Therapists in Richmond Hill, ON

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Shivani Gupta
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4E
Shivani, Social Worker, Psychotherapist & Clinical Director of Oakridges Therapy Centre, strives to create an authentic, compassionate, and safe therapeutic space while supporting people navigate through difficult life circumstances and realties. Shivani takes a holistic and humanistic approach, honouring unique strengths and cultivating a sense of empowerment both during and beyond the realm of therapy. “I am drawn to the resilience of my clients in creating a scaffold for change. While we are an institution of our experiences that may influence our present and we can all participate in writing our new beginnings.”
Shivani, Social Worker, Psychotherapist & Clinical Director of Oakridges Therapy Centre, strives to create an authentic, compassionate, and safe therapeutic space while supporting people navigate through difficult life circumstances and realties. Shivani takes a holistic and humanistic approach, honouring unique strengths and cultivating a sense of empowerment both during and beyond the realm of therapy. “I am drawn to the resilience of my clients in creating a scaffold for change. While we are an institution of our experiences that may influence our present and we can all participate in writing our new beginnings.”
(289) 210-0226 View (289) 210-0226
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Polly Li
Registered Social Worker, BSc, BSW, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B
In this fast-paced, demanding, and constantly changing world, the majority of us are experiencing different levels of stress in our daily lives. Most of our stresses are created by the pulling between two opposite ends. One end is need, responsibility, change, family, work, relationships etc. The other end is want, calm, fun, consistency etc. My work is focused on how to walk in the middle of these two ends and still have a life full of meaning. My practice is providing a safe and supportive environment, focusing on the here and now and strengthening self-awareness.
In this fast-paced, demanding, and constantly changing world, the majority of us are experiencing different levels of stress in our daily lives. Most of our stresses are created by the pulling between two opposite ends. One end is need, responsibility, change, family, work, relationships etc. The other end is want, calm, fun, consistency etc. My work is focused on how to walk in the middle of these two ends and still have a life full of meaning. My practice is providing a safe and supportive environment, focusing on the here and now and strengthening self-awareness.
(877) 959-0878 View (877) 959-0878
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Yasaman Haghighat
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4C
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. I'm Yasaman and I'm eager to connect with you. My role as a psychotherapist is to create an atmosphere that is both open and receptive. I have a wealth of experience working with diverse populations from various cultural backgrounds. My expertise encompasses assisting clients dealing with emotional trauma, perfectionism, people-pleasing traits, overthinking or ruminating, procrastination, anxiety, depression, relational challenges, anger, grief, loss, life transitions and various forms of abuse.
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. I'm Yasaman and I'm eager to connect with you. My role as a psychotherapist is to create an atmosphere that is both open and receptive. I have a wealth of experience working with diverse populations from various cultural backgrounds. My expertise encompasses assisting clients dealing with emotional trauma, perfectionism, people-pleasing traits, overthinking or ruminating, procrastination, anxiety, depression, relational challenges, anger, grief, loss, life transitions and various forms of abuse.
(365) 800-0945 View (365) 800-0945
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Gabriella Carafa
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am especially passionate about and certified to work with individuals in the perinatal period who may be dealing with infertility, pregnancy (both planned and unplanned), perinatal loss/bereavement, coping with an antenatal diagnosis, perinatal mood disorders, transitioning to parenthood and/or are parents with disabilities. I also offer disability affirming therapy and have experience working with parents who have children with disabilities, adolescents and adults with both congenital and acquired disabilities. I also work with individuals who experience anxiety, and/or depression.
I am especially passionate about and certified to work with individuals in the perinatal period who may be dealing with infertility, pregnancy (both planned and unplanned), perinatal loss/bereavement, coping with an antenatal diagnosis, perinatal mood disorders, transitioning to parenthood and/or are parents with disabilities. I also offer disability affirming therapy and have experience working with parents who have children with disabilities, adolescents and adults with both congenital and acquired disabilities. I also work with individuals who experience anxiety, and/or depression.
(647) 496-5759 View (647) 496-5759
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Quinn Crothers from Whitehouse Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4E  (Online Only)
I focus on helping people from all walks of life, understanding that everyone's journey is unique. Whether it's dealing with conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety disorders, or Mood disorders, I am here to support you. My goal isn't just to ease symptoms but to help you grow in every aspect of your life. I use personalized methods to help you think more flexibly, so you can handle whatever comes your way. I also work on building independence, giving you the skills you need to take charge of your life.
I focus on helping people from all walks of life, understanding that everyone's journey is unique. Whether it's dealing with conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety disorders, or Mood disorders, I am here to support you. My goal isn't just to ease symptoms but to help you grow in every aspect of your life. I use personalized methods to help you think more flexibly, so you can handle whatever comes your way. I also work on building independence, giving you the skills you need to take charge of your life.
