Therapists in Kingston, ON

Photo of Couples Therapy Ontario | Claire Pecora, Psychologist in Kingston, ON
Couples Therapy Ontario | Claire Pecora
Psychologist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7L  (Online Only)
Struggling to find a couple's therapist with evening availability? Break the norm with early morning couples therapy, tailored for busy professionals. Stop yearning for a deeper emotional connection, and instead achieve open and honest communication, and a renewed sense of trust and intimacy. If you envision a relationship where you both feel seen, heard, and understood, where conflicts are resolved with compassion and respect, we can help. The decision to seek help can bring up vulnerability and uncertainty about the future of your relationship. These feelings are valid and common; don't have to navigate these struggles alone.
Struggling to find a couple's therapist with evening availability? Break the norm with early morning couples therapy, tailored for busy professionals. Stop yearning for a deeper emotional connection, and instead achieve open and honest communication, and a renewed sense of trust and intimacy. If you envision a relationship where you both feel seen, heard, and understood, where conflicts are resolved with compassion and respect, we can help. The decision to seek help can bring up vulnerability and uncertainty about the future of your relationship. These feelings are valid and common; don't have to navigate these struggles alone.
(343) 321-2376 View (343) 321-2376
Photo of Casey Onysko Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Psychotherapist in Kingston, ON
Casey Onysko Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, BST, MACP, CCC
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7L
I use a collaborative and integrated approach to therapy grounded in a psychodynamic perspective. I believe in tailoring my approach to meet your unique needs and goals. With a decade of experience working both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, I am versed in working with clients from a diversity of backgrounds and with complex presentations.
I use a collaborative and integrated approach to therapy grounded in a psychodynamic perspective. I believe in tailoring my approach to meet your unique needs and goals. With a decade of experience working both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, I am versed in working with clients from a diversity of backgrounds and with complex presentations.
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Craig Norton Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7L
Life can get sticky, and sometimes you just want to talk to someone. We get it! We specialize in treating anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), boundary issues, depression, and other mental health issues with psychotherapy. Our goal is to create an authentic, relaxed, and supportive space. If you have someone who can see you and listen to you professionally and sympathetically, you can go from stuck to unstuck! If you are curious about getting to know yourself better, book an appointment today!
Life can get sticky, and sometimes you just want to talk to someone. We get it! We specialize in treating anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), boundary issues, depression, and other mental health issues with psychotherapy. Our goal is to create an authentic, relaxed, and supportive space. If you have someone who can see you and listen to you professionally and sympathetically, you can go from stuck to unstuck! If you are curious about getting to know yourself better, book an appointment today!
(343) 338-5118 View (343) 338-5118
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D'Arcy Seven Bowker
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7L
Take a deep belly breath…and let it out. Welcome! My name is D’Arcy Bowker and for the past 15 years I’ve been working in the human services field as a case manager for those struggling with housing and homelessness, those living in poverty, youth in significant life transition & young parents. I like to say I have a passion for people and their stories! This passion has led me to complete my education and training as a psychotherapist as I deeply believe in the power of connection, care & compassion as provided through talk therapy.
Take a deep belly breath…and let it out. Welcome! My name is D’Arcy Bowker and for the past 15 years I’ve been working in the human services field as a case manager for those struggling with housing and homelessness, those living in poverty, youth in significant life transition & young parents. I like to say I have a passion for people and their stories! This passion has led me to complete my education and training as a psychotherapist as I deeply believe in the power of connection, care & compassion as provided through talk therapy.
(343) 339-5299 View (343) 339-5299
Photo of Sarah Earl Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist in Kingston, ON
Sarah Earl Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7K
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to Sarah Earl Psychotherapy. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have been practicing in the field for more than 17 years. My primary focus during this time has been in helping clients to navigate the long term impact of trauma or adverse life experiences. I work primarily with individuals and couples over the age of 18. My belief is that when we are ready, we can work towards a different way of being in our lives. My approach is goal-oriented and client-led.
