Therapists in Ottawa, ON

Photo of Kim de Bellefeuille-Percy, MEd, RP, CCS, Registered Psychotherapist
Kim de Bellefeuille-Percy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCS
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1V  (Online Only)
I am passionate about walking with people as they move through difficult spaces and connect more deeply with the parts of themselves that support them to grow. For the last 20 years, I have been working in community health settings to support individuals and couples with a whole range of challenges and transitions. In my online practice, I help people with life transitions, relationship challenges, workplace stress, gender-based violence, and mood struggles. I welcome people of diverse backgrounds, sexualities and identities. My practice includes clinical supervision for therapists as well as counselling clients.
I am passionate about walking with people as they move through difficult spaces and connect more deeply with the parts of themselves that support them to grow. For the last 20 years, I have been working in community health settings to support individuals and couples with a whole range of challenges and transitions. In my online practice, I help people with life transitions, relationship challenges, workplace stress, gender-based violence, and mood struggles. I welcome people of diverse backgrounds, sexualities and identities. My practice includes clinical supervision for therapists as well as counselling clients.
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Photo of Patrick J Marshall, MA, RP, Registered Psychotherapist
Patrick J Marshall
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
When I look for a therapist for myself, I think of what I am struggling to make sense of: the death of a family member, a shift at work, changes in relationships, struggles managing the busyness of life... I'm looking to connect to these thoughts, these feelings, these sensations in a way that can help me first understand what is happening. After all, I never know what to do about something standing in my way if I don't know what it is first. The first thing I want my therapist to do with me is to help me see clearly. Then, we can take the time to figure out what to do about it.
When I look for a therapist for myself, I think of what I am struggling to make sense of: the death of a family member, a shift at work, changes in relationships, struggles managing the busyness of life... I'm looking to connect to these thoughts, these feelings, these sensations in a way that can help me first understand what is happening. After all, I never know what to do about something standing in my way if I don't know what it is first. The first thing I want my therapist to do with me is to help me see clearly. Then, we can take the time to figure out what to do about it.
(343) 314-0252 View (343) 314-0252
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Dr. Mahin Tavakoli
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1R
I am a Clinical Psychologist, fully registered by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I provide assessment, psychodiagnosis, counselling, and psychotherapy services to individuals with a variety of psychological needs. My areas of expertise include: Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment to Life Changes, Emotion Regulation, Family of Origin Issues, Identity Issues, Interpersonal Problems, Panic, Phobias, Premarital Counselling, Procrastination, Self-Esteem, Stress/Coping, Trauma, Workplace Issues, Immigrant Issues, Culturally Sensitive Assessment & Psychotherapy.
I am a Clinical Psychologist, fully registered by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I provide assessment, psychodiagnosis, counselling, and psychotherapy services to individuals with a variety of psychological needs. My areas of expertise include: Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment to Life Changes, Emotion Regulation, Family of Origin Issues, Identity Issues, Interpersonal Problems, Panic, Phobias, Premarital Counselling, Procrastination, Self-Esteem, Stress/Coping, Trauma, Workplace Issues, Immigrant Issues, Culturally Sensitive Assessment & Psychotherapy.
(613) 209-0600 View (613) 209-0600
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The Mind Space - Anthony Girard
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd, RPQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2B  (Online Only)
Embarking on a journey of personal growth can be challenging, and having the right therapist is vital. My clients are those seeking to overcome personal struggles, trauma, or life transitions. They seek a compassionate, non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goals are to gain clarity, build resilience, and achieve a sense of fulfillment. They want to understand themselves better and develop practical tools to navigate life's challenges. At The Mind Space, we are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive environment where you can explore, grow, and embrace positive change.
Embarking on a journey of personal growth can be challenging, and having the right therapist is vital. My clients are those seeking to overcome personal struggles, trauma, or life transitions. They seek a compassionate, non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts and feelings. Their goals are to gain clarity, build resilience, and achieve a sense of fulfillment. They want to understand themselves better and develop practical tools to navigate life's challenges. At The Mind Space, we are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive environment where you can explore, grow, and embrace positive change.
(437) 372-5305 View (437) 372-5305
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Rana Karam
Psychologist, Psy D
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Not accepting new clients
We can all benefit from psychotherapy at some point in our life whether to learn to effectively cope with challenging times or to better understand ourselves in order to unlock our full potential. Taking the first step in seeking therapy can be intimidating, I can help you by providing a safe, compassionate and confidential space for personal expression and growth, and building with you a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust. During the first sessions, we will work collaboratively to better understand your struggles, identify your strengths, and determine therapeutic strategies and goals tailored to your needs.
