Therapists in Stratford, ON

Photo of Rick Sherwood, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Rick Sherwood
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Do you feel stuck, do you feel overwhelmed are you looking for a new direction away from where you currently are? I've been there, stuck and lost and I use my background, as well as my education to assist people every day to find a new direction for their life. I have been forced to recreate myself and I can help you to create a new pathway that meets your goals. During my time as a therapist I have devised a unique supplement to counselling which is called Echo Cognitive Supplemental Therapy or ECST. These audio recordings are personalized and reaffirms the goals we discuss during your counselling sessions.
Do you feel stuck, do you feel overwhelmed are you looking for a new direction away from where you currently are? I've been there, stuck and lost and I use my background, as well as my education to assist people every day to find a new direction for their life. I have been forced to recreate myself and I can help you to create a new pathway that meets your goals. During my time as a therapist I have devised a unique supplement to counselling which is called Echo Cognitive Supplemental Therapy or ECST. These audio recordings are personalized and reaffirms the goals we discuss during your counselling sessions.
(226) 782-4335 View (226) 782-4335
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SoulScape Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BAHon, RP
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Life is nothing short of amazing. It's amazing how much we can go through and live to tell about it. It's amazing how fast kids grow up and time flies, how angry a co-worker can make you, how much compassion we can seem to have for others when we struggle to offer any to ourselves. It's amazing how much we put on our plates when all we need is to rest. It's amazing how much we can long for understanding and connection and how much opportunity can be missed right in front of our eyes. It's amazing how short life is. It's also amazing how much we can learn in the time we have, and how little steps can amount to such massive change.
Life is nothing short of amazing. It's amazing how much we can go through and live to tell about it. It's amazing how fast kids grow up and time flies, how angry a co-worker can make you, how much compassion we can seem to have for others when we struggle to offer any to ourselves. It's amazing how much we put on our plates when all we need is to rest. It's amazing how much we can long for understanding and connection and how much opportunity can be missed right in front of our eyes. It's amazing how short life is. It's also amazing how much we can learn in the time we have, and how little steps can amount to such massive change.
(226) 887-8486 View (226) 887-8486
Photo of Karen Slater, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Stratford, ON
Karen Slater
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BFA, CAPT
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy is a little bit like detective work. Therapist and client work together to try and uncover significant events and memories to better understand the impact that these experiences have had on a clients life. This understanding allows us to work together towards lasting and meaningful change. It can be a highly rewarding process, as well as a challenging one. It is important to find a therapist that you feel safe enough to engage in this type of exploration with. Without a feeling of safety and trust, this work is not possible.
Therapy is a little bit like detective work. Therapist and client work together to try and uncover significant events and memories to better understand the impact that these experiences have had on a clients life. This understanding allows us to work together towards lasting and meaningful change. It can be a highly rewarding process, as well as a challenging one. It is important to find a therapist that you feel safe enough to engage in this type of exploration with. Without a feeling of safety and trust, this work is not possible.
(548) 490-3404 View (548) 490-3404
Photo of Leah Valian, Certified Sex Therapist,Couple Health, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Leah Valian, Certified Sex Therapist,Couple Health
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CST
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A  (Online Only)
We are fucked up around the topic of sexuality. This limits our connection and desire. Did you lack positive role models to mentor you with displays of affection and healthy conflict management? I am committed to helping you to find balance, peace & pleasure. DESIRE discrepancy is our speciality. Let proper Sex Ed replace the many myths about sex that limit us. Let's get unfucked up. Sign up for your free Desire Disasters Cheat Sheet PDF here: www.couplehealth.ca/desire-disasters
We are fucked up around the topic of sexuality. This limits our connection and desire. Did you lack positive role models to mentor you with displays of affection and healthy conflict management? I am committed to helping you to find balance, peace & pleasure. DESIRE discrepancy is our speciality. Let proper Sex Ed replace the many myths about sex that limit us. Let's get unfucked up. Sign up for your free Desire Disasters Cheat Sheet PDF here: www.couplehealth.ca/desire-disasters
(226) 243-7054 View (226) 243-7054
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Don Edwards
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
My practice has four foci each supporting personal growth, identity and well-being: 1. LGBT concerns: coming out, loneliness, dating, relationships, family conflict, developing acceptance of self and by others, consolidating identity, loss and adaptation in these situations, aging, illness; 2. trauma impeding life today: neglect, abuse, bullying, exposure to dangerous or dysfunctional environments, accident, loss, etc. 3. couples: long-term, new or dating, opposite and same sex, experiencing conflict, communication disconnects, codependency, affairs, family concerns, loss, substance abuse, addictions; 4. career counseling to align temperament to vocation, achieving work/life balance, supporting job loss/search and life stage changes such as retirement.
