Therapists in Barrie, ON

Photo of Ashleigh Bennett, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Ashleigh Bennett
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Hi there! I'm glad you have taken the step to self improvement through therapy. I work with clients ages 7+ and specialize in challenges including parenting, familial conflict, intimate partner relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, coping skills, couples therapy and more. 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.
Hi there! I'm glad you have taken the step to self improvement through therapy. I work with clients ages 7+ and specialize in challenges including parenting, familial conflict, intimate partner relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, coping skills, couples therapy and more. 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.
(249) 202-2519 View (249) 202-2519
Photo of Trey Donaldson, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Trey Donaldson
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
In my practice, I create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for all clients. I ensure to create safe spaces where each client is respected, valued, and free to express themselves without the feeling of fearfulness or judgement. I work with clients in having growth be their mission, and healing be their reward. There is nothing more fulfilling than making internal changes and seeing the external impact on yourself.
In my practice, I create a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment for all clients. I ensure to create safe spaces where each client is respected, valued, and free to express themselves without the feeling of fearfulness or judgement. I work with clients in having growth be their mission, and healing be their reward. There is nothing more fulfilling than making internal changes and seeing the external impact on yourself.
(249) 496-1812 View (249) 496-1812
Photo of Joan Hawkins Wong Jungian Analyst, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Joan Hawkins Wong Jungian Analyst
Registered Psychotherapist, DAnPsyc
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
People don't usually seek psychotherapy when everything is going well. But when a problem arises that demands our attention, it can be an invitation to get to know ourselves better. It can be an invitation to learn about parts of ourselves of which we know so little. As we become more familiar with our inner and outer dynamics, sometimes aspects of our lives which cause us to feel stuck, sad, or unfulfilled, lead us toward a new attitude or way of dealing with our circumstances.
People don't usually seek psychotherapy when everything is going well. But when a problem arises that demands our attention, it can be an invitation to get to know ourselves better. It can be an invitation to learn about parts of ourselves of which we know so little. As we become more familiar with our inner and outer dynamics, sometimes aspects of our lives which cause us to feel stuck, sad, or unfulfilled, lead us toward a new attitude or way of dealing with our circumstances.
(249) 506-0089 View (249) 506-0089
Photo of Shaina Charles, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Shaina Charles
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified 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 Christina Furtado, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Christina Furtado
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Throughout my career I have been drawn to work that allows me to connect to others and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Sometimes all we need is a push in a different direction. I have devoted 2 decades to empowering individuals and creating opportunities for positive transformation and growth, I am here to bring you appreciation in this journey together and create the magic of change together. With my knowledge of human psychology and my own life experience, I can guide you on an inward journey using tools for balance, healing and self-awareness so you can live your life with the clarity and wisdom of your heart!
Throughout my career I have been drawn to work that allows me to connect to others and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Sometimes all we need is a push in a different direction. I have devoted 2 decades to empowering individuals and creating opportunities for positive transformation and growth, I am here to bring you appreciation in this journey together and create the magic of change together. With my knowledge of human psychology and my own life experience, I can guide you on an inward journey using tools for balance, healing and self-awareness so you can live your life with the clarity and wisdom of your heart!
(249) 487-1327 View (249) 487-1327
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Tom Petridis
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MEd, MACP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Accepting New Clients! (In-Person in Barrie & Newmarket, Virtually anywhere in Ontario) - Trained in many areas of psychotherapy, for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, depression, stress, couple’s issues, trauma, self-esteem, and addictions, my goal is to treat you as the whole person, where we, as a team, decide what goals are best for you in each moment. We are complex beings, where biology, psychology, and support systems, all play an important and integral role in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Furthermore, when you are ready, there may be some past events we can unpack and help you begin to heal from.
Accepting New Clients! (In-Person in Barrie & Newmarket, Virtually anywhere in Ontario) - Trained in many areas of psychotherapy, for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, depression, stress, couple’s issues, trauma, self-esteem, and addictions, my goal is to treat you as the whole person, where we, as a team, decide what goals are best for you in each moment. We are complex beings, where biology, psychology, and support systems, all play an important and integral role in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Furthermore, when you are ready, there may be some past events we can unpack and help you begin to heal from.
(249) 495-5698 View (249) 495-5698
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Pal Counselling and Associates
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RMFT, RP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Over the past 25 years, I have had the privilege of assisting many adults, couples, youth, children, and families to find effective approaches and solutions to the challenges facing them. My passion is helping individuals, couples and families find healthy ways to cope with and grow from the challenges and adversities that life sometimes brings. I believe that all of us have an innate desire to move toward a healthier, happier way of being. Even seemingly unhealthy beliefs, feelings, and behaviours start to make sense and can change when explored with the help of a compassionate well trained professional.
Over the past 25 years, I have had the privilege of assisting many adults, couples, youth, children, and families to find effective approaches and solutions to the challenges facing them. My passion is helping individuals, couples and families find healthy ways to cope with and grow from the challenges and adversities that life sometimes brings. I believe that all of us have an innate desire to move toward a healthier, happier way of being. Even seemingly unhealthy beliefs, feelings, and behaviours start to make sense and can change when explored with the help of a compassionate well trained professional.