(289) 799-2994 View (289) 799-2994
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Wild Sage Therapy | Thriving in your 20s & 30s
MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Life in your 20s/30s has felt so defeating lately and you're TIRED. It feels like no matter how hard you try, you're spinning in circles and can't catch a break. Maybe a big change happened recently- a breakup, big move, job change, or family shift- that completely flipped your world upside down and brought everything to the surface? Maybe you've been feeling stuck, anxious and unfulfilled for awhile now and see that you're repeating the same patterns over and over again? You're ready for a change and want to dig deeper, gain a better understanding of yourself & create new patterns that will get you where you want to be.
Life in your 20s/30s has felt so defeating lately and you're TIRED. It feels like no matter how hard you try, you're spinning in circles and can't catch a break. Maybe a big change happened recently- a breakup, big move, job change, or family shift- that completely flipped your world upside down and brought everything to the surface? Maybe you've been feeling stuck, anxious and unfulfilled for awhile now and see that you're repeating the same patterns over and over again? You're ready for a change and want to dig deeper, gain a better understanding of yourself & create new patterns that will get you where you want to be.
(289) 271-1439 View (289) 271-1439
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Dr Carolyne Lee @ FLEX Psychology
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4B
Many people experience difficulty managing their emotions or feel “stuck” in life. Collaboratively, we will work together towards meaningful change. My approach is informed by Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Acceptance and Commitment therapies. I provide therapy to teens and adults, with particular expertise in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma/abuse.
Many people experience difficulty managing their emotions or feel “stuck” in life. Collaboratively, we will work together towards meaningful change. My approach is informed by Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Acceptance and Commitment therapies. I provide therapy to teens and adults, with particular expertise in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma/abuse.
(289) 809-6177 View (289) 809-6177
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Sara Boersma | Thriving In Your 20S And 30S
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Between building your career, swiping through the dumpster fire of online dating, and trying to be an adult, you're constantly overwhelmed and it feels like you can't catch a break. Your 20s/30s were supposed to be the best years of your life but it feels like you woke up one day & needed to have your whole life together. You have a constant tightness in your chest, you can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep, and you know you haven't been on top of your self care routine for awhile now. You're looking for some relief, a solid sense of direction, and to feel GOOD again. I hear you and I can help.
Between building your career, swiping through the dumpster fire of online dating, and trying to be an adult, you're constantly overwhelmed and it feels like you can't catch a break. Your 20s/30s were supposed to be the best years of your life but it feels like you woke up one day & needed to have your whole life together. You have a constant tightness in your chest, you can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep, and you know you haven't been on top of your self care routine for awhile now. You're looking for some relief, a solid sense of direction, and to feel GOOD again. I hear you and I can help.
(289) 401-4173 View (289) 401-4173
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Kimia Aryanpour
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4C  (Online Only)
Looking for affordable therapy? On your journey to self-discovery and personal growth, it is common to encounter obstacles that hold you back from becoming the best version of yourself. If you are experiencing stress and anxiety, difficulties in your relationships or if past experiences are holding you back, isolation doesn't have to be your companion. We can work together to examine and address the issues that are creating turbulence in your life and provide you with the support you need to thrive.
Looking for affordable therapy? On your journey to self-discovery and personal growth, it is common to encounter obstacles that hold you back from becoming the best version of yourself. If you are experiencing stress and anxiety, difficulties in your relationships or if past experiences are holding you back, isolation doesn't have to be your companion. We can work together to examine and address the issues that are creating turbulence in your life and provide you with the support you need to thrive.
(289) 277-5586 View (289) 277-5586
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Lotus Pathways Psychotherapy | Shagun Sharma
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4C  (Online Only)
I believe mental health must recognize individualism. This is influenced by my own experiences as a first-generation Indo-Canadian. My key values include empowering clients while creating a safe, collaborative approach. You are the storyteller of your life, and my role is to support you while you write, edit, and enhance the pages. My clients have shared that I provide a genuine, non-judgmental presence and atmosphere while they explore their thoughts and emotions, gain insight into their behaviours, and develop effective steps to enhance their well-being. You can expect a therapeutic setting that is professional, yet relaxed.
I believe mental health must recognize individualism. This is influenced by my own experiences as a first-generation Indo-Canadian. My key values include empowering clients while creating a safe, collaborative approach. You are the storyteller of your life, and my role is to support you while you write, edit, and enhance the pages. My clients have shared that I provide a genuine, non-judgmental presence and atmosphere while they explore their thoughts and emotions, gain insight into their behaviours, and develop effective steps to enhance their well-being. You can expect a therapeutic setting that is professional, yet relaxed.
