Therapists in Ottawa, ON

Photo of Rosemary Murray-Lachapelle Jungian Analyst, Licensed Psychoanalyst in Ottawa, ON
Rosemary Murray-Lachapelle Jungian Analyst
Licensed Psychoanalyst, RP, MLS, MA, AnalyPs
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y
I work with individual adults who are facing a variety of life challenges.I believe that hidden in our problems lie the seeds of a solution as well as some bit of undeveloped personality with potential for personal transformation. Knowing that in times of distress it's good to talk things over with someone, I listen carefully and work collaboratively with my clients. Images from the unconscious, as seen in dreams and drawings, can help us uncover a problem and develop a solution. Dreams are material from the unconscious and bring us into contact with a deeper part of ourselves.
I work with individual adults who are facing a variety of life challenges.I believe that hidden in our problems lie the seeds of a solution as well as some bit of undeveloped personality with potential for personal transformation. Knowing that in times of distress it's good to talk things over with someone, I listen carefully and work collaboratively with my clients. Images from the unconscious, as seen in dreams and drawings, can help us uncover a problem and develop a solution. Dreams are material from the unconscious and bring us into contact with a deeper part of ourselves.
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Photo of Kayla Noseworthy, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Kayla Noseworthy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2A
I know finding the “right” therapist can feel hard. I create a space where you're free to think, feel, and speak authentically. Life can feel challenging and isolating to navigate – you're not alone in feeling like the world is on fire. I believe our past experiences affect us now, and figuring out patterns and taking time to understand ourselves can help us be more present, comfortable, and kind with ourselves. We can all learn to be a little kinder to ourselves, especially in moments of suffering. I'll listen to you without judgement and support you in pursuing what matters to you. You deserve to feel heard and understood.
I know finding the “right” therapist can feel hard. I create a space where you're free to think, feel, and speak authentically. Life can feel challenging and isolating to navigate – you're not alone in feeling like the world is on fire. I believe our past experiences affect us now, and figuring out patterns and taking time to understand ourselves can help us be more present, comfortable, and kind with ourselves. We can all learn to be a little kinder to ourselves, especially in moments of suffering. I'll listen to you without judgement and support you in pursuing what matters to you. You deserve to feel heard and understood.
(343) 338-5100 View (343) 338-5100
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Eric Lukacs
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RBQ, MDiv, BTh, BA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1H  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome. If you are here, you are probably trying to work through a difficult situation. And that situation probably stands in your way of living your life in the way you would like. You are wanting to take matters into your own hands by learning new tools and improving your self-confidence. You are looking to find clarity about what to do in the face of the challenges that lie before you. Your ideal therapist has extensive life experience, diverse cultural experience and flexible availability. AND ... you are not against having some fun with this. Yes, therapy can be fun.
Hi and welcome. If you are here, you are probably trying to work through a difficult situation. And that situation probably stands in your way of living your life in the way you would like. You are wanting to take matters into your own hands by learning new tools and improving your self-confidence. You are looking to find clarity about what to do in the face of the challenges that lie before you. Your ideal therapist has extensive life experience, diverse cultural experience and flexible availability. AND ... you are not against having some fun with this. Yes, therapy can be fun.
(343) 313-1346 View (343) 313-1346
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Zsofia Grandpierre
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G  (Online Only)
Asking for help is the bravest step you can take and I want to help you make the most of this courageous step forward. I specialize in adult ADHD and postpartum mood disorders. As a fellow parent (of 3) I know how this time can bring great joy and simultaneously be the cause of overwhelm. If you have ADHD know that it does not define you, but it does impact your brain processes. To be the person deep in your heart, the work starts from the inside out. Together, we'll make sense of your pain, learn transformative skills, improve functioning and self-regulation.
Asking for help is the bravest step you can take and I want to help you make the most of this courageous step forward. I specialize in adult ADHD and postpartum mood disorders. As a fellow parent (of 3) I know how this time can bring great joy and simultaneously be the cause of overwhelm. If you have ADHD know that it does not define you, but it does impact your brain processes. To be the person deep in your heart, the work starts from the inside out. Together, we'll make sense of your pain, learn transformative skills, improve functioning and self-regulation.
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Grounded Psychology
Psychologist, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2H
Here at Grounded Psychology, we realize that no two people are the same, and we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. We strive to help people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. After recognizing underlying problems, clients can fully realize their strengths and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things in a different, healthier way. Our practice specializes in helping people who are struggling with anxiety, relationship challenges, depression, and many other difficulties.
Here at Grounded Psychology, we realize that no two people are the same, and we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. We strive to help people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. After recognizing underlying problems, clients can fully realize their strengths and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things in a different, healthier way. Our practice specializes in helping people who are struggling with anxiety, relationship challenges, depression, and many other difficulties.
