Therapists in Ottawa, ON

Photo of Matt Nassour, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Matt Nassour
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
Thank you for taking that courageous first step towards seeking support. My focus lies in providing support for various areas, including anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity, ADHD, and autism. Additionally, I take pride in implementing a culturally responsive and trauma-informed approach to counselling. I believe in the transformative power of counselling and the strength that comes from self-exploration. Together, we can navigate the challenges you're facing, and I am here to support you on your journey towards growth and well-being.
Thank you for taking that courageous first step towards seeking support. My focus lies in providing support for various areas, including anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity, ADHD, and autism. Additionally, I take pride in implementing a culturally responsive and trauma-informed approach to counselling. I believe in the transformative power of counselling and the strength that comes from self-exploration. Together, we can navigate the challenges you're facing, and I am here to support you on your journey towards growth and well-being.
(343) 321-6327 View (343) 321-6327
Photo of Hailey Ventola, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Hailey Ventola
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2H
Do you struggle with anxiety or trauma that affects your day-to-day life? Do you often feel overwhelmed just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life should feel less exhausting? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how to navigate life stressors and overcome traumatic incidents. Not addressing these challenges and just pushing through them can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and a less fulfilling life. I believe that life shouldn’t be so hard and that there is hope for a happier future. I work with you to create a treatment plans to help you achieve you personal goals.
Do you struggle with anxiety or trauma that affects your day-to-day life? Do you often feel overwhelmed just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life should feel less exhausting? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how to navigate life stressors and overcome traumatic incidents. Not addressing these challenges and just pushing through them can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms and a less fulfilling life. I believe that life shouldn’t be so hard and that there is hope for a happier future. I work with you to create a treatment plans to help you achieve you personal goals.
(343) 307-5812 View (343) 307-5812
Photo of Kelsie MacLean, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Kelsie MacLean
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
How to find hope? If you are feeling STUCK, engaging in therapy can help get moving again. You have encountered your own challenges in life. This may act as a BARRIER to you living an adaptive, HAPPY, and JOYFUL life. You are not alone when you find yourself stuck, empty, anxious, or wondering why you’re not happier. I believe you can rediscover yourself AND find the meaning you have been searching for. I strive to create a safe, non-judgemental, and empathic space for my clients.
How to find hope? If you are feeling STUCK, engaging in therapy can help get moving again. You have encountered your own challenges in life. This may act as a BARRIER to you living an adaptive, HAPPY, and JOYFUL life. You are not alone when you find yourself stuck, empty, anxious, or wondering why you’re not happier. I believe you can rediscover yourself AND find the meaning you have been searching for. I strive to create a safe, non-judgemental, and empathic space for my clients.
(343) 307-0580 View (343) 307-0580
Photo of Isidora Campos, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Isidora Campos
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BCN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N
In my therapeutic practice, I prioritize authentic and honest communication, fostering a safe environment where difficult things feel safe to talk about. With compassion as my compass, I balance acceptance-based strategies with methods for change, aiming to support clients as they work at their own pace toward building a life they find worth living, and realize about their capacity to shape their own narratives to transform challenges into opportunities for personal evolution.
In my therapeutic practice, I prioritize authentic and honest communication, fostering a safe environment where difficult things feel safe to talk about. With compassion as my compass, I balance acceptance-based strategies with methods for change, aiming to support clients as they work at their own pace toward building a life they find worth living, and realize about their capacity to shape their own narratives to transform challenges into opportunities for personal evolution.
(343) 341-5057 View (343) 341-5057
Photo of Dr. Cathy Kerzner, Psychologist in Ottawa, ON
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
Photo of Alyssa Malizia, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Alyssa Malizia
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E
Waitlist for new clients
I provide a caring and safe environment for my clients, valuing the process of getting to understand them on a deeper level. Therapy will be both emotionally explorative and solution-focused each session, allowing the client to learn about one’s thoughts and feelings, as well as develop coping skills in order to reduce negative symptoms. I have gathered experience working with teens, adults, and couples, with a special interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-harm and trauma, as well as couples therapy focusing on relational, marital and/or sexual difficulties.
I provide a caring and safe environment for my clients, valuing the process of getting to understand them on a deeper level. Therapy will be both emotionally explorative and solution-focused each session, allowing the client to learn about one’s thoughts and feelings, as well as develop coping skills in order to reduce negative symptoms. I have gathered experience working with teens, adults, and couples, with a special interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-harm and trauma, as well as couples therapy focusing on relational, marital and/or sexual difficulties.
