Therapists in Paris, ON

Photo of undefined - Cobblestone Counselling Group, Registered Social Worker
Cobblestone Counselling Group
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
We offer private In-person, phone and video Counselling and Psychotherapy services in Paris, Ontario. Are you struggling to understand and cope with challenges in your personal or professional life? Cobblestone Counselling and Psychotherapy group offers children, individuals, families and couples counselling. Like all services at Cobblestone, Counselling services are focused on treating people holistically. We see the person as a whole and employ a person centred, collaborative and integrative approach to counselling and therapy. Finding a therapist uniquely fitting to your needs is significant to us at Cobblestone.
We offer private In-person, phone and video Counselling and Psychotherapy services in Paris, Ontario. Are you struggling to understand and cope with challenges in your personal or professional life? Cobblestone Counselling and Psychotherapy group offers children, individuals, families and couples counselling. Like all services at Cobblestone, Counselling services are focused on treating people holistically. We see the person as a whole and employ a person centred, collaborative and integrative approach to counselling and therapy. Finding a therapist uniquely fitting to your needs is significant to us at Cobblestone.
(519) 442-2237 View (519) 442-2237
Photo of Laura M Dowler, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Laura M Dowler
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes dealing with surface issues or reactions doesn't work. Are you unable to deal with life's everyday stresses? Ask yourself, what is at the core of those feelings or behaviours? What is inside you? Do you give yourself permission to feel? Do you feel alone? Everyone has their limit and Im guessing you are at yours. Its time to dig deeper and look at what started it all. To finally deal with the issues that still exist deep inside you. Let me guide you to process your feelings or past traumas. To feel heard and empowered. To be able to finally move forward. To be happy.
Sometimes dealing with surface issues or reactions doesn't work. Are you unable to deal with life's everyday stresses? Ask yourself, what is at the core of those feelings or behaviours? What is inside you? Do you give yourself permission to feel? Do you feel alone? Everyone has their limit and Im guessing you are at yours. Its time to dig deeper and look at what started it all. To finally deal with the issues that still exist deep inside you. Let me guide you to process your feelings or past traumas. To feel heard and empowered. To be able to finally move forward. To be happy.
(844) 332-3508 View (844) 332-3508
Photo of Carolyn Pattison, MACP, RP, Registered Psychotherapist
Carolyn Pattison
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom” -Anais Nin. I can appreciate how difficult it is to make the first steps in entering into a therapeutic relationship. Telling our stories takes tremendous courage and strength. We can trick ourselves into believing that it would be easier to remain silent. We all hit a point in our lives where we need extra guidance, a genuine ear, or a safe place to open up. I create a safe and open space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and stories. I combine several therapeutic techniques, to allow you the freedom to share your journey.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom” -Anais Nin. I can appreciate how difficult it is to make the first steps in entering into a therapeutic relationship. Telling our stories takes tremendous courage and strength. We can trick ourselves into believing that it would be easier to remain silent. We all hit a point in our lives where we need extra guidance, a genuine ear, or a safe place to open up. I create a safe and open space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and stories. I combine several therapeutic techniques, to allow you the freedom to share your journey.
(226) 458-4587 View (226) 458-4587
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Allison Rosset
Registered Psychotherapist, MS, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L  (Online Only)
Throughout my practice, I have developed a particular interest and expertise in working with individuals dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and anxiety disorders, as well as assisting clients navigate various life transitions. I am dedicated to helping clients build effective strategies to challenge the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that sustain these disorders and help them cultivate resilience. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, kind, and deeply rooted in empathy, understanding, and collaboration.
Throughout my practice, I have developed a particular interest and expertise in working with individuals dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and anxiety disorders, as well as assisting clients navigate various life transitions. I am dedicated to helping clients build effective strategies to challenge the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that sustain these disorders and help them cultivate resilience. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, kind, and deeply rooted in empathy, understanding, and collaboration.
(226) 212-7745 View (226) 212-7745
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Megan Day - Individual Couple And Family Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MS, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Are you struggling with your relationships, whether that be with your partner(s) or kids? You may not know who you are anymore or recognize the person you've become. As a therapist who is trained relationally, I work with individuals, couples and families. I strive to create a nurturing space where we can unpack your thoughts and feelings and look for patterns and narratives that may be holding you back. My approach is gentle and non-confrontational. I ask thought-provoking questions to help you explore different perspectives of your experiences. I want you to feel relief and to feel more connected to yourself and your loved ones.
Are you struggling with your relationships, whether that be with your partner(s) or kids? You may not know who you are anymore or recognize the person you've become. As a therapist who is trained relationally, I work with individuals, couples and families. I strive to create a nurturing space where we can unpack your thoughts and feelings and look for patterns and narratives that may be holding you back. My approach is gentle and non-confrontational. I ask thought-provoking questions to help you explore different perspectives of your experiences. I want you to feel relief and to feel more connected to yourself and your loved ones.