My practice has four foci each supporting personal growth, identity and well-being: 1. LGBT concerns: coming out, loneliness, dating, relationships, family conflict, developing acceptance of self and by others, consolidating identity, loss and adaptation in these situations, aging, illness; 2. trauma impeding life today: neglect, abuse, bullying, exposure to dangerous or dysfunctional environments, accident, loss, etc. 3. couples: long-term, new or dating, opposite and same sex, experiencing conflict, communication disconnects, codependency, affairs, family concerns, loss, substance abuse, addictions; 4. career counseling to align temperament to vocation, achieving work/life balance, supporting job loss/search and life stage changes such as retirement.
(647) 955-3858 View (647) 955-3858
Photo of Erica Beuermann, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Erica Beuermann
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A  (Online Only)
Life can bring ups and downs. When it is too much and you feel overwhelmed, please reach out for help. I have helped many people who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Relationships can be affected during difficult times. I can help improve and nurture your relationship with yourself and with others.
Life can bring ups and downs. When it is too much and you feel overwhelmed, please reach out for help. I have helped many people who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Relationships can be affected during difficult times. I can help improve and nurture your relationship with yourself and with others.
(548) 918-5432 View (548) 918-5432
Photo of Linda Mackay, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Linda Mackay
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
Not accepting new clients
I have learned that we cannot separate our mind from our body and spirit and so embrace an integrated model of therapies including mindfulness-based practices and a variety of skills to help with: mood challenges, managing change, loss and grief, relationship challenges. workplace burnout and caregiver fatigue, performance barriers and fears, life transitions, and trauma. We suffer as human beings, but we can find relief with compassionate understanding for our suffering. We can heal, we can find the space within to cultivate a life of purpose, meaning and joy.
I have learned that we cannot separate our mind from our body and spirit and so embrace an integrated model of therapies including mindfulness-based practices and a variety of skills to help with: mood challenges, managing change, loss and grief, relationship challenges. workplace burnout and caregiver fatigue, performance barriers and fears, life transitions, and trauma. We suffer as human beings, but we can find relief with compassionate understanding for our suffering. We can heal, we can find the space within to cultivate a life of purpose, meaning and joy.
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Photo of Ashley Neveu, Registered Psychotherapist in Stratford, ON
Ashley Neveu
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
In-Person & Virtual. Online Booking. Tired of feeling this way? Do you find yourself stuck in the same pattern? Want to do more than just sit with it? I can help you! You do the work & show up & we can get you where you want to be. No more pain, fear or frustration. A plan of action and forward movement. Relationship issues? No problem. Emotions out of control? I got you. Reactions out of proportion? No sweat. WE got this! Together we can make real change for YOU!
In-Person & Virtual. Online Booking. Tired of feeling this way? Do you find yourself stuck in the same pattern? Want to do more than just sit with it? I can help you! You do the work & show up & we can get you where you want to be. No more pain, fear or frustration. A plan of action and forward movement. Relationship issues? No problem. Emotions out of control? I got you. Reactions out of proportion? No sweat. WE got this! Together we can make real change for YOU!
