Therapists in Barrie, ON

Photo of Krysta Szkarlat, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Krysta Szkarlat
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Is anxiety running the show? Having fearful thoughts that take over your brain? Stomach in knots? I can help you learn how to support your nervous system to move out of fight or flight using evidence-based tools so you can experience real safety in your mind and body. Has dieting left you frustrated and in despair? Are you desperate to find peace with your body? I can help you find food freedom & peace with your body using the evidence-based Intuitive Eating framework so you can have the time, energy and brain space to do what you were actually put on this earth to do!
Is anxiety running the show? Having fearful thoughts that take over your brain? Stomach in knots? I can help you learn how to support your nervous system to move out of fight or flight using evidence-based tools so you can experience real safety in your mind and body. Has dieting left you frustrated and in despair? Are you desperate to find peace with your body? I can help you find food freedom & peace with your body using the evidence-based Intuitive Eating framework so you can have the time, energy and brain space to do what you were actually put on this earth to do!
(705) 331-0678 View (705) 331-0678
Photo of Elyse Ayliffe, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Elyse Ayliffe
Registered Social Worker, HBSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Elyse is a Registered Social Worker and Clinical Traumatologist who has completed her Masters in Social Work. She has been providing counselling since 2014, working with families, adolescents and adults alike. Her compassionate and empathetic nature has allowed her to walk with clients experiencing a wide range of ever changing life events such as relationship issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self harm, family/couple conflict, grief and loss, managing emotions, flexible thinking, coping skills, life coaching, and supportive counselling.
Elyse is a Registered Social Worker and Clinical Traumatologist who has completed her Masters in Social Work. She has been providing counselling since 2014, working with families, adolescents and adults alike. Her compassionate and empathetic nature has allowed her to walk with clients experiencing a wide range of ever changing life events such as relationship issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self harm, family/couple conflict, grief and loss, managing emotions, flexible thinking, coping skills, life coaching, and supportive counselling.
(705) 710-4358 View (705) 710-4358
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Alexandra Rogers
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MACP, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
When the world feels heavy, relationships feel messy, or we feel misunderstood, sometimes the most challenging thing to do is to stop and breathe. Let me help you take that power back. Whether it be challenges in your relationships, feeling stuck in a rut, or battling these seemingly reoccurring situations, you can break free to achieve your goals and find that self-empowerment.
When the world feels heavy, relationships feel messy, or we feel misunderstood, sometimes the most challenging thing to do is to stop and breathe. Let me help you take that power back. Whether it be challenges in your relationships, feeling stuck in a rut, or battling these seemingly reoccurring situations, you can break free to achieve your goals and find that self-empowerment.
(249) 490-5444 View (249) 490-5444
Photo of Kathleen Hogg — Trauma • Chronic Pain • Anxiety , Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Kathleen Hogg — Trauma • Chronic Pain • Anxiety
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, CCC, BComm
Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Are you having difficulty with anxiety and stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks? Do you find yourself caught in cycles of sadness and depression that you can't break out of? Is it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning to face the day? Are you suffering from chronic pain? Are the people closest to you dismissive of your pain? In a non-judgmental environment of empathy, warmth, and safety, therapy can help you build coping skills to alleviate your struggles, manage your circumstances, and create positive and attainable goals. I look forward to hearing your story. Reach out today.
Are you having difficulty with anxiety and stress? Do you feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks? Do you find yourself caught in cycles of sadness and depression that you can't break out of? Is it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning to face the day? Are you suffering from chronic pain? Are the people closest to you dismissive of your pain? In a non-judgmental environment of empathy, warmth, and safety, therapy can help you build coping skills to alleviate your struggles, manage your circumstances, and create positive and attainable goals. I look forward to hearing your story. Reach out today.
(249) 496-3388 View (249) 496-3388
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Taylor Webb
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, RP(Q)
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
LOW-COST fees & NO WAIT list- Stress/Anxiety/Burnout, Self-Esteem, Depression- I understand how overwhelming life can be, and want to be here to support you and walk alongside you on your path to wellness. I strive to create a warm, safe, and non judgemental space where you can feel heard and empowered. I believe we all hold the necessary resources to thrive and flourish, and can tap into our inner resources and strengths when provided an empathetic and supportive environment.
LOW-COST fees & NO WAIT list- Stress/Anxiety/Burnout, Self-Esteem, Depression- I understand how overwhelming life can be, and want to be here to support you and walk alongside you on your path to wellness. I strive to create a warm, safe, and non judgemental space where you can feel heard and empowered. I believe we all hold the necessary resources to thrive and flourish, and can tap into our inner resources and strengths when provided an empathetic and supportive environment.
