Therapists in Milton, ON

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New Leaf Psychology Centre
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Milton, ON L9T
Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen, C. Psych., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Along with her part-time private practice, Dr. Van Blyderveen is currently a Staff Psychologist with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor (Part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her previous experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings.
Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen, C. Psych., received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Along with her part-time private practice, Dr. Van Blyderveen is currently a Staff Psychologist with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor (Part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her previous experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings.
(855) 463-5618 View (855) 463-5618
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Kathleen Francis
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
We all have the capacity to rise above and create positive changes in our lives. By exploring your mental, emotional and physiological responses to stress, I can teach you strategies to manage challenges and symptoms in ways that will help you feel safe, grounded and connected. As a Trauma-Informed clinician, I integrate the following Brain-Based therapies to support your change and growth: EMDR, Brainspotting, Polyvagal theory. We will work together to help you cope with stress, build resilience and improve relationships. You CAN move forward from anxiety, depression, stress and trauma.
We all have the capacity to rise above and create positive changes in our lives. By exploring your mental, emotional and physiological responses to stress, I can teach you strategies to manage challenges and symptoms in ways that will help you feel safe, grounded and connected. As a Trauma-Informed clinician, I integrate the following Brain-Based therapies to support your change and growth: EMDR, Brainspotting, Polyvagal theory. We will work together to help you cope with stress, build resilience and improve relationships. You CAN move forward from anxiety, depression, stress and trauma.
(647) 362-5138 View (647) 362-5138
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Nicole Bennie
Psychological Associate, MA
Not Verified Not Verified
Milton, ON L9T
Mrs. Bennie works with a broad range of clients ranging from children to adults, couples, and families, supporting them through a variety of issues using an integrative therapeutic approach. Therapy focusses on client needs and building a collaborative, empathic relationship with the goal of improving a client's understanding of contributing factors to their difficulties and improving their range of coping skills.
Mrs. Bennie works with a broad range of clients ranging from children to adults, couples, and families, supporting them through a variety of issues using an integrative therapeutic approach. Therapy focusses on client needs and building a collaborative, empathic relationship with the goal of improving a client's understanding of contributing factors to their difficulties and improving their range of coping skills.
(289) 210-7236 View (289) 210-7236
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John Shearer
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
I know how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help because I have been there myself. Whether life has left you looking for direction, or you need to process and understand emotions and feelings that are limiting your growth, I can work with you to develop the skills to lead a values rich life. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues and addiction are some of the challenges that our work can look to address. Your story is unique and so are your strengths that can lead you toward a meaningful life.
I know how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help because I have been there myself. Whether life has left you looking for direction, or you need to process and understand emotions and feelings that are limiting your growth, I can work with you to develop the skills to lead a values rich life. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues and addiction are some of the challenges that our work can look to address. Your story is unique and so are your strengths that can lead you toward a meaningful life.
(289) 302-5932 View (289) 302-5932
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Address: Anxiety/Relationships/Parenting with Fozy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MBA
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T  (Online Only)
The pressure is soul-crushing. Life looks great on paper but you’re burnt out. You were expected to be the perfect child. Speak and act right, best the best, achieve. Mistakes meant you failed. As an adult, there’s no room for rest. You’ll be bored. Seen as weak. It’s exhausting keeping up the façade. You’ve tried therapy to help with your stress, overwhelming thoughts, and unhappiness, but you were overbooked. You tried to squeeze it in, but finding the right therapist who didn’t judge felt impossible. I understand because I’ve been where you are. I was bullied at school and work, told “Get lost you Paki, go home to your country.”
The pressure is soul-crushing. Life looks great on paper but you’re burnt out. You were expected to be the perfect child. Speak and act right, best the best, achieve. Mistakes meant you failed. As an adult, there’s no room for rest. You’ll be bored. Seen as weak. It’s exhausting keeping up the façade. You’ve tried therapy to help with your stress, overwhelming thoughts, and unhappiness, but you were overbooked. You tried to squeeze it in, but finding the right therapist who didn’t judge felt impossible. I understand because I’ve been where you are. I was bullied at school and work, told “Get lost you Paki, go home to your country.”
(289) 272-7099 View (289) 272-7099
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Nicole Belina
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
Have you tried therapy before for your trauma symptoms and found you hit a plateau, as if something was missing? Are you looking for a different approach? Do you suspect your trauma experience(s) may be impacting your sexual expression - like having low desire, dissociating during intimacy, or struggling to enjoy pleasure? Have you been diagnosed with things like anxiety or panic disorder, or BPD, but think these are a result of your trauma? Or, perhaps you are feeling as though watching porn or seeking sex has gotten out of control and you are looking for someone to talk to about it who isn't going to shame you.
