Therapists in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON

Photo of Nakema McManamna, Registered Social Worker in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON
Nakema McManamna
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5X  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Making the decision to expand your family is one of life's most difficult transitions. It is a journey that no one should have to undertake alone. Through one-to-one psychotherapy, I support people throughout their perinatal mental health journey including pregnancy planning, infertility, grief, processing labour and delivery, and post-partum transitions.
Making the decision to expand your family is one of life's most difficult transitions. It is a journey that no one should have to undertake alone. Through one-to-one psychotherapy, I support people throughout their perinatal mental health journey including pregnancy planning, infertility, grief, processing labour and delivery, and post-partum transitions.
(289) 276-7416 View (289) 276-7416
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Allie Dainow
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6G
Many women struggle with self-confidence because of the unrealistic expectations placed on us. These messages cause you to be hard on yourself, focusing on your mistakes and not noticing what you've done well. When your thoughts and feelings have been dismissed, you start to doubt yourself. This often spirals into overthinking, where even small decisions are hard to make. If you've been taught that your needs don't matter, it can seem impossible to set boundaries or assert yourself. I specialize in providing therapy to women that helps you develop your self-confidence, cope with stress and build healthy relationships.
Many women struggle with self-confidence because of the unrealistic expectations placed on us. These messages cause you to be hard on yourself, focusing on your mistakes and not noticing what you've done well. When your thoughts and feelings have been dismissed, you start to doubt yourself. This often spirals into overthinking, where even small decisions are hard to make. If you've been taught that your needs don't matter, it can seem impossible to set boundaries or assert yourself. I specialize in providing therapy to women that helps you develop your self-confidence, cope with stress and build healthy relationships.
(647) 918-7147 View (647) 918-7147
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Noreen Goraya
Registered Social Worker, BSc, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5C  (Online Only)
We all have our own beautiful, messy but ultimately unique stories. Who we are, and how we present ourselves to the world and the people around us, are defined by our narratives. Sometimes the challenge is that we may not recognize the power in other narratives. Together, we can create space to address, racial and/or gender identity, relationship patterns, transition periods, sexuality and any issues impacting you and your journey. I am passionate about hearing your story and providing a safe, brave and judgement-free space, to build on your core values and strengths to discover opportunities for growth and healing.
We all have our own beautiful, messy but ultimately unique stories. Who we are, and how we present ourselves to the world and the people around us, are defined by our narratives. Sometimes the challenge is that we may not recognize the power in other narratives. Together, we can create space to address, racial and/or gender identity, relationship patterns, transition periods, sexuality and any issues impacting you and your journey. I am passionate about hearing your story and providing a safe, brave and judgement-free space, to build on your core values and strengths to discover opportunities for growth and healing.
(437) 524-0120 View (437) 524-0120
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Leo Lobbestael
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RCC, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5H
There is no one quite like you, now or historically. How you experience the world has its challenges but ultimately it is a gift. My work is committed to finding strength in diversity. Just as the soil of the earth thrives on diversity, I recognize and work collaboratively to harness the capacity that each unique individual brings. I work to embrace this richness and invite clients to do the same with all their parts. In my experiential client-centered therapeutic approach, I welcome and honour all identities, prioritizing inclusivity and empowerment. Sessions together often include Mindfulness or breathwork practices.
There is no one quite like you, now or historically. How you experience the world has its challenges but ultimately it is a gift. My work is committed to finding strength in diversity. Just as the soil of the earth thrives on diversity, I recognize and work collaboratively to harness the capacity that each unique individual brings. I work to embrace this richness and invite clients to do the same with all their parts. In my experiential client-centered therapeutic approach, I welcome and honour all identities, prioritizing inclusivity and empowerment. Sessions together often include Mindfulness or breathwork practices.
(705) 315-1139 View (705) 315-1139
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Malaka Hakim
Registered Psychotherapist, MD, MA, RP, TITC-CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6K
Malaka Hakim has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is an active member of the CRPO and a certified Clinical Traumatologist. Malaka helps clients with their stress, anxiety, depression, substance-use, anger management, behavioral issues, ADHD, ASD, along with other mental health disorders. She also works with a multitude of different approaches, including client -centered, ACT, Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT, MI, EFT, and strength based therapy. Malaka’s authentic personality, paired with a genuine respect for others allows her to work with clients that encounter varying degrees of challenges.
Malaka Hakim has a Doctorate in Medicine and a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is an active member of the CRPO and a certified Clinical Traumatologist. Malaka helps clients with their stress, anxiety, depression, substance-use, anger management, behavioral issues, ADHD, ASD, along with other mental health disorders. She also works with a multitude of different approaches, including client -centered, ACT, Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT, MI, EFT, and strength based therapy. Malaka’s authentic personality, paired with a genuine respect for others allows her to work with clients that encounter varying degrees of challenges.