(343) 321-1951 View (343) 321-1951
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Samantha Harris
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2C
Our human experience can be challenging and unpredictable, and at times we may find ourselves feeling lost or overwhelmed. During these moments, reaching out can make all the difference. Together, let’s explore your unique circumstances and help you regain confidence in yourself and your abilities. I uphold a compassionate and non-judgemental space, valuing empathy, authenticity, and genuine connection. It has been my great privilege to work with courageous individuals as they confront anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma, self-esteem, coping skills and more.
Our human experience can be challenging and unpredictable, and at times we may find ourselves feeling lost or overwhelmed. During these moments, reaching out can make all the difference. Together, let’s explore your unique circumstances and help you regain confidence in yourself and your abilities. I uphold a compassionate and non-judgemental space, valuing empathy, authenticity, and genuine connection. It has been my great privilege to work with courageous individuals as they confront anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, trauma, self-esteem, coping skills and more.
(343) 321-1226 View (343) 321-1226
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May-Lissa Marsha Affricot
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1C
Life can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. Healing is a journey. As your therapist, I'm here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Let's build resilience together, cultivate self-compassion, and find greater peace and fulfillment in life. I'm committed to providing a safe, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Therapy is not just about fixing problems, it's about fostering personal growth and self-discovery. Whether you're struggling with a specific issue or simply seeking greater insight. Together, we can work towards greater emotional health and wellbeing.
Life can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. Healing is a journey. As your therapist, I'm here to walk alongside you every step of the way. Let's build resilience together, cultivate self-compassion, and find greater peace and fulfillment in life. I'm committed to providing a safe, supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Therapy is not just about fixing problems, it's about fostering personal growth and self-discovery. Whether you're struggling with a specific issue or simply seeking greater insight. Together, we can work towards greater emotional health and wellbeing.
(343) 307-8846 View (343) 307-8846
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Gordon Burt
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
Do you have a tendency to plan for the worst-case scenarios? Do your low moods, depression or anxiety prevent you from having quality relationships with friends, family, or your partner? If these are some of the issues you are struggling with day-to-day, I can help. I am a highly skilled and trained therapist who can help you develop the skills necessary to overcome these obstacles. You can get these emotions and stressors under control. It's time now to take care of mental wellness.
Do you have a tendency to plan for the worst-case scenarios? Do your low moods, depression or anxiety prevent you from having quality relationships with friends, family, or your partner? If these are some of the issues you are struggling with day-to-day, I can help. I am a highly skilled and trained therapist who can help you develop the skills necessary to overcome these obstacles. You can get these emotions and stressors under control. It's time now to take care of mental wellness.
(613) 834-1941 View (613) 834-1941
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Ilona Kolis
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2A
Psychotherapy is the exploration of the self through an empathic, genuine, and accepting relationship with the therapist. The process involves exploring the psyche and gaining insight into the psychological and relational symptoms that are contributing to your presenting problem. I will draw from psychoanalytic, object- relations and cognitive behavioural approaches to facilitate inner growth and skills building. I welcome the opportunity to be part of your journey. My availabilities include evenings and weekends.
Psychotherapy is the exploration of the self through an empathic, genuine, and accepting relationship with the therapist. The process involves exploring the psyche and gaining insight into the psychological and relational symptoms that are contributing to your presenting problem. I will draw from psychoanalytic, object- relations and cognitive behavioural approaches to facilitate inner growth and skills building. I welcome the opportunity to be part of your journey. My availabilities include evenings and weekends.
(343) 308-8415 View (343) 308-8415
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Aya Abdulkarim
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MSc, RP (Q)
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G
I completed a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health from King's College London, and am completing my practicum hours at Yorkville University's MACP program. Understanding the neurobiology of mental health provides a different perspective to my clients. Through that, I can provide multifaceted services to my clients to help engage both physiological and psychological understanding of their mental health. Knowledge is power, and by gaining our power, we begin to heal.
I completed a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Mental Health from King's College London, and am completing my practicum hours at Yorkville University's MACP program. Understanding the neurobiology of mental health provides a different perspective to my clients. Through that, I can provide multifaceted services to my clients to help engage both physiological and psychological understanding of their mental health. Knowledge is power, and by gaining our power, we begin to heal.
(613) 786-9989 View (613) 786-9989
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Mary Ann Coulter
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1V
I provide psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Psycho-educational assessments are used to clarify an individual's learning style and academic ability. They may be used to identify giftedness or to diagnose learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral disorders.
