Therapists in Oakville, ON

Photo of Jodi Rouah, Counselling & Co. , Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Jodi Rouah, Counselling & Co.
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. My hope is that through our work together you feel empowered to understand, strengthen and repair your relationship with self and other, even when it doesn't seem possible. I work from a collaborative and client centered stance; facilitating individuals, couples and families towards a greater understanding of their emotional responses and needs. As we become aware of ourselves and our needs, we have a better sense of where to make change. My specialties include Maternal Mental Health (pregnancy/postpartum), Substance Use & Addiction, relationship struggles and Hold Me Tight Workshops.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. My hope is that through our work together you feel empowered to understand, strengthen and repair your relationship with self and other, even when it doesn't seem possible. I work from a collaborative and client centered stance; facilitating individuals, couples and families towards a greater understanding of their emotional responses and needs. As we become aware of ourselves and our needs, we have a better sense of where to make change. My specialties include Maternal Mental Health (pregnancy/postpartum), Substance Use & Addiction, relationship struggles and Hold Me Tight Workshops.
(289) 272-6222 View (289) 272-6222
Photo of Andrea O'Reilly: Grief, Loss & Trauma , Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Andrea O'Reilly: Grief, Loss & Trauma
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients for Virtual Grief & Trauma Therapy - Are you seeking compassionate support on your journey through grief, loss, and trauma? I am a compassionate Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, here to guide you through the healing process, helping you emerge stronger, happier, and healthier. Grief doesn't just happen in our hearts and minds—it sends ripples across our routines and relationships, disrupting our daily lives. Suddenly, the simplest tasks feel like Herculean feats, and the world around us loses its rhythm. I can help you find balance again.
Now Accepting New Clients for Virtual Grief & Trauma Therapy - Are you seeking compassionate support on your journey through grief, loss, and trauma? I am a compassionate Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, here to guide you through the healing process, helping you emerge stronger, happier, and healthier. Grief doesn't just happen in our hearts and minds—it sends ripples across our routines and relationships, disrupting our daily lives. Suddenly, the simplest tasks feel like Herculean feats, and the world around us loses its rhythm. I can help you find balance again.
(289) 803-9534 View (289) 803-9534
Photo of Denise Belgrave, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Oakville, ON
Denise Belgrave
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MSc, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6J
If your thoughts, actions, and emotions have formed a mental ‘block’ keeping you back, you are not alone. Many individuals have these concerns as a result of a trauma, stress, fear, or are heightened by anxiety, shame, betrayal, or other mental health issues. You want to address these issues using proven psychotherapeutic methods as provided by a registered mental health professional. This would be supported through a therapeutic relationship with the professional where client feelings will be validated and they can share their thoughts and concerns through trust in a safe environment free of judgement, criticism, fear, or disdain.
If your thoughts, actions, and emotions have formed a mental ‘block’ keeping you back, you are not alone. Many individuals have these concerns as a result of a trauma, stress, fear, or are heightened by anxiety, shame, betrayal, or other mental health issues. You want to address these issues using proven psychotherapeutic methods as provided by a registered mental health professional. This would be supported through a therapeutic relationship with the professional where client feelings will be validated and they can share their thoughts and concerns through trust in a safe environment free of judgement, criticism, fear, or disdain.
(289) 302-8518 View (289) 302-8518
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Olga Klimenkova
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, GIT Dip
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6M  (Online Only)
It takes courage to reach out for support when not knowing what to do. That can be quite a lonely and painful experience, together with feeling disconnected, stuck and overwhelmed. You can get a better understanding of your feelings and behaviors, see how you are entrenched in your own patterns or how you get in your own way, process past experiences and just talk about heavy stuff without feeling like a burden. This work can bring you closer to your authentic self.
It takes courage to reach out for support when not knowing what to do. That can be quite a lonely and painful experience, together with feeling disconnected, stuck and overwhelmed. You can get a better understanding of your feelings and behaviors, see how you are entrenched in your own patterns or how you get in your own way, process past experiences and just talk about heavy stuff without feeling like a burden. This work can bring you closer to your authentic self.