(226) 779-5924 View (226) 779-5924
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Ellis Freedman
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MTA, MSc, BA Hon
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L
I believe that my warm and flexible approach towards therapy can assist individuals who are struggling with issues related to anxiety and depression, such as a lack of motivation, self-esteem, or identity. I have experience working with neurodivergent individuals across a wide age range, from schools throughout Hamilton, in private practice, and in long-term care centers.
I believe that my warm and flexible approach towards therapy can assist individuals who are struggling with issues related to anxiety and depression, such as a lack of motivation, self-esteem, or identity. I have experience working with neurodivergent individuals across a wide age range, from schools throughout Hamilton, in private practice, and in long-term care centers.
(226) 829-5319 View (226) 829-5319
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Fran Westerhof
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L
Do you, or your child, have big feelings that make your days harder? Do you have choices to make that seem scary or overwhelming? Are things changing in your life that you don't have control over? Do bottled up feelings effect the way you get along with others? Are you looking to find ways to be your best self? There are lots of ways to get through this; I can help you find the best way that fits with your outlook in life.
Do you, or your child, have big feelings that make your days harder? Do you have choices to make that seem scary or overwhelming? Are things changing in your life that you don't have control over? Do bottled up feelings effect the way you get along with others? Are you looking to find ways to be your best self? There are lots of ways to get through this; I can help you find the best way that fits with your outlook in life.
(226) 705-0480 View (226) 705-0480
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Karen Beattie Willis
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, DLM
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L  (Online Only)
Many of us come to periods in our lives when we feel overwhelmed, confused or immobilized by our circumstances and our feelings. Or we reach a point in life when we know in our gut that something has to change, but we just don’t know where to begin. Doubt and negative self-talk can make us feel stuck. Sometimes we struggle with feelings of sadness, anger, shame or anxiety and can feel very alone in that struggle. Having a safe place to talk and a safe, non-judgmental person to talk to is key to healing and moving beyond the “stuck place”.
Many of us come to periods in our lives when we feel overwhelmed, confused or immobilized by our circumstances and our feelings. Or we reach a point in life when we know in our gut that something has to change, but we just don’t know where to begin. Doubt and negative self-talk can make us feel stuck. Sometimes we struggle with feelings of sadness, anger, shame or anxiety and can feel very alone in that struggle. Having a safe place to talk and a safe, non-judgmental person to talk to is key to healing and moving beyond the “stuck place”.
(289) 212-6772 View (289) 212-6772
Photo of Christine Winkle, RSSW, Registered Social Worker
Christine Winkle
Registered Social Worker, RSSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Here at Bloom Counselling & Psychotherapy we hold a strong belief that people are perfectly imperfect. They are beautiful and spectacular AND can become stuck, unhappy and unable to live a fulfilling life. That's where I come in. I too wear a lot of hats, I'm a new mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, friend, psychotherapist, and above all, human. I know what it's like to feel stuck, hopeless, anxious, and overwhelmed. As a passionate Registered Social Service Worker and Psychotherapist, my experience professionally and personally allows me to understand the best ways to address each client's needs in an effective manner.
Here at Bloom Counselling & Psychotherapy we hold a strong belief that people are perfectly imperfect. They are beautiful and spectacular AND can become stuck, unhappy and unable to live a fulfilling life. That's where I come in. I too wear a lot of hats, I'm a new mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, friend, psychotherapist, and above all, human. I know what it's like to feel stuck, hopeless, anxious, and overwhelmed. As a passionate Registered Social Service Worker and Psychotherapist, my experience professionally and personally allows me to understand the best ways to address each client's needs in an effective manner.
(548) 798-0055 View (548) 798-0055
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Kathleen Foldvari
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSc, MSW (q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling stuck in patterns that interfere with your personal, professional or relationship growth? You are not alone. Receiving support to develop healthy habits that enable you to achieve positive change can make a big difference in your daily life. I offer counselling services to individuals, couples and small groups seeking to understand and improve their mental health and achieve their growth goals. I support individuals of all ages on their journey to gain insights into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, empowering them to better manage stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and other challenges.
Are you feeling stuck in patterns that interfere with your personal, professional or relationship growth? You are not alone. Receiving support to develop healthy habits that enable you to achieve positive change can make a big difference in your daily life. I offer counselling services to individuals, couples and small groups seeking to understand and improve their mental health and achieve their growth goals. I support individuals of all ages on their journey to gain insights into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, empowering them to better manage stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and other challenges.
(226) 241-8707 View (226) 241-8707
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Charlene Mercer (Individuals-Couples-Parenting Support)
