, and virtual therapy for individuals across Nova Scotia. If you are feeling overwhelmed and struggling to navigate your emotions and life circumstances, I would love to work with you!
*Currently accepting new clients* Hi! My name is Maggie and I am a Clinical Social worker based out of Kentville, Nova Scotia. I work with adults who are looking to reconnect with themselves, create healthy habits and define what they want in life. I provide in person sessions in Kentville, and virtual therapy for individuals across Nova Scotia. If you are feeling overwhelmed and struggling to navigate your emotions and life circumstances, I would love to work with you!
(782) 800-0940 View (782) 800-0940
Photo of Tim Brodie, Counsellor in Brookside, NS
Tim Brodie
Counsellor, RCT-C, CCTP, CEC, MMM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3H  (Online Only)
Innovation of services and skills proven on the sands of Afghanistan and in the first responder communities of Canada, that's what I'm offering you. I’m a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force with almost 30 years of service, having retired in 2012. As a mediator and coach in the military and then in the police, I've been helping clients process difficult situations since the turn of the millenium! So what's the difference now? ​ I've deepened my understanding of how we process the emotions in our experiences and am committed to returning you to the helm as the master of your ship and the captain of your soul.
Innovation of services and skills proven on the sands of Afghanistan and in the first responder communities of Canada, that's what I'm offering you. I’m a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force with almost 30 years of service, having retired in 2012. As a mediator and coach in the military and then in the police, I've been helping clients process difficult situations since the turn of the millenium! So what's the difference now? ​ I've deepened my understanding of how we process the emotions in our experiences and am committed to returning you to the helm as the master of your ship and the captain of your soul.
(782) 312-0168 View (782) 312-0168

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Brookside, NS

< 10

Counsellors in Brookside, NS who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Parenting
100% Other
100% Anger Management
100% Adoption

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Blue Cross
100% SunLife
100% Manulife

How Counsellors in Brookside, NS see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Brookside?

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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.