(289) 271-1748 View (289) 271-1748
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Kirstyn Clare
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q), CCC
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Hello! I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with over a decade of experience working in mental health and addiction programs. I specialize in anxiety, stress management, addiction (substance use), depression, trauma, and self-esteem. If you are struggling with the weight of life's challenges or trying to navigate the complexities of substance use, I can support you to explore the root cause of your difficulties and work alongside you to develop effective coping strategies.
Hello! I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with over a decade of experience working in mental health and addiction programs. I specialize in anxiety, stress management, addiction (substance use), depression, trauma, and self-esteem. If you are struggling with the weight of life's challenges or trying to navigate the complexities of substance use, I can support you to explore the root cause of your difficulties and work alongside you to develop effective coping strategies.
(249) 504-2824 View (249) 504-2824
Photo of Vault Mental Health, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Vault Mental Health
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
At VMH we can connect you a therapist suited best for you in under 24H's... It takes courage to initiate therapy but investing in your well-being is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. Whether you are seeking to learn strategies to cope with life's ups and downs, tools to manage challenging emotions, or support with difficult life events, it is our privilege to be here for you. Our diversely skilled group of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers are here to help you get results. At Vault Mental Health we will create a tailor-made treatment plan unique to you and your situation.
At VMH we can connect you a therapist suited best for you in under 24H's... It takes courage to initiate therapy but investing in your well-being is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. Whether you are seeking to learn strategies to cope with life's ups and downs, tools to manage challenging emotions, or support with difficult life events, it is our privilege to be here for you. Our diversely skilled group of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Social Workers are here to help you get results. At Vault Mental Health we will create a tailor-made treatment plan unique to you and your situation.
(249) 492-9384 View (249) 492-9384
Photo of Brooklyn Arroyo, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Brooklyn Arroyo
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, ADMH, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
No matter what you're going through, whether it's dealing with addiction, feeling down about yourself, or any other struggle, it's important to remember that these tough times don't define who you are. They're parts of your life's story. You don't have to face them alone. Let's work together to turn the page and start a new chapter filled with hope and growth.
No matter what you're going through, whether it's dealing with addiction, feeling down about yourself, or any other struggle, it's important to remember that these tough times don't define who you are. They're parts of your life's story. You don't have to face them alone. Let's work together to turn the page and start a new chapter filled with hope and growth.
(289) 763-9898 View (289) 763-9898
Photo of Elaine Bennett, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Elaine Bennett
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed with everyday life? Are you experiencing challenges in your relationships? Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated? I help individuals who are experiencing symptoms of stress, symptoms of anxiety, and symptoms of depression. I also help individuals with self esteem and relationship issues. I also support individuals who are experiencing loss.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with everyday life? Are you experiencing challenges in your relationships? Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated? I help individuals who are experiencing symptoms of stress, symptoms of anxiety, and symptoms of depression. I also help individuals with self esteem and relationship issues. I also support individuals who are experiencing loss.
(249) 495-5345 View (249) 495-5345
Photo of Ira Stevanovic, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Ira Stevanovic
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
"The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up." from Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Congratulations on taking a first step on your journey towards a more peaceful, happier, and grounded self. I would be honoured to join you on that journey so that you can face and overcome obstacles while creating an environment of growth and change. I strongly believe that a safe, respectful, and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the foundation of our work together.
"The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up." from Rising Strong by Brene Brown. Congratulations on taking a first step on your journey towards a more peaceful, happier, and grounded self. I would be honoured to join you on that journey so that you can face and overcome obstacles while creating an environment of growth and change. I strongly believe that a safe, respectful, and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the foundation of our work together.
(249) 202-2372 View (249) 202-2372
Photo of Neve Connolly, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Neve Connolly
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Neve is a Registered Social Worker offering virtual psychotherapy. With a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, illness and/or injury adjustment, and general wellness, Neve brings valuable experience and expertise to support individuals in their healing. Committed to fostering a safe and confidential space, she employs evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower clients in coping with challenges and improving wellbeing.
Neve is a Registered Social Worker offering virtual psychotherapy. With a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, illness and/or injury adjustment, and general wellness, Neve brings valuable experience and expertise to support individuals in their healing. Committed to fostering a safe and confidential space, she employs evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower clients in coping with challenges and improving wellbeing.
(705) 302-8844 View (705) 302-8844
Photo of Sylvie Ella Noutie, Registered Social Worker in Barrie, ON
Sylvie Ella Noutie
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Sylvie. My career is dedicated to transforming and enhancing the lives young individuals, women who have experienced domestic violence, single mothers, and immigrant parents. My professional journey is infused with my own personal experiences and my passion for helping others overcome life's challenges. I chose to specialize in working with vulnerable groups because I firmly believe that every individual possesses innate resilience that can be nurtured and strengthened.
Hello, I am Sylvie. My career is dedicated to transforming and enhancing the lives young individuals, women who have experienced domestic violence, single mothers, and immigrant parents. My professional journey is infused with my own personal experiences and my passion for helping others overcome life's challenges. I chose to specialize in working with vulnerable groups because I firmly believe that every individual possesses innate resilience that can be nurtured and strengthened.
