Therapists in Barrie, ON

Photo of Crystal Pacheco, HBA, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Crystal Pacheco
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Welcome to my page! I am extremely happy that you have made the first step to look for support. Within the counselling that I provide for clients, I use a soft welcoming approach where my ethics are valued with my clients by developing a working alliance that feels safe and trusting. I offer both virtual and in-person sessions. I embrace working with clients with different age groups such as Children, Youth, and Adults. I also offer Individual, Couples or Family counselling based on your needs and goals. I am also passionate about working with clients with Autism and Social Needs.
Welcome to my page! I am extremely happy that you have made the first step to look for support. Within the counselling that I provide for clients, I use a soft welcoming approach where my ethics are valued with my clients by developing a working alliance that feels safe and trusting. I offer both virtual and in-person sessions. I embrace working with clients with different age groups such as Children, Youth, and Adults. I also offer Individual, Couples or Family counselling based on your needs and goals. I am also passionate about working with clients with Autism and Social Needs.
(289) 763-9898 View (289) 763-9898
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Wendy Roza
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MDiv, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Are you on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth? As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, I'm here to walk alongside you through life's challenges with an approach that respects your unique experiences. In our sessions, I see you as a whole person, not just a list of symptoms. We'll create a safe and supportive space where you can freely explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours without fear of judgment. My goal is to empower you to uncover underlying issues, gain insights into your patterns, and develop effective coping strategies.
Are you on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth? As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, I'm here to walk alongside you through life's challenges with an approach that respects your unique experiences. In our sessions, I see you as a whole person, not just a list of symptoms. We'll create a safe and supportive space where you can freely explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours without fear of judgment. My goal is to empower you to uncover underlying issues, gain insights into your patterns, and develop effective coping strategies.
(249) 523-5196 View (249) 523-5196
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Cheryl Wood
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, BA Psyc, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Do you feel like you’re not living your life as fully as you could be? Feelings of being unsafe, or ‘on edge’ may be limiting your connections with others, and your ability to pursue the life you want. Whether it’s working through a difficult period, a traumatic event, childhood experiences, or ongoing struggles with stress and anxiety, you don’t need to do this alone. With over 25 years in the teaching and helping fields, I offer empathic support to help you feel more connected to yourself and to enjoy positive, healthy relationships with others.
Do you feel like you’re not living your life as fully as you could be? Feelings of being unsafe, or ‘on edge’ may be limiting your connections with others, and your ability to pursue the life you want. Whether it’s working through a difficult period, a traumatic event, childhood experiences, or ongoing struggles with stress and anxiety, you don’t need to do this alone. With over 25 years in the teaching and helping fields, I offer empathic support to help you feel more connected to yourself and to enjoy positive, healthy relationships with others.
(249) 495-5271 View (249) 495-5271
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Wayne Vassair
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Currently only offering virtual or phone sessions - I’m a Registered Social Worker with 17 years of experience. I enjoy working with clients who feel stuck in their life or even feel they are in the midst of crisis/chaos. I am well suited to clients who want to live more authentically and enjoy a genuine, open therapist. Currently completing my Masters of Social Work, I am passionate about counselling, and my aim is to be collaborative, genuine, and compassionate.
Currently only offering virtual or phone sessions - I’m a Registered Social Worker with 17 years of experience. I enjoy working with clients who feel stuck in their life or even feel they are in the midst of crisis/chaos. I am well suited to clients who want to live more authentically and enjoy a genuine, open therapist. Currently completing my Masters of Social Work, I am passionate about counselling, and my aim is to be collaborative, genuine, and compassionate.
(249) 504-1212 View (249) 504-1212
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Ramsey Counselling and Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, CRPO, CCPA, OAHMP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Welcome to my practice. I am a registered psychotherapist specializing treatment of anxiety, grief, PTSD, trauma disorders, depression, fears, and relationship or family troubles that develop with these complexities. I am proud to serve Veterans, First Nation's, jTeachers, Medical Personnel, First Responders, and all people with unresolved concerns. The office is conveniently located in Barrie, ON and offers free parking and has full access. Please be welcome to contact me for a free consultation or any questions you have and thank you for viewing my site.
Welcome to my practice. I am a registered psychotherapist specializing treatment of anxiety, grief, PTSD, trauma disorders, depression, fears, and relationship or family troubles that develop with these complexities. I am proud to serve Veterans, First Nation's, jTeachers, Medical Personnel, First Responders, and all people with unresolved concerns. The office is conveniently located in Barrie, ON and offers free parking and has full access. Please be welcome to contact me for a free consultation or any questions you have and thank you for viewing my site.
(855) 976-3964 View (855) 976-3964
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Lianne Kula
