Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Erin Leslie
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
Sometimes in your career you hit a point where you don’t know how much farther the current approach will take you. You wonder how much more you can handle of the day-to-day operational pressures. Moments when you feel it’s time to pivot and take a leap of faith to what you love. Environmental factors e.g., COVID-19 Pandemic or changes in family dynamics, can force you to re-evaluate what is important to you and your career; it takes courage and tenacity to create a balanced life. How do you calm the anxiety about shifting career gears and develop your emotional capacity for a more fulfilling career or self-employment pathway?
Sometimes in your career you hit a point where you don’t know how much farther the current approach will take you. You wonder how much more you can handle of the day-to-day operational pressures. Moments when you feel it’s time to pivot and take a leap of faith to what you love. Environmental factors e.g., COVID-19 Pandemic or changes in family dynamics, can force you to re-evaluate what is important to you and your career; it takes courage and tenacity to create a balanced life. How do you calm the anxiety about shifting career gears and develop your emotional capacity for a more fulfilling career or self-employment pathway?
(343) 305-1196 View (343) 305-1196
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Nelofar Zaheer
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1G
From time to time, everyone can experience a difficult time in their lives where they may feel stuck, anxious, struggle to move on, or want to help process these tough emotions. Counselling can provide a safe space for you to gain confidence, feel empowered, set boundaries, and become reconnected with yourself. Every person has had a unique set of experiences that have shaped who they are today and how they view the world.
From time to time, everyone can experience a difficult time in their lives where they may feel stuck, anxious, struggle to move on, or want to help process these tough emotions. Counselling can provide a safe space for you to gain confidence, feel empowered, set boundaries, and become reconnected with yourself. Every person has had a unique set of experiences that have shaped who they are today and how they view the world.
(343) 321-1572 View (343) 321-1572
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Renew Neurotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2E
Imagine feeling trapped in a whirlpool of anxiety, unable to pause and take a breath. Or envision a racing mind that won’t slow down enough to focus on the strategies that could help. Conventional therapies might have all the right answers, but the body refuses to cooperate. You know WHAT to do, but your body and brain won't listen! Whether it’s extreme anxiety, hypervigilance, or attention deficit problems, challenges often lie in a constant battle between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems that leave many people caught in an unproductive cycle.
Imagine feeling trapped in a whirlpool of anxiety, unable to pause and take a breath. Or envision a racing mind that won’t slow down enough to focus on the strategies that could help. Conventional therapies might have all the right answers, but the body refuses to cooperate. You know WHAT to do, but your body and brain won't listen! Whether it’s extreme anxiety, hypervigilance, or attention deficit problems, challenges often lie in a constant battle between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems that leave many people caught in an unproductive cycle.
(613) 707-7415 View (613) 707-7415
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Dr. Andrew Jacobs
Psychologist, PsyD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients - Knowing when to reach for help can be difficult, and finding the right help can be even harder. I'm here to assist you on this path. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience providing tailored, evidence-based therapies for OCD, anxiety, trauma-related difficulties, depression, and other challenges. My approach to therapy is down-to-earth and collaborative, where we each contribute our expertise. By exploring the strengths, experiences, and goals you bring to our sessions, we can work together to identify the most effective strategies to assist you on your path forward.
Accepting New Clients - Knowing when to reach for help can be difficult, and finding the right help can be even harder. I'm here to assist you on this path. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience providing tailored, evidence-based therapies for OCD, anxiety, trauma-related difficulties, depression, and other challenges. My approach to therapy is down-to-earth and collaborative, where we each contribute our expertise. By exploring the strengths, experiences, and goals you bring to our sessions, we can work together to identify the most effective strategies to assist you on your path forward.