(289) 277-3472 View (289) 277-3472
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Lorena Patrucco
Registered Psychotherapist, ECE, BA, (Ed), MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6M
Is your child or teen often feeling angry, depressed, or anxious? Is there tension in your home holding unresolved issues? Are you at your last wit’s end? Children problems can easily create turmoil in your home or school impacting their relationship with you and/or peers. We will be happy to help you and your child to re-gain your family harmony and create concrete solutions to address your concerns!
Is your child or teen often feeling angry, depressed, or anxious? Is there tension in your home holding unresolved issues? Are you at your last wit’s end? Children problems can easily create turmoil in your home or school impacting their relationship with you and/or peers. We will be happy to help you and your child to re-gain your family harmony and create concrete solutions to address your concerns!
(647) 694-0379 View (647) 694-0379
Photo of Philip Henein, Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON
Philip Henein
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP , RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H  (Online Only)
Experience the transformative power of EMDR therapy – a proven and evidence-based treatment for Trauma, Anxiety, and more. EMDR's innovative approach targets distressing memories, allowing you to reprocess and overcome the impact of trauma. I believe I have the education and experience necessary to provide effective, customized treatment plans that meet the unique needs of my clients. I spent the last 14 years working with people in community development, humanitarian work, counselling, and psychotherapy in the most devastated communities overseas and Canada. Visit Phenein.com for a free 15-minute consultation.
Experience the transformative power of EMDR therapy – a proven and evidence-based treatment for Trauma, Anxiety, and more. EMDR's innovative approach targets distressing memories, allowing you to reprocess and overcome the impact of trauma. I believe I have the education and experience necessary to provide effective, customized treatment plans that meet the unique needs of my clients. I spent the last 14 years working with people in community development, humanitarian work, counselling, and psychotherapy in the most devastated communities overseas and Canada. Visit Phenein.com for a free 15-minute consultation.
(343) 341-5752 View (343) 341-5752
Photo of Nina Laugesen, Psychologist in Oakville, ON
Nina Laugesen
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J
Do you find yourself standing at a crossroads, unsure about the path to follow? Are you ready to create positive changes in your life, but troubling symptoms are hindering your progress? Do you feel worried when it comes to supporting your children and loved ones? Thankfully, you don't have to navigate these challenges alone. Hi, my name is Dr. Nina Laugesen, psychologist and director at Willow Tree Psychology. With almost 20 years experience, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families with a range of concerns, including anxiety, PTSD, OCD, emotion dysregulation, low mood, parenting concerns, and more.
Do you find yourself standing at a crossroads, unsure about the path to follow? Are you ready to create positive changes in your life, but troubling symptoms are hindering your progress? Do you feel worried when it comes to supporting your children and loved ones? Thankfully, you don't have to navigate these challenges alone. Hi, my name is Dr. Nina Laugesen, psychologist and director at Willow Tree Psychology. With almost 20 years experience, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families with a range of concerns, including anxiety, PTSD, OCD, emotion dysregulation, low mood, parenting concerns, and more.
(289) 815-5395 View (289) 815-5395
Photo of Colleen Sparks, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Colleen Sparks
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6J
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience providing clinical supports and interventions to adults of all ages. Offering a problem-solving approach; collaborating and walking beside you while navigating through real life challenges. I offer interventions/supports related to depression, anxiety, stress management, grief, bereavement, social isolation, family and workplace conflict, self-esteem and women’s issues.
I am a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years experience providing clinical supports and interventions to adults of all ages. Offering a problem-solving approach; collaborating and walking beside you while navigating through real life challenges. I offer interventions/supports related to depression, anxiety, stress management, grief, bereavement, social isolation, family and workplace conflict, self-esteem and women’s issues.
