Therapists in Kitchener, ON

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Hannah Bailey
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Hannah. I use she/her and they/them pronouns. I believe every client is different and deserves their own unique therapy experience. Before we begin our work together, we will create a collaborative treatment plan, informed by your goals for therapy. My approach is gentle, with a hint of compassionate confrontation. I embrace an anti-oppressive framework, with intentional attunement to the intersections of your identity (e.g. gender, race, age, sexual orientation, etc.). Knowing how difficult therapy can be, I also try to bring humour into my sessions as much as possible.
Hi, my name is Hannah. I use she/her and they/them pronouns. I believe every client is different and deserves their own unique therapy experience. Before we begin our work together, we will create a collaborative treatment plan, informed by your goals for therapy. My approach is gentle, with a hint of compassionate confrontation. I embrace an anti-oppressive framework, with intentional attunement to the intersections of your identity (e.g. gender, race, age, sexual orientation, etc.). Knowing how difficult therapy can be, I also try to bring humour into my sessions as much as possible.
(548) 901-0226 View (548) 901-0226
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Dr. Eva Mishel @ 4U Clinical Psychology Center
Registered Psychotherapist, PsyD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2G
Affordable $50/99$ pricing. Life can be a struggle at times; it's part of the journey of being human. Are you feeling stressed and thinking about seeking psychotherapy? I am a Ontario licensed psychotherapist with 10+ years of experience, with a clinical focus on adults (anxiety, depression, pregnancy, post-partum, parenting issues, high achieving perfectionistic professionals, difficulties with life-work balance, impact on self-esteem). As a clinician I strive to bring warmth, kindness and humour to the therapeutic dialogue, hoping to create a safe, respectful, collaborative and supportive environment.
Affordable $50/99$ pricing. Life can be a struggle at times; it's part of the journey of being human. Are you feeling stressed and thinking about seeking psychotherapy? I am a Ontario licensed psychotherapist with 10+ years of experience, with a clinical focus on adults (anxiety, depression, pregnancy, post-partum, parenting issues, high achieving perfectionistic professionals, difficulties with life-work balance, impact on self-esteem). As a clinician I strive to bring warmth, kindness and humour to the therapeutic dialogue, hoping to create a safe, respectful, collaborative and supportive environment.
(548) 490-7677 View (548) 490-7677
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Ember Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2A
It only takes a spark to re-ignite the embers of a fire. At Ember Counselling, we believe that in the midst of difficulty, therapy can help you create a spark in your life to aid in re-igniting that fire. Ember Counselling is based in Waterloo Region and provides psychotherapy virtually with in-person options available. Our goal is to come alongside you and provide therapy that helps you overcome whatever you are facing and begin to not only cope, but thrive. Working with both individuals and couples, we offer counselling services for a wide range of issues using a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet your needs. At Ember Counselling, we believe it is important to integrate all elements of an individual into counselling including thought, emotion, physical and spiritual components. Ember Counselling offers Christian faith-based counselling in addition to other counselling services.
It only takes a spark to re-ignite the embers of a fire. At Ember Counselling, we believe that in the midst of difficulty, therapy can help you create a spark in your life to aid in re-igniting that fire. Ember Counselling is based in Waterloo Region and provides psychotherapy virtually with in-person options available. Our goal is to come alongside you and provide therapy that helps you overcome whatever you are facing and begin to not only cope, but thrive. Working with both individuals and couples, we offer counselling services for a wide range of issues using a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet your needs. At Ember Counselling, we believe it is important to integrate all elements of an individual into counselling including thought, emotion, physical and spiritual components. Ember Counselling offers Christian faith-based counselling in addition to other counselling services.
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Thanh Rushton
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2N  (Online Only)
Are you holding on to past pain? Are you worried about your child's mental health? Are you ready to move forward and embrace change? I am here to support you with that therapeutic journey. All counselling services are provided virtually via Google Meet or telephone.
Are you holding on to past pain? Are you worried about your child's mental health? Are you ready to move forward and embrace change? I am here to support you with that therapeutic journey. All counselling services are provided virtually via Google Meet or telephone.
(226) 916-5280 View (226) 916-5280
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Katie Thomas
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
Welcome! If you've found my profile, you may be experiencing challenges in your life. You might be feeling overwhelmed due to stress, anger, worry, or feeling ‘not good enough’. Maybe you feel flooded by your emotions, or as though ‘something’ has been building inside you for a long time and it’s getting harder to go about your day. Maybe you’re doing things that feel harmful or unhealthy, feeling out of control, or just thinking ‘this’ isn’t how you want life to be. If anything here sounds familiar, I would love to support you in identifying your goals and building a life that is fulfilling, balanced, and worth living.