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Photo of Rebecca Petheram, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Rebecca Petheram
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1J  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Feeling stuck or disconnected from your usual self? Perhaps, you're tired of constantly seeking approval from others? Do you find it challenging to prioritize amidst the pursuit of unattainable standards? The juggling act between school or work, your personal life, and past experiences might be overwhelming. I am here to assist you in rediscovering meaning, conquering fears, silencing self-criticism, and boosting self-esteem.
Feeling stuck or disconnected from your usual self? Perhaps, you're tired of constantly seeking approval from others? Do you find it challenging to prioritize amidst the pursuit of unattainable standards? The juggling act between school or work, your personal life, and past experiences might be overwhelming. I am here to assist you in rediscovering meaning, conquering fears, silencing self-criticism, and boosting self-esteem.
(647) 492-6375 View (647) 492-6375
Photo of Courtney Fleming, Registered Social Worker in Ottawa, ON
Courtney Fleming
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Z
I currently have space virtually and Tues/Wed evenings. I work with children, youth, adults and couples in a variety of areas. As part of a blended family, I have a special interest in the experience of step-parenting and the often challenging dynamics. In my work with children I work closely with parents to integrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices at home. I enjoy supporting couples to find new ways to communicate and understand one another, and to break the unhelpful patterns we all tend to fall into.
I currently have space virtually and Tues/Wed evenings. I work with children, youth, adults and couples in a variety of areas. As part of a blended family, I have a special interest in the experience of step-parenting and the often challenging dynamics. In my work with children I work closely with parents to integrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices at home. I enjoy supporting couples to find new ways to communicate and understand one another, and to break the unhelpful patterns we all tend to fall into.
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Photo of Tarra Murphy, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Tarra Murphy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1J  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients - Are you feeling overwhelmed by family, relationship or work problems, conflict, and stress? Do you feel irritable, worried, fear the worst happening, unsure how to move forward? Your relationships, self-esteem, sleep and focus may be suffering, leaving you feeling exhausted, disconnected and stuck trying to deal with negative thoughts and emotions alone. No matter what you do it never seems to be enough. The good news is you are not alone, and you don't have to take this anymore. I'm here to listen, support and help guide you in finding solutions that bring you the health, happiness, and peace you deserve.
Accepting New Clients - Are you feeling overwhelmed by family, relationship or work problems, conflict, and stress? Do you feel irritable, worried, fear the worst happening, unsure how to move forward? Your relationships, self-esteem, sleep and focus may be suffering, leaving you feeling exhausted, disconnected and stuck trying to deal with negative thoughts and emotions alone. No matter what you do it never seems to be enough. The good news is you are not alone, and you don't have to take this anymore. I'm here to listen, support and help guide you in finding solutions that bring you the health, happiness, and peace you deserve.
(343) 338-4004 View (343) 338-4004
Photo of Sarah Richardson, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Sarah Richardson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1S
Beginning therapy is a courageous step in your healing journey. Your mental wellness and your connection to self is essential and deserves time and space. I recognize the healing process as unique to each individual and I intend to meet each client where they are, to learn about their needs and goals, and how I can best support them. My hope is to offer a safe therapeutic space that is grounded in empathy, non-judgement, and curiosity to support each client’s capacity to authentically explore and process their experiences. I am committed to maintaining a trusting relationship built upon mutual respect, transparency, and integrity.
Beginning therapy is a courageous step in your healing journey. Your mental wellness and your connection to self is essential and deserves time and space. I recognize the healing process as unique to each individual and I intend to meet each client where they are, to learn about their needs and goals, and how I can best support them. My hope is to offer a safe therapeutic space that is grounded in empathy, non-judgement, and curiosity to support each client’s capacity to authentically explore and process their experiences. I am committed to maintaining a trusting relationship built upon mutual respect, transparency, and integrity.
(343) 633-1910 View (343) 633-1910
Photo of Shepherd Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Shepherd Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Experiencing a lot of stress/anxiety? Having a hard time overcoming your past? Therapy can help. We're a team of kind, passionate and experienced counsellors based in Ottawa offering psychotherapy to adult individuals online and in-person. Our goal is to help you get curious about what’s getting in the way of your mental health, and to find clarity, acceptance and motivation to start feeling better. Our work is trauma-informed and you can expect to feel safe, accepted and empowered in session. Visit our website to view our intro videos, what to expect in session, and how to book.