(249) 506-9503 View (249) 506-9503
Photo of Christina Lee, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Christina Lee
Registered Social Worker
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Are you feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Is anxiety impacting your day-today life? Do you need help healing from difficult past relationships, traumatic events, or abuse? Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful behaviors and not know how to stop them? In therapy, you can learn coping skills to manage the anxiety or feelings holding you back. You will better understand what powers your difficulties and get the tools that you need to feel and function better. You can build self-esteem and develop communication skills. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can take the driver's seat of your life journey. Start t
Are you feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Is anxiety impacting your day-today life? Do you need help healing from difficult past relationships, traumatic events, or abuse? Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful behaviors and not know how to stop them? In therapy, you can learn coping skills to manage the anxiety or feelings holding you back. You will better understand what powers your difficulties and get the tools that you need to feel and function better. You can build self-esteem and develop communication skills. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can take the driver's seat of your life journey. Start t
(249) 490-8864 View (249) 490-8864
Photo of Adelle Volpone, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Adelle Volpone
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Are you feeling sad, anxious, stressed & overwhelmed? Experiencing challenges with parenting or in your relationships? Juggling multiple roles in our fast paced society is difficult which sometimes leads to strained relationships with the people we care about most. Our current challenges often stem from our past experiences and working through these with a skilled therapist can equip you to live a balanced life and enable you to achieve wellness. I am here to support you in taking the steps to bring about desired changes in your life. By visiting this page, you have already taken the first step.
Are you feeling sad, anxious, stressed & overwhelmed? Experiencing challenges with parenting or in your relationships? Juggling multiple roles in our fast paced society is difficult which sometimes leads to strained relationships with the people we care about most. Our current challenges often stem from our past experiences and working through these with a skilled therapist can equip you to live a balanced life and enable you to achieve wellness. I am here to support you in taking the steps to bring about desired changes in your life. By visiting this page, you have already taken the first step.
(249) 503-3474 View (249) 503-3474
Photo of Karen Szabo, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Karen Szabo
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP, RP(Q)
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Anxiety/Stress/Burnout, Prenatal/Postpartum, Couples/Relationships & Trauma Specialist- You feel overwhelmed by every little thing and are experiencing a lot of stress/anxiety as a result. You feel down about yourself for letting things "slip" but just can't find the motivation to make changes. Perhaps life just feels like "too much" right now and it's starting to take a toll on your self-esteem and ability to cope with your stress. When you have a lot on your plate and just cant seem to catch a break, it can be hard to find the good in life and think clearly. This is where therapy can help!
Anxiety/Stress/Burnout, Prenatal/Postpartum, Couples/Relationships & Trauma Specialist- You feel overwhelmed by every little thing and are experiencing a lot of stress/anxiety as a result. You feel down about yourself for letting things "slip" but just can't find the motivation to make changes. Perhaps life just feels like "too much" right now and it's starting to take a toll on your self-esteem and ability to cope with your stress. When you have a lot on your plate and just cant seem to catch a break, it can be hard to find the good in life and think clearly. This is where therapy can help!
(249) 488-2424 View (249) 488-2424
Photo of Shaina Charles, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Shaina Charles
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Perhaps it started with one or two jarring and disturbing thoughts or images or an unshakable feeling that something wasn't right. Desperate to get rid of this unsettling experience, you performed a behaviour or mental act that you just felt compelled to complete, and at first, it seemed to help. Now you are caught in a vicious cycle where you feel the overwhelming urge to engage in certain thoughts or behaviours over and over in search of relief. You're stuck, and you desperately want to get out. If you can relate, you are not alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an experience that affects 1-2% of the population.
Perhaps it started with one or two jarring and disturbing thoughts or images or an unshakable feeling that something wasn't right. Desperate to get rid of this unsettling experience, you performed a behaviour or mental act that you just felt compelled to complete, and at first, it seemed to help. Now you are caught in a vicious cycle where you feel the overwhelming urge to engage in certain thoughts or behaviours over and over in search of relief. You're stuck, and you desperately want to get out. If you can relate, you are not alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an experience that affects 1-2% of the population.
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Photo of Ashleigh Bennett, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Ashleigh Bennett
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Hello! My name is Ashleigh and I'm glad you have taken the step to self improvement through therapy. As a Registered Social Worker I strive to walk alongside my clients and act as a guide in the journey to successful life outcomes. I never underestimate the power of humour and believe that self-driven goal setting in a safe and non-judgmental environment is key to creating change. I approach my work through a client-centered approach and am driven to provide concrete coping skills & tools to improve interpersonal relationships, and to work toward general life satisfaction and success.
Hello! My name is Ashleigh and I'm glad you have taken the step to self improvement through therapy. As a Registered Social Worker I strive to walk alongside my clients and act as a guide in the journey to successful life outcomes. I never underestimate the power of humour and believe that self-driven goal setting in a safe and non-judgmental environment is key to creating change. I approach my work through a client-centered approach and am driven to provide concrete coping skills & tools to improve interpersonal relationships, and to work toward general life satisfaction and success.
