Therapists in St Thomas, ON

Photo of Maud (Karen) Coca, Registered Social Worker in St Thomas, ON
Maud (Karen) Coca
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R
The clients I serve in my practice are women, people of colour, indigenous communities and lgbt2sq identified people. You’ve been in therapy before and although you’ve seen results you aren’t yet at the place you want to be. Feelings of stress, anxiety, stuckness and depression are familiar to you. You’ve been going in circles in your relationships and your career and now you’re ready to dig deeper. Your core beliefs keep pulling you back into old patterns like people pleasing, controlling behaviours, co-dependency, and difficulty prioritizing yourself and identifying your needs.
The clients I serve in my practice are women, people of colour, indigenous communities and lgbt2sq identified people. You’ve been in therapy before and although you’ve seen results you aren’t yet at the place you want to be. Feelings of stress, anxiety, stuckness and depression are familiar to you. You’ve been going in circles in your relationships and your career and now you’re ready to dig deeper. Your core beliefs keep pulling you back into old patterns like people pleasing, controlling behaviours, co-dependency, and difficulty prioritizing yourself and identifying your needs.
(226) 270-9719 View (226) 270-9719
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Courageous Counselling and Play Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, CCC, CPT
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5P
It can be hard watching our child struggle whether it be with anxiety, fear, anger, big emotions, loss, trauma or significant life changes and if any of this is resonating with you I believe you are in the right place. As a Certified Play Therapist my approach to therapy allows children of all ages to use their natural language of play to process and communicate their inner world in a safe environment where they feel seen, heard and understood. And yes - we can do all of this while also having fun!
It can be hard watching our child struggle whether it be with anxiety, fear, anger, big emotions, loss, trauma or significant life changes and if any of this is resonating with you I believe you are in the right place. As a Certified Play Therapist my approach to therapy allows children of all ages to use their natural language of play to process and communicate their inner world in a safe environment where they feel seen, heard and understood. And yes - we can do all of this while also having fun!
(226) 455-0365 View (226) 455-0365
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Tanya Rock
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5R
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice in St. Thomas, Ontario. I hold a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University. I have experience working with a variety of different clients struggling with many different issues. My counselling approach is eclectic in nature, drawing on a variety of methods and techniques depending on the client and situation. I have completed the advanced level Somatic Experiencing approach to healing trauma. I am also an EMDR trained therapist. My goal is to help clients gain relief from their problems so they can live healthy, well balanced lives.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice in St. Thomas, Ontario. I hold a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University. I have experience working with a variety of different clients struggling with many different issues. My counselling approach is eclectic in nature, drawing on a variety of methods and techniques depending on the client and situation. I have completed the advanced level Somatic Experiencing approach to healing trauma. I am also an EMDR trained therapist. My goal is to help clients gain relief from their problems so they can live healthy, well balanced lives.
(226) 241-6850 View (226) 241-6850
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Aileen Pennings
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MDiv
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5R
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can be daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can be daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
(226) 774-1579 View (226) 774-1579
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Counselling For Men
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
Most of us men have been taught that we have to manage things by ourselves. To hide our feelings. Or we don't have feelings. Guess what that leads to? Anger, irritability, relationship issues, work problems, and trouble connecting with our kids, friends, and partners. Maybe drinking too much and checking out, too. Or cheating on our partner, because it's easier than trying to figure out what's going on at home. Maybe you don't even realize how bad things have gotten until your partner tells you that you "can't communicate", you're messing up, and now you have no idea what to do and you're defensive and confused.
Most of us men have been taught that we have to manage things by ourselves. To hide our feelings. Or we don't have feelings. Guess what that leads to? Anger, irritability, relationship issues, work problems, and trouble connecting with our kids, friends, and partners. Maybe drinking too much and checking out, too. Or cheating on our partner, because it's easier than trying to figure out what's going on at home. Maybe you don't even realize how bad things have gotten until your partner tells you that you "can't communicate", you're messing up, and now you have no idea what to do and you're defensive and confused.
(226) 457-2074 View (226) 457-2074
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Ivana Marjanovic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
You may be asking yourself: “When am I going to stop feeling so overwhelmed, tired, easily frustrated, afraid, sad, and withdrawn from family and friends?” If deep down you know that unresolved trauma is contributing to your current emotional distress, work, and family related issues then you may be one decision away from starting your healing journey. Life's too short to feel frustrated, alone, aimless, deprived of relationships, desired career, fun, and general well-being.
You may be asking yourself: “When am I going to stop feeling so overwhelmed, tired, easily frustrated, afraid, sad, and withdrawn from family and friends?” If deep down you know that unresolved trauma is contributing to your current emotional distress, work, and family related issues then you may be one decision away from starting your healing journey. Life's too short to feel frustrated, alone, aimless, deprived of relationships, desired career, fun, and general well-being.