(226) 286-4926 View (226) 286-4926
Photo of Stephanie Elizabeth Boyd, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Stratford, ON
Stephanie Elizabeth Boyd
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q), Reg PT
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Are you facing a challenge and needing to find a way forward? Sometimes life is hard. Our lives include many experiences, including grief, loss, anxiety, and conflicts. Everyone deserves the opportunity to grow and live life to the fullest. As a spiritually integrated psychotherapist, I do not shy away from existential questions or exploring our place in the world. I am passionate about holistic treatment approaches. I am not a religious therapist, and I enjoy working with others from all faith backgrounds, including those who identify as agnostic or atheist.
Are you facing a challenge and needing to find a way forward? Sometimes life is hard. Our lives include many experiences, including grief, loss, anxiety, and conflicts. Everyone deserves the opportunity to grow and live life to the fullest. As a spiritually integrated psychotherapist, I do not shy away from existential questions or exploring our place in the world. I am passionate about holistic treatment approaches. I am not a religious therapist, and I enjoy working with others from all faith backgrounds, including those who identify as agnostic or atheist.
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Photo of Compass Counselling and Mediation Services, Counsellor in Stratford, ON
Compass Counselling and Mediation Services
Counsellor, MA, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
Feeling overwhelmed? Every one of us has had challenges in our lives. Some, at times, can appear to be simply too daunting to manage. Counselling can assist you in facing life's challenges but it's important to find a cousellor that is good fit for you. At Compass we take care to build trust and relationships with our clients. We can assist you to make a plan for change and to regain hope. Families, Couples and Individuals have all benefitted from chooseing Compass Counselling in difficult times. We invite you will give us a call or send us an email to begin your work with us.
Feeling overwhelmed? Every one of us has had challenges in our lives. Some, at times, can appear to be simply too daunting to manage. Counselling can assist you in facing life's challenges but it's important to find a cousellor that is good fit for you. At Compass we take care to build trust and relationships with our clients. We can assist you to make a plan for change and to regain hope. Families, Couples and Individuals have all benefitted from chooseing Compass Counselling in difficult times. We invite you will give us a call or send us an email to begin your work with us.
(548) 483-6398 View (548) 483-6398
Photo of Hilary Fair, Registered Psychotherapist in Stratford, ON
Hilary Fair
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A  (Online Only)
Many clients find their way to therapy because they feel anxious, burnt out, and overwhelmed. Often, they are also newly aware of the negative impact these states are having on relationships with their loved ones, their work, and themselves. At a practical level, I help my clients reduce their symptoms of anxiety; at a deeper level, I help them unearth the unconscious beliefs that direct "problem" behaviours and patterns that are no longer serving them. I believe that what we become conscious of we can change, and that when we are empowered in this way we can then live more creatively-fulfilled, peaceful, and satisfying lives.
Many clients find their way to therapy because they feel anxious, burnt out, and overwhelmed. Often, they are also newly aware of the negative impact these states are having on relationships with their loved ones, their work, and themselves. At a practical level, I help my clients reduce their symptoms of anxiety; at a deeper level, I help them unearth the unconscious beliefs that direct "problem" behaviours and patterns that are no longer serving them. I believe that what we become conscious of we can change, and that when we are empowered in this way we can then live more creatively-fulfilled, peaceful, and satisfying lives.
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Photo of Rebecca Cuthbert, Registered Psychotherapist in Stratford, ON
Rebecca Cuthbert
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Waitlist for new clients
Making the decision to engage in therapy can be difficult, finding the right therapist can feel even more challenging. To lessen this obstacle, I offer a NO FEE initial session so that you can find the right fit without the added cost. Drawing from the latest knowledge in neuroscience, trauma, and attachment, I bring over 14 years of clinical experience to help you make sense of your inner world; how it impacts your relationship with yourself, with others, and how you engage in your environment. Together, we can use this awareness to move towards having more agency over your thoughts, responses, and your experience of your life.
Making the decision to engage in therapy can be difficult, finding the right therapist can feel even more challenging. To lessen this obstacle, I offer a NO FEE initial session so that you can find the right fit without the added cost. Drawing from the latest knowledge in neuroscience, trauma, and attachment, I bring over 14 years of clinical experience to help you make sense of your inner world; how it impacts your relationship with yourself, with others, and how you engage in your environment. Together, we can use this awareness to move towards having more agency over your thoughts, responses, and your experience of your life.