(647) 722-5903 View (647) 722-5903
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Natalja Lettieri
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4C  (Online Only)
I am compassionate and strive to develop a solid therapeutic relationship with clients to support them in establishing desired outcomes. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have been impacted by various concerns and changes in their environment that include: school engagement, family changes, loss and grief, and peer and relationship challenges. I facilitate creating a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. I encourage clients to develop coping skills and become aware of their strengths, skills, and abilities to facilitate change.
I am compassionate and strive to develop a solid therapeutic relationship with clients to support them in establishing desired outcomes. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have been impacted by various concerns and changes in their environment that include: school engagement, family changes, loss and grief, and peer and relationship challenges. I facilitate creating a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. I encourage clients to develop coping skills and become aware of their strengths, skills, and abilities to facilitate change.
(289) 278-9345 View (289) 278-9345
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Marilyn Becker
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4B
I am a registered Social Worker Therapist. I believe that change is possible and there is hope to lead a meaningful and fulfilled life. Our experiences can lead to difficulties with our emotions, moods, patterns of thinking and relationships, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, out of control or just stuck. I provide clients with support and tools to recognize their needs and then meet these needs. I work with individuals and/or their families to improve the quality of their life. Emotional well-being enhances a person's ability to better deal with the stresses of life, change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
I am a registered Social Worker Therapist. I believe that change is possible and there is hope to lead a meaningful and fulfilled life. Our experiences can lead to difficulties with our emotions, moods, patterns of thinking and relationships, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, out of control or just stuck. I provide clients with support and tools to recognize their needs and then meet these needs. I work with individuals and/or their families to improve the quality of their life. Emotional well-being enhances a person's ability to better deal with the stresses of life, change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
(647) 559-3911 View (647) 559-3911
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Fabiola Duran
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My name is Fabiola. I have more than twenty five years of working experience (12 years in Canada, 10 years in the US, 5 years in Colombia) with Spanish and English speaking couples, individuals, and families in the areas of grief, infidelity, trauma, PTSD, divorce, anger management, sleep or insomnia, pregnancy, prenatal, post-partum, domestic violence, drug addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, among others. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
My name is Fabiola. I have more than twenty five years of working experience (12 years in Canada, 10 years in the US, 5 years in Colombia) with Spanish and English speaking couples, individuals, and families in the areas of grief, infidelity, trauma, PTSD, divorce, anger management, sleep or insomnia, pregnancy, prenatal, post-partum, domestic violence, drug addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, among others. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
(647) 496-1036 View (647) 496-1036
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Omar Badarah
Registered Social Worker, MA, RSW
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4C
Waitlist for new clients
We all know life stresses may lead us to different challenges such as relationship distress, addiction, depression and anger. It is not the end of the world, if you have gone through such experiences. I am prepared to listen to my clients, understand their needs and team up with them to come up with a collaborative and practical plan to address their challenges.
We all know life stresses may lead us to different challenges such as relationship distress, addiction, depression and anger. It is not the end of the world, if you have gone through such experiences. I am prepared to listen to my clients, understand their needs and team up with them to come up with a collaborative and practical plan to address their challenges.
(647) 425-8648 View (647) 425-8648
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Rachel Marian Wilson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q), MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4E  (Online Only)
Whether you have experienced a recent challenging life event or have been struggling with emotional or relational pain or trauma, I am here to assure you that you are not alone on your journey. Maybe you are experiencing anxiety or depression. Maybe you have experienced difficulties in your relationship with yourself, your partner, or your family. Perhaps you feel lost, without a destination and without a direction. You are not alone. You are resilient! Emotional or psychological wounds and difficulties can be very uncomfortable. Yet discomfort in our present situation can often be the soil which helps us grow, change, and thrive.
Whether you have experienced a recent challenging life event or have been struggling with emotional or relational pain or trauma, I am here to assure you that you are not alone on your journey. Maybe you are experiencing anxiety or depression. Maybe you have experienced difficulties in your relationship with yourself, your partner, or your family. Perhaps you feel lost, without a destination and without a direction. You are not alone. You are resilient! Emotional or psychological wounds and difficulties can be very uncomfortable. Yet discomfort in our present situation can often be the soil which helps us grow, change, and thrive.
(587) 850-3377 View (587) 850-3377
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Carolyn Plater-Zyberk