We can all benefit from psychotherapy at some point in our life whether to learn to effectively cope with challenging times or to better understand ourselves in order to unlock our full potential. Taking the first step in seeking therapy can be intimidating, I can help you by providing a safe, compassionate and confidential space for personal expression and growth, and building with you a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust. During the first sessions, we will work collaboratively to better understand your struggles, identify your strengths, and determine therapeutic strategies and goals tailored to your needs.
(613) 276-3775 View (613) 276-3775
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Lorie Carson
Occupational Therapist, BA, BSc(OT), Reg, (ON), Therapy
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Z
She/ Her. Not accepting new clients. I bring acceptance, humour and deep intuitive listening to my work with clients. For over 30 years I have been passionate about body-centred psychotherapy, using a unique integrative approach which recognizes that the body, mind, emotions and spirit are inseparable. My work is informed by trainings in several approaches including Somatic Experiencing, the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Mindfulness, the Hendricks Institute, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I am a registered Occupational Therapist and I have built a bright and spacious studio office.
She/ Her. Not accepting new clients. I bring acceptance, humour and deep intuitive listening to my work with clients. For over 30 years I have been passionate about body-centred psychotherapy, using a unique integrative approach which recognizes that the body, mind, emotions and spirit are inseparable. My work is informed by trainings in several approaches including Somatic Experiencing, the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Mindfulness, the Hendricks Institute, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. I am a registered Occupational Therapist and I have built a bright and spacious studio office.
(613) 704-2645 View (613) 704-2645
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Hannah Walt
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1S
Everyone needs support at times. In my practice, I work with clients aged 16+ who are experiencing issues related to anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, ADHD, disordered eating, and/or substance use issues. I also support clients in improving communication, managing stress, and enhancing overall emotional wellbeing. Together we will help you understand your "stuck" points and shift out of old cycles that are no longer serving you, so you can live a life that feels authentic and meaningful for you.
Everyone needs support at times. In my practice, I work with clients aged 16+ who are experiencing issues related to anxiety, low mood, self-esteem, ADHD, disordered eating, and/or substance use issues. I also support clients in improving communication, managing stress, and enhancing overall emotional wellbeing. Together we will help you understand your "stuck" points and shift out of old cycles that are no longer serving you, so you can live a life that feels authentic and meaningful for you.
(343) 308-8231 View (343) 308-8231
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Natalina Salmaso
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych, CRC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
Too often one of the most difficult first steps in working through life challenges, whether large or small, is to acknowledge the need for support and to seek out the help that you need. My work with adolescents, adults and couples has been to accompany them on a journey that involves building a toolset designed to navigate their particular challenges. I see clients struggling to cope with a range of issues related to depression and mood, anxiety, gender and sexuality, fertility and adoption, different types of relationships and sexual problems (e.g., arousal, desire, orgasm, pain), and stress associated with everyday life matters.
Too often one of the most difficult first steps in working through life challenges, whether large or small, is to acknowledge the need for support and to seek out the help that you need. My work with adolescents, adults and couples has been to accompany them on a journey that involves building a toolset designed to navigate their particular challenges. I see clients struggling to cope with a range of issues related to depression and mood, anxiety, gender and sexuality, fertility and adoption, different types of relationships and sexual problems (e.g., arousal, desire, orgasm, pain), and stress associated with everyday life matters.
(819) 412-6505 View (819) 412-6505
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Cassandra Tenneriello
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1S
It takes great courage to begin taking steps towards starting therapy. As your therapist, I will walk alongside you on your therapeutic journey. My initial goal is to create a safe and compassionate environment for you to begin your healing process. From experience, all clients are unique, and my priority is to mould my therapeutic approach to suit your individual needs and goals. I use a strength-based, client-centred and collaborative approach meeting you where you are in your journey and empowering you to achieve growth.
It takes great courage to begin taking steps towards starting therapy. As your therapist, I will walk alongside you on your therapeutic journey. My initial goal is to create a safe and compassionate environment for you to begin your healing process. From experience, all clients are unique, and my priority is to mould my therapeutic approach to suit your individual needs and goals. I use a strength-based, client-centred and collaborative approach meeting you where you are in your journey and empowering you to achieve growth.
