Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Photo of Delaney Stewardson, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Delaney Stewardson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6S
Delaney has supported the mental health of teens and young adults within postsecondary, community mental health and addiction treatment settings for several years. She loves working with teens because it’s an ideal age for building the tools we need to work through challenges like anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, interpersonal conflicts and trauma. It’s a passion of hers to walk with clients through some of life’s most difficult experiences. Delaney also works with families and couples to navigate the many challenges that can arise during periods of transition.
Delaney has supported the mental health of teens and young adults within postsecondary, community mental health and addiction treatment settings for several years. She loves working with teens because it’s an ideal age for building the tools we need to work through challenges like anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, interpersonal conflicts and trauma. It’s a passion of hers to walk with clients through some of life’s most difficult experiences. Delaney also works with families and couples to navigate the many challenges that can arise during periods of transition.
(437) 500-6203 View (437) 500-6203
Photo of Alyssa Tanz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Toronto, ON
Alyssa Tanz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , RSW
Verified
Toronto, ON M6G
Do you spend your day feeling hijacked by your emotions, immobilized by fear, or paralyzed by shame? Do you find yourself stuck in problematic patterns of behaviour or relationships? Perhaps, you start to believe there must be something wrong with you. Maybe, you’ve been stuck in this cycle for so long a life without pain, fear, and judgement becomes unimaginable. You don’t deserve to feel this way and you don’t have to navigate this alone. I can help you get to a place where the pain, fear and judgment are no longer calling the shots in your life.
Do you spend your day feeling hijacked by your emotions, immobilized by fear, or paralyzed by shame? Do you find yourself stuck in problematic patterns of behaviour or relationships? Perhaps, you start to believe there must be something wrong with you. Maybe, you’ve been stuck in this cycle for so long a life without pain, fear, and judgement becomes unimaginable. You don’t deserve to feel this way and you don’t have to navigate this alone. I can help you get to a place where the pain, fear and judgment are no longer calling the shots in your life.
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Photo of Jason Gottlieb, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Toronto, ON
Jason Gottlieb
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, JD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4S
Therapy with me is an empowering, purposeful place for exploring change and increasing self awareness. We will work together to help you develop a kinder, wiser, more present and flexible relationship with yourself, while considering the unique social, cultural, and systemic influences in your life. You will find that I am warm, approachable and motivated to help you transition from a place of struggle to thriving. I work well with people in high stress situations, with relationship and parenting issues, recovering from abuse, who struggle with overwork, perfectionism, anxiety, self doubt, and those seeking a meaningful life.
Therapy with me is an empowering, purposeful place for exploring change and increasing self awareness. We will work together to help you develop a kinder, wiser, more present and flexible relationship with yourself, while considering the unique social, cultural, and systemic influences in your life. You will find that I am warm, approachable and motivated to help you transition from a place of struggle to thriving. I work well with people in high stress situations, with relationship and parenting issues, recovering from abuse, who struggle with overwork, perfectionism, anxiety, self doubt, and those seeking a meaningful life.
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Photo of Rachel Grant, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Rachel Grant
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
Welcome to Balance Self-Care,I’m glad you have taken the first step in getting support. Whether you or a loved one are grappling with a life-changing event, looking to process the past or really just focusing on the future and how to gaining helpful tools in your back-pocket, I am here. Remember, reaching out is the first step to regaining your mental health and vitality back. For so many, it's not one thing that happened, but several trajectory changes that piled one on top of another.
Welcome to Balance Self-Care,I’m glad you have taken the first step in getting support. Whether you or a loved one are grappling with a life-changing event, looking to process the past or really just focusing on the future and how to gaining helpful tools in your back-pocket, I am here. Remember, reaching out is the first step to regaining your mental health and vitality back. For so many, it's not one thing that happened, but several trajectory changes that piled one on top of another.
(226) 457-0219 View (226) 457-0219
Photo of Ramneet Lotay, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Ramneet Lotay
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Toronto, ON M5J
You might be feeling hopeless and struggling with a challenge in your life, however I want you to know that you hold a lot of strength and resiliency within yourself. Each one of us is an expert in our own lives and my passion lies in helping you recognize your strengths and abilities. I am aware of the importance of building a deep connection with those I am working with and find this to be incredibly valuable.