(343) 429-6301 View (343) 429-6301
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Ryan Wyatt
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
(343) 312-7496 View (343) 312-7496
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Paul Coldrick
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
We’re all prone to personal challenges, loss, relationship struggles and times when it's hard to cope. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I use a person-centred collaborative process with my clients and tailor therapy to each individual. I believe empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective, and is done without any judgement whatsoever. I provide an empathetic, trusting and confidential environment and offer support, coping tools, and encouragement to open up, identify strengths, change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
We’re all prone to personal challenges, loss, relationship struggles and times when it's hard to cope. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I use a person-centred collaborative process with my clients and tailor therapy to each individual. I believe empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective, and is done without any judgement whatsoever. I provide an empathetic, trusting and confidential environment and offer support, coping tools, and encouragement to open up, identify strengths, change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
(613) 699-8127 View (613) 699-8127
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Brittany Lepera @ Psychotherapy For You
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
Hello and Welcome to Psychotherapy for You! Do you often feel weighed down by stress, anxiety, depression, or substance abuse? If you find it challenging to manage your day-to-day life, come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your struggles. I have over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, healthcare centres, and outpatient addiction treatment services. My career began as an Educational Assistant in 2009. My educational background includes an Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Hello and Welcome to Psychotherapy for You! Do you often feel weighed down by stress, anxiety, depression, or substance abuse? If you find it challenging to manage your day-to-day life, come talk to me, and together we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your struggles. I have over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, healthcare centres, and outpatient addiction treatment services. My career began as an Educational Assistant in 2009. My educational background includes an Honours Bachelor of Social Work
(289) 272-9139 View (289) 272-9139
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Cléa Morin
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd, RPQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2S
I believe that with the right support and guidance, anyone can achieve lasting positive change. As a therapist, I prioritize collaboration with my clients to create a team-like atmosphere. I specialize in helping adults and adolescents deal with a range of mental health concerns, including poor emotion management, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, disordered eating and body image issues. Through evidence-based techniques and an individualized approach, I work with clients to develop the skills and strategies they need to thrive.
I believe that with the right support and guidance, anyone can achieve lasting positive change. As a therapist, I prioritize collaboration with my clients to create a team-like atmosphere. I specialize in helping adults and adolescents deal with a range of mental health concerns, including poor emotion management, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, disordered eating and body image issues. Through evidence-based techniques and an individualized approach, I work with clients to develop the skills and strategies they need to thrive.
(343) 307-0641 View (343) 307-0641
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Melissa Trunzo
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2M
Hello! I provide individual therapy to adolescents and adults and practice in the area of Kanata. My passion is helping others discover what it means to be human. My aim is to help guide clients through their unique healing journey. I believe in creating strong therapeutic alliances to promote self-discovery, authentic living and meaningful change. I am deeply committed to creating a safe and secure environment to move clients from hurting to healing. It is a privilege to foster an environment where clients can feel seen, heard and understood.
Hello! I provide individual therapy to adolescents and adults and practice in the area of Kanata. My passion is helping others discover what it means to be human. My aim is to help guide clients through their unique healing journey. I believe in creating strong therapeutic alliances to promote self-discovery, authentic living and meaningful change. I am deeply committed to creating a safe and secure environment to move clients from hurting to healing. It is a privilege to foster an environment where clients can feel seen, heard and understood.
(343) 805-0219 View (343) 805-0219
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Alina Meloyan
Counsellor, MA, CCPA, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C
What you can get here: EMPATHY: to understand what you are going through. CONTEXT: Why are you stuck there? GUIDANCe: How to go forward from here. My approach is supportive and nonjudgmental. I use my life and work experience to help families, couples and individuals from diverse, multicultural backgrounds find the best version of themselves and overcome the challenges preventing them from living an abundant life. For more information, please visit alinameloyan.com.
What you can get here: EMPATHY: to understand what you are going through. CONTEXT: Why are you stuck there? GUIDANCe: How to go forward from here. My approach is supportive and nonjudgmental. I use my life and work experience to help families, couples and individuals from diverse, multicultural backgrounds find the best version of themselves and overcome the challenges preventing them from living an abundant life. For more information, please visit alinameloyan.com.
(819) 449-8507 View (819) 449-8507
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Jennifer Grindon
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
The journey of life holds many unexpected turns that can often lead to feeling lost, stuck and alone. I am dedicated to providing individuals and couples a safe and supportive space where they can slow down and connect to their internal resources. I believe that with the right support, each person has the capacity to grow and heal. I encourage clients to explore how their life experiences are affecting their current circumstances, with the intention of moving toward a satisfying life with meaningful connections.
The journey of life holds many unexpected turns that can often lead to feeling lost, stuck and alone. I am dedicated to providing individuals and couples a safe and supportive space where they can slow down and connect to their internal resources. I believe that with the right support, each person has the capacity to grow and heal. I encourage clients to explore how their life experiences are affecting their current circumstances, with the intention of moving toward a satisfying life with meaningful connections.
(613) 704-2666 View (613) 704-2666
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Dr. Cathy Kerzner
Psychologist, CPsych, PhD
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
I have been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years. In addition to working in private practice, I have experience in hospital psychology and psychiatry departments as well as in specialized eating disorder, stress management, and perinatal programs. I have trained with leading world experts in sport and performance psychology and have incorporated this work into my practice since 2010.