Have you tried therapy before for your trauma symptoms and found you hit a plateau, as if something was missing? Are you looking for a different approach? Do you suspect your trauma experience(s) may be impacting your sexual expression - like having low desire, dissociating during intimacy, or struggling to enjoy pleasure? Have you been diagnosed with things like anxiety or panic disorder, or BPD, but think these are a result of your trauma? Or, perhaps you are feeling as though watching porn or seeking sex has gotten out of control and you are looking for someone to talk to about it who isn't going to shame you.
(289) 302-5954 View (289) 302-5954
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Satinder Dhaliwal Brar
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MSc, RP, AccFM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
Welcome to the most important step of therapy - deciding to reach out for help and support to make the changes you need in your life. Counseling couples, families and individuals for over ten years gives me the experience to provide my clients with support, encouragement and guidance. My goal is to empower my clients to improve their emotional well-being, enhance their ability to engage in healthy interpersonal relationships and to provide them with the tools necessary to live their best lives. I facilitate a safe therapeutic space understanding unique cultural backgrounds, in which my clients can explore their relational patterns and develop acheivable goals.
Welcome to the most important step of therapy - deciding to reach out for help and support to make the changes you need in your life. Counseling couples, families and individuals for over ten years gives me the experience to provide my clients with support, encouragement and guidance. My goal is to empower my clients to improve their emotional well-being, enhance their ability to engage in healthy interpersonal relationships and to provide them with the tools necessary to live their best lives. I facilitate a safe therapeutic space understanding unique cultural backgrounds, in which my clients can explore their relational patterns and develop acheivable goals.
(289) 210-3435 View (289) 210-3435
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Dr. Kerris Oates
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T  (Online Only)
I have a passion for helping people attain optimal mental health, thru improved coping with life stressors/experiences and also personal healing/growth. Basically, I want to help you (or your child) thrive! I have extensive training and experience with a broad range of issues and treatment modalities. I am certified with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical & Counselling Psychology (both assessment & treatment) for Adults, Couples, Adolescents and Children. My approach is tailored for each unique client and also allows for the integration of spiritual issues into therapy when appropriate and desired.
I have a passion for helping people attain optimal mental health, thru improved coping with life stressors/experiences and also personal healing/growth. Basically, I want to help you (or your child) thrive! I have extensive training and experience with a broad range of issues and treatment modalities. I am certified with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical & Counselling Psychology (both assessment & treatment) for Adults, Couples, Adolescents and Children. My approach is tailored for each unique client and also allows for the integration of spiritual issues into therapy when appropriate and desired.
(289) 302-8253 View (289) 302-8253
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Philip Nicho Now Accepting New Clients!
Pre-Licensed Professional, CYCP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
Phil (he/him) has over 18 years of experience counselling children, adolescents and families. He specializes in working with individuals with complex mental health diagnoses, substance use issues, and conflict with the law. Phil has a particular interest in working with parents to help them bridge communication barriers, improve connection and help with overall attachment and rapport. After working with Phil, most clients have found deeper and more meaningful relationships with friends and family, and have been able to move through challenging times with a new sense of confidence and clarity.
Phil (he/him) has over 18 years of experience counselling children, adolescents and families. He specializes in working with individuals with complex mental health diagnoses, substance use issues, and conflict with the law. Phil has a particular interest in working with parents to help them bridge communication barriers, improve connection and help with overall attachment and rapport. After working with Phil, most clients have found deeper and more meaningful relationships with friends and family, and have been able to move through challenging times with a new sense of confidence and clarity.
(289) 210-5938 View (289) 210-5938
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Michelle Brans
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Milton, ON L9T
Welcome. I'm so happy you landed here. I've been dedicated to the field of child, youth, and family mental health for the past 18 years. I have am the Founder & Clinical Director & Supervisor of Counting Butterflies Child & Family Wellness (est. 2012), and Co-Founder & Clinical Supervisor of The Therapy Collective, our sister practice that focused on trauma-informed mental health approaches. I work alongside my clients to help them: 1. Get unstuck by growing their emotional awareness 2. Develop a healthy relationship to their thoughts & feelings to get insight into core needs 3. Gain a sense of purpose, connection, joy, and calm.
Welcome. I'm so happy you landed here. I've been dedicated to the field of child, youth, and family mental health for the past 18 years. I have am the Founder & Clinical Director & Supervisor of Counting Butterflies Child & Family Wellness (est. 2012), and Co-Founder & Clinical Supervisor of The Therapy Collective, our sister practice that focused on trauma-informed mental health approaches. I work alongside my clients to help them: 1. Get unstuck by growing their emotional awareness 2. Develop a healthy relationship to their thoughts & feelings to get insight into core needs 3. Gain a sense of purpose, connection, joy, and calm.
(289) 272-9380 View (289) 272-9380
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Helena Vulic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