(343) 300-0235 View (343) 300-0235
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Regine Titus
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1K  (Online Only)
Welcome! You are likely visiting my page because you are currently experiencing difficulties in your life or because you want to improve your current situation. If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, burned out or depressed and you are feeling like your emotions are taking over your life, you are at the right place. I can help you navigate difficult situations in your personal life. Often times therapy or coaching can offer a rich and transformative opportunity to deepen your self-knowledge and acceptance of who you are.
Welcome! You are likely visiting my page because you are currently experiencing difficulties in your life or because you want to improve your current situation. If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, burned out or depressed and you are feeling like your emotions are taking over your life, you are at the right place. I can help you navigate difficult situations in your personal life. Often times therapy or coaching can offer a rich and transformative opportunity to deepen your self-knowledge and acceptance of who you are.
(343) 312-5356 View (343) 312-5356
Photo of Danielle H. Caron, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist
Danielle H. Caron
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Do you feel like you are: On an emotional rollercoaster or numb from grief, perhaps feeling unable to talk to anyone about what you are living through or perhaps feeling that your grief is being disenfranchised?/ Afraid of the uncertainty of the future due to a life transition and/or feeling lost or confused about who you are now? / Struggling in your job, relationships, and other facets of your life due to past trauma? / Unable to accomplish what you would like because anxiety is in the driver’s seat? / Less emotionally tolerant than before, but don’t quite know why? I get it.
Do you feel like you are: On an emotional rollercoaster or numb from grief, perhaps feeling unable to talk to anyone about what you are living through or perhaps feeling that your grief is being disenfranchised?/ Afraid of the uncertainty of the future due to a life transition and/or feeling lost or confused about who you are now? / Struggling in your job, relationships, and other facets of your life due to past trauma? / Unable to accomplish what you would like because anxiety is in the driver’s seat? / Less emotionally tolerant than before, but don’t quite know why? I get it.
(873) 353-3433 View (873) 353-3433
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Natalia D'Abramo RN Psychotherapist
RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1J  (Online Only)
Welcome to one of my little corners on the internet. I am an RN Psychotherapist and associate at Janine Ruddy Online Psychotherapy. I typically work with those who are struggling with anxiety disorders, depression or school-related stressors—may that be perfectionism, procrastination, motivation, self-esteem issues, time-management and so forth. My approach to therapy is driven by compassion and empathy where we will work collaboratively on your goals. I am hoping you will be left with a vast tool box of skills as well as a more confident and peaceful outlook on life.
Welcome to one of my little corners on the internet. I am an RN Psychotherapist and associate at Janine Ruddy Online Psychotherapy. I typically work with those who are struggling with anxiety disorders, depression or school-related stressors—may that be perfectionism, procrastination, motivation, self-esteem issues, time-management and so forth. My approach to therapy is driven by compassion and empathy where we will work collaboratively on your goals. I am hoping you will be left with a vast tool box of skills as well as a more confident and peaceful outlook on life.
(343) 312-7313 View (343) 312-7313
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Courage Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2E  (Online Only)
With 23 years of experience I can help and support you with all of your psychological needs. I'm currently accepting new clients throughout Ontario and offer reasonable rates. I specialize in EMDR for trauma, CBT, and a variety of other modalities. For more information please visit www.couragepsychotherapy.ca or call me at 613-292-8282 to book an appointment or schedule a free consultation. Weekend virtual appointments appointments available now.
With 23 years of experience I can help and support you with all of your psychological needs. I'm currently accepting new clients throughout Ontario and offer reasonable rates. I specialize in EMDR for trauma, CBT, and a variety of other modalities. For more information please visit www.couragepsychotherapy.ca or call me at 613-292-8282 to book an appointment or schedule a free consultation. Weekend virtual appointments appointments available now.
(613) 292-8282 View (613) 292-8282
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Jeff Gulick
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, BAH, CCAC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2G  (Online Only)
Addiction is a multifaceted and complicated process. Although there is a commonality between various expressions of addiction, individuals are also unique and require personalized treatment. I endeavor to provide my clients with the best possible counselling based on the most current thinking in the area of addiction. I furnish a supportive and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore relevant issues that may be related to substance abuse and behavioural addiction. It is important to recognize that things will get better with dedication and acceptance. I will be there to help guide you through the process.
Addiction is a multifaceted and complicated process. Although there is a commonality between various expressions of addiction, individuals are also unique and require personalized treatment. I endeavor to provide my clients with the best possible counselling based on the most current thinking in the area of addiction. I furnish a supportive and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore relevant issues that may be related to substance abuse and behavioural addiction. It is important to recognize that things will get better with dedication and acceptance. I will be there to help guide you through the process.