I have been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years. In addition to working in private practice, I have experience in hospital psychology and psychiatry departments as well as in specialized eating disorder, stress management, and perinatal programs. I have trained with leading world experts in sport and performance psychology and have incorporated this work into my practice since 2010.
(613) 316-6900 View (613) 316-6900
Natasha Penny
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCC, TITC-CT, MA, BA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G
Currently accepting new clients, and offering clinical supervision. As your counsellor, I will work with you to create and nourish a safe environment. A space where you can talk openly, free from judgement or pressure, and feel comfortable in your vulnerability. Vulnerability allows you the opportunity to progress towards an authentic life while expressing and processing your emotions. I will support you in identifying your needs, and strengths. and work towards your desired lifestyle.
Currently accepting new clients, and offering clinical supervision. As your counsellor, I will work with you to create and nourish a safe environment. A space where you can talk openly, free from judgement or pressure, and feel comfortable in your vulnerability. Vulnerability allows you the opportunity to progress towards an authentic life while expressing and processing your emotions. I will support you in identifying your needs, and strengths. and work towards your desired lifestyle.
(343) 304-6185 View (343) 304-6185
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Geoffrey Stone
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MAEd, BA, BMus
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S
Not accepting new clients
My goal is to help my clients to experience personal growth through self-exploration, finding meaning in their lives, and resolving difficult emotions from their past and present experiences. In doing so, it is my hope that they may improve the quality of their relationships, realize their potential, and live in a more satisfying, fulfilling, purposeful way. As we gain a better understanding of the underlying events and experiences that led you to where you are now, together we will strive to find ways for you to grow from your experiences, lessen the intensity of your symptoms, and overcome your struggles.
My goal is to help my clients to experience personal growth through self-exploration, finding meaning in their lives, and resolving difficult emotions from their past and present experiences. In doing so, it is my hope that they may improve the quality of their relationships, realize their potential, and live in a more satisfying, fulfilling, purposeful way. As we gain a better understanding of the underlying events and experiences that led you to where you are now, together we will strive to find ways for you to grow from your experiences, lessen the intensity of your symptoms, and overcome your struggles.
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Lola Sholagbade
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, GDip, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1V
Welcome and thank you for stopping by! It is never easy to take the step towards change, yet, here you are taking that very step. Perhaps you've been worn down by life or you are stuck because of an inner conflict. Do you have trouble identifying and accepting your emotions or are mired in self-defeating beliefs and irrational thoughts? I can help. I embrace a compassion-focused approach which helps to ease your burdens, alleviate your hurt and lessen your struggles. I provide a warm, confidential and non-judgmental space which fosters a quieting of the mind that enable and empower you to actualize your hopes, dreams, and ideas.
Welcome and thank you for stopping by! It is never easy to take the step towards change, yet, here you are taking that very step. Perhaps you've been worn down by life or you are stuck because of an inner conflict. Do you have trouble identifying and accepting your emotions or are mired in self-defeating beliefs and irrational thoughts? I can help. I embrace a compassion-focused approach which helps to ease your burdens, alleviate your hurt and lessen your struggles. I provide a warm, confidential and non-judgmental space which fosters a quieting of the mind that enable and empower you to actualize your hopes, dreams, and ideas.
(343) 308-8408 View (343) 308-8408
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Catherine A. Stafford
MEd, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G
PLEASE NOTE: CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING CLIENTS REFERRED DIRECTLY BY FERTILITY CLINICS. Infertility and Reproductive Health Counselling is a central focus for my practice: Individuals and couples facing the stresses of infertility and its treatments, loss, grief, difficult decision-making, etc. I provide the mandatory counselling assessment sessions required by law preceding infertility treatments. My counselling style is collaborative and in every situation, we focus on building hope, courage and resilience in the face of challenges and loss.
PLEASE NOTE: CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING CLIENTS REFERRED DIRECTLY BY FERTILITY CLINICS. Infertility and Reproductive Health Counselling is a central focus for my practice: Individuals and couples facing the stresses of infertility and its treatments, loss, grief, difficult decision-making, etc. I provide the mandatory counselling assessment sessions required by law preceding infertility treatments. My counselling style is collaborative and in every situation, we focus on building hope, courage and resilience in the face of challenges and loss.