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I recognize taking those initial first steps in seeking support can feel intimidating so congratulations on making it here and beginning your healing journey now! I provide treatment to clients of all ages; however, my primary focus is with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with low self-esteem, relationship challenges, school difficulties, ADHD, and depression/anxiety. Further, I have a passion working with individuals requiring support navigating life transitions, sexual identity exploration, stress, emotion dysregulation, perfectionism, and other mental health concerns related to this young population.
I recognize taking those initial first steps in seeking support can feel intimidating so congratulations on making it here and beginning your healing journey now! I provide treatment to clients of all ages; however, my primary focus is with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with low self-esteem, relationship challenges, school difficulties, ADHD, and depression/anxiety. Further, I have a passion working with individuals requiring support navigating life transitions, sexual identity exploration, stress, emotion dysregulation, perfectionism, and other mental health concerns related to this young population.
(249) 488-2741 View (249) 488-2741
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Restorative Trauma Practice
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, EMDR, SP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
As a social worker/psychotherapist, I am known for my integrity, compassion, and warmth. I have 14 years of extensive clinical practice supporting individuals who have endured past and present traumatic and hurtful life experiences. I guide individuals out of painful emotions, thoughts, and somatic reactions by creatively combining therapies like EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and interventions that heal distressing cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns.
As a social worker/psychotherapist, I am known for my integrity, compassion, and warmth. I have 14 years of extensive clinical practice supporting individuals who have endured past and present traumatic and hurtful life experiences. I guide individuals out of painful emotions, thoughts, and somatic reactions by creatively combining therapies like EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and interventions that heal distressing cognitive, emotional, and behavioural patterns.
(437) 983-3154 View (437) 983-3154
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Sweet Spot Family Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Is home is feeling chaotic and less joyful these days? Are your relationships strained or have parenting challenges left you feeling like there's no end to the arguing? There is hope. Child/Teen, Couples and Family work is our passion and we are specially trained to support you in these areas. We know that you want to feel in control of your life again and that you may have already tried many other things. That's okay, we are determined to help you meet your goals with practical steps and ease. Our team is down to earth, relatable and share the core value of providing compassionate counselling with a side of humor and optimism
Is home is feeling chaotic and less joyful these days? Are your relationships strained or have parenting challenges left you feeling like there's no end to the arguing? There is hope. Child/Teen, Couples and Family work is our passion and we are specially trained to support you in these areas. We know that you want to feel in control of your life again and that you may have already tried many other things. That's okay, we are determined to help you meet your goals with practical steps and ease. Our team is down to earth, relatable and share the core value of providing compassionate counselling with a side of humor and optimism
(705) 791-9165 View (705) 791-9165
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Gretchen Savery
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Mastering family dynamics, igniting personal growth, and restoring communication bridges, Gretchen empowers individuals and families to navigate life's intricate challenges. Backed by a Master of Arts in Family Therapy and Systemic Intervention and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology, she is a trusted counsellor and member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Family Counselling, Parent training, Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Behavioural Strategies, Individual Counselling, Psychoeducation, untangling conflict, fostering healthy communication, and rebuilding trust within family
Mastering family dynamics, igniting personal growth, and restoring communication bridges, Gretchen empowers individuals and families to navigate life's intricate challenges. Backed by a Master of Arts in Family Therapy and Systemic Intervention and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology, she is a trusted counsellor and member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Family Counselling, Parent training, Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Behavioural Strategies, Individual Counselling, Psychoeducation, untangling conflict, fostering healthy communication, and rebuilding trust within family
(249) 444-2451 View (249) 444-2451
Photo of Alysha Plaggemeier, RP, Registered Psychotherapist
Alysha Plaggemeier
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Reaching out for help is scary, if you're having trouble navigating your relationship, struggling with who you are, or facing overwhelming emotion. You are not alone. Whether your goal is figure things out, learn how to cope, or are uncertain of where to start; I want to meet you where you are.
Accepting New Clients. Reaching out for help is scary, if you're having trouble navigating your relationship, struggling with who you are, or facing overwhelming emotion. You are not alone. Whether your goal is figure things out, learn how to cope, or are uncertain of where to start; I want to meet you where you are.
(343) 339-5330 View (343) 339-5330
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Inner Growth Counselling & Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
NO-WAIT lists, LOW-COST options, IN-PERSON appts- Perhaps you're feeling down or anxious, or maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you want to lead. Let's face it- life can be hard and sometimes we feel like things will never change or that we are stuck. At Inner Growth Counselling & Psychotherapy, we will help you overcome whatever mental health or personal challenges you are faced with. Our team specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem and self-identity, relationship issues, life transitions, BPD, managing difficult emotions, and trauma.