You might be feeling hopeless and struggling with a challenge in your life, however I want you to know that you hold a lot of strength and resiliency within yourself. Each one of us is an expert in our own lives and my passion lies in helping you recognize your strengths and abilities. I am aware of the importance of building a deep connection with those I am working with and find this to be incredibly valuable.
(437) 747-4638 View (437) 747-4638
Photo of Samantha Szirmak, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Samantha Szirmak
Registered Psychotherapist, MPsy, RP
Verified
Toronto, ON M5G
Welcome. It takes incredible courage to seek help. As your therapist, I am honoured to provide a safe space for you to tell your story, open your heart, and guide you towards the growth and change you seek. If you’re an adult or teen struggling with anxiety, depression, shame/guilt, stress, grief, low self-esteem, identity struggles, body image, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, traumatic life experiences, and/or difficult life transitions, I am here to help support you. I practice through a trauma-informed lens that values safety and trust at the core of our work together.
Welcome. It takes incredible courage to seek help. As your therapist, I am honoured to provide a safe space for you to tell your story, open your heart, and guide you towards the growth and change you seek. If you’re an adult or teen struggling with anxiety, depression, shame/guilt, stress, grief, low self-esteem, identity struggles, body image, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, traumatic life experiences, and/or difficult life transitions, I am here to help support you. I practice through a trauma-informed lens that values safety and trust at the core of our work together.
(437) 600-9640 View (437) 600-9640
Photo of Marla Schreiber, Counsellor in Toronto, ON
Marla Schreiber
Counsellor, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Marla (they/them). Exploring consensual non-monogamy (polyamory, open relationships, etc.), gender, and sexual orientation are my specialties. I work predominantly with couples and non-monogamous constellations (partnerships of more than 2). My aim is to offer accessible, wholistic, non-judgmental support services. My work is informed by anti-oppression, anti-racist, intersectional feminist, and harm-reduction philosophies. I aim to co-create respectful, safer spaces where peoples’ identities are understood within the framework of their own experiences and social context.
Hi, I’m Marla (they/them). Exploring consensual non-monogamy (polyamory, open relationships, etc.), gender, and sexual orientation are my specialties. I work predominantly with couples and non-monogamous constellations (partnerships of more than 2). My aim is to offer accessible, wholistic, non-judgmental support services. My work is informed by anti-oppression, anti-racist, intersectional feminist, and harm-reduction philosophies. I aim to co-create respectful, safer spaces where peoples’ identities are understood within the framework of their own experiences and social context.
(647) 799-3707 View (647) 799-3707
Photo of Tijana Pesic, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Toronto, ON
Tijana Pesic
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6G
I provide individual, couples & family therapy. Do you feel burdened by your thoughts? Are feeling overwhelmed? Do you find it challenging to fall asleep at night? Do you wish that you could just turn your mind off, to finally get a few moments of peace? I can help you take your life back, feel better, experience ease of being and get more restful sleep. I help individuals overcome anxiety, depression, burnout, overwhelm & stress. I also help couples who have many unmet needs; feel frustrated, resentful & angry in their relationship; struggle to communicate effectively; no longer experience intimacy or have lost trust.
I provide individual, couples & family therapy. Do you feel burdened by your thoughts? Are feeling overwhelmed? Do you find it challenging to fall asleep at night? Do you wish that you could just turn your mind off, to finally get a few moments of peace? I can help you take your life back, feel better, experience ease of being and get more restful sleep. I help individuals overcome anxiety, depression, burnout, overwhelm & stress. I also help couples who have many unmet needs; feel frustrated, resentful & angry in their relationship; struggle to communicate effectively; no longer experience intimacy or have lost trust.
(437) 747-8453 View (437) 747-8453
Photo of Rosa Antunes-Casey, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Rosa Antunes-Casey
Registered Psychotherapist, PR, OCT, CPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4N
I have been on this journey of personal development and growth myself, and I understand how challenging it can be to take the step towards transformation. Exploring the inner self, personality, relationships, childhood traumas, and issues that are getting in the way of living a fulfilling life, takes courage. This work is a process and my approach is client centred. As a therapist, I foster a compassionate and caring environment where clients feel safe and supported in their therapy process. I realize the importance of each person's life story and how the uniqueness, and expression of it can impact how they live.
