Therapists in Chester, NS

Photo of Kathleen Naylor, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Kathleen Naylor
Counsellor, MEd, RCT, CCC, SEP
Verified Verified
Chester, NS B0J
If you often feel overwhelmed by the demands of life, and find it difficult to connect with other people and your own sense of self, let's explore together. Maybe you are feeling burnout in your work or personal life, facing mental or physical pain. Perhaps you notice patterns of unhealthy behaviours or relationships, or you're not coping well with the burden of grief. If you have a sense that there's got to be another way to live, it may benefit you to work with a somatic therapist and tap into the wisdom of your body and the capacity of your own nervous system.
If you often feel overwhelmed by the demands of life, and find it difficult to connect with other people and your own sense of self, let's explore together. Maybe you are feeling burnout in your work or personal life, facing mental or physical pain. Perhaps you notice patterns of unhealthy behaviours or relationships, or you're not coping well with the burden of grief. If you have a sense that there's got to be another way to live, it may benefit you to work with a somatic therapist and tap into the wisdom of your body and the capacity of your own nervous system.
(902) 903-2482 View (902) 903-2482
Photo of Alexa Camp, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Alexa Camp
Counsellor, MEd, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Chester, 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
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Patricia Wentzell Counselling & Consulting Svcs
Counsellor, MEd, RCT, CCC
Verified Verified
Chester, NS B0J
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes life's challenges or transitions can be overwhelming for a person or family to solve on their own. Counselling provides support as you adjust to transitions such as those involving grief and loss or separation/divorce. I utilize diverse theoretical approaches in my counselling practice, drawing upon my training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy, trauma-informed and attachment issues, play therapy, and mindfulness techniques.
Sometimes life's challenges or transitions can be overwhelming for a person or family to solve on their own. Counselling provides support as you adjust to transitions such as those involving grief and loss or separation/divorce. I utilize diverse theoretical approaches in my counselling practice, drawing upon my training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy, trauma-informed and attachment issues, play therapy, and mindfulness techniques.
(902) 700-6535 View (902) 700-6535
Photo of Gillian Paula Marie Enright, Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate in Chester, NS
Gillian Paula Marie Enright
Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate, MA, RCT-C, CCC, RMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chester, NS B0J
Hello, my name is Gillian Enright and I sincerely welcome connection with you, regarding your mind-body reactions, symptoms, and responses to life stressors and struggles. For over 25 years, I have supported many individuals and couples in achieving abundant life changes by integrating a somatic/body wholistic narrative approach. I believe our bodies express our deepest beliefs and stories of trauma, sorrow, illness, health and joy. I am dedicated to assisting you in reclaiming and cherishing your resilient body and mind for mental/emotional wellbeing, joy, healing, compassion, social connection and intimate loving relationships
Hello, my name is Gillian Enright and I sincerely welcome connection with you, regarding your mind-body reactions, symptoms, and responses to life stressors and struggles. For over 25 years, I have supported many individuals and couples in achieving abundant life changes by integrating a somatic/body wholistic narrative approach. I believe our bodies express our deepest beliefs and stories of trauma, sorrow, illness, health and joy. I am dedicated to assisting you in reclaiming and cherishing your resilient body and mind for mental/emotional wellbeing, joy, healing, compassion, social connection and intimate loving relationships
(782) 201-0676 View (782) 201-0676