(249) 202-2519 View (249) 202-2519
Photo of Brittney Smith - Rsw Parenting Anxiety And Stress, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Brittney Smith - Rsw Parenting Anxiety And Stress
Registered Social Worker
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Do you find yourself struggling to keep up when life suddenly changes? Are you having trouble communicating with your kids or with other important people in your life? Do you wish you could make your life different but are not sure how? Asking these questions is an important first step to finding the answers and improving your life. Through therapy in a non-judgmental and open space, we can explore these questions and start to discover the root of where these questions are coming from. Together we will draw from evidence-based methods such as CBT, DBT, and Narrative Therapy to learn the coping mechanisms needed for everyday life.
Do you find yourself struggling to keep up when life suddenly changes? Are you having trouble communicating with your kids or with other important people in your life? Do you wish you could make your life different but are not sure how? Asking these questions is an important first step to finding the answers and improving your life. Through therapy in a non-judgmental and open space, we can explore these questions and start to discover the root of where these questions are coming from. Together we will draw from evidence-based methods such as CBT, DBT, and Narrative Therapy to learn the coping mechanisms needed for everyday life.
(249) 444-3378 View (249) 444-3378
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Mind 2 Heart Connections
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Stepping into therapy is a personal journey, Whether it's the weight of overwhelm, the grip of anxiety, or the shadows of depression, your courage is the guiding force. You're here not just to navigate challenges, but to embrace a life that feels authentic and fulfilling. This is your space, where worries about yourself, parenting, your child, or relationships find understanding and validation. Your decision is significant, and your trust in us is honoured. Every small step you take is a testament to your strength and the beginning of your unique healing journey.
Stepping into therapy is a personal journey, Whether it's the weight of overwhelm, the grip of anxiety, or the shadows of depression, your courage is the guiding force. You're here not just to navigate challenges, but to embrace a life that feels authentic and fulfilling. This is your space, where worries about yourself, parenting, your child, or relationships find understanding and validation. Your decision is significant, and your trust in us is honoured. Every small step you take is a testament to your strength and the beginning of your unique healing journey.
(249) 523-5201 View (249) 523-5201
Photo of Marilyn Winters, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Marilyn Winters
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
You may be struggling with pain and trauma from the past that has negatively impacted your view of self, others and the world. Or maybe you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the chaos of life, stuck in the mundane or immobilized by fear. Perhaps you are feeling alone or disconnected in your relationship or are caught in a negative loop of guilt, shame and blame. None of us are immune to pain and we all have different ways of coping. Are you hoping to learn new ways to deal with stress and experience more joy and peace? Would you like to live more authentically and to develop more deeper and enriching relationships?
You may be struggling with pain and trauma from the past that has negatively impacted your view of self, others and the world. Or maybe you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the chaos of life, stuck in the mundane or immobilized by fear. Perhaps you are feeling alone or disconnected in your relationship or are caught in a negative loop of guilt, shame and blame. None of us are immune to pain and we all have different ways of coping. Are you hoping to learn new ways to deal with stress and experience more joy and peace? Would you like to live more authentically and to develop more deeper and enriching relationships?
(249) 501-9235 View (249) 501-9235
Photo of Suzanne E Aikins, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Suzanne E Aikins
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, OACCPP, EMDRIA
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
I have recently joined forces with Psychology Matters as Director of EMDR Therapy and Business Operations. This position allows me to continue to focus on the trauma therapy work for which I have a great passion, as well as collaborating with the Psychology Matters team to meet the greater needs of our community. Having worked in this field for 17 years I've gained a deep appreciation for the influence of our early development on our present ability to cope. With this and the framework of EMDR I am witnessing amazing growth in the people that I am working with.
I have recently joined forces with Psychology Matters as Director of EMDR Therapy and Business Operations. This position allows me to continue to focus on the trauma therapy work for which I have a great passion, as well as collaborating with the Psychology Matters team to meet the greater needs of our community. Having worked in this field for 17 years I've gained a deep appreciation for the influence of our early development on our present ability to cope. With this and the framework of EMDR I am witnessing amazing growth in the people that I am working with.
(855) 593-2112 View (855) 593-2112
Photo of Heather Winters, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Heather Winters
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
We all have times when we feel weighed down by our thoughts and feelings and this can often keep us from connecting with others or creating boundaries that we know are important. You might feel like you are stuck, but there is hope and you are not alone. In our work together, you will learn strategies to change the relationship you have with your thoughts and feelings. I use a non-judgmental and supportive approach to highlight your existing strengths and support you along your healing journey.