NO-WAIT lists, LOW-COST options, IN-PERSON appts- Perhaps you're feeling down or anxious, or maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you want to lead. Let's face it- life can be hard and sometimes we feel like things will never change or that we are stuck. At Inner Growth Counselling & Psychotherapy, we will help you overcome whatever mental health or personal challenges you are faced with. Our team specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem and self-identity, relationship issues, life transitions, BPD, managing difficult emotions, and trauma.
(249) 523-4809 View (249) 523-4809
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Amanda Skyvington
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Ba, ADMH, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
The harder times that life brings can leave us feeling a variety of emotions; anxiety, sadness, anger. Attempting to cope with these events and emotions alone can be exhausting. I began my journey to become a Psychotherapist as I found myself wanting to support others as they work through these times and strive for greater self-awareness, understanding, or self-improvement. I believe that everyone is deserving of support and compassion.
The harder times that life brings can leave us feeling a variety of emotions; anxiety, sadness, anger. Attempting to cope with these events and emotions alone can be exhausting. I began my journey to become a Psychotherapist as I found myself wanting to support others as they work through these times and strive for greater self-awareness, understanding, or self-improvement. I believe that everyone is deserving of support and compassion.
(705) 330-9855 View (705) 330-9855
Photo of Jeff Long, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Jeff Long
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I live in Barrie and practice locally and online throughout Ontario. I help people like you work through relationship issues, depression, anxiety, or other issues life throws at you. I practice from a client-centred, strengths-based perspective to support you. This allows me to tap into your positive attributes and strengths, as these are natural capabilities and skills that each person has. When strengths are utilized, it makes it so much easier to move forward.
I live in Barrie and practice locally and online throughout Ontario. I help people like you work through relationship issues, depression, anxiety, or other issues life throws at you. I practice from a client-centred, strengths-based perspective to support you. This allows me to tap into your positive attributes and strengths, as these are natural capabilities and skills that each person has. When strengths are utilized, it makes it so much easier to move forward.
(249) 487-0897 View (249) 487-0897
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Rosalyn Kieft
Registered Social Worker, BA BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
I specialize in providing therapy for trauma & PTSD, as well as relationship counselling for couples using the Gottman Method. Over the past ten years, I have focused on working specifically with military members, veterans, and first responders to provide them with specialized support and therapy. To provide my clients with a variety of options for trauma therapy, I am an EMDR-trained clinician and a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Additionally I have a background in emotion-focused, trauma-informed therapy and training in the Gottman Method for couples.
I specialize in providing therapy for trauma & PTSD, as well as relationship counselling for couples using the Gottman Method. Over the past ten years, I have focused on working specifically with military members, veterans, and first responders to provide them with specialized support and therapy. To provide my clients with a variety of options for trauma therapy, I am an EMDR-trained clinician and a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Additionally I have a background in emotion-focused, trauma-informed therapy and training in the Gottman Method for couples.
(705) 302-4211 View (705) 302-4211
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SOS Transformation Services Inc | Life Coaching
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW, CLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
You desire more from life, but have no idea how to achieve it. You want to grow into a better version of yourself, but the change you desire seems so gigantic, that you sometimes think it’s impossible. Your past, limiting beliefs about yourself, lack of tools, structures, motivation, maps and accountability are keeping you STUCK. You hate it, but have no idea how to get out of this rut of stagnation, and you sometimes feel like giving up. It's likely that you've even tried-several times-to change, but you keep ending up in the same place, only now, you're even more discouraged.
You desire more from life, but have no idea how to achieve it. You want to grow into a better version of yourself, but the change you desire seems so gigantic, that you sometimes think it’s impossible. Your past, limiting beliefs about yourself, lack of tools, structures, motivation, maps and accountability are keeping you STUCK. You hate it, but have no idea how to get out of this rut of stagnation, and you sometimes feel like giving up. It's likely that you've even tried-several times-to change, but you keep ending up in the same place, only now, you're even more discouraged.
(249) 209-6241 View (249) 209-6241
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Janelle Anderson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Are you caught in the relentless grip of intrusive thoughts, trapped in the cycle of rumination, or paralyzed by over-analysis? Perhaps you're navigating the complexities of anxiety, OCD, trauma, body dysmorphic disorder, or debilitating phobias? If you reached out to a therapist, have you experienced an increase in your symptoms or stagnation? If so, know that you're not alone. I am here to offer you steadfast support, compassion and tailored therapeutic techniques to support you in not only reclaiming your life but get you closer to your goals.