Welcome! If you've found my profile, you may be experiencing challenges in your life. You might be feeling overwhelmed due to stress, anger, worry, or feeling ‘not good enough’. Maybe you feel flooded by your emotions, or as though ‘something’ has been building inside you for a long time and it’s getting harder to go about your day. Maybe you’re doing things that feel harmful or unhealthy, feeling out of control, or just thinking ‘this’ isn’t how you want life to be. If anything here sounds familiar, I would love to support you in identifying your goals and building a life that is fulfilling, balanced, and worth living.
(548) 490-2380 View (548) 490-2380
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Ina Bahdanovich
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2P
I offer help with many issues stating from a particular problem you need to address to unresolved trauma and life coaching. I teach skills that help you to be emotionally stronger, to bounce back from stress, to be more effective in everything you do, to connect better with people. Unresolved trauma may manifest itself in low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, short fuse, impulsivity, addiction, eating disorder, inability to maintain healthy relationships, perfectionism and more...You don't have to suffer alone. I offer support and treatment. People do heal! You can choose healing, and as a result, a better life.
I offer help with many issues stating from a particular problem you need to address to unresolved trauma and life coaching. I teach skills that help you to be emotionally stronger, to bounce back from stress, to be more effective in everything you do, to connect better with people. Unresolved trauma may manifest itself in low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm, short fuse, impulsivity, addiction, eating disorder, inability to maintain healthy relationships, perfectionism and more...You don't have to suffer alone. I offer support and treatment. People do heal! You can choose healing, and as a result, a better life.
(226) 499-7223 View (226) 499-7223
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Limestone Counselling Coaching & Consulting
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2K
Specializing in individual, couple and family psychotherapy, life, parent, performance and leadership coaching, consultation, and professional development services. A strength based, trauma informed, dynamic, systems perspective is utilized in planning for goal attainment. Curiosity, acceptance, and compassion are emphasized as important aspects of working toward positive strength-based change.
Specializing in individual, couple and family psychotherapy, life, parent, performance and leadership coaching, consultation, and professional development services. A strength based, trauma informed, dynamic, systems perspective is utilized in planning for goal attainment. Curiosity, acceptance, and compassion are emphasized as important aspects of working toward positive strength-based change.
(519) 590-2220 View (519) 590-2220
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Dr. Ava D Agar
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
I am a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am accepting new therapy and assessment clients. I work with adults with a range of challenges (e.g., depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, trauma/PTSD, obsession-compulsions, and executive dysfunction) impacting their relationships, academics, work, and general life functioning. Primarily from a CBT perspective, and drawing upon other approaches (MBCT, DBT, ACT, etc.) as needed, I aim to provide you with support, help you build skills to make meaningful changes in your life, and help you build skills to maintain your wellbeing over time.
(548) 918-5274 View (548) 918-5274
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Victoria Smith
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2K
Waitlist for new clients
Is it hard to find the motivation to do the things you know you should do? Do you wake up in the morning wondering what your purpose is or start your day with a sense of dread? Is your life not going the way you thought it would? Have you been through a traumatic event and are finding it hard to get back into the groove of things? Do you lack fulfillment in close relationships in your life? If any of these statements resonate with you, I encourage you to reach out so we can find a way for things to feel better. I also have years of experience in the children's mental health sector and can support children/youth ages 8+.
Is it hard to find the motivation to do the things you know you should do? Do you wake up in the morning wondering what your purpose is or start your day with a sense of dread? Is your life not going the way you thought it would? Have you been through a traumatic event and are finding it hard to get back into the groove of things? Do you lack fulfillment in close relationships in your life? If any of these statements resonate with you, I encourage you to reach out so we can find a way for things to feel better. I also have years of experience in the children's mental health sector and can support children/youth ages 8+.
(226) 894-0605 View (226) 894-0605
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Cathryn Irena Harris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
Waitlist for new clients
Stuck? Frustrated? Confused? Feeling hopeless? Or just wanting some encouragement to find an answer that feels just out of reach? Whether it is a relationship problem, a parenting challenge, a bad habit, a negative cycle, or traumatic memories that keeps defeating you, I hope to provide you with a safe place to explore the roots of what is keeping you stuck, and help you find new options and hope through changing how you relate to yourself and others. I believe that emotional freedom, trust, and true intimacy in relationships comes from having good boundaries within ourselves and with others.