(289) 796-3992 View (289) 796-3992
Photo of Laura Dableh, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Laura Dableh
Registered Social Worker, BSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6K
Not accepting new clients
I am a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW), Psychotherapist and I specialize in working with ADHD across the lifespan (with individuals with ADHD and their families); as well as the treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. I am fascinated with the neuroscience of the brain and behaviour and am passionate about working directly with people who are struggling with their mental health, to recognize their strengths and to help them overcome their challenges. I love working with children, teens, adults as well as their families and helping them identify their goals and improve their social and emotional functioning
I am a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW), Psychotherapist and I specialize in working with ADHD across the lifespan (with individuals with ADHD and their families); as well as the treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. I am fascinated with the neuroscience of the brain and behaviour and am passionate about working directly with people who are struggling with their mental health, to recognize their strengths and to help them overcome their challenges. I love working with children, teens, adults as well as their families and helping them identify their goals and improve their social and emotional functioning
(289) 796-0412 View (289) 796-0412
Photo of Claire Arkett, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Claire Arkett
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6L
I provide a structured, supportive space for people to gain a better understanding of and capacity for maintaining mental health. I focus on finding a balance of supporting individuals in reflection and exploration, while also offering tangible tools to enhance mental wellbeing. I prioritize establishing a strong therapeutic relationship that allows us to go deeper, while using both cognitive and somatic approaches for symptom management and problem solving.
I provide a structured, supportive space for people to gain a better understanding of and capacity for maintaining mental health. I focus on finding a balance of supporting individuals in reflection and exploration, while also offering tangible tools to enhance mental wellbeing. I prioritize establishing a strong therapeutic relationship that allows us to go deeper, while using both cognitive and somatic approaches for symptom management and problem solving.
(289) 985-1300 View (289) 985-1300
Photo of Rob Stanley, Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON
Rob Stanley
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J
I count it a privilege to support clients facing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress, career counselling, life transitions, substance use, low self-esteem, or trauma. To accomplish this, I encourage clients to ask...and answer...the WHY question. WHY am I feeling anxious? WHY can’t I make relationships work? WHY can’t I get out of this funk? WHY are my thoughts so scattered? WHY do I have trust issues? WHY I am unhappy? WHY do I allow others to treat me this way? WHY do I abuse drugs, food, or alcohol? WHY do I have trouble loving myself? WHY am I so afraid of being vulnerable?
I count it a privilege to support clients facing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress, career counselling, life transitions, substance use, low self-esteem, or trauma. To accomplish this, I encourage clients to ask...and answer...the WHY question. WHY am I feeling anxious? WHY can’t I make relationships work? WHY can’t I get out of this funk? WHY are my thoughts so scattered? WHY do I have trust issues? WHY I am unhappy? WHY do I allow others to treat me this way? WHY do I abuse drugs, food, or alcohol? WHY do I have trouble loving myself? WHY am I so afraid of being vulnerable?
(289) 204-7715 View (289) 204-7715
Photo of Lauren Byce, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Lauren Byce
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
I offer therapy for those who are experiencing challenges including Anxiety, Depression, Anger, ADHD, Disordered Eating, Trauma, Grief, Substance Use, Self-Worth/Confidence, Life Transitions, and Relationship Conflict. I have assisted many individuals in improving their understanding of themselves & their relationships with others by using an approach founded in empathy, trust, and non-judgement. All of my work is rooted in a Trauma-Informed perspective & Anti-Oppressive Practice lens. I strive to respond to the unique needs of my clients, because you are the expert of your own life.
I offer therapy for those who are experiencing challenges including Anxiety, Depression, Anger, ADHD, Disordered Eating, Trauma, Grief, Substance Use, Self-Worth/Confidence, Life Transitions, and Relationship Conflict. I have assisted many individuals in improving their understanding of themselves & their relationships with others by using an approach founded in empathy, trust, and non-judgement. All of my work is rooted in a Trauma-Informed perspective & Anti-Oppressive Practice lens. I strive to respond to the unique needs of my clients, because you are the expert of your own life.
(289) 724-2979 View (289) 724-2979
Photo of Rebecca Burrows, Registered Psychotherapist in Oakville, ON
Rebecca Burrows
Registered Psychotherapist, RP , MACP
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6M
I am Psychotherapist, registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO). I work with individuals, couples and families to address their concerns and guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I can help you explore a wide range of concerns such as sexual trauma, complex PTSD, anxiety and depression. My skills emphasis the importance of listening and creating a compassionate and respectful environment for my clients to discuss their concerns.