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, MALT, RP, CCC, RRT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Let's face it, finding the right therapist can feel a lot like online dating. Sifting through a sea of bios, trying to get a sense of who will be the right fit for your therapeutic journey. There are plenty of great therapists out there, and we all have something different to offer. You're right to invest this much time and energy in finding the perfect match because the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors for your progress. In fact, studies show that a good therapist-client relationship can improve therapy outcomes by up to 30%. So, keep reading to decide if we might be the a "therapeutic match"...
Let's face it, finding the right therapist can feel a lot like online dating. Sifting through a sea of bios, trying to get a sense of who will be the right fit for your therapeutic journey. There are plenty of great therapists out there, and we all have something different to offer. You're right to invest this much time and energy in finding the perfect match because the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors for your progress. In fact, studies show that a good therapist-client relationship can improve therapy outcomes by up to 30%. So, keep reading to decide if we might be the a "therapeutic match"...
(226) 455-8925 View (226) 455-8925
Photo of Amanda Graff, MACP, MA, BAH, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Amanda Graff
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, MA, BAH
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L
Dr. Seth Gilligan said, “stress is inevitable but overwhelm is optional.” While life can be challenging and the future uncertain, it's often the stories we tell ourselves that lie at the root of our suffering. Do you struggle with feelings of low self-worth and inadequacy? Do you find yourself ruminating about the past or lacking the motivation to move forward? Is fear of uncertainty holding you back from the life you’d like to live? Are you stuck in a cycle of self-defeating behaviors that you'd like to change? The good news is we have more influence over our own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors than we give ourselves credit for.
Dr. Seth Gilligan said, “stress is inevitable but overwhelm is optional.” While life can be challenging and the future uncertain, it's often the stories we tell ourselves that lie at the root of our suffering. Do you struggle with feelings of low self-worth and inadequacy? Do you find yourself ruminating about the past or lacking the motivation to move forward? Is fear of uncertainty holding you back from the life you’d like to live? Are you stuck in a cycle of self-defeating behaviors that you'd like to change? The good news is we have more influence over our own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors than we give ourselves credit for.
(548) 290-7616 View (548) 290-7616
Photo of Janine Davies, BA, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Janine Davies
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
I believe everyone is the expert in their own life, they may just need some help to navigate life's challenges. A strong therapeutic relationship is the key to clients meeting their goals, and I strive to create a space where pre-teens to adults feel safe to talk, share and explore challenges they are facing. I value collaboration and tailor treatment to each individual/ family/ relationship, and I utilize a number of evidence-based techniques to help clients work through obstacles, develop healthy coping habits, and flourish in their life.
I believe everyone is the expert in their own life, they may just need some help to navigate life's challenges. A strong therapeutic relationship is the key to clients meeting their goals, and I strive to create a space where pre-teens to adults feel safe to talk, share and explore challenges they are facing. I value collaboration and tailor treatment to each individual/ family/ relationship, and I utilize a number of evidence-based techniques to help clients work through obstacles, develop healthy coping habits, and flourish in their life.
(365) 661-4409 View (365) 661-4409
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Rebekah Laferriere
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling? Overwhelmed? Feeling frustrated or stuck? Maybe you've noticed waves of anxiety or periods of low mood. Taking care of our families, our loved ones and ourselves can feel like it's too much some days. You are not alone. Maybe you'd like to talk about strategies that might help ease the tough moments, or maybe you just need someone to sit with, while you talk about the hard and scary stuff. We often brush aside our own needs to take care of our people, until it bubbles over and we don't recognize ourselves. Let's get back to you.
Are you struggling? Overwhelmed? Feeling frustrated or stuck? Maybe you've noticed waves of anxiety or periods of low mood. Taking care of our families, our loved ones and ourselves can feel like it's too much some days. You are not alone. Maybe you'd like to talk about strategies that might help ease the tough moments, or maybe you just need someone to sit with, while you talk about the hard and scary stuff. We often brush aside our own needs to take care of our people, until it bubbles over and we don't recognize ourselves. Let's get back to you.
(226) 778-2207 View (226) 778-2207
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D. Michelle Miller
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MACP, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Anxiety and depression are often our body's check engine light! Every person is a puzzle and very often, the variables of our life and our own negative patterns contribute to the puzzle pieces not fitting together. If you have never tried counselling, it can be a scary idea... trying something new always is! But what if counselling can help you build a life that you don't want to run away from? It is possible to learn new skills, create new tools and strengthen your relationships! If you feel like you are planted in the darkness and you want to grow from where you are right now, this is the place for you!
Anxiety and depression are often our body's check engine light! Every person is a puzzle and very often, the variables of our life and our own negative patterns contribute to the puzzle pieces not fitting together. If you have never tried counselling, it can be a scary idea... trying something new always is! But what if counselling can help you build a life that you don't want to run away from? It is possible to learn new skills, create new tools and strengthen your relationships! If you feel like you are planted in the darkness and you want to grow from where you are right now, this is the place for you!
(226) 839-0464 View (226) 839-0464
Photo of Dan Vervaecke, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Dan Vervaecke
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
Waitlist for new clients