Stuck? Frustrated? Confused? Feeling hopeless? Or just wanting some encouragement to find an answer that feels just out of reach? Whether it is a relationship problem, a parenting challenge, a bad habit, a negative cycle, or traumatic memories that keeps defeating you, I hope to provide you with a safe place to explore the roots of what is keeping you stuck, and help you find new options and hope through changing how you relate to yourself and others. I believe that emotional freedom, trust, and true intimacy in relationships comes from having good boundaries within ourselves and with others.
(877) 743-1705 View (877) 743-1705
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Jade Echidime (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2B
Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope with life’s challenges? Do you find yourself constantly worrying and feeling anxious? It’s normal to feel this way, but it does not have to be your daily reality. With the help of my psychotherapy services, you can gain the tools and support necessary to navigate through these difficult times. Imagine having a safe and confidential space to express your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. A place where you can explore your feelings and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. I am here to listen and guide you toward healing and growth.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope with life’s challenges? Do you find yourself constantly worrying and feeling anxious? It’s normal to feel this way, but it does not have to be your daily reality. With the help of my psychotherapy services, you can gain the tools and support necessary to navigate through these difficult times. Imagine having a safe and confidential space to express your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. A place where you can explore your feelings and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. I am here to listen and guide you toward healing and growth.
(289) 302-7703 View (289) 302-7703
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Chanté Merriman
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2E  (Online Only)
Welcome! Thank you for considering me as your guide on the journey toward emotional well-being and self-discovery. I am Chanté Merriman, a dedicated Person-Centered Psychotherapist specializing in empowering individuals facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, life transitions, work-life balance concerns, Caribbean cultural nuances, and stress.
Welcome! Thank you for considering me as your guide on the journey toward emotional well-being and self-discovery. I am Chanté Merriman, a dedicated Person-Centered Psychotherapist specializing in empowering individuals facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, life transitions, work-life balance concerns, Caribbean cultural nuances, and stress.
(226) 270-7988 View (226) 270-7988
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Meghan Clemmer
Registered Social Service Worker, RSSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
I'm a Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW) with over 17 years of experience working in Children’s Mental Health. I provide individual counselling support to children and youth ages 5 and up, as well as their parents and have experience supporting with a range of challenges including anxiety, attachment and behavioural issues, mood and self-esteem challenges, autism, and emotion dysregulation. I have extensive experience providing support to parents of children with mental health concerns, to better understand their children’s challenges and learn strategies to support their children’s needs.
I'm a Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW) with over 17 years of experience working in Children’s Mental Health. I provide individual counselling support to children and youth ages 5 and up, as well as their parents and have experience supporting with a range of challenges including anxiety, attachment and behavioural issues, mood and self-esteem challenges, autism, and emotion dysregulation. I have extensive experience providing support to parents of children with mental health concerns, to better understand their children’s challenges and learn strategies to support their children’s needs.
(226) 780-0714 View (226) 780-0714
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Lindsay Moise
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2E
Autism and ADHD are widely misunderstood and I can help with understanding, whether you are looking for support for a child or youth, a family seeking parenting guidance or are an adult who needs a safe space to work on your wellness goals. As an AuDHD person myself, I offer a strengths-based approach to learning about our sensory needs and evidence informed practices for dealing with anxiety and depression. I offer support to 2SLGBTQ+ community members and am polyamory supportive. Additionally, I specialize in counselling with those who wish to engage in trauma work for folks who have experienced complex traumas.
Autism and ADHD are widely misunderstood and I can help with understanding, whether you are looking for support for a child or youth, a family seeking parenting guidance or are an adult who needs a safe space to work on your wellness goals. As an AuDHD person myself, I offer a strengths-based approach to learning about our sensory needs and evidence informed practices for dealing with anxiety and depression. I offer support to 2SLGBTQ+ community members and am polyamory supportive. Additionally, I specialize in counselling with those who wish to engage in trauma work for folks who have experienced complex traumas.
(226) 212-7023 View (226) 212-7023
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Shanna Braden
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H
You are a devoted parent who longs to feel close to your child but the teenage years are giving you a run for your money. You’re tired of walking on eggshells, tired of the fights and the silences and too tired to take care of yourself. You need someone to listen and help you to understand your teen’s behaviour. You want to connect with your child and feel more confident as a parent so you can enjoy one another again and support them on their journey to adulthood.