(226) 640-0788 View (226) 640-0788
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Amanda Hindley, RN Psychotherapist
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BScN
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5R
Everyone has worse days, and it is okay not to know what to do or how to make a change in your life. I am here to help you find the light when you feel stuck in darkness. Like a light post, I will help guide you with compassion, non-judgment, and care to a place where your pain is transformed into peace. I have been working with people in the most difficult times of their lives for 15 years. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, your relationship, your peers/parents, your health, your body, trauma, intimacy, substance or behavioral addictions, I am here to help you create change in the direction you want.
Everyone has worse days, and it is okay not to know what to do or how to make a change in your life. I am here to help you find the light when you feel stuck in darkness. Like a light post, I will help guide you with compassion, non-judgment, and care to a place where your pain is transformed into peace. I have been working with people in the most difficult times of their lives for 15 years. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, your relationship, your peers/parents, your health, your body, trauma, intimacy, substance or behavioral addictions, I am here to help you create change in the direction you want.
(226) 770-4102 View (226) 770-4102
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Jennifer Wagenman
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv
Verified
2 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
Not accepting new clients
You’re not sure how you got here, but you are not where you want to be. It feels so hard to just keep going. Things have happened and you are finding it hard to cope – an important relationship has broken down, you’ve lost someone or something significant, you’ve received a tough diagnosis, your family is in transition. Maybe you can’t reach your partner, or you feel like you are losing your kids. Something needs to change. You feel exhausted, hopeless, and all alone. I see the suffering behind the brave face you put on to get through the day. It’s a scary place, but I know that you can change, heal, and grow.
You’re not sure how you got here, but you are not where you want to be. It feels so hard to just keep going. Things have happened and you are finding it hard to cope – an important relationship has broken down, you’ve lost someone or something significant, you’ve received a tough diagnosis, your family is in transition. Maybe you can’t reach your partner, or you feel like you are losing your kids. Something needs to change. You feel exhausted, hopeless, and all alone. I see the suffering behind the brave face you put on to get through the day. It’s a scary place, but I know that you can change, heal, and grow.
(226) 799-0956 View (226) 799-0956
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Naome Brown
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R  (Online Only)
Your story matters and you deserve a safe space to share it. At some point most of us will experience something that moves us away from who we want to be. This experience can make it difficult to connect with others and live a full, meaningful life. I work with people to help them understand their experiences and how they moved away from what is most important to them. I also help them identify what moves them closer to who they want to be. I use my skills and training to support people challenged by: anxiety, depression, attachment trauma, stressful life events, relationships problems, and life transitions.
Your story matters and you deserve a safe space to share it. At some point most of us will experience something that moves us away from who we want to be. This experience can make it difficult to connect with others and live a full, meaningful life. I work with people to help them understand their experiences and how they moved away from what is most important to them. I also help them identify what moves them closer to who they want to be. I use my skills and training to support people challenged by: anxiety, depression, attachment trauma, stressful life events, relationships problems, and life transitions.
(226) 780-4424 View (226) 780-4424
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NurturED Recovery: Eating Disorder Care
Counsellor, RPC, Hons BA, CIEC
Verified
2 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to eat? Are you eating too much, too little? Are you consumed by what your next meal is going to be & then stuck in a shame spiral for what you ate? If this is you, we can help! At NurturED Recovery, we specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating & healing your relationship with food. You will work with both a registered counsellor & holistic nutritionist using a wrap-around, collaborative approach to find peace with food. Our approach is anti-diet, weight-inclusive & trauma informed. Together, we will look in-depth at your history with eating and come up with a plan. We want you to find food freedom!
Are you struggling to eat? Are you eating too much, too little? Are you consumed by what your next meal is going to be & then stuck in a shame spiral for what you ate? If this is you, we can help! At NurturED Recovery, we specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating & healing your relationship with food. You will work with both a registered counsellor & holistic nutritionist using a wrap-around, collaborative approach to find peace with food. Our approach is anti-diet, weight-inclusive & trauma informed. Together, we will look in-depth at your history with eating and come up with a plan. We want you to find food freedom!
(226) 782-2447 View (226) 782-2447
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Larissa Emmons
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I help people struggling with anxiety/depression develop strategies to help them feel even 1% better/less stressed day by day. Client's have told me that thinking about their wellness journey in these smaller 1% steps is less overwhelming. Those 1%'s will start to add up! I am easy to talk to and down to earth. If you aren't sure what happens in therapy, give me a call! I would be happy to explain the process to you. The consultation is a great time to do a quick "vibe check" to see if we click and if you like my approach. If I am not the right fit for you, I will help connect you to someone who can help you!