I want to meet you where you are at. We all need a little help sometimes. I work hard to create a collaborative and empowering environment to adapt to whatever needs you present. I strive to offer an open minded and comfortable space. I am here to listen and provide a safe space to talk about any struggles you have. I offer individual, couples and family counselling. I am accepting new clients.
I want to meet you where you are at. We all need a little help sometimes. I work hard to create a collaborative and empowering environment to adapt to whatever needs you present. I strive to offer an open minded and comfortable space. I am here to listen and provide a safe space to talk about any struggles you have. I offer individual, couples and family counselling. I am accepting new clients.
(226) 320-7432 View (226) 320-7432
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Stephanie Dinsmore
Registered Social Worker, EdD, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
30 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
My counselling style is strengths-focused and client-centered. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Informed Therapy, Gottman Method, Narrative, ACT, Solution Focused Therapy, and incorporate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy principles (MBCT). I focus on addressing present life challenges while integrating past experiences. My services are suitable for individuals, couples, and families that are feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts, emotions, and life experiences. Reduced Fee for Service available with the Psychotherapy Intern.
My counselling style is strengths-focused and client-centered. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Informed Therapy, Gottman Method, Narrative, ACT, Solution Focused Therapy, and incorporate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy principles (MBCT). I focus on addressing present life challenges while integrating past experiences. My services are suitable for individuals, couples, and families that are feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts, emotions, and life experiences. Reduced Fee for Service available with the Psychotherapy Intern.
(226) 778-4617 View (226) 778-4617
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Jodi Brown
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L
"Don't mistaken what you had to do or become too survive with who you are or what you are capable of achieving". If you seek a safe and validating space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences, you have found the right counsellor. As a trauma-focused therapist, I work with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, sexual harm, and all forms of mental health. My passion is helping youth, couples, and first responders, but I work with clients from all walks of life. I believe the therapeutic relationship is instrumental in reaching your therapy goals. I offer a free 10 mn phone call.
"Don't mistaken what you had to do or become too survive with who you are or what you are capable of achieving". If you seek a safe and validating space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences, you have found the right counsellor. As a trauma-focused therapist, I work with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, sexual harm, and all forms of mental health. My passion is helping youth, couples, and first responders, but I work with clients from all walks of life. I believe the therapeutic relationship is instrumental in reaching your therapy goals. I offer a free 10 mn phone call.
(844) 857-3188 View (844) 857-3188
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Dr. Geldart
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paris, ON N3L  (Online Only)
A warm welcome to my practice, Avenue Psychologist. Are you having personal difficulties or perhaps concerned about your child? Is there a family issue you're hoping to resolve? I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist and I work with children, adolescents, adults and families. I use individual therapy for anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders, and I use individual counselling and family-based therapeutic approaches to help clients cope with life transitions, behavioural problems and loss. My practice is located in West Brant, but currently I am using online services and am not holding any sessions in person.
A warm welcome to my practice, Avenue Psychologist. Are you having personal difficulties or perhaps concerned about your child? Is there a family issue you're hoping to resolve? I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist and I work with children, adolescents, adults and families. I use individual therapy for anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders, and I use individual counselling and family-based therapeutic approaches to help clients cope with life transitions, behavioural problems and loss. My practice is located in West Brant, but currently I am using online services and am not holding any sessions in person.
(226) 779-5905 View (226) 779-5905
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Sarah Auchterlonie
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Paris, ON N3L
Welcome to my practice, Brantford Psychology. Are you dealing with difficulties in your life? Perhaps, you are worried about someone else? I have worked with adult clients providing assessment and treatment for over 10 years. My philosophy toward the work I do is that people can change, but sometimes it is hard work! I believe in a collaborative approach, one in which we explore your difficulties, and work together at finding solutions. My goal is to create a strong therapeutic relationship, by offering a warm and trusting environment for us to work together.
Welcome to my practice, Brantford Psychology. Are you dealing with difficulties in your life? Perhaps, you are worried about someone else? I have worked with adult clients providing assessment and treatment for over 10 years. My philosophy toward the work I do is that people can change, but sometimes it is hard work! I believe in a collaborative approach, one in which we explore your difficulties, and work together at finding solutions. My goal is to create a strong therapeutic relationship, by offering a warm and trusting environment for us to work together.
(548) 490-8437 View (548) 490-8437

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Paris, ON

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Paris, ON who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
93% Depression
86% Self Esteem
83% Stress
79% Relationship Issues
79% Coping Skills
71% Grief

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

47% Other
47% Manulife
41% Great-West Life

How Counsellors in Paris, ON see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Paris?

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.