You are a devoted parent who longs to feel close to your child but the teenage years are giving you a run for your money. You’re tired of walking on eggshells, tired of the fights and the silences and too tired to take care of yourself. You need someone to listen and help you to understand your teen’s behaviour. You want to connect with your child and feel more confident as a parent so you can enjoy one another again and support them on their journey to adulthood.
(548) 490-1863 View (548) 490-1863
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Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2G
Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health provides tools, resources and services that help people reach their full potential as they walk the path to achieving their best wellbeing and mental health. We are here, walking beside you every step of the way.
Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health provides tools, resources and services that help people reach their full potential as they walk the path to achieving their best wellbeing and mental health. We are here, walking beside you every step of the way.
(855) 974-4329 View (855) 974-4329
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Krystal Kellington
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
Feeling underwhelmed or stuck in your life? Burnt out and exhausted? Do you get a sense of disappointment, sadness, or confusion, or one of purpose, motivation, and contentment? Our careers, families, friends, partners, and our own interests, can help us feel connected and content. They can also wreck emotional havoc - exposing our unmet needs and wounds, keeping us stuck in patterns that keep the misery going. Had enough of stress, exhaustion, and dissatisfaction? With my assistance, you can regain your balance and peace of mind to live a productive, purposeful, and content life.
Feeling underwhelmed or stuck in your life? Burnt out and exhausted? Do you get a sense of disappointment, sadness, or confusion, or one of purpose, motivation, and contentment? Our careers, families, friends, partners, and our own interests, can help us feel connected and content. They can also wreck emotional havoc - exposing our unmet needs and wounds, keeping us stuck in patterns that keep the misery going. Had enough of stress, exhaustion, and dissatisfaction? With my assistance, you can regain your balance and peace of mind to live a productive, purposeful, and content life.
(226) 241-8376 View (226) 241-8376
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Rooted Thistle Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2H  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed since becoming a mom or dad? Putting everyone else's needs before your own can make you feel lost. Balancing family life with work, friendships, and things you enjoy is tough. Learn new strategies to manage the mental load and reconnect with yourself. I offer individual counselling to people experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, interpersonal conflict, and more. Together we can identify your goals and come up with a plan to support you in whatever stage of life you are in. If you have been putting yourself on the back burner now is a great time to reach out. What are you waiting for?
Do you feel overwhelmed since becoming a mom or dad? Putting everyone else's needs before your own can make you feel lost. Balancing family life with work, friendships, and things you enjoy is tough. Learn new strategies to manage the mental load and reconnect with yourself. I offer individual counselling to people experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, interpersonal conflict, and more. Together we can identify your goals and come up with a plan to support you in whatever stage of life you are in. If you have been putting yourself on the back burner now is a great time to reach out. What are you waiting for?
(226) 400-8910 View (226) 400-8910
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Sanam Rezaei
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kitchener, ON N2B  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or uncertain about the path ahead? I'm here to offer you a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or uncertain about the path ahead? I'm here to offer you a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment.
(548) 490-4931 View (548) 490-4931
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Matthew Adams
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kitchener, ON N2G  (Online Only)
I don't think mental health is something you achieve, but rather something you work your whole life trying to improve and maintain. There are so many reasons why you can't seem to be the best version of yourself - lack of motivation, negative past experiences, fears, and insecurities. And sometimes you just need a space separate from your world to help clarify and better understand yourself and what's standing in your way. My goal is to create an open, trusting, and vulnerable space where you can be your most authentic self - I believe that is the state where insight and change takes place.
I don't think mental health is something you achieve, but rather something you work your whole life trying to improve and maintain. There are so many reasons why you can't seem to be the best version of yourself - lack of motivation, negative past experiences, fears, and insecurities. And sometimes you just need a space separate from your world to help clarify and better understand yourself and what's standing in your way. My goal is to create an open, trusting, and vulnerable space where you can be your most authentic self - I believe that is the state where insight and change takes place.
(548) 483-5740 View (548) 483-5740

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Kitchener, ON

500+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Kitchener, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Self Esteem
80% Stress
79% Relationship Issues
74% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

60% SunLife
59% Green Shield Canada
59% Manulife

How Counsellors in Kitchener, ON see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
17% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Kitchener?

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.