I have been on this journey of personal development and growth myself, and I understand how challenging it can be to take the step towards transformation. Exploring the inner self, personality, relationships, childhood traumas, and issues that are getting in the way of living a fulfilling life, takes courage. This work is a process and my approach is client centred. As a therapist, I foster a compassionate and caring environment where clients feel safe and supported in their therapy process. I realize the importance of each person's life story and how the uniqueness, and expression of it can impact how they live.
(289) 805-6270 View (289) 805-6270
Photo of Jenn Horne, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Jenn Horne
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5X  (Online Only)
Is anxiety, sadness, stress or grief making it hard for you to be present or experience joy or meaning in your life? Or perhaps the challenges of living with suspected or diagnosed ADHD feels like too much. Are you struggling to navigate your relationships or career, or suffering with the wounds of new or old trauma? Maybe you feel the pressures of your responsibilities mounting. Are you dealing with a change in identity or role, such as becoming a parent? If any of these sound like you, let’s connect. In our work, we will build a foundation of trust, empathy and compassion around your unique concerns, goals and strengths.
Is anxiety, sadness, stress or grief making it hard for you to be present or experience joy or meaning in your life? Or perhaps the challenges of living with suspected or diagnosed ADHD feels like too much. Are you struggling to navigate your relationships or career, or suffering with the wounds of new or old trauma? Maybe you feel the pressures of your responsibilities mounting. Are you dealing with a change in identity or role, such as becoming a parent? If any of these sound like you, let’s connect. In our work, we will build a foundation of trust, empathy and compassion around your unique concerns, goals and strengths.
(647) 695-0296 View (647) 695-0296
Photo of Robyn J Stephens, Psychologist in Toronto, ON
Robyn J Stephens
Psychologist, PhD , CPsych
Verified
Toronto, ON M5T
We offer 20+ yrs of experience working with children, youth & adults, specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders & neurodiversity: Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1 ASD/Asperger's), ADD/ADHD, Anxiety and OCD; Learning Disabilities & Giftedness. Dr. Stephens and her team are dedicated to providing clarity of diagnoses, practical strategies and therapeutic support to improve everyday lives of children, teens, adults and their families. We also offer academic planning and support, adhd coaching, and individual therapy for school/career/social related stressors in English, French, Mandarin, Spanish and Romanian.
We offer 20+ yrs of experience working with children, youth & adults, specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders & neurodiversity: Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 1 ASD/Asperger's), ADD/ADHD, Anxiety and OCD; Learning Disabilities & Giftedness. Dr. Stephens and her team are dedicated to providing clarity of diagnoses, practical strategies and therapeutic support to improve everyday lives of children, teens, adults and their families. We also offer academic planning and support, adhd coaching, and individual therapy for school/career/social related stressors in English, French, Mandarin, Spanish and Romanian.
(437) 747-6194 View (437) 747-6194
Photo of Leah Weisberg Integrative Mental Health Nurse in Toronto, ON
Leah Weisberg Integrative Mental Health Nurse
RN , BScN, BC-NC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3H
You feel uncomfortable speaking up. You don’t like saying no to others. You feel like you aren’t so great at what you do, and you feel that you aren’t lovable. You wish you could have more confidence. You wish you could feel more comfortable in social situations, and you wish you knew how to be more compassionate towards yourself. I know what its like to struggle with low self-esteem, and I know you want to develop a better sense of self. I know that these feelings might stem from your childhood experiences, that they come with anxiety and that they really get you down at times. I’m here to help.
You feel uncomfortable speaking up. You don’t like saying no to others. You feel like you aren’t so great at what you do, and you feel that you aren’t lovable. You wish you could have more confidence. You wish you could feel more comfortable in social situations, and you wish you knew how to be more compassionate towards yourself. I know what its like to struggle with low self-esteem, and I know you want to develop a better sense of self. I know that these feelings might stem from your childhood experiences, that they come with anxiety and that they really get you down at times. I’m here to help.