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Kate McKenna
Counsellor, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Lunenburg, NS B0J
My ideal client is open to the idea of therapy, but might need a patient and welcoming therapist to help them open up. They are looking for a therapist that feels like an old friend, someone they can say anything to. They might be looking to improve relationships in their life, build confidence and self-worth, or shift some long-standing habits. Maybe they are going through a transition or a loss and need support through the changes. I am particularly passionate about supporting teenagers, parents, elders, folks dealing with body image issues, and couples.
My ideal client is open to the idea of therapy, but might need a patient and welcoming therapist to help them open up. They are looking for a therapist that feels like an old friend, someone they can say anything to. They might be looking to improve relationships in their life, build confidence and self-worth, or shift some long-standing habits. Maybe they are going through a transition or a loss and need support through the changes. I am particularly passionate about supporting teenagers, parents, elders, folks dealing with body image issues, and couples.
(782) 492-0151 View (782) 492-0151
Photo of Vanessa Eyre, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Vanessa Eyre
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lunenburg, NS B0J  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting virtual clients for June and July. My practice is rooted in the relationships that clients and I build together, creating spaces of trust and security; that’s where healing can start. I am passionate about providing trauma-informed mental health support that is accessible, rooted in compassion and aware of systemic barriers. I genuinely love working with people while witnessing them confront their challenges and grow as individuals; providing counselling gives me with an incredible sense of meaning and vitality.
Accepting virtual clients for June and July. My practice is rooted in the relationships that clients and I build together, creating spaces of trust and security; that’s where healing can start. I am passionate about providing trauma-informed mental health support that is accessible, rooted in compassion and aware of systemic barriers. I genuinely love working with people while witnessing them confront their challenges and grow as individuals; providing counselling gives me with an incredible sense of meaning and vitality.
(902) 518-0745 View (902) 518-0745
Photo of Ainsley Lofstedt, Psychologist (Candidate Register) in Chester, NS
Ainsley Lofstedt
Psychologist (Candidate Register), MA
Verified Verified
Lunenburg, NS B0J
Waitlist for new clients
I have a special interest and training in working with couples and individuals experiencing sexual concerns. Specifically, I work with concerns around pain during intercourse (i.e. vaginismus, vulvodynia, and provoked vestibulodynia), desire discrepancies in couples, difficulty achieving orgasm, or achieving/maintaining an erection, premature ejaculation, etc. Additionally, I work individually with adults experiencing relationship distress, communication difficulties, developmental trauma, low self-esteem, stress and burnout, life transitions, anxiety, and depression.
I have a special interest and training in working with couples and individuals experiencing sexual concerns. Specifically, I work with concerns around pain during intercourse (i.e. vaginismus, vulvodynia, and provoked vestibulodynia), desire discrepancies in couples, difficulty achieving orgasm, or achieving/maintaining an erection, premature ejaculation, etc. Additionally, I work individually with adults experiencing relationship distress, communication difficulties, developmental trauma, low self-esteem, stress and burnout, life transitions, anxiety, and depression.
(782) 222-8024 View (782) 222-8024
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Jenny Reich
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCT-C
Verified Verified
Lunenburg, NS B0J
Not accepting new clients
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is client-centred and trauma-informed. I work with older adolescents and adults with a diverse range of concerns, to increase their sense of confidence and well-being. I am based in Bridgewater and am currently offering in-person and online therapy to residents of Nova Scotia. In our work together, you will bring your knowledge of yourself, your experience, and your hopes for the future. I will incorporate a variety of evidence-based therapeutic techniques aimed at broadening your awareness and decreasing your distress.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is client-centred and trauma-informed. I work with older adolescents and adults with a diverse range of concerns, to increase their sense of confidence and well-being. I am based in Bridgewater and am currently offering in-person and online therapy to residents of Nova Scotia. In our work together, you will bring your knowledge of yourself, your experience, and your hopes for the future. I will incorporate a variety of evidence-based therapeutic techniques aimed at broadening your awareness and decreasing your distress.
(902) 201-9259 View (902) 201-9259
Photo of Lisa Dexter, Licensed Professional Counsellor in Chester, NS
Lisa Dexter
Licensed Professional Counsellor, RCT, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J
My ideal clients range in age from adolescents through adulthood, including couples and families. They may have a past history of trauma or grief, or perhaps they are presently struggling with symptoms of ADHD, life changes, or a breakdown of a key relationship. They may be feeling completely overwhelmed and unsure where to go next. They will be open to trying new ideas to help them on the path to feeling better, but will not be worried about talking to me when certain strategies that do not work for them, as they will know it is best that we use techniques that they are comfortable with and will use.