I provide psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Psycho-educational assessments are used to clarify an individual's learning style and academic ability. They may be used to identify giftedness or to diagnose learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral disorders.
(613) 809-0277 View (613) 809-0277
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Alexandre (Alex) Madore
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Hey, there! I'm thrilled you've made it to my page. Consider it the first step of your personal wellness journey. My name is Alex and I'm the founder of Fika Psychotherapy. I help LGBTQIA+ folks, healthcare workers, and post secondary students navigate challenges of depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexuality, and self-esteem. My approach centres on providing you with a kind, non-judgmental space to focus on your wellbeing, while recognizing the healing power of genuine and empathetic human connection. I view therapy as a collaborative journey where clients are the experts on their own lives.
Hey, there! I'm thrilled you've made it to my page. Consider it the first step of your personal wellness journey. My name is Alex and I'm the founder of Fika Psychotherapy. I help LGBTQIA+ folks, healthcare workers, and post secondary students navigate challenges of depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexuality, and self-esteem. My approach centres on providing you with a kind, non-judgmental space to focus on your wellbeing, while recognizing the healing power of genuine and empathetic human connection. I view therapy as a collaborative journey where clients are the experts on their own lives.
(343) 313-1197 View (343) 313-1197
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François Y Levert
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Feeling trapped in a prison of your own mind? Feeling like you were meant for more? Anxiety, depression, trauma preventing a better life? You're worth the investment. Covered by most private insurance, I specialize in two areas, workplace anxiety and depression and post-retirement living. I use the most scientifically viable evidence-based methods and techniques to help you live a better life. This isn't magic - it is work but together through guided exercises, insight, and exploration of the self we can make progress towards your goals and improve your quality of life.
Feeling trapped in a prison of your own mind? Feeling like you were meant for more? Anxiety, depression, trauma preventing a better life? You're worth the investment. Covered by most private insurance, I specialize in two areas, workplace anxiety and depression and post-retirement living. I use the most scientifically viable evidence-based methods and techniques to help you live a better life. This isn't magic - it is work but together through guided exercises, insight, and exploration of the self we can make progress towards your goals and improve your quality of life.
(819) 412-6608 View (819) 412-6608
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Laura M McArthur-Gupta
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2J
Are you stuck in dysfunctional and self-sabotaging patterns? Do you have high expectations for yourself that you can never satisfy? Are you experiencing inner turmoil and outer irritability you can’t settle? Psychotherapy could help with these. I believe that self-understanding, the awareness of and ability to understand one’s actions and reactions, is important for personal transformation. Using a gentle, introspective approach, I provide clients with the space to be curious about their past and current experiences. I believe personal transformation can happen to everyone at any age.
Are you stuck in dysfunctional and self-sabotaging patterns? Do you have high expectations for yourself that you can never satisfy? Are you experiencing inner turmoil and outer irritability you can’t settle? Psychotherapy could help with these. I believe that self-understanding, the awareness of and ability to understand one’s actions and reactions, is important for personal transformation. Using a gentle, introspective approach, I provide clients with the space to be curious about their past and current experiences. I believe personal transformation can happen to everyone at any age.
(343) 306-4604 View (343) 306-4604
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Krisha Séguin
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CCC, (she, her)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
When we have suffered over a long period of time without much support or compassion, we come to rely on certain ways of being and relating that keep us safe but isolated from ourselves and those we love. This is normal considering what we have experienced. Trauma and lack of early nurturing skew our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us. Neither can be trusted, and this determines how we are in relationship within and with others. At the core of all of this is our longing to be in nurturing relationships because the need to feel loved, wanted, and accepted are so innate in us. Therefore, feeling the converse: rejection and shame is a blow to our very sense of self. We reject because we really want to be needed and accepted, and yet we are afraid. The pain we feel in this dichotomy is profound.
When we have suffered over a long period of time without much support or compassion, we come to rely on certain ways of being and relating that keep us safe but isolated from ourselves and those we love. This is normal considering what we have experienced. Trauma and lack of early nurturing skew our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us. Neither can be trusted, and this determines how we are in relationship within and with others. At the core of all of this is our longing to be in nurturing relationships because the need to feel loved, wanted, and accepted are so innate in us. Therefore, feeling the converse: rejection and shame is a blow to our very sense of self. We reject because we really want to be needed and accepted, and yet we are afraid. The pain we feel in this dichotomy is profound.
(844) 452-4147 View (844) 452-4147
Photo of Breanna Pizzuto, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Breanna Pizzuto
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BHSc , BAPsych, MACP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
Waitlist for new clients
Are you facing grief, anxiety, communication challenges, or difficulty with setting boundaries? Do you find it hard to stick to consistent habits, find fulfilment in your work or relationships, or feel down or stuck often? Maybe some of your goals include processing life's challenges, unpacking your feelings, learning new coping strategies, or having a space in your week to feel heard and take an hour just for you. I walk alongside my clients who are looking to better manage their anxiety, work on self-acceptance, live more authentically and process loss.