I am Psychotherapist, registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO). I work with individuals, couples and families to address their concerns and guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I can help you explore a wide range of concerns such as sexual trauma, complex PTSD, anxiety and depression. My skills emphasis the importance of listening and creating a compassionate and respectful environment for my clients to discuss their concerns.
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Victoria Cameron
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP
Verified Verified
Oakville, ON L6J  (Online Only)
Learning to simply cope with your pain isn’t good enough. Find long term relief by treating the root cause of your distress with in-depth mental health specialists at The Mind People. Struggling with trauma or facing unhealthy and abusive romantic or family relationships can disrupt your sleep, impact your interactions with others, and affect your sense of self. Much of this trauma stems from deep-seated, unconscious sources that are difficult to pinpoint but can profoundly influence your life, making you feel stuck.
Learning to simply cope with your pain isn’t good enough. Find long term relief by treating the root cause of your distress with in-depth mental health specialists at The Mind People. Struggling with trauma or facing unhealthy and abusive romantic or family relationships can disrupt your sleep, impact your interactions with others, and affect your sense of self. Much of this trauma stems from deep-seated, unconscious sources that are difficult to pinpoint but can profoundly influence your life, making you feel stuck.
(416) 505-3899 View (416) 505-3899
Photo of Dakota Fisher - Child And Adult Therapy, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Oakville, ON
Dakota Fisher - Child And Adult Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
Is your child struggling in their day to day? Is there constant arguing or impulsive behaviours at home or school with peers? Struggling to manage ADHD. Anxiety, Depression, Self-Worth? Difficulties in your relationships? Many youth and adults today are facing these struggles and often feel overwhelmed. I believe that sometimes we need some guidance to tap into the resources we need to live a more meaningful life. Let’s work together, side by side to re-connect to your authentic self, so YOU take YOUR story back and feel more present!
Is your child struggling in their day to day? Is there constant arguing or impulsive behaviours at home or school with peers? Struggling to manage ADHD. Anxiety, Depression, Self-Worth? Difficulties in your relationships? Many youth and adults today are facing these struggles and often feel overwhelmed. I believe that sometimes we need some guidance to tap into the resources we need to live a more meaningful life. Let’s work together, side by side to re-connect to your authentic self, so YOU take YOUR story back and feel more present!
(289) 272-0385 View (289) 272-0385
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Erika Ristok
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H
Perhaps you identify as being "highly sensitive". Maybe you're feeling anxious, or depressed, or have a sense of unworthiness. You may be having difficulty managing stress. Therapy is an opportunity to work with an understanding guide, who creates a safe, supportive and collaborative environment in the face of these challenges. Being that guide is my passion. I will help you expand your "toolkit", while developing self-understanding, self-compassion, and connection to your own values, strengths, and wisdom. “Suffering is our call to attention, our call to investigate the truth of our beliefs.” - Tara Brach
Perhaps you identify as being "highly sensitive". Maybe you're feeling anxious, or depressed, or have a sense of unworthiness. You may be having difficulty managing stress. Therapy is an opportunity to work with an understanding guide, who creates a safe, supportive and collaborative environment in the face of these challenges. Being that guide is my passion. I will help you expand your "toolkit", while developing self-understanding, self-compassion, and connection to your own values, strengths, and wisdom. “Suffering is our call to attention, our call to investigate the truth of our beliefs.” - Tara Brach
(365) 652-3242 View (365) 652-3242
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Susan Ockrant-Johnston
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6J
From relationships to anxiety, life’s challenges and changes can leave you feeling unsure of the path you’re on. Maybe you’re having relationship issues, adjusting to life as an empty-nester or you’ve uncovered news about your family history that has you questioning who you really are. These changes can leave you feeling anxious, sad and confused. With over 18 years of experience, I offer counselling that can provide you with a different perspective and new tools for managing life’s challenges. In a relaxed and open-minded setting, we’ll work together to identify how you want to feel in your life-and find your brighter path forward.