My ideal clients range in age from adolescents through adulthood, including couples and families. They may have a past history of trauma or grief, or perhaps they are presently struggling with symptoms of ADHD, life changes, or a breakdown of a key relationship. They may be feeling completely overwhelmed and unsure where to go next. They will be open to trying new ideas to help them on the path to feeling better, but will not be worried about talking to me when certain strategies that do not work for them, as they will know it is best that we use techniques that they are comfortable with and will use.
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OCD & Anxiety Clinic. Turning Point Psychology
Psychologist, MA, CPsych, (c)ACT, (c)CACB, IOCDF
Verified Verified
Bickerton West, NS B0J  (Online Only)
You may not show it, but you feel stuck. Your anxiety and fears prevent you from taking steps forward. Instead, you find yourself procrastinating and avoiding. You are consumed by doubt and overwhelmed by worry and unwanted, intrusive, uncontrollable thoughts. You try hard to avoid those thoughts, but they keep coming back. The more you fight them, the stickier they become. You try to tell yourself that the thoughts are meaningless, but somehow you feel you can never be sure. What if after all, something horrible will happen? What if the thoughts mean something important? Your friends and family keep telling you not to worry and explain that everything is just in your head. This reassurance helps for a bit, but very soon you are back to endless "What if? " questions. You tried therapy before. The therapist tried to convince you that what you fear is unlikely to happen and taught you relaxation, breathing, meditation, and thought records. But it didn't help and made you even more hopeless. You'd like to break free from your worries and fears and start living your life. If you are reading this profile, you may be finally considering making a significant change. We are here to help!
You may not show it, but you feel stuck. Your anxiety and fears prevent you from taking steps forward. Instead, you find yourself procrastinating and avoiding. You are consumed by doubt and overwhelmed by worry and unwanted, intrusive, uncontrollable thoughts. You try hard to avoid those thoughts, but they keep coming back. The more you fight them, the stickier they become. You try to tell yourself that the thoughts are meaningless, but somehow you feel you can never be sure. What if after all, something horrible will happen? What if the thoughts mean something important? Your friends and family keep telling you not to worry and explain that everything is just in your head. This reassurance helps for a bit, but very soon you are back to endless "What if? " questions. You tried therapy before. The therapist tried to convince you that what you fear is unlikely to happen and taught you relaxation, breathing, meditation, and thought records. But it didn't help and made you even more hopeless. You'd like to break free from your worries and fears and start living your life. If you are reading this profile, you may be finally considering making a significant change. We are here to help!
(647) 496-6506 View (647) 496-6506
Photo of Amanda Williams, Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate in Chester, NS
Amanda Williams
Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate, MA, RCT-C, BEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chester Basin, NS B0J  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, or a loss of a sense of self, that affects your ability to positively regard who you are and your purpose? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, alone or stressed by life's responsibilities, like responding to emails, transitions either from work to home or school? Do you wonder if your sense of self could be better fostered through your ability to deal with these challenges? Now more than ever, all people, are feeling a heightened sense of anxiousness, fatigue and pressure to make ends meet while maintaining healthy relationships and meeting society's expectations.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, or a loss of a sense of self, that affects your ability to positively regard who you are and your purpose? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, alone or stressed by life's responsibilities, like responding to emails, transitions either from work to home or school? Do you wonder if your sense of self could be better fostered through your ability to deal with these challenges? Now more than ever, all people, are feeling a heightened sense of anxiousness, fatigue and pressure to make ends meet while maintaining healthy relationships and meeting society's expectations.
(782) 400-0568 View (782) 400-0568
Photo of Jillian Dollimont Equus: Equine Assisted Cnslng, Registered Social Worker in Chester, NS
Jillian Dollimont Equus: Equine Assisted Cnslng
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hubbards, NS B0J
At Equus, through the use of evidence-based therapy practices, you'll have a holistic experience, nurturing both your physical and emotional health. Animal assisted therapy comes with special benefits to our well-being. But including animals in the counselling process is up to you! If you prefer to sit and talk in my office, we can do that, too! You deserve to feel better and enjoy life. Let's get there together.
At Equus, through the use of evidence-based therapy practices, you'll have a holistic experience, nurturing both your physical and emotional health. Animal assisted therapy comes with special benefits to our well-being. But including animals in the counselling process is up to you! If you prefer to sit and talk in my office, we can do that, too! You deserve to feel better and enjoy life. Let's get there together.
(902) 905-3650 View (902) 905-3650