I help people struggling with anxiety/depression develop strategies to help them feel even 1% better/less stressed day by day. Client's have told me that thinking about their wellness journey in these smaller 1% steps is less overwhelming. Those 1%'s will start to add up! I am easy to talk to and down to earth. If you aren't sure what happens in therapy, give me a call! I would be happy to explain the process to you. The consultation is a great time to do a quick "vibe check" to see if we click and if you like my approach. If I am not the right fit for you, I will help connect you to someone who can help you!
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Victoria Banman
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R
As human beings we are bound to experience challenges in our lives. Maybe for you it is anxiety/depression, or maybe you struggle with self-esteem. Maybe you are concerned about stress, your relationship, or trauma. Or maybe you are struggling, and you don’t know why. Regardless of what you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone. I am passionate about walking through the valley with individuals and helping them learn new skills and find strength in themselves. I practice from a warm, caring, person-centred perspective and believe that everyone deserves to be heard and respected.
As human beings we are bound to experience challenges in our lives. Maybe for you it is anxiety/depression, or maybe you struggle with self-esteem. Maybe you are concerned about stress, your relationship, or trauma. Or maybe you are struggling, and you don’t know why. Regardless of what you are experiencing, you do not have to go through it alone. I am passionate about walking through the valley with individuals and helping them learn new skills and find strength in themselves. I practice from a warm, caring, person-centred perspective and believe that everyone deserves to be heard and respected.
(226) 894-3573 View (226) 894-3573
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Allison Walker
Registered Social Worker, BSW
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5P
Hi! My name is Allie and I am a Registered Social Worker with MIND + Kids Zen. Life has so many beautiful moments as well as moments that are overwhelming, stressful, and anxiety provoking. As difficult as these times may be, I believe that everyone has the strength and resilience to overcome these challenging times through learning new skills and coping strategies. I strive to create a safe space that allows you to process through life’s heavy moments and create a life worth living.
Hi! My name is Allie and I am a Registered Social Worker with MIND + Kids Zen. Life has so many beautiful moments as well as moments that are overwhelming, stressful, and anxiety provoking. As difficult as these times may be, I believe that everyone has the strength and resilience to overcome these challenging times through learning new skills and coping strategies. I strive to create a safe space that allows you to process through life’s heavy moments and create a life worth living.
(226) 786-0784 View (226) 786-0784
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Chris Brown
Psychologist, MEd
Verified
St Thomas, ON N5R
I chose to become a School Psychologist because I have a passion for helping individuals identify their strengths and improve their learning abilities. My main goal is to assist parents in understanding the underlying causes of their child's learning difficulties and provide them with guidance on how to address these challenges. Additionally, I strive to support adults in gaining a better understanding of themselves. My area of focus involves working with individuals who may have suspected or confirmed learning difficulties, ADHD, and/or Autism.
I chose to become a School Psychologist because I have a passion for helping individuals identify their strengths and improve their learning abilities. My main goal is to assist parents in understanding the underlying causes of their child's learning difficulties and provide them with guidance on how to address these challenges. Additionally, I strive to support adults in gaining a better understanding of themselves. My area of focus involves working with individuals who may have suspected or confirmed learning difficulties, ADHD, and/or Autism.
(226) 212-7583 View (226) 212-7583
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Devon Church RN, Psychotherapy - Sex Therapy
RN, Psychotherapist, BScN
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a firm believer that therapy doesn't have to feel like a trip to the dentist. I specialize in awkward topics, it's important to me that our conversations feel like you're talking to a trusted friend. I help individuals, relationships (mono & ENM) as well as polycules & whole family units. I offer a compassion focused therapy model, often coupled with CBT strategies & dad jokes to help us work through the tough stuff. As an RN Psychotherapist, I not only know traditional psychotherapy techniques but I have knowledge in anatomy/physiology, medication management and I've taken specific education focused in sex therapy.
Welcome! I'm a firm believer that therapy doesn't have to feel like a trip to the dentist. I specialize in awkward topics, it's important to me that our conversations feel like you're talking to a trusted friend. I help individuals, relationships (mono & ENM) as well as polycules & whole family units. I offer a compassion focused therapy model, often coupled with CBT strategies & dad jokes to help us work through the tough stuff. As an RN Psychotherapist, I not only know traditional psychotherapy techniques but I have knowledge in anatomy/physiology, medication management and I've taken specific education focused in sex therapy.
(226) 702-2740 View (226) 702-2740
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Kristen McKinnon
Registered Psychotherapist, MC:AT, DVATI, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R
I believe in the innate goodness of people and the power of connection to influence positive change. My focus is to help you grow authentically and holistically so you feel as though you are thriving, not just surviving. I have a special passion for working with individuals navigating life transitions, new and expecting mothers, and those experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, interpersonal conflicts, concussion management, and self-esteem. I believe through building stronger, healthier, and more connected individuals and families we can create a positive a ripple-effect in our society.