(226) 780-8837 View (226) 780-8837
Photo of Dan Coburn Counselling, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Dan Coburn Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
I am a Psychotherapist and Social Worker (MSW, RSW) with a passion for supporting people in creating healthy, fulfilling relationships. We are wired for love as human beings. And now a wealth of scientific research on attachment relationships backs this up. This means our closest relationships impact us in significant ways. On one hand, loving relationships are essential for supporting our growth and wellbeing. On the other hand, difficulties in our closest relationships fuel many of our most painful emotional struggles. So relationships hugely impact our health and wellbeing, for better or for worse.
I am a Psychotherapist and Social Worker (MSW, RSW) with a passion for supporting people in creating healthy, fulfilling relationships. We are wired for love as human beings. And now a wealth of scientific research on attachment relationships backs this up. This means our closest relationships impact us in significant ways. On one hand, loving relationships are essential for supporting our growth and wellbeing. On the other hand, difficulties in our closest relationships fuel many of our most painful emotional struggles. So relationships hugely impact our health and wellbeing, for better or for worse.
(548) 457-2421 View (548) 457-2421
Photo of Brent Cairn Pleasance in Stratford, ON
Brent Cairn Pleasance
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
The world is changing, and we can all feel and see it. The value of taking care of our mental health is becoming increasingly important, as we become more aware of our past and as we step into our future together. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, confused, lost, or you may simply not know how to feel or what to feel. You may have difficulty communicating. You may be feeling good but just want to explore yourself or are curious to grow in unique and different ways. Maybe you are having relationship issues, or maybe you want to reconnect to spirituality. These are all wonderful reasons to talk to a counsellor.
The world is changing, and we can all feel and see it. The value of taking care of our mental health is becoming increasingly important, as we become more aware of our past and as we step into our future together. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, confused, lost, or you may simply not know how to feel or what to feel. You may have difficulty communicating. You may be feeling good but just want to explore yourself or are curious to grow in unique and different ways. Maybe you are having relationship issues, or maybe you want to reconnect to spirituality. These are all wonderful reasons to talk to a counsellor.
(289) 805-3325 View (289) 805-3325
Photo of Stephanie Lappano, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Stratford, ON
Stephanie Lappano
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A
At times in life, difficult and overwhelming thoughts, feelings, behaviours or circumstances can leave us feeling alone and lost. It can be hard to reach out for support when we feel like this. I recognize the barriers that may exist in accessing mental health support, and strive to normalize therapy and make it an inviting, positive experience. It is my hope to create a warm and caring, safe, non-judgemental space in which clients feel understood and valued.
At times in life, difficult and overwhelming thoughts, feelings, behaviours or circumstances can leave us feeling alone and lost. It can be hard to reach out for support when we feel like this. I recognize the barriers that may exist in accessing mental health support, and strive to normalize therapy and make it an inviting, positive experience. It is my hope to create a warm and caring, safe, non-judgemental space in which clients feel understood and valued.
(548) 489-0627 View (548) 489-0627
Photo of Bridget McCann, Registered Psychotherapist in Stratford, ON
Bridget McCann
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A  (Online Only)
Every single one of us experiences life from a unique lens, which is influenced by the various factors in our day-to-day lives. But sometimes, our lens becomes cloudy, making it feel as though we can’t see which direction we’re going. That's where I come in. My approach to psychotherapy focuses on helping clients gain clarity, overcome barriers, and experience positive transformative change towards mental and physical wellness. This is achieved through collaboratively working with clients and providing them with skills, resources, and a safe space to be their true selves.
Every single one of us experiences life from a unique lens, which is influenced by the various factors in our day-to-day lives. But sometimes, our lens becomes cloudy, making it feel as though we can’t see which direction we’re going. That's where I come in. My approach to psychotherapy focuses on helping clients gain clarity, overcome barriers, and experience positive transformative change towards mental and physical wellness. This is achieved through collaboratively working with clients and providing them with skills, resources, and a safe space to be their true selves.