Welcome to Sarah Earl Psychotherapy. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have been practicing in the field for more than 17 years. My primary focus during this time has been in helping clients to navigate the long term impact of trauma or adverse life experiences. I work primarily with individuals and couples over the age of 18. My belief is that when we are ready, we can work towards a different way of being in our lives. My approach is goal-oriented and client-led.
(343) 304-5615 View (343) 304-5615
Photo of Claire Pecora, Registered Psychotherapist in Kingston, ON
Claire Pecora
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7L  (Online Only)
Accepting some new clients! You are in the right spot if you are feeling stressed out, anxious, and overwhelmed in general or by life transitions. It is also the right spot for you (individually or as a couple) if you’re feeling lost in navigating your relationships; if you feel as though your needs aren’t being met; if you’re having difficulties engaging with sex and intimacy; or if you don’t know how to get “unstuck” from unhelpful patterns. Moving through life and relationships are basic parts of the human experience and yet, they can feel SO hard. Know that this is natural and it is where our work begins.
Accepting some new clients! You are in the right spot if you are feeling stressed out, anxious, and overwhelmed in general or by life transitions. It is also the right spot for you (individually or as a couple) if you’re feeling lost in navigating your relationships; if you feel as though your needs aren’t being met; if you’re having difficulties engaging with sex and intimacy; or if you don’t know how to get “unstuck” from unhelpful patterns. Moving through life and relationships are basic parts of the human experience and yet, they can feel SO hard. Know that this is natural and it is where our work begins.
(343) 312-5359 View (343) 312-5359
Photo of Susan Streight, Occupational Therapist in Kingston, ON
Susan Streight
Occupational Therapist, MSc, OT, Reg, ACT/CBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7M
I have worked for several years in the field of mental health. I believe that mental health is a continuum for all of us. With my skills as an occupational therapist and certified diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, my goals are to help young people and adults develop strategies for living, find healthy coping mechanisms and understand how to change their behavior through changing the way they think. I believe we are all "becoming", and look forward to helping you become your best self.
I have worked for several years in the field of mental health. I believe that mental health is a continuum for all of us. With my skills as an occupational therapist and certified diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, my goals are to help young people and adults develop strategies for living, find healthy coping mechanisms and understand how to change their behavior through changing the way they think. I believe we are all "becoming", and look forward to helping you become your best self.
(343) 307-5218 View (343) 307-5218
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Kyla Balderson - Wellness Within
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7L
Change can be tough and constant. Sometimes we adjust with ease but other times we find ourselves feeling stuck. Life can get in the way from where we desire to be. Fear of change can lead us into feeling guarded, hurt or even resentful. Do you feel like you are moving through the motions of life and not actually experiencing your life to the fullest? Ruminating on the “what ifs”? Disconnecting from the present waiting for the other shoe to drop? What if you tapped into the courage within you to lean into these moments? What if I told you that you deserve moments of joy; you deserve to experience the best in your life.
Change can be tough and constant. Sometimes we adjust with ease but other times we find ourselves feeling stuck. Life can get in the way from where we desire to be. Fear of change can lead us into feeling guarded, hurt or even resentful. Do you feel like you are moving through the motions of life and not actually experiencing your life to the fullest? Ruminating on the “what ifs”? Disconnecting from the present waiting for the other shoe to drop? What if you tapped into the courage within you to lean into these moments? What if I told you that you deserve moments of joy; you deserve to experience the best in your life.
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Photo of Sandra Bradley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Kingston, ON
Sandra Bradley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MEd, RSW
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7L
I have over twenty-five years of experience as a client-centered therapist working with both adults and adolescents. I have particular expertise in the areas of anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. My approach is eclectic, drawing upon evidence-based treatments such as CBT, ERPT, mindfulness, and other strategies for reducing anxiety, improving well-being, and building personal confidence and strength. University and college students are welcome. To make an appointment, please email rather than call me. That way I will be able to get back to you more quickly.