Are you facing grief, anxiety, communication challenges, or difficulty with setting boundaries? Do you find it hard to stick to consistent habits, find fulfilment in your work or relationships, or feel down or stuck often? Maybe some of your goals include processing life's challenges, unpacking your feelings, learning new coping strategies, or having a space in your week to feel heard and take an hour just for you. I walk alongside my clients who are looking to better manage their anxiety, work on self-acceptance, live more authentically and process loss.
(343) 321-0895 View (343) 321-0895
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Massimo Roberto Di Domenico
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
Life can be full of stress, with some days being more overwhelming than others. It can be difficult to look inwards and realize that the skills and behaviours we have been using to cope with stress are not as effective as they used to be. Through this inward reflection, you have recognized that something needs to change and I congratulate you on doing so. This recognition can come with uncertainty about how to develop different ways to overcome the challenges that life presents us. Together we will navigate difficulties with negative emotions, disruptive behaviours, or family conflict and work towards making a positive change!
Life can be full of stress, with some days being more overwhelming than others. It can be difficult to look inwards and realize that the skills and behaviours we have been using to cope with stress are not as effective as they used to be. Through this inward reflection, you have recognized that something needs to change and I congratulate you on doing so. This recognition can come with uncertainty about how to develop different ways to overcome the challenges that life presents us. Together we will navigate difficulties with negative emotions, disruptive behaviours, or family conflict and work towards making a positive change!
(819) 412-6618 View (819) 412-6618
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Joanna Gil
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N
I work with issues of stress, anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, shame, loss, grief, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, intimacy and effective communication. As a psychotherapist I recognize and respect the healing power of a trusting therapeutic relationship, and offer not only a caring but also an enquiring atmosphere, so as to promote and provide an emotionally safe space for inner exploration of difficult feelings, experiences and challenges.
I work with issues of stress, anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, shame, loss, grief, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, intimacy and effective communication. As a psychotherapist I recognize and respect the healing power of a trusting therapeutic relationship, and offer not only a caring but also an enquiring atmosphere, so as to promote and provide an emotionally safe space for inner exploration of difficult feelings, experiences and challenges.
(613) 914-7700 View (613) 914-7700
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Eric J. Bouwman
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MDiv
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, social challenges, anger management, emotional regulation difficulties? You’re not alone; in fact, many others struggle with these challenges. I am a registered psychotherapist (Q) in Ottawa, ON with experience in providing therapy for a variety of mental health issues. I do not claim to have all the answers, no one does. What I do provide is a multi-faceted approach to counselling and an eagerness to see all clients whom I meet with feel more equipped to face life's challenges all the while seeking to assist in improving quality of life.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, social challenges, anger management, emotional regulation difficulties? You’re not alone; in fact, many others struggle with these challenges. I am a registered psychotherapist (Q) in Ottawa, ON with experience in providing therapy for a variety of mental health issues. I do not claim to have all the answers, no one does. What I do provide is a multi-faceted approach to counselling and an eagerness to see all clients whom I meet with feel more equipped to face life's challenges all the while seeking to assist in improving quality of life.
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Alice Barengayabo
Registered Social Worker, MSS/RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1J  (Online Only)
An essential pillar of human equilibrium, mental health can sometimes falter under the weight of hardship. Stress, anxiety, depression, past traumas and relationship issues are all burdens that can weigh heavily on people, disrupting their daily lives and altering their quality of life. Seeking help from a mental health professional can be the key to inner healing. Consulting a mental health professional is by no means a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of inner strength: the ability to recognize one's own limitations and aspire to greater well-being. If you're reading me today, it's because you're looking for a solution.
An essential pillar of human equilibrium, mental health can sometimes falter under the weight of hardship. Stress, anxiety, depression, past traumas and relationship issues are all burdens that can weigh heavily on people, disrupting their daily lives and altering their quality of life. Seeking help from a mental health professional can be the key to inner healing. Consulting a mental health professional is by no means a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of inner strength: the ability to recognize one's own limitations and aspire to greater well-being. If you're reading me today, it's because you're looking for a solution.
(343) 305-5174 View (343) 305-5174

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Ottawa, ON

2,000+

Average cost per session

$159

Counsellors in Ottawa, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
87% Depression
84% Self Esteem
81% Stress
80% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
70% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% SunLife
56% Canada Life | Great-West Life
53% Manulife

How Counsellors in Ottawa, ON see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Ottawa?

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.