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4C
Welcome! I am a registered Masters level social worker providing private therapy, consultation and educational services in the Greater Toronto Area. I have a specialization in health, mental health and addictions and clinical work experience in academic, hospital and community settings. Most of my private practice work is with children and teens - helping them through this difficult life period.
Welcome! I am a registered Masters level social worker providing private therapy, consultation and educational services in the Greater Toronto Area. I have a specialization in health, mental health and addictions and clinical work experience in academic, hospital and community settings. Most of my private practice work is with children and teens - helping them through this difficult life period.
(647) 492-7217 View (647) 492-7217
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About Fact Online Counselling .ca
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
I served in the Canadian Armed Forces. I counsel Veteran’s and Veteran Couples and I practice all over Ontario. I have worked for 15 years with soldiers and Veterans with mainly PTSD. I use C-CBT, CBT, Solution Focus Brief Therapy and Narrative therapy.
I served in the Canadian Armed Forces. I counsel Veteran’s and Veteran Couples and I practice all over Ontario. I have worked for 15 years with soldiers and Veterans with mainly PTSD. I use C-CBT, CBT, Solution Focus Brief Therapy and Narrative therapy.
(289) 270-6871 View (289) 270-6871
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Nastaran Adibrad Ph.d Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Psychotherapist, PhD, RP, CCCP, OAMHP, EMDR
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4B  (Online Only)
Nastaran Adibrad, Ph.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Canadian Counsellour and Psychotherapist (CCCP) with a specialty in Couple and Family Therapy and 17 years experience. She received her undergraduate degree, B.A in psychotherapy from Esfahan University in 1992, M.A In Psychotherapy from Allameh Tabatabaee University in 1998. She got her Ph.D in psychotherapy from Teacher Training University of Iran in 2004. From 1996 to 2008, she taught at Psychology and Educational Science Department at Esfahan University and Shahid Beheshti University where she had an opportunity to educate many B.A and M.A's students in Iran
Nastaran Adibrad, Ph.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Canadian Counsellour and Psychotherapist (CCCP) with a specialty in Couple and Family Therapy and 17 years experience. She received her undergraduate degree, B.A in psychotherapy from Esfahan University in 1992, M.A In Psychotherapy from Allameh Tabatabaee University in 1998. She got her Ph.D in psychotherapy from Teacher Training University of Iran in 2004. From 1996 to 2008, she taught at Psychology and Educational Science Department at Esfahan University and Shahid Beheshti University where she had an opportunity to educate many B.A and M.A's students in Iran
(647) 800-9997 View (647) 800-9997
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Edgar Prudcoi
Registered Psychotherapist, MPsy, RP
Verified Verified
Richmond Hill, ON L4C
Are you seeking understanding, support, and clarity in life's challenges? Edgar Prudcoi, Registered Psychotherapist, brings a wealth of experience to guide you through. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University and a master’s in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School, Edgar specializes in helping adults and couples navigate their paths to healing and growth. He offers a safe space to explore relationship concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, low self-esteem, or anger.
Are you seeking understanding, support, and clarity in life's challenges? Edgar Prudcoi, Registered Psychotherapist, brings a wealth of experience to guide you through. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University and a master’s in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School, Edgar specializes in helping adults and couples navigate their paths to healing and growth. He offers a safe space to explore relationship concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, low self-esteem, or anger.
(289) 272-7127 View (289) 272-7127
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Leigh-Ann Brunke, EMDR & Trauma Specialist
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MC, CHyp, BA, BSS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Richmond Hill, ON L4B
I am a EMDR & Trauma specialist and if you notice irritability, anger and nightmares are taking control of your mood, relationships and passions, I can help. What if you could begin living your life for you, with the memories of the past still present but no longer sabotaging your day. I can support you overcome the heavy burden of trauma and increasing hope. I specialize in supporting First Responders and trauma with a focus in PTSI(D) as a stress injury and not a disorder. I will help you navigate the complex past and lived memories with the goal of remembering these past scenes but in a way that they will no longer impact you.
I am a EMDR & Trauma specialist and if you notice irritability, anger and nightmares are taking control of your mood, relationships and passions, I can help. What if you could begin living your life for you, with the memories of the past still present but no longer sabotaging your day. I can support you overcome the heavy burden of trauma and increasing hope. I specialize in supporting First Responders and trauma with a focus in PTSI(D) as a stress injury and not a disorder. I will help you navigate the complex past and lived memories with the goal of remembering these past scenes but in a way that they will no longer impact you.
(289) 272-7379 View (289) 272-7379

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Richmond Hill, ON

400+

Average cost per session

$160

Counsellors in Richmond Hill, ON who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Self Esteem
84% Relationship Issues
79% Stress
75% Coping Skills
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% SunLife
68% Manulife
66% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in Richmond Hill, ON see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Richmond Hill?

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.