(548) 483-6639 View (548) 483-6639
Photo of Esscey Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Stratford, ON
Esscey Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stratford, ON N5A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes, we come to a point in our lives when we know that change is necessary, but we may not know where or how to start. It can be distressing, uncomfortable, and overwhelming to confront the experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that stand in our way of meaningful change and growth. You don’t have to go on this journey alone. At Esscey Psychotherapy, I provide warm, safe, and judgement-free therapy to clients over the age of 18 that allows for deeper exploration of your wants, needs, challenges, and concerns. I welcome clients from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
Sometimes, we come to a point in our lives when we know that change is necessary, but we may not know where or how to start. It can be distressing, uncomfortable, and overwhelming to confront the experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that stand in our way of meaningful change and growth. You don’t have to go on this journey alone. At Esscey Psychotherapy, I provide warm, safe, and judgement-free therapy to clients over the age of 18 that allows for deeper exploration of your wants, needs, challenges, and concerns. I welcome clients from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
(226) 779-7883 View (226) 779-7883
Photo of Christa Mercey, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Stratford, ON
Christa Mercey
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q), MTA, MMT
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Life's challenges can be overwhelming, leaving you feeling lost and burdened by emotional struggles. You might be facing trauma, anxiety, depression, or grappling with sleep disturbances that seem insurmountable. I want you to know that it's okay to feel this way; your experiences are valid, and you are not alone. As a compassionate and empathetic Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Certified Music Therapist, I offer a safe and accepting space where we can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences together.
Life's challenges can be overwhelming, leaving you feeling lost and burdened by emotional struggles. You might be facing trauma, anxiety, depression, or grappling with sleep disturbances that seem insurmountable. I want you to know that it's okay to feel this way; your experiences are valid, and you are not alone. As a compassionate and empathetic Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Certified Music Therapist, I offer a safe and accepting space where we can explore your emotions, thoughts, and experiences together.
(226) 286-4588 View (226) 286-4588
Photo of Shirley Ann Brooker, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Shirley Ann Brooker
Registered Social Worker, CPTS, MSW \, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Shirley offers a relational approach to therapeutic services to young children/youth, parents, couples, and whole families. A collaborative strength-based approach is provided within a safe environment that offers growth and resilience. Experiences in therapy will empower strengths from within, build coping skills, and increase understanding of self and others to allow healing and growth.
Shirley offers a relational approach to therapeutic services to young children/youth, parents, couples, and whole families. A collaborative strength-based approach is provided within a safe environment that offers growth and resilience. Experiences in therapy will empower strengths from within, build coping skills, and increase understanding of self and others to allow healing and growth.
(548) 800-1518 View (548) 800-1518
Photo of Lindsay Rafuse, Registered Social Worker in Stratford, ON
Lindsay Rafuse
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Stratford, ON N5A
Lindsay is Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) and is passionate in supporting individuals as the navigate their way through parenthood. As a mother of two children herself, this is a topic of great importance to Lindsay. It takes a village to raise a little person in this world – every parent deserves to have the same and to not just survive parenthood but find joy in it! In addition to her work with the perinatal population, Lindsay also supports individuals experiencing a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, body image and disordered eating, stress, and self-esteem/self worth. She sees individuals ages 18+.
Lindsay is Perinatal Mental Health Certified (PMH-C) and is passionate in supporting individuals as the navigate their way through parenthood. As a mother of two children herself, this is a topic of great importance to Lindsay. It takes a village to raise a little person in this world – every parent deserves to have the same and to not just survive parenthood but find joy in it! In addition to her work with the perinatal population, Lindsay also supports individuals experiencing a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, body image and disordered eating, stress, and self-esteem/self worth. She sees individuals ages 18+.
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Number of Counsellors in Stratford, ON

80+

Average cost per session

$135

Counsellors in Stratford, ON who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
85% Self Esteem
83% Stress
80% Coping Skills
78% Relationship Issues
65% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

45% Green Shield Canada
45% SunLife
45% Canada Life | Great-West Life

How Counsellors in Stratford, ON see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Stratford?

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.