I have over twenty-five years of experience as a client-centered therapist working with both adults and adolescents. I have particular expertise in the areas of anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. My approach is eclectic, drawing upon evidence-based treatments such as CBT, ERPT, mindfulness, and other strategies for reducing anxiety, improving well-being, and building personal confidence and strength. University and college students are welcome. To make an appointment, please email rather than call me. That way I will be able to get back to you more quickly.
(343) 453-1947 View (343) 453-1947
Photo of Minnie-Anne Balan - Resilience Revolutionary, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Kingston, ON
Minnie-Anne Balan - Resilience Revolutionary
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, BEd, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7M  (Online Only)
It's SO uncomfortable when you feel out of control. Feelings are in the driver's seat instead of logic or reason, & despite trying your best, you continue to struggle with strong feelings taking the wheel & crashing you out. Your mood is so low, it bottomed out last week. Your blues are so dark they're no longer navy blue, they're black. Your anxiety is so JUST right THERE, you have to use all your focus to keep your train of thought, instead of attending to people, your tasks, or the things you used to enjoy. You're cemented in suckage. Your worry about the future and about what others must think of you? It's on auto-pilot. yeah.
It's SO uncomfortable when you feel out of control. Feelings are in the driver's seat instead of logic or reason, & despite trying your best, you continue to struggle with strong feelings taking the wheel & crashing you out. Your mood is so low, it bottomed out last week. Your blues are so dark they're no longer navy blue, they're black. Your anxiety is so JUST right THERE, you have to use all your focus to keep your train of thought, instead of attending to people, your tasks, or the things you used to enjoy. You're cemented in suckage. Your worry about the future and about what others must think of you? It's on auto-pilot. yeah.
(343) 308-1921 View (343) 308-1921
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Dave Neary Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7M
Accepting New Clients - As Available: I am a caring and empathic psychotherapist who works from a strengths-based approach and help people to resolve troubling issues in their lives. My services are tailored to your needs. My goal is for you to live a more peaceful and balanced life and to learn coping strategies to carry with you after counselling is completed. As in all counselling, we will work together to find solutions to the issues you bring to the counselling session. Visit my website at nearycounsellingkingston.ca
Accepting New Clients - As Available: I am a caring and empathic psychotherapist who works from a strengths-based approach and help people to resolve troubling issues in their lives. My services are tailored to your needs. My goal is for you to live a more peaceful and balanced life and to learn coping strategies to carry with you after counselling is completed. As in all counselling, we will work together to find solutions to the issues you bring to the counselling session. Visit my website at nearycounsellingkingston.ca
(613) 704-5832 View (613) 704-5832
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Keith Ashford, M.Div., Men's Counsellor
Counsellor, MDiv
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7K
I assist men who are seeking emotional balance, harmonious relationships, freedom from negative thinking, higher levels of self-confidence and an overall sense of well-being. While I specialize in short-term counselling, typically three to six sessions, options for longer-term support are also available. The counselling process begins with an informal in-person introductory session. The purpose of this session is to establish therapeutic 'fit' and to identify an approach that will provide clients with the greatest possible benefit in the shortest period of time. The fee for this session and for any followup sessions is $130.
I assist men who are seeking emotional balance, harmonious relationships, freedom from negative thinking, higher levels of self-confidence and an overall sense of well-being. While I specialize in short-term counselling, typically three to six sessions, options for longer-term support are also available. The counselling process begins with an informal in-person introductory session. The purpose of this session is to establish therapeutic 'fit' and to identify an approach that will provide clients with the greatest possible benefit in the shortest period of time. The fee for this session and for any followup sessions is $130.
(343) 800-1314 View (343) 800-1314
Photo of Janelle Fisher, Registered Social Worker in Kingston, ON
Janelle Fisher
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7L  (Online Only)
The term “Out of the Fog” refers to adoptees coming to terms with feelings and realizations about adoption and their adoption experience. It is a slowly evolving awareness that the reality of the adoption experience may not fit the shiny, happy, and joy filled mold society has constructed. As an adoption professional for the majority of my social work career, I too underwent an awakening about adoption. Part of this process was to acknowledge my participation in damaging practices of adoption and that adoption is complex, non linear, and a life long journey full of a range of emotions.