(647) 492-2764 View (647) 492-2764
Photo of Dr. Joyce Zhu - Centre For Psychology And Emotional Health, Psychologist in Toronto, ON
Dr. Joyce Zhu - Centre For Psychology And Emotional Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Dr. Zhu has experience treating adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety (e.g., generalized , panic disorder, social, agoraphobia, health, OCD), depression and other mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), pain conditions (acute and chronic pain), as well as trauma, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. She also supports individuals managing productivity, stress, and burnout in high pressure environments and has a special interest in treating individuals with diverse and intersecting identities.
Dr. Zhu has experience treating adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety (e.g., generalized , panic disorder, social, agoraphobia, health, OCD), depression and other mood disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), pain conditions (acute and chronic pain), as well as trauma, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. She also supports individuals managing productivity, stress, and burnout in high pressure environments and has a special interest in treating individuals with diverse and intersecting identities.
(437) 747-6295 View (437) 747-6295
Photo of Jean Giroux, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Toronto, ON
Jean Giroux
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP , MA
Verified
Toronto, ON M4W
My practice specializes in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, obsessive behaviours, insomnia and other lifestyle concerns, interpersonal and intimate relationship challenges, and a sense of lack of meaning or purpose in life. I use an integral and person-centered approach, one which considers and values a person in all of their dimensions: mind, body, spirit, heart and culture.
My practice specializes in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, obsessive behaviours, insomnia and other lifestyle concerns, interpersonal and intimate relationship challenges, and a sense of lack of meaning or purpose in life. I use an integral and person-centered approach, one which considers and values a person in all of their dimensions: mind, body, spirit, heart and culture.
(437) 747-7934 View (437) 747-7934
Photo of Karl Hardy, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Karl Hardy
Registered Psychotherapist, MPS, RP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6B  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with post-secondary students, professors, arts and cultural creators, political activists, as well as anyone seeking culturally-sensitive and spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. I am experienced providing psychotherapy and spiritual care at many area hospitals including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the University Health Network. I believe we must recognize that intersectional social and cultural factors influence our daily lives and impact our mental health. I seek to empower clients and support them in claiming their own power to grow and heal.
I specialize in working with post-secondary students, professors, arts and cultural creators, political activists, as well as anyone seeking culturally-sensitive and spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. I am experienced providing psychotherapy and spiritual care at many area hospitals including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the University Health Network. I believe we must recognize that intersectional social and cultural factors influence our daily lives and impact our mental health. I seek to empower clients and support them in claiming their own power to grow and heal.
(437) 747-6425 View (437) 747-6425
Photo of Emily Chan, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Emily Chan
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P
Currently accepting both in-person and virtual clients. Going through life can be challenging and we could all use a little help sometimes, and therapy is a great place to start! My aim is to make therapy as resourceful, relatable and enjoyable as possible. I believe that therapy is proactive, and ensure that my clients feel supported throughout and after our work together. Anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, and relationships are my primary focus as my personal and professional experience allow me to empathize with those experiencing these issues.
Currently accepting both in-person and virtual clients. Going through life can be challenging and we could all use a little help sometimes, and therapy is a great place to start! My aim is to make therapy as resourceful, relatable and enjoyable as possible. I believe that therapy is proactive, and ensure that my clients feel supported throughout and after our work together. Anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, and relationships are my primary focus as my personal and professional experience allow me to empathize with those experiencing these issues.
(647) 955-6758 View (647) 955-6758
Photo of Tatjana Kecman, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Tatjana Kecman
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y
Unfolding, experiencing and living our authentic selves is what I am passionate about. I am highly skilled in guiding clients in accessing and exploring obstacles that are results of our deeply rooted beliefs. Unquestioned beliefs or limiting thoughts that can manifest as anxiety, depression or other psycho-emotional difficulties can actually be guiding lights on our journey to our true Selves. The essence of our being remains untouched as we grow and is waiting to be found and reconnected with. When you connect on a deeper level with your Self, your purpose, gifts, and talents show in their fullness and potentials show up.