Milton, ON L9T
Anxiety and depression are tough, but I believe that the human spirit is tougher. My area of interest is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), specifically a subtype called PureO. I journey with individuals as they navigate difficult times in their lives and rediscover their strength, resilience, confidence, and most importantly, renew their sense of hope. I approach therapy from a solution focused angle and equip clients with tools that help them manage their depression and anxiety so that they can re-engage their lives in a joyous and meaningful way. Sometimes, we need a little help remembering how amazing we are.
Anxiety and depression are tough, but I believe that the human spirit is tougher. My area of interest is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), specifically a subtype called PureO. I journey with individuals as they navigate difficult times in their lives and rediscover their strength, resilience, confidence, and most importantly, renew their sense of hope. I approach therapy from a solution focused angle and equip clients with tools that help them manage their depression and anxiety so that they can re-engage their lives in a joyous and meaningful way. Sometimes, we need a little help remembering how amazing we are.
(365) 658-6002 View (365) 658-6002
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Malathy Praveen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Milton, ON L9T  (Online Only)
I am passionate about the field of psychotherapy because I believe it can help people heal, recover, and restore to optimal functioning. I find immense meaning and contentment in helping people overcome mental health challenges and thrive in life. You are the expert of your life and I can come alongside and be your helper to create awareness of the underlying issues and its manifestation as symptoms. I provide the space to unwind yourself, help you with tools and practices to overcome your stuckness and move towards your goals.
I am passionate about the field of psychotherapy because I believe it can help people heal, recover, and restore to optimal functioning. I find immense meaning and contentment in helping people overcome mental health challenges and thrive in life. You are the expert of your life and I can come alongside and be your helper to create awareness of the underlying issues and its manifestation as symptoms. I provide the space to unwind yourself, help you with tools and practices to overcome your stuckness and move towards your goals.
(289) 272-0239 View (289) 272-0239
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Syeda Nosheen Raza Zaidi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My passion for supporting people in their healing journey is rooted in a massive stigma around mental health, which I experienced while growing up in Pakistan. I have worked towards raising awareness about maternal and children health issues, pregnancy stress, postpartum depression, and respectful parenting. I provide compassionate, people-centered, and strength-based support to help people cope with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, stress, relationship and family issues, grief, etc.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My passion for supporting people in their healing journey is rooted in a massive stigma around mental health, which I experienced while growing up in Pakistan. I have worked towards raising awareness about maternal and children health issues, pregnancy stress, postpartum depression, and respectful parenting. I provide compassionate, people-centered, and strength-based support to help people cope with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, stress, relationship and family issues, grief, etc.
(365) 305-0140 View (365) 305-0140
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Rabail Awan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
As a Registered Social Worker and a Therapist, I'm deeply committed to assisting individuals throughout their journey of pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood. My passion lies in supporting women as they navigate life transitions, evolving relationships, and self-discovery. Additionally, I work with those feeling isolated and seeking to better understand themselves and their emotions. Fluency in Urdu and Punjabi equips me to provide inclusive counselling services tailored to diverse South Asian populations.
As a Registered Social Worker and a Therapist, I'm deeply committed to assisting individuals throughout their journey of pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood. My passion lies in supporting women as they navigate life transitions, evolving relationships, and self-discovery. Additionally, I work with those feeling isolated and seeking to better understand themselves and their emotions. Fluency in Urdu and Punjabi equips me to provide inclusive counselling services tailored to diverse South Asian populations.
(289) 276-1358 View (289) 276-1358
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Heather Malizia
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
My name is Heather Malizia (she/her) and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a Yorkville University graduate student. If you’re a teen or adult struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or self-esteem, I’m here to help. I also assist elite athletes (ages 16+) in targeting areas of performance that are impacted by mental health and mindset. This extends to supporting identity issues beyond sport, managing transitions out of sport (i.e., injuries or retirement), and tackling perfectionism and burnout. My internship will be supported by our Lead Therapist and trauma specialist, Jana Venditti.
My name is Heather Malizia (she/her) and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a Yorkville University graduate student. If you’re a teen or adult struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or self-esteem, I’m here to help. I also assist elite athletes (ages 16+) in targeting areas of performance that are impacted by mental health and mindset. This extends to supporting identity issues beyond sport, managing transitions out of sport (i.e., injuries or retirement), and tackling perfectionism and burnout. My internship will be supported by our Lead Therapist and trauma specialist, Jana Venditti.
(289) 809-1980 View (289) 809-1980
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Denise Taher
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