The term “Out of the Fog” refers to adoptees coming to terms with feelings and realizations about adoption and their adoption experience. It is a slowly evolving awareness that the reality of the adoption experience may not fit the shiny, happy, and joy filled mold society has constructed. As an adoption professional for the majority of my social work career, I too underwent an awakening about adoption. Part of this process was to acknowledge my participation in damaging practices of adoption and that adoption is complex, non linear, and a life long journey full of a range of emotions.
(343) 312-6694 View (343) 312-6694
Photo of Richard Tyo, Registered Psychotherapist in Kingston, ON
Richard Tyo
Registered Psychotherapist, BSocSc, RP
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7K
My ideal person to work with is one who has done some personal work already and is wanting to dive deeper. I am often sought out when people have been through the system and are looking for a more compassionate and empowering perspective than what is often offered. Without condoning or promoting the use of any substances, I do work from a harm reduction perspective and support prep and integration of psychedelic experiences as well as harm reduction coaching and consulting for microdosing. I do group ceremonies with breathwork and come from an anti-oppression framework.
My ideal person to work with is one who has done some personal work already and is wanting to dive deeper. I am often sought out when people have been through the system and are looking for a more compassionate and empowering perspective than what is often offered. Without condoning or promoting the use of any substances, I do work from a harm reduction perspective and support prep and integration of psychedelic experiences as well as harm reduction coaching and consulting for microdosing. I do group ceremonies with breathwork and come from an anti-oppression framework.
(613) 519-6086 View (613) 519-6086
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Jenny Neil Psychology
Psychologist, MEd, CPsych
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7P  (Online Only)
We all experience challenging times in our lives and taking that first step in deciding to come to therapy can be difficult. I am passionate about supporting people by taking the time to understand my clients’ unique experiences, from their own perspectives and individual histories. With this knowledge in mind, I help clients gain insight and understanding into their difficult life experiences, identify challenges and goals, and create strategies for positive growth, as well as space for healing.
We all experience challenging times in our lives and taking that first step in deciding to come to therapy can be difficult. I am passionate about supporting people by taking the time to understand my clients’ unique experiences, from their own perspectives and individual histories. With this knowledge in mind, I help clients gain insight and understanding into their difficult life experiences, identify challenges and goals, and create strategies for positive growth, as well as space for healing.
(343) 308-0545 View (343) 308-0545
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Angela Daw
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP, CCC, CCTSI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7K  (Online Only)
Are you getting triggered, experiencing unexplained pain, or a lack of enjoyment in things you used to love? What about facing an unexpected life transition and feeling overwhelmed, perhaps even questioning who you are anymore? It could be that you've lost someone you loved and the loneliness feels unbearable, or you struggle to manage your emotions when things don't go as planned. If any of those situations resonate with you, let's talk! I work with my clients to grow in self-compassion and to harness their inner bravery to feel better, find connection, and meet their goals. Let's work together to bring transformation to your life.
Are you getting triggered, experiencing unexplained pain, or a lack of enjoyment in things you used to love? What about facing an unexpected life transition and feeling overwhelmed, perhaps even questioning who you are anymore? It could be that you've lost someone you loved and the loneliness feels unbearable, or you struggle to manage your emotions when things don't go as planned. If any of those situations resonate with you, let's talk! I work with my clients to grow in self-compassion and to harness their inner bravery to feel better, find connection, and meet their goals. Let's work together to bring transformation to your life.