From relationships to anxiety, life’s challenges and changes can leave you feeling unsure of the path you’re on. Maybe you’re having relationship issues, adjusting to life as an empty-nester or you’ve uncovered news about your family history that has you questioning who you really are. These changes can leave you feeling anxious, sad and confused. With over 18 years of experience, I offer counselling that can provide you with a different perspective and new tools for managing life’s challenges. In a relaxed and open-minded setting, we’ll work together to identify how you want to feel in your life-and find your brighter path forward.
(289) 276-8309 View (289) 276-8309
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Jasia Nauthoa
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Hons BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6H  (Online Only)
When life hits us, it hits hard! It seems like everything is happening all at once and we can’t catch a break. Taking that step towards therapy can be overwhelming because you don’t know what to expect, or how the sessions are going to go. Searching for a therapist that is the right fit can add to that stress, but it shouldn't have to be like that! I understand the struggles that come along with starting therapy. Whether you need a space to pour your heart out or if you want to address certain concerns, I've got you! I'll create a safe space and support you and together we'll have sessions that make a real difference in your life.
When life hits us, it hits hard! It seems like everything is happening all at once and we can’t catch a break. Taking that step towards therapy can be overwhelming because you don’t know what to expect, or how the sessions are going to go. Searching for a therapist that is the right fit can add to that stress, but it shouldn't have to be like that! I understand the struggles that come along with starting therapy. Whether you need a space to pour your heart out or if you want to address certain concerns, I've got you! I'll create a safe space and support you and together we'll have sessions that make a real difference in your life.
(365) 601-1496 View (365) 601-1496
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Mary-Katherine Lowes
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6M
I understand the reluctance to share deep-seated emotions and experiences, fearing they may be too overwhelming or misunderstood. With expertise in addressing trauma, relationship issues, mood disorders, perinatal mental health, infertility, and self-esteem I offer unwavering support as we navigate your journey together. I also provide couples counselling aimed at nurturing stronger connections and promoting emotional security within relationships. Everyone has a need to feel heard and validated, especially in our closest relationships.
I understand the reluctance to share deep-seated emotions and experiences, fearing they may be too overwhelming or misunderstood. With expertise in addressing trauma, relationship issues, mood disorders, perinatal mental health, infertility, and self-esteem I offer unwavering support as we navigate your journey together. I also provide couples counselling aimed at nurturing stronger connections and promoting emotional security within relationships. Everyone has a need to feel heard and validated, especially in our closest relationships.
(647) 371-1467 View (647) 371-1467
Photo of Dara Pappas Counselling, Registered Social Worker in Oakville, ON
Dara Pappas Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakville, ON L6K  (Online Only)
Whether you're recently diagnosed, or have been on this journey since childhood, living with ADHD can be overwhelming and leave you feeling out of control, frustrated with yourself and exhausted! The field has grown rapidly and, despite the best intentions, no one has the time to sort through all the information available through social media, books, podcasts, etc. That's where I come in! Rely on my personal and professional expertise to sort through the overwhelming amount of information. Together we can identify and implement strategies and tools specifically tailored to your unique ADHD-related challenges.
Whether you're recently diagnosed, or have been on this journey since childhood, living with ADHD can be overwhelming and leave you feeling out of control, frustrated with yourself and exhausted! The field has grown rapidly and, despite the best intentions, no one has the time to sort through all the information available through social media, books, podcasts, etc. That's where I come in! Rely on my personal and professional expertise to sort through the overwhelming amount of information. Together we can identify and implement strategies and tools specifically tailored to your unique ADHD-related challenges.
(365) 800-6775 View (365) 800-6775

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Oakville, ON

800+

Average cost per session

$160

Counsellors in Oakville, ON who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Self Esteem
83% Relationship Issues
82% Stress
75% Coping Skills
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% SunLife
67% Green Shield Canada
65% Manulife

How Counsellors in Oakville, ON see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Oakville?

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.