Do you often feel anxious or uneasy? Do you struggle with disturbing and intrusive thoughts? Are your habits getting harder and harder to change? Life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to defeat you. You don’t have to do this alone – if you’re considering taking the next step on your healing journey, or perhaps the first, I would be honoured to support you. My laid approach to counselling makes it easy for you to feel comfortable to explore your deepest, darkest problems, and become a better version of you. Welcome to your next chapter!
Do you often feel anxious or uneasy? Do you struggle with disturbing and intrusive thoughts? Are your habits getting harder and harder to change? Life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to defeat you. You don’t have to do this alone – if you’re considering taking the next step on your healing journey, or perhaps the first, I would be honoured to support you. My laid approach to counselling makes it easy for you to feel comfortable to explore your deepest, darkest problems, and become a better version of you. Welcome to your next chapter!
(289) 210-6274 View (289) 210-6274
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Bliss Milton Counselling + Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
Milton, ON L9T
Are you open to self-exploration and growth, are you seeking support with navigating life's challenges or are you looking for a way to live your life more fully? At Bliss, we specialize in improving the relationship our clients have with themselves and others. We're here to unpack addiction or substance use, anxiety, communication, conflict, depression, grief, life changes, parenting and caregiving, sexual desires and intimacy, stress, trauma, and more. Using anti-oppressive, community driven and evidence-based approaches, you will learn new perspectives, build deeper connections, and find the motivation to embrace change.
Are you open to self-exploration and growth, are you seeking support with navigating life's challenges or are you looking for a way to live your life more fully? At Bliss, we specialize in improving the relationship our clients have with themselves and others. We're here to unpack addiction or substance use, anxiety, communication, conflict, depression, grief, life changes, parenting and caregiving, sexual desires and intimacy, stress, trauma, and more. Using anti-oppressive, community driven and evidence-based approaches, you will learn new perspectives, build deeper connections, and find the motivation to embrace change.
(289) 401-3524 View (289) 401-3524
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Lauren Chicorli
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Milton, ON L0P
Not accepting new clients
I am experienced in supporting a variety of needs and challenges such as emotional dysregulation, anxiety, ADHD, Selective Mutism and OCD. I specialize in supporting children to regulate emotions and increase positive behaviour. Working with parents, I will help you to build upon your confidence and capacity to support your children through times of distress. I can help to build and repairing bridges with in your family to increase connections and positive interactions with each other.
I am experienced in supporting a variety of needs and challenges such as emotional dysregulation, anxiety, ADHD, Selective Mutism and OCD. I specialize in supporting children to regulate emotions and increase positive behaviour. Working with parents, I will help you to build upon your confidence and capacity to support your children through times of distress. I can help to build and repairing bridges with in your family to increase connections and positive interactions with each other.
(289) 806-7324 View (289) 806-7324
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Jana Venditti
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
My journey to becoming a psychotherapist started because I have always cared about people and their overall well being. I realized I could help others in their healing process by way of providing therapy. I truly believe that by talking about our challenges in a safe and comfortable environment with a compassionate and trained listener change and healing can happen. I also recognize this can be a scary step for some to take and I will work at whatever pace is best for the individual. I have my Masters in Social Work and have been working with children, adolescents, families and adults for over 15 years.
My journey to becoming a psychotherapist started because I have always cared about people and their overall well being. I realized I could help others in their healing process by way of providing therapy. I truly believe that by talking about our challenges in a safe and comfortable environment with a compassionate and trained listener change and healing can happen. I also recognize this can be a scary step for some to take and I will work at whatever pace is best for the individual. I have my Masters in Social Work and have been working with children, adolescents, families and adults for over 15 years.
(647) 699-5764 View (647) 699-5764
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Julian at tCaPC
Registered Psychotherapist, BAHons, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milton, ON L9T
Anxiety, depression, stress, lack of self esteem, relationship issues, anger..that can all weigh you down and stop you from living the life you want to live. I understand that it is really hard to feel happy with that kind of weight on your shoulders. My practice is centered around helping you hold it, unload it and move forward. Together, we will find ways that you can let go of the burdens of anxiety, depression, improve your self esteem and work on all other things weighing you down so you can live a fuller happier life.
Anxiety, depression, stress, lack of self esteem, relationship issues, anger..that can all weigh you down and stop you from living the life you want to live. I understand that it is really hard to feel happy with that kind of weight on your shoulders. My practice is centered around helping you hold it, unload it and move forward. Together, we will find ways that you can let go of the burdens of anxiety, depression, improve your self esteem and work on all other things weighing you down so you can live a fuller happier life.
(289) 513-3606 View (289) 513-3606

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Milton, ON

200+

Average cost per session

$160

Counsellors in Milton, ON who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
78% Stress
76% Coping Skills
66% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% SunLife
68% Green Shield Canada
65% Manulife

How Counsellors in Milton, ON see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Milton?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.