I believe in the innate goodness of people and the power of connection to influence positive change. My focus is to help you grow authentically and holistically so you feel as though you are thriving, not just surviving. I have a special passion for working with individuals navigating life transitions, new and expecting mothers, and those experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, interpersonal conflicts, concussion management, and self-esteem. I believe through building stronger, healthier, and more connected individuals and families we can create a positive a ripple-effect in our society.
(226) 773-1909 View (226) 773-1909
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Katherine Dimoff
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified
3 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
Not accepting new clients
You’ve lost your way. You’re not the parent or partner you want to be. Reactions come quickly and regrets soon follow. Solutions aren’t coming as easily as they used to, and you alternate between anxiousness and despair. Some days you feel okay and others, like today, you admit that maybe you need a different approach. It feels as if you’ve lost hope and faith in your ability to cope with the many stresses that have come your way. A new child. A relationship conflict. A loss. And so, you find yourself here, contemplating this next step. You’ve come to the right place.
You’ve lost your way. You’re not the parent or partner you want to be. Reactions come quickly and regrets soon follow. Solutions aren’t coming as easily as they used to, and you alternate between anxiousness and despair. Some days you feel okay and others, like today, you admit that maybe you need a different approach. It feels as if you’ve lost hope and faith in your ability to cope with the many stresses that have come your way. A new child. A relationship conflict. A loss. And so, you find yourself here, contemplating this next step. You’ve come to the right place.
(226) 840-2133 View (226) 840-2133
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Vicki Wiebe
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5R
In this stage of my career, I am being called to coach and support others in the mental health field to thrive in their work through providing clinical supervision services to professionals. As an RP, I want to utilize my experience and create an authentic relationship and learning environment so that new clinicians can develop their competence and skillset. As an experienced clinical leader, and Gallup Certified Manager, I can also offer a unique strengths based assessment using Clifton Strengths. I will work with you to understand how your unique talents can achieve a balance and satisfaction in the important work that we do.
In this stage of my career, I am being called to coach and support others in the mental health field to thrive in their work through providing clinical supervision services to professionals. As an RP, I want to utilize my experience and create an authentic relationship and learning environment so that new clinicians can develop their competence and skillset. As an experienced clinical leader, and Gallup Certified Manager, I can also offer a unique strengths based assessment using Clifton Strengths. I will work with you to understand how your unique talents can achieve a balance and satisfaction in the important work that we do.
(226) 756-1464 View (226) 756-1464
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Cynthia Herr
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
Accepting new clients! Are you living with chronic pain, or other chronic illnesses? Are depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues unwelcome guests in your life? Are you frustrated because, despite treatment and your best efforts, you continue to struggle? Do you compare yourself to the way you used to be, and long for your "old self" back? Health issues can be overwhelming, unpredictable, and often take a toll on relationships. Sometimes you may barely recognize the person you've become, or the life you're leading. To complicate matters, health care is challenging, so accessing treatment can be difficult and frustrating.
Accepting new clients! Are you living with chronic pain, or other chronic illnesses? Are depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues unwelcome guests in your life? Are you frustrated because, despite treatment and your best efforts, you continue to struggle? Do you compare yourself to the way you used to be, and long for your "old self" back? Health issues can be overwhelming, unpredictable, and often take a toll on relationships. Sometimes you may barely recognize the person you've become, or the life you're leading. To complicate matters, health care is challenging, so accessing treatment can be difficult and frustrating.
(226) 271-1387 View (226) 271-1387
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Lauren Hare
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
St Thomas, ON N5P
Teens and young adults have so much going on and can really struggle. Even when they look good on the outside. Between school stuff, friend drama, boyfriends, girlfriends, breakups, jobs, sports, and trying to cope and manage with everything coming their way, it's no wonder they blow up, shut down, and lose it. And when parents try to help, they're "nagging" or "don't understand." Counselling can help them find their way back. I work teens to help figure things out and manage their big feelings in a healthier way, letting them feel more in control, reduce anxiety and depression, and help get them back on track.
Teens and young adults have so much going on and can really struggle. Even when they look good on the outside. Between school stuff, friend drama, boyfriends, girlfriends, breakups, jobs, sports, and trying to cope and manage with everything coming their way, it's no wonder they blow up, shut down, and lose it. And when parents try to help, they're "nagging" or "don't understand." Counselling can help them find their way back. I work teens to help figure things out and manage their big feelings in a healthier way, letting them feel more in control, reduce anxiety and depression, and help get them back on track.
(226) 702-2463 View (226) 702-2463

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in St Thomas, ON

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in St Thomas, ON who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
86% Depression
80% Stress
78% Coping Skills
77% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% Green Shield Canada
45% Blue Cross
45% Manulife

How Counsellors in St Thomas, ON see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in St Thomas?

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.