(249) 700-0512 View (249) 700-0512
Photo of Sara Servello, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Sara Servello
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, CYW, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
You deserve to live a life that leaves you excited to begin each day and choosing someone to talk to is the first step. I use a Person-Centered and Strength Based approach while incorporating evidence-based interventions.
You deserve to live a life that leaves you excited to begin each day and choosing someone to talk to is the first step. I use a Person-Centered and Strength Based approach while incorporating evidence-based interventions.
(249) 490-8845 View (249) 490-8845
Photo of Angele Hoffman, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Angele Hoffman
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Seeking counseling is not always an easy thing to do, however it can provide you with an opportunity to deal with difficulties, whatever that may be for you. It is a chance to be listened to and be understood free of judgment. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which individuals can feel supported during their journey towards change and personal growth. I enjoy working with couples, adolescence, and adults struggling with a variety of issues including: grief, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, life changes etc.
Seeking counseling is not always an easy thing to do, however it can provide you with an opportunity to deal with difficulties, whatever that may be for you. It is a chance to be listened to and be understood free of judgment. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which individuals can feel supported during their journey towards change and personal growth. I enjoy working with couples, adolescence, and adults struggling with a variety of issues including: grief, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, life changes etc.
(855) 912-8218 View (855) 912-8218
Photo of Angela F Turner, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Barrie, ON
Angela F Turner
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MC, BRE, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself in a place that is unwelcome or unexpected? Grieving a loss? Fighting anxiety and losing? Dealing with a difficult diagnosis? Perhaps you are just coming to terms with traumatic situations that seemed normal for years or you are finding it hard to connect with people in lasting and meaningful ways?
Do you find yourself in a place that is unwelcome or unexpected? Grieving a loss? Fighting anxiety and losing? Dealing with a difficult diagnosis? Perhaps you are just coming to terms with traumatic situations that seemed normal for years or you are finding it hard to connect with people in lasting and meaningful ways?
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Photo of Benjamin Childs, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Benjamin Childs
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Feeling overwhelmed, sad, or constantly anxious can really weigh you down, making it tough to enjoy life or even get through the day sometimes. If you've been battling these feelings, you're not alone. Many people, especially men, find it hard to reach out for help due to societal pressures to "tough it out." But acknowledging that you're struggling is a brave first step towards feeling better. Whether it's stress from work, relationship issues, or past trauma that just won't let you be, therapy can offer the support you need to navigate through these tough times.
Feeling overwhelmed, sad, or constantly anxious can really weigh you down, making it tough to enjoy life or even get through the day sometimes. If you've been battling these feelings, you're not alone. Many people, especially men, find it hard to reach out for help due to societal pressures to "tough it out." But acknowledging that you're struggling is a brave first step towards feeling better. Whether it's stress from work, relationship issues, or past trauma that just won't let you be, therapy can offer the support you need to navigate through these tough times.
(249) 444-0445 View (249) 444-0445
Photo of Megan Garvey, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Megan Garvey
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
NO-WAIT list, evening/weekend appts- Anxiety/Stress, ADHD, Child/Parenting, Emotion Regulation- Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted, and it's starting to take a toll on your parenting, work, relationships, and personal life. Your emotions are becoming harder to "control" and you feel like you're breaking down. Life is starting to feel daunting & hopeless and you're unsure how to get out of this rut, possibly turning to unhealthy coping methods. If this sounds like you, I'm here to help you overcome the emotional burnout and start making positive changes towards the person, parent, and partner you want to be.
NO-WAIT list, evening/weekend appts- Anxiety/Stress, ADHD, Child/Parenting, Emotion Regulation- Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted, and it's starting to take a toll on your parenting, work, relationships, and personal life. Your emotions are becoming harder to "control" and you feel like you're breaking down. Life is starting to feel daunting & hopeless and you're unsure how to get out of this rut, possibly turning to unhealthy coping methods. If this sounds like you, I'm here to help you overcome the emotional burnout and start making positive changes towards the person, parent, and partner you want to be.
(249) 444-0419 View (249) 444-0419
Photo of Tania E. Kingston, RP, Registered Psychotherapist in Barrie, ON
Tania E. Kingston, RP
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RPC
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Not accepting new clients
Often times we get stuck in various aspects of our life due to loss, emotional distress such as anxiety, panic or depression; trauma (childhood, sexual, physical and emotional abuse); relationship issues, such as separation and divorce, and coping issues such as stress and addictions, and we just need someone to help us navigate it all.
Often times we get stuck in various aspects of our life due to loss, emotional distress such as anxiety, panic or depression; trauma (childhood, sexual, physical and emotional abuse); relationship issues, such as separation and divorce, and coping issues such as stress and addictions, and we just need someone to help us navigate it all.
(844) 394-8355 View (844) 394-8355

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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:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Self Esteem
82% Stress
81% Coping Skills
77% Relationship Issues
70% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% SunLife
60% Green Shield Canada
55% Blue Cross

How Counsellors in Barrie, ON see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
13% 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.