Are you caught in the relentless grip of intrusive thoughts, trapped in the cycle of rumination, or paralyzed by over-analysis? Perhaps you're navigating the complexities of anxiety, OCD, trauma, body dysmorphic disorder, or debilitating phobias? If you reached out to a therapist, have you experienced an increase in your symptoms or stagnation? If so, know that you're not alone. I am here to offer you steadfast support, compassion and tailored therapeutic techniques to support you in not only reclaiming your life but get you closer to your goals.
(705) 896-6936 View (705) 896-6936
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Laryssa Levesque- Counselling + Clinical Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, BSc
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Anxiety/Stress/People-Pleasing/Perfectionism- You feel exhausted most of the time and can't seem to get any work done. You have trouble relaxing because your mind is constantly racing with stress and worries. It is hard to "shut off" and your body is feeling the effects of prolonged stress. Your never ending to-do list just keeps getting bigger and you feel overwhelmed by life in general. If these statements resonate with you, you might be struggling with chronic stress and anxiety. Possibly even dealing with poor work-life balance and are on the brink of burnout. You've come to the right place to get back on track!
Anxiety/Stress/People-Pleasing/Perfectionism- You feel exhausted most of the time and can't seem to get any work done. You have trouble relaxing because your mind is constantly racing with stress and worries. It is hard to "shut off" and your body is feeling the effects of prolonged stress. Your never ending to-do list just keeps getting bigger and you feel overwhelmed by life in general. If these statements resonate with you, you might be struggling with chronic stress and anxiety. Possibly even dealing with poor work-life balance and are on the brink of burnout. You've come to the right place to get back on track!
(249) 700-4425 View (249) 700-4425
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Adelle Volpone
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
At times, life can be heavy and we can feel stuck and weighed down. We may feel that we don't even know who we are anymore because all the stressors have piled up to dull our light and our passions. Asking for help can be hard but I am here to support you on your journey to become the best version of yourself. Whether you are struggling in your relationships, in your career or athletic journey, in your role as a parent or you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, we can work together to tackle these challenges. We will set goals and create plans to unlock your full potential and to achieve your best in every aspect of life.
At times, life can be heavy and we can feel stuck and weighed down. We may feel that we don't even know who we are anymore because all the stressors have piled up to dull our light and our passions. Asking for help can be hard but I am here to support you on your journey to become the best version of yourself. Whether you are struggling in your relationships, in your career or athletic journey, in your role as a parent or you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, we can work together to tackle these challenges. We will set goals and create plans to unlock your full potential and to achieve your best in every aspect of life.
(249) 503-3474 View (249) 503-3474
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Jordan Whitton
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
NO-WAIT list- ADHD, Men's Issues, Couples, Stress/Anxiety/Depression- You feel stuck, hopeless, and unsure about where to turn but just know that you want to start feeling better. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, ADHD or motivation issues and this is complicating seeking help. Or as a man, you've been feeling bad for quite a while but society tells you to "toughen up" and get through it on your own. Your self-worth has taken a hit and feel lost. Whatever it is you're struggling with, I'd be honoured to help you navigate this tough time and work towards creating a more fulfilling, empowered life.
NO-WAIT list- ADHD, Men's Issues, Couples, Stress/Anxiety/Depression- You feel stuck, hopeless, and unsure about where to turn but just know that you want to start feeling better. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, ADHD or motivation issues and this is complicating seeking help. Or as a man, you've been feeling bad for quite a while but society tells you to "toughen up" and get through it on your own. Your self-worth has taken a hit and feel lost. Whatever it is you're struggling with, I'd be honoured to help you navigate this tough time and work towards creating a more fulfilling, empowered life.
(249) 486-5727 View (249) 486-5727
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Bloom & Thrive Therapy - Angela Bishop MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CC-PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
You've heard that parenthood is supposed to be a natural transition, but it doesn't feel that way. You have thoughts about how a good parent wouldn't feel sad or angry like this. You're going through the motions, but you're overwhelmed and overstimulated. You're managing, but it's not joyful like others said - it’s hard. You love your baby, but you miss how easy things were before. It’s confusing. You wonder when it gets easier. You deserve relief. You want to figure out what you need. You want to feel happy. You're ready to find your sense of self again, to find ease and help parenthood feel good for you. I can help you get there.
You've heard that parenthood is supposed to be a natural transition, but it doesn't feel that way. You have thoughts about how a good parent wouldn't feel sad or angry like this. You're going through the motions, but you're overwhelmed and overstimulated. You're managing, but it's not joyful like others said - it’s hard. You love your baby, but you miss how easy things were before. It’s confusing. You wonder when it gets easier. You deserve relief. You want to figure out what you need. You want to feel happy. You're ready to find your sense of self again, to find ease and help parenthood feel good for you. I can help you get there.
(249) 490-5468 View (249) 490-5468

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Barrie, ON

500+

Average cost per session

$152

Counsellors in Barrie, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
84% Self Esteem
82% Stress
81% Coping Skills
77% Relationship Issues
70% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

60% SunLife
59% Green Shield Canada
55% Blue Cross

How Counsellors in Barrie, ON see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
12% 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.