Experiencing a lot of stress/anxiety? Having a hard time overcoming your past? Therapy can help. We're a team of kind, passionate and experienced counsellors based in Ottawa offering psychotherapy to adult individuals online and in-person. Our goal is to help you get curious about what’s getting in the way of your mental health, and to find clarity, acceptance and motivation to start feeling better. Our work is trauma-informed and you can expect to feel safe, accepted and empowered in session. Visit our website to view our intro videos, what to expect in session, and how to book.
(343) 801-1269 View (343) 801-1269
Photo of Erin Albanese, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Erin Albanese
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, RCC, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Welcoming NEW clients! Do you find yourself trapped in the same argument you've had countless times before? Does it feel like you and a loved one speak different languages? Have you lost the "spark" in your romantic relationship? Are you struggling with family dynamics, past hurt, or breaking a destructive cycle? The good news is that you are not alone. Every healthy and honest relationship encounters conflict. The challenging part is how we navigate it. Our approach can 'make-or-break' our relationships, and sometimes ourselves, in the process.
Welcoming NEW clients! Do you find yourself trapped in the same argument you've had countless times before? Does it feel like you and a loved one speak different languages? Have you lost the "spark" in your romantic relationship? Are you struggling with family dynamics, past hurt, or breaking a destructive cycle? The good news is that you are not alone. Every healthy and honest relationship encounters conflict. The challenging part is how we navigate it. Our approach can 'make-or-break' our relationships, and sometimes ourselves, in the process.
(343) 633-2425 View (343) 633-2425
Photo of Mark Coates, Psychologist in Ottawa, ON
Mark Coates
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
My practice focuses on identifying neuropsychological difficulties, helping clients to better understand their cognitive profile, and helping clients learn ways to adapt to any cognitive limitations. Practical recommendations are provided through one-on-one feedback and a detailed report, so that clients, their families, and their healthcare providers can work together to maximize functioning. Above all, I strive to provide an objective opinion about an individual's cognition.
My practice focuses on identifying neuropsychological difficulties, helping clients to better understand their cognitive profile, and helping clients learn ways to adapt to any cognitive limitations. Practical recommendations are provided through one-on-one feedback and a detailed report, so that clients, their families, and their healthcare providers can work together to maximize functioning. Above all, I strive to provide an objective opinion about an individual's cognition.
(343) 304-5612 View (343) 304-5612
Photo of Margie Lauzon, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Margie Lauzon
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2A
We all face challenges at different phases in our lives. Perhaps you are feeling stuck and having difficulty finding direction or making a life decision. You may have experienced a loss and need some help to work through the grief. Or you may be struggling with symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. Sometimes the struggle is related to relationship issues or parenting difficulties.
We all face challenges at different phases in our lives. Perhaps you are feeling stuck and having difficulty finding direction or making a life decision. You may have experienced a loss and need some help to work through the grief. Or you may be struggling with symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. Sometimes the struggle is related to relationship issues or parenting difficulties.
(343) 430-0374 View (343) 430-0374
Photo of Kirstine Postma, Psychologist in Ottawa, ON
Kirstine Postma
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C
As a therapist, I look to develop a collaborative working relationship with my clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences, but also see many clients with depression & anxiety without a history of trauma. I provide diagnostic assessment, including comprehensive assessment of adult ADHD, and offer psychological assessment of personality and personality disorders. If done in conjunction with a specific diagnostic assessment, this may enhance understanding of the diagnoses and how those affect your life.
As a therapist, I look to develop a collaborative working relationship with my clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties. I specialise in the treatment of PTSD and its consequences, but also see many clients with depression & anxiety without a history of trauma. I provide diagnostic assessment, including comprehensive assessment of adult ADHD, and offer psychological assessment of personality and personality disorders. If done in conjunction with a specific diagnostic assessment, this may enhance understanding of the diagnoses and how those affect your life.