Online Therapists

Photo of Ray Frizzell, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Ray Frizzell
Counsellor, MACP, RCT-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dartmouth, NS B2W  (Online Only)
Welcome. My intention is to offer a safe place for you to enter into a journey of healing. My hope is that you and I can create a positive environment where we can work together on the issues and challenges that have brought you here. . I practice from a critical feminist perspective, which means I do not think I am an expert, but that we form knowledge and mutual curiosity and in doing so, I hope, we arrive at a place of healing and enlightenment for you.
Welcome. My intention is to offer a safe place for you to enter into a journey of healing. My hope is that you and I can create a positive environment where we can work together on the issues and challenges that have brought you here. . I practice from a critical feminist perspective, which means I do not think I am an expert, but that we form knowledge and mutual curiosity and in doing so, I hope, we arrive at a place of healing and enlightenment for you.
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Photo of Audrey Morrison, Registered Social Worker in Chester, NS
Audrey Morrison
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Belmont, NS B0M
Life can get difficult at times and it's perfectly normal to reach out for help. Whether you have anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns, you have come to the right place. You will find me caring, compassionate and non-judgemental. I have a wealth of experience providing therapy to all age groups. I typically use therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy. We would decide together the best fit for you. I would be honoured to work with you to meet your goals.
Life can get difficult at times and it's perfectly normal to reach out for help. Whether you have anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns, you have come to the right place. You will find me caring, compassionate and non-judgemental. I have a wealth of experience providing therapy to all age groups. I typically use therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution Focused Therapy. We would decide together the best fit for you. I would be honoured to work with you to meet your goals.
(902) 906-9161 View (902) 906-9161
Photo of Michelle Labine, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Michelle Labine
Counsellor, MA , RCT, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Dartmouth, NS B3A
Michelle Labine specializes in sex therapy, relationship therapy, and relational and sexual trauma therapy. Michelle works with individuals and partners who experience challenges effecting their personal wellbeing and relationships, including anxiety, changes in sexual desire, changes in sexual functioning, sexual changes related to illness, questioning sexual interest, body image, sexual expectations, sexual communication, partners who are neurodivergent, relationship communication, conflict management and connection, jealousy, infidelity, and consensual non monogamy.
Michelle Labine specializes in sex therapy, relationship therapy, and relational and sexual trauma therapy. Michelle works with individuals and partners who experience challenges effecting their personal wellbeing and relationships, including anxiety, changes in sexual desire, changes in sexual functioning, sexual changes related to illness, questioning sexual interest, body image, sexual expectations, sexual communication, partners who are neurodivergent, relationship communication, conflict management and connection, jealousy, infidelity, and consensual non monogamy.
(782) 312-0152 View (782) 312-0152
Photo of Sydney Dean, Counsellor in Chester, NS
Sydney Dean
Counsellor, BA, RPC-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3K  (Online Only)
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Navigating mental health struggles in young adulthood can feel overwhelming and isolating. As a queer individual, my lived experiences have led me to develop a warm, compassionate, and understanding perspective. As a counsellor, this enables me to hold a non-judgmental and thoughtful space for the people I work with and can help them feel seen, heard, and not alone.
*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* Navigating mental health struggles in young adulthood can feel overwhelming and isolating. As a queer individual, my lived experiences have led me to develop a warm, compassionate, and understanding perspective. As a counsellor, this enables me to hold a non-judgmental and thoughtful space for the people I work with and can help them feel seen, heard, and not alone.
(613) 701-9530 View (613) 701-9530
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Reflect Therapy: Dr. Gottschall & Associates
MSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Antigonish, NS B2G
We are all accepting new clients for in person and virtual sessions! Appointments are available in Antigonish or Port Hawkesbury. Our vision is healthy families across the lifespan. We have over 55 years of combined experience helping clients overcome symptoms related to stress, anxiety, family or relationship conflict, grief and loss, emotional difficulties, and more. We work with adults, youth, children, families and couples to support you to reach your goals.
We are all accepting new clients for in person and virtual sessions! Appointments are available in Antigonish or Port Hawkesbury. Our vision is healthy families across the lifespan. We have over 55 years of combined experience helping clients overcome symptoms related to stress, anxiety, family or relationship conflict, grief and loss, emotional difficulties, and more. We work with adults, youth, children, families and couples to support you to reach your goals.
(902) 812-0098 View (902) 812-0098
Photo of Brennan Poirier, Registered Social Worker in Chester, NS
Brennan Poirier
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fall River, NS B2T
I have over twenty years of experience as a therapist, working with children, teens, parents and adults. Offering professional services with compassion and empathy, good listening skills are a priority. We can work together toward effective solutions for difficult problems, during these challenging times.
I have over twenty years of experience as a therapist, working with children, teens, parents and adults. Offering professional services with compassion and empathy, good listening skills are a priority. We can work together toward effective solutions for difficult problems, during these challenging times.
(902) 200-3275 View (902) 200-3275
Photo of Kate Murray, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chester, NS
Kate Murray
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, MACPc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, NS B3M  (Online Only)
My names Kate, and I identify as cisgender, pansexual and neurodivergent. I am accepting client's from Nova Scotia, Ontario, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT and Newfoundland and Labrador. I am currently completing my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I have a BA from Saint Mary's University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in religious studies, as well as a diploma in Rehab Assistance.
My names Kate, and I identify as cisgender, pansexual and neurodivergent. I am accepting client's from Nova Scotia, Ontario, BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT and Newfoundland and Labrador. I am currently completing my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I have a BA from Saint Mary's University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in religious studies, as well as a diploma in Rehab Assistance.
(782) 800-5505 View (782) 800-5505
Photo of Kala Rafuse, Registered Social Worker in Chester, NS
Kala Rafuse
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Halifax, NS B3S  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
There is no "too big" or "too small"- all inquiries and goals are welcome for exploration within our therapeutic space. With a background in Corrections and Community Mental Health, I've been fortunuate to hear the stories of many and guide them toward meaningful change and healing.
There is no "too big" or "too small"- all inquiries and goals are welcome for exploration within our therapeutic space. With a background in Corrections and Community Mental Health, I've been fortunuate to hear the stories of many and guide them toward meaningful change and healing.
(782) 201-3855 View (782) 201-3855

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Chester, NS

< 10

Counsellors in Chester, NS who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Anger Management
100% Stress
75% Grief
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medavie Blue Cross
67% Green Shield Canada
67% Veterans Affairs Canada

How Counsellors in Chester, NS see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Chester?

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.