(613) 706-3912 View (613) 706-3912
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Noëmie N Dubois
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD(c)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P  (Online Only)
I am a predoctoral intern in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela, C.Psych. at Uprise Psychology & Wellness. My curiosity to understand human beings and the impact of their environments, thoughts and emotions on mental health initially led me to do research in psychology. My clinical work is primarily focused on the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, motivational, existential and relational issues. I provide assessment and psychotherapy to adult and adolescent clients, all in an empathetic and caring environment.
I am a predoctoral intern in psychology under the supervision of Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela, C.Psych. at Uprise Psychology & Wellness. My curiosity to understand human beings and the impact of their environments, thoughts and emotions on mental health initially led me to do research in psychology. My clinical work is primarily focused on the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, motivational, existential and relational issues. I provide assessment and psychotherapy to adult and adolescent clients, all in an empathetic and caring environment.
(343) 453-4953 View (343) 453-4953
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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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Tye Laframboise
Registered Social Worker, RSW/BSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1G  (Online Only)
I am a trans, queer and neurodivergent person, who is passionate about working within community. I am a Registered Social Worker in Ontario, and am currently practicing out of Pink Opal Counselling. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University, and am currently completing my Master of Social Work, with a specialization of Gender and Women’s studies at Lakehead University.
I am a trans, queer and neurodivergent person, who is passionate about working within community. I am a Registered Social Worker in Ontario, and am currently practicing out of Pink Opal Counselling. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University, and am currently completing my Master of Social Work, with a specialization of Gender and Women’s studies at Lakehead University.
(343) 321-2585 View (343) 321-2585
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Robbie Konecki
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Stuck in a bit of a rut? Maybe haven't been feeling like yourself for a while? Thinking about changing in your something but don't know what? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone. We are all human beings, and we all have it rough sometimes (and man, can it get rough!). I believe that we all have the tools we need to move in our desired direction - sometimes we just need a reminder that they are there, and sometimes we need a little help dusting them off.
Stuck in a bit of a rut? Maybe haven't been feeling like yourself for a while? Thinking about changing in your something but don't know what? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone. We are all human beings, and we all have it rough sometimes (and man, can it get rough!). I believe that we all have the tools we need to move in our desired direction - sometimes we just need a reminder that they are there, and sometimes we need a little help dusting them off.
(613) 704-0278 View (613) 704-0278
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Julia Hallman Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RPQ
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
Not accepting new clients
My specializations are neuro-diversity, anxiety, relationship skills, LGBTQIA+ identities and sexuality. I see client’s of all genders, ages 18 and up. I do not offer couples therapy sessions. I only offer therapy in English. Each session is $150 and lasts 45 to 50 minutes. My availabilities are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm. I offer home visits and walk-talk therapy sessions in downtown Ottawa upon request.
My specializations are neuro-diversity, anxiety, relationship skills, LGBTQIA+ identities and sexuality. I see client’s of all genders, ages 18 and up. I do not offer couples therapy sessions. I only offer therapy in English. Each session is $150 and lasts 45 to 50 minutes. My availabilities are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 9 am and 3 pm. I offer home visits and walk-talk therapy sessions in downtown Ottawa upon request.
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Sara Antunes-Alves
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Since 2009, I have enjoyed working with individuals who are experiencing conflict in their relationships (with others or within themselves), and those struggling with either overwhelming emotions or with feeling disconnected from them. I support clients in healing from traumatic life experiences, including abuse and neglect. I particularly enjoy helping men become better attuned to their emotional experience and develop more satisfying connections with others. I offer a compassionate, authentic space to explore the relationship ruptures, health complaints, and difficult emotions that contribute to your presenting concern.
Since 2009, I have enjoyed working with individuals who are experiencing conflict in their relationships (with others or within themselves), and those struggling with either overwhelming emotions or with feeling disconnected from them. I support clients in healing from traumatic life experiences, including abuse and neglect. I particularly enjoy helping men become better attuned to their emotional experience and develop more satisfying connections with others. I offer a compassionate, authentic space to explore the relationship ruptures, health complaints, and difficult emotions that contribute to your presenting concern.
(343) 304-5609 View (343) 304-5609

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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
69% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% SunLife
58% Canada Life | Great-West Life
54% 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.