We all have times when we feel weighed down by our thoughts and feelings and this can often keep us from connecting with others or creating boundaries that we know are important. You might feel like you are stuck, but there is hope and you are not alone. In our work together, you will learn strategies to change the relationship you have with your thoughts and feelings. I use a non-judgmental and supportive approach to highlight your existing strengths and support you along your healing journey.
(705) 805-3897 View (705) 805-3897
Photo of Emma Murison, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Emma Murison
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and accepting new clients. I received my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University with honours. Throughout my life, I always knew that I wanted a career where I could provide support, empowerment and assist those in need. Since I was younger, I have always been passionate about mental health, but it was through my own personal challenges and experiences in life that really inspired me and led me into pursuing psychotherapy where I could help others on their journey towards living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and accepting new clients. I received my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University with honours. Throughout my life, I always knew that I wanted a career where I could provide support, empowerment and assist those in need. Since I was younger, I have always been passionate about mental health, but it was through my own personal challenges and experiences in life that really inspired me and led me into pursuing psychotherapy where I could help others on their journey towards living a fulfilling and meaningful life.
(249) 559-1908 View (249) 559-1908
Photo of Family TLC, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Family TLC
Registered Social Worker, MEd, Counsel, BAFN, CYC, RSW
Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Are life struggles causing you unhappiness? It can get better. We are a group of highly trained psychotherapists, social workers and mediators. Many with over 25 years of experience in the field. Hundreds of individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents have benefited from our services. At Family TLC we truly believe in you and that you are bigger than the concern. With our diversely experienced team we are confident that a potential client will find someone best suited to their concerns that will help them make positive changes in their life.
Are life struggles causing you unhappiness? It can get better. We are a group of highly trained psychotherapists, social workers and mediators. Many with over 25 years of experience in the field. Hundreds of individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents have benefited from our services. At Family TLC we truly believe in you and that you are bigger than the concern. With our diversely experienced team we are confident that a potential client will find someone best suited to their concerns that will help them make positive changes in their life.
(844) 332-2854 View (844) 332-2854
Photo of Shanna Gerber, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Shanna Gerber
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Are you dealing with anxiety, low self-esteem, life transition, or relationship challenges? I invite you to a safe, non-judgmental space where you can process emotion, discover self, and acquire tools for better living.
Are you dealing with anxiety, low self-esteem, life transition, or relationship challenges? I invite you to a safe, non-judgmental space where you can process emotion, discover self, and acquire tools for better living.
(249) 504-1088 View (249) 504-1088
Photo of Tim Smith, Psychologist in Barrie, ON
Tim Smith
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Waitlist for new clients
Clients I work really well with are interested in collaborating and brainstorming about the challenging situations and difficulties in their lives. Overtime, we work together to develop understanding and solutions. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who suffer from ADHD or are impacted by someone who has ADHD. Of course clients with ADHD also often have co-morbid conditions like anxiety, depression and PTSD; I am very happy to help them with the issues related to these problems as well. Also, I enjoy completing complex psychological assessments; I find them challenging in a very good way.
Clients I work really well with are interested in collaborating and brainstorming about the challenging situations and difficulties in their lives. Overtime, we work together to develop understanding and solutions. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who suffer from ADHD or are impacted by someone who has ADHD. Of course clients with ADHD also often have co-morbid conditions like anxiety, depression and PTSD; I am very happy to help them with the issues related to these problems as well. Also, I enjoy completing complex psychological assessments; I find them challenging in a very good way.
(249) 449-1206 View (249) 449-1206
Photo of Sarah Jackson, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Sarah Jackson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BBA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Meet Sarah, a compassionate and empathetic listener dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey to healing. With a client-centric approach, she prioritizes the critical components of the therapeutic relationship, fostering an unbiased and safe environment for clients to explore their unique challenges. As an affiliate with Gameplan Canada, Sarah extends her expertise to provide psychotherapy support to the esteemed Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams. This affiliation reflects her commitment to excellence and her ability to address the distinctive mental health needs of high-performance individuals.
Meet Sarah, a compassionate and empathetic listener dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey to healing. With a client-centric approach, she prioritizes the critical components of the therapeutic relationship, fostering an unbiased and safe environment for clients to explore their unique challenges. As an affiliate with Gameplan Canada, Sarah extends her expertise to provide psychotherapy support to the esteemed Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams. This affiliation reflects her commitment to excellence and her ability to address the distinctive mental health needs of high-performance individuals.
(249) 802-7258 View (249) 802-7258

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Barrie, ON

500+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Barrie, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
84% Self Esteem
82% Coping Skills
82% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
69% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% SunLife
59% Green Shield Canada
55% Blue Cross

How Counsellors in Barrie, ON see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Barrie?

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.