(343) 305-1992 View (343) 305-1992
Photo of Zack Revell - Spear Wellness Centre, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Kingston, ON
Zack Revell - Spear Wellness Centre
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7K  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients operating under Spear Wellness Centre! I provide client-centered and judgment-free counselling to help you meet your unique treatment goals. Working alongside you to identify personal strengths and potential limitations to help better understand the factors or experiences that have led to therapy. I am passionate about helping others reach their life goals and aim to create a safe environment. I provide individual and couple therapy for those aged 16+
I am currently accepting new clients operating under Spear Wellness Centre! I provide client-centered and judgment-free counselling to help you meet your unique treatment goals. Working alongside you to identify personal strengths and potential limitations to help better understand the factors or experiences that have led to therapy. I am passionate about helping others reach their life goals and aim to create a safe environment. I provide individual and couple therapy for those aged 16+
(343) 308-3487 View (343) 308-3487
Photo of Sarah Goslin, Registered Psychotherapist in Kingston, ON
Sarah Goslin
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7M
My passion is supporting individuals in overcoming struggles with addiction, including alcohol and drug use, and behaviours such as spending, sex, and relationships. My goal is to help individuals gain a better understanding of, and ability to cope with, challenging life experiences including trauma, mental health difficulties, and family of origin pain. I teach skills to manage overwhelming emotions, including combatting shame, anxiety, and depression, and skills to challenge beliefs that keep you stuck.
My passion is supporting individuals in overcoming struggles with addiction, including alcohol and drug use, and behaviours such as spending, sex, and relationships. My goal is to help individuals gain a better understanding of, and ability to cope with, challenging life experiences including trauma, mental health difficulties, and family of origin pain. I teach skills to manage overwhelming emotions, including combatting shame, anxiety, and depression, and skills to challenge beliefs that keep you stuck.
(613) 693-0051 View (613) 693-0051
Photo of Amy Stephens, Registered Social Worker in Kingston, ON
Amy Stephens
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7P
Amy has 17 years experience providing counselling to individuals and families. She specializes in working with adults and seniors to assist with difficult life transitions. She has worked in community outreach and in several organizations across different cities and provinces. Amy worked as a Social Worker at one of Canada’s leading academic hospitals, as well as hospital programs specializing in rehabilitation and complex care. In addition, she works with athletes to overcome barriers enhancing sport performance, skill and enjoyment.
Amy has 17 years experience providing counselling to individuals and families. She specializes in working with adults and seniors to assist with difficult life transitions. She has worked in community outreach and in several organizations across different cities and provinces. Amy worked as a Social Worker at one of Canada’s leading academic hospitals, as well as hospital programs specializing in rehabilitation and complex care. In addition, she works with athletes to overcome barriers enhancing sport performance, skill and enjoyment.
(613) 704-4140 View (613) 704-4140
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Brittnee Stewart - Spear Wellness Centre
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, ON K7K
Waitlist for new clients
I am a co-owner/ Registered Psychotherapist at Spear Wellness Centre, a new Wellness Centre located in Kingston, ON. I am a self-led Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training, IFS Level 1 trained Therapist and trained Psychedelic Assisted Therapist. My practice embodies a holistic approach to wellness, using the alchemy of science + spirituality to facilitate meaningful and long lasting positive changes. I am passionate about helping others achieve balance and harmony within their internal system and I create a safe container to support personal transformation so you can find your way back home - to yourself.
I am a co-owner/ Registered Psychotherapist at Spear Wellness Centre, a new Wellness Centre located in Kingston, ON. I am a self-led Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training, IFS Level 1 trained Therapist and trained Psychedelic Assisted Therapist. My practice embodies a holistic approach to wellness, using the alchemy of science + spirituality to facilitate meaningful and long lasting positive changes. I am passionate about helping others achieve balance and harmony within their internal system and I create a safe container to support personal transformation so you can find your way back home - to yourself.
(343) 500-6291 View (343) 500-6291

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Kingston, ON

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Kingston, ON who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
82% Depression
79% Stress
77% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
72% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

68% Blue Cross
56% Medavie Blue Cross
55% SunLife

How Counsellors in Kingston, ON see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
13% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Kingston?

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.