(855) 908-4086 View (855) 908-4086
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Yasmin Hollis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1T
Currently Accepting New Clients for In-Person and Virtual. We all have moments when we feel like we're not good enough. It can happen at work, school, in our relationships, or when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Comparing ourselves to others is natural, but sometimes that feeling becomes overwhelming and stops us from doing what we want. No matter it's origin, feeling less than can make us feel anxious, sad, alone, or disconnected. At EvenMind Psychotherapy I am here to help you navigate feelings of unworthiness and the accompanied difficult emotions from a kind, empathetic and non-judgmental place.
Currently Accepting New Clients for In-Person and Virtual. We all have moments when we feel like we're not good enough. It can happen at work, school, in our relationships, or when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Comparing ourselves to others is natural, but sometimes that feeling becomes overwhelming and stops us from doing what we want. No matter it's origin, feeling less than can make us feel anxious, sad, alone, or disconnected. At EvenMind Psychotherapy I am here to help you navigate feelings of unworthiness and the accompanied difficult emotions from a kind, empathetic and non-judgmental place.
(343) 338-9281 View (343) 338-9281
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Thrive Cognitive Therapy (Dr. Thomas Newman)
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G
Life doesn’t have to be filled with anxiety and depression. Life is good! There is hope and we know it. The priority of Thrive is that you will leave therapy feeling motivated and empowered to pursue a life filled with meaning and growth. Dr. Newman is a Clinical Psychologist who helps adolescents and adults achieve positive mental health and growth in all domains of life. At Thrive, you will experience an accepting environment that fosters lasting and impactful changes. Dr. Newman is dedicated to pursuing excellence in providing the most up-to-date, evidenced based therapies in a way that is straightforward and real.
Life doesn’t have to be filled with anxiety and depression. Life is good! There is hope and we know it. The priority of Thrive is that you will leave therapy feeling motivated and empowered to pursue a life filled with meaning and growth. Dr. Newman is a Clinical Psychologist who helps adolescents and adults achieve positive mental health and growth in all domains of life. At Thrive, you will experience an accepting environment that fosters lasting and impactful changes. Dr. Newman is dedicated to pursuing excellence in providing the most up-to-date, evidenced based therapies in a way that is straightforward and real.
(613) 482-0369 View (613) 482-0369
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Nicolas Paradis
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1J
Life has its challenging moments, and sometimes those challenging moments are more intense than usual or last longer than we’d like. Over time, this may impact your mood, your energy, your relationships, your decisions, your behaviour and your health. Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself having more conflicts in your relationships, longing for a deeper connection and more intimacy with your partner, struggling to find meaning in what you do, or generally, losing a sense of self. If any of this resonates with you and you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, I’m here to help. You don’t have to go through it alone.
Life has its challenging moments, and sometimes those challenging moments are more intense than usual or last longer than we’d like. Over time, this may impact your mood, your energy, your relationships, your decisions, your behaviour and your health. Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself having more conflicts in your relationships, longing for a deeper connection and more intimacy with your partner, struggling to find meaning in what you do, or generally, losing a sense of self. If any of this resonates with you and you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, I’m here to help. You don’t have to go through it alone.
(343) 338-3605 View (343) 338-3605
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Émilie Avon-Green | Ontario Online Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K4A  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with stress, feelings of anxiety, perfectionism, burnout, self-doubt, and/or fears of failure. Do you feel caught up in patterns of overthinking, persistent overachievement, constant comparisons to others, and self-criticism. Are you finding that life is difficult to cope with due to constant pressures to succeed. If you relate to these experiences, know that you do not have to navigate them on your own. Whether you're seeking therapy as a student grappling with uncertainty about the future or an individual working on your sense of self-worth, I am here to support you on your path to healing and personal growth.
Are you struggling with stress, feelings of anxiety, perfectionism, burnout, self-doubt, and/or fears of failure. Do you feel caught up in patterns of overthinking, persistent overachievement, constant comparisons to others, and self-criticism. Are you finding that life is difficult to cope with due to constant pressures to succeed. If you relate to these experiences, know that you do not have to navigate them on your own. Whether you're seeking therapy as a student grappling with uncertainty about the future or an individual working on your sense of self-worth, I am here to support you on your path to healing and personal growth.
(613) 499-2001 View (613) 499-2001

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Ottawa, ON

2,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Counsellors in Ottawa, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
86% Depression
84% Self Esteem
80% Relationship Issues
80% Stress
73% Coping Skills
70% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% SunLife
57% Canada Life | Great-West Life
53% Manulife

How Counsellors in Ottawa, ON see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% 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.