(613) 704-0260 View (613) 704-0260
Photo of Valerie Barnett, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Ottawa, ON
Valerie Barnett
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E
Life can be challenging, and it takes great courage to reach out for support. As a therapist, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for effective psychotherapy and counselling. I prioritize creating a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting environment for clients to feel comfortable sharing their experiences. I have experience working with adolescents and adults (18+) who face challenges with anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, addiction, life transitions, low self-esteem, emotional regulation, and interpersonal challenges.
Life can be challenging, and it takes great courage to reach out for support. As a therapist, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for effective psychotherapy and counselling. I prioritize creating a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting environment for clients to feel comfortable sharing their experiences. I have experience working with adolescents and adults (18+) who face challenges with anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, addiction, life transitions, low self-esteem, emotional regulation, and interpersonal challenges.
(343) 321-1471 View (343) 321-1471
Photo of Samaneh Fathi: Drice Psychotherapy, Pre-Licensed Professional in Ottawa, ON
Samaneh Fathi: Drice Psychotherapy
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1R
Not accepting new clients
Empathy, warmth, and collaboration are the centerpiece to my practice. I believe that by identifying and harnessing your natural strengths, we can work together to cultivate a safe space in therapy where you can develop, heal, grown, learn, and work through whatever may have brought you to therapy. Everyone is unique and therefore, there is a unique blend of various approaches and philosophies that will best serve each person. I strive to work in a client-centred way in order to honour your unique life experiences.
Empathy, warmth, and collaboration are the centerpiece to my practice. I believe that by identifying and harnessing your natural strengths, we can work together to cultivate a safe space in therapy where you can develop, heal, grown, learn, and work through whatever may have brought you to therapy. Everyone is unique and therefore, there is a unique blend of various approaches and philosophies that will best serve each person. I strive to work in a client-centred way in order to honour your unique life experiences.
(343) 308-4704 View (343) 308-4704
Photo of Megan Dillenbeck, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Megan Dillenbeck
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2M  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients. Many of us experience change as the uncomfortable space that bridges what was once our “normal” and our “new normal”. Whether it is chosen or imposed, change can cause feelings of isolation, vulnerability, sadness or anger. It can alter once predictable behavioral patterns such as sleep, action oriented tasks and social interactions. It begs us to reconsider our relationship to ourselves and the world in which we engage, which can feel disorienting.
Accepting new clients. Many of us experience change as the uncomfortable space that bridges what was once our “normal” and our “new normal”. Whether it is chosen or imposed, change can cause feelings of isolation, vulnerability, sadness or anger. It can alter once predictable behavioral patterns such as sleep, action oriented tasks and social interactions. It begs us to reconsider our relationship to ourselves and the world in which we engage, which can feel disorienting.
(343) 341-4966 View (343) 341-4966
Photo of Melissa Thivierge, Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON
Melissa Thivierge
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2M
I specialize in attachment disruptions, adoption support, children in care, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and family support. I work alongside children, youth, adults, and families that are seeking a safe, and non-judgemental space to explore their struggles, relationships, emotional distress, and behavioural challenges.
I specialize in attachment disruptions, adoption support, children in care, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and family support. I work alongside children, youth, adults, and families that are seeking a safe, and non-judgemental space to explore their struggles, relationships, emotional distress, and behavioural challenges.
(343) 304-6453 View (343) 304-6453
Photo of Dr. Whitney Taylor, Psychologist in Ottawa, ON
Dr. Whitney Taylor
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1V  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
The human condition is inherently challenging. Our evolved mind readily ruminates about the past and frets about the future. Our modern society overwhelms us with choices, expectations, and seemingly endless demands on our time and energy. We pursue answers and achievements, only to be left with worry and sadness. We are disconnected from ourselves and from each other. If you're feeling lonely and uncertain, please know you are not alone and you are worthy of support. Although we cannot eliminate our suffering, we can change our relationship to painful thoughts and feelings to live more compassionately, flexibly, and skillfully.
The human condition is inherently challenging. Our evolved mind readily ruminates about the past and frets about the future. Our modern society overwhelms us with choices, expectations, and seemingly endless demands on our time and energy. We pursue answers and achievements, only to be left with worry and sadness. We are disconnected from ourselves and from each other. If you're feeling lonely and uncertain, please know you are not alone and you are worthy of support. Although we cannot eliminate our suffering, we can change our relationship to painful thoughts and feelings to live more compassionately, flexibly, and skillfully.
(613) 856-2820 View (613) 856-2820

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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

62% 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.