Unfolding, experiencing and living our authentic selves is what I am passionate about. I am highly skilled in guiding clients in accessing and exploring obstacles that are results of our deeply rooted beliefs. Unquestioned beliefs or limiting thoughts that can manifest as anxiety, depression or other psycho-emotional difficulties can actually be guiding lights on our journey to our true Selves. The essence of our being remains untouched as we grow and is waiting to be found and reconnected with. When you connect on a deeper level with your Self, your purpose, gifts, and talents show in their fullness and potentials show up.
(647) 560-1731 View (647) 560-1731
Photo of Dana Kamin, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Dana Kamin
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S
Do you find past trauma affecting your day-to-day life? Are you looking for a safe space to discuss challenges you might struggle to put into words? Perhaps it’s hard to recognize the roots of uncomfortable feelings and everyday struggles, but you know you don’t want to feel the way you do. I started ThriveWell Counselling in 2017, with the unwavering belief in the possibilities of moving from Surviving to Thriving. As a Registered Social Worker (RSW), EMDR Certified Therapist and Clinic Owner, I believe that counselling and psychotherapy are often an integral part of healing and learning to not only thrive, but to thrive well!
Do you find past trauma affecting your day-to-day life? Are you looking for a safe space to discuss challenges you might struggle to put into words? Perhaps it’s hard to recognize the roots of uncomfortable feelings and everyday struggles, but you know you don’t want to feel the way you do. I started ThriveWell Counselling in 2017, with the unwavering belief in the possibilities of moving from Surviving to Thriving. As a Registered Social Worker (RSW), EMDR Certified Therapist and Clinic Owner, I believe that counselling and psychotherapy are often an integral part of healing and learning to not only thrive, but to thrive well!
(437) 747-8183 View (437) 747-8183
Photo of Dr. Sajedeh Zahraei, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Dr. Sajedeh Zahraei
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6G
We live in a traumatized world with many factors impacting our mental health and well-being negatively. Everything from war, conflicts, racial violence, displacement, loss, grief, family and relationship issues, life transitions, all test our strength and ability to cope with the demands of everyday life. We all need support, human connection, kindness and compassion to get through these difficult times. It can be difficult to reach out for help and embark on an unknown path to a healing journey. It takes courage and commitment to engage in therapy but it can also be extremely rewarding when you get the appropriate support.
We live in a traumatized world with many factors impacting our mental health and well-being negatively. Everything from war, conflicts, racial violence, displacement, loss, grief, family and relationship issues, life transitions, all test our strength and ability to cope with the demands of everyday life. We all need support, human connection, kindness and compassion to get through these difficult times. It can be difficult to reach out for help and embark on an unknown path to a healing journey. It takes courage and commitment to engage in therapy but it can also be extremely rewarding when you get the appropriate support.
(437) 747-1898 View (437) 747-1898
Photo of Jennifer Brownstein, Psychologist in Toronto, ON
Jennifer Brownstein
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4G  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients-The best way to reach me is through email to schedule a phone consult* I am committed to working collaboratively with you to create a safe space so that you can embrace your vulnerabilities, foster strengths and increase resilience. I specialize in a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, self-development, relationship difficulties, divorce and unresolved caregiver relationships. Rather than solely focusing on a diagnosis, I believe that it is important to recognize the whole person, which includes all areas of your well-being.
Accepting New Clients-The best way to reach me is through email to schedule a phone consult* I am committed to working collaboratively with you to create a safe space so that you can embrace your vulnerabilities, foster strengths and increase resilience. I specialize in a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, self-development, relationship difficulties, divorce and unresolved caregiver relationships. Rather than solely focusing on a diagnosis, I believe that it is important to recognize the whole person, which includes all areas of your well-being.
(437) 747-8867 View (437) 747-8867

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Toronto, ON

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Toronto, ON who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
84% Relationship Issues
84% Self Esteem
80% Stress
72% Coping Skills
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% Green Shield Canada
60% SunLife
57% Canada Life | Great-West Life

How Counsellors in Toronto, ON see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
17% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Toronto?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.