(437) 224-1329 View (437) 224-1329
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Kelsey Donald
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, (Qual)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5E
Hi, I'm Kelsey Donald a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) focused on youth and adolescents at MindFit, a leading psychology clinic (or as prefer to say, "mental health gym"). Just like a "typical" gym, MindFit was designed to be accessible and inviting to anyone looking to improve their emotional well-being. From day one, I will do everything I can ensure to ensure you and, most importantly, your child feels heard, supported and valued. My apporach is structured (with weekly handouts), evidence-based, and designed to help your child develop practical and effective skills and strategies to not only cope, but thrive.
Hi, I'm Kelsey Donald a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) focused on youth and adolescents at MindFit, a leading psychology clinic (or as prefer to say, "mental health gym"). Just like a "typical" gym, MindFit was designed to be accessible and inviting to anyone looking to improve their emotional well-being. From day one, I will do everything I can ensure to ensure you and, most importantly, your child feels heard, supported and valued. My apporach is structured (with weekly handouts), evidence-based, and designed to help your child develop practical and effective skills and strategies to not only cope, but thrive.
(437) 372-5075 View (437) 372-5075
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Michelle Sattaur
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5C  (Online Only)
Do you have very high expectations of yourself and routinely go out of your way to please others, yet find it difficult to voice and prioritize your own needs? Are you feeling as though you are unable to communicate and uphold boundaries in personal and professional relationships? Do you wish to explore the impacts of past experiences on your current behaviour and responses? Perhaps you struggle with self-doubt, burnout, and general feelings of uncertainty about the future. I provide a tailored approach to therapy and specialize in helping clients work toward clarity, hope, and empowerment.
Do you have very high expectations of yourself and routinely go out of your way to please others, yet find it difficult to voice and prioritize your own needs? Are you feeling as though you are unable to communicate and uphold boundaries in personal and professional relationships? Do you wish to explore the impacts of past experiences on your current behaviour and responses? Perhaps you struggle with self-doubt, burnout, and general feelings of uncertainty about the future. I provide a tailored approach to therapy and specialize in helping clients work toward clarity, hope, and empowerment.
(289) 763-5064 View (289) 763-5064
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Andy L'Heureux
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5A  (Online Only)
Therapy doesn't have to be scary! I know first-hand what it can be like to suffer in silence, longing for change, & struggling to find someone who "gets" you. If you grew up in a home where you didn't get the support that you needed, if you went through something that you feel like you have never recovered from, or if you feel like a black sheep everywhere you go, I would be happy to co-create a non-judgmental healing space where you feel seen, heard, & valued. We can work on things like learning to understand yourself, re-gaining control of your life, & appreciating the parts of you that have clawed you out of your darkest times.
Therapy doesn't have to be scary! I know first-hand what it can be like to suffer in silence, longing for change, & struggling to find someone who "gets" you. If you grew up in a home where you didn't get the support that you needed, if you went through something that you feel like you have never recovered from, or if you feel like a black sheep everywhere you go, I would be happy to co-create a non-judgmental healing space where you feel seen, heard, & valued. We can work on things like learning to understand yourself, re-gaining control of your life, & appreciating the parts of you that have clawed you out of your darkest times.
(647) 697-4449 View (647) 697-4449
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Soroosh Vafapoor | Walk And Talk Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MPACS, MPS, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R
Are you seeking a fresh approach to therapy that combines the calming effects of nature with meaningful conversation? As a Walk and Talk therapist, I offer outdoor sessions that blend the therapeutic benefits of movement and the natural world. Together, we'll explore your challenges, goals, and emotions while walking outdoors, supporting you in feeling grounded and open to the experiences you're facing in life. I also offer sessions in-person and online.
Are you seeking a fresh approach to therapy that combines the calming effects of nature with meaningful conversation? As a Walk and Talk therapist, I offer outdoor sessions that blend the therapeutic benefits of movement and the natural world. Together, we'll explore your challenges, goals, and emotions while walking outdoors, supporting you in feeling grounded and open to the experiences you're facing in life. I also offer sessions in-person and online.
(647) 424-3185 View (647) 424-3185
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Brittany McCaughey
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4V  (Online Only)
Do you often think that the way you react, behave, and feel is wrong? Maybe you think you are too dramatic, too sensitive, or too angry, and just want to push the emotions away so you don’t have to feel anymore. But, you find that they don’t go away, regardless of what you do. This probably makes you feel frustrated, ashamed, and completely out of control. Imagine a life where you did not feel this way. You did not feel controlled by your emotions, you found joy in the ups and downs, and you felt more confident to be the person you have always wanted to be.
Do you often think that the way you react, behave, and feel is wrong? Maybe you think you are too dramatic, too sensitive, or too angry, and just want to push the emotions away so you don’t have to feel anymore. But, you find that they don’t go away, regardless of what you do. This probably makes you feel frustrated, ashamed, and completely out of control. Imagine a life where you did not feel this way. You did not feel controlled by your emotions, you found joy in the ups and downs, and you felt more confident to be the person you have always wanted to be.
(437) 800-0283 View (437) 800-0283
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Jonathan Amor
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I offer Jungian / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to people with a wide range of backgrounds, mental health issues and concerns. Whether you are looking for support through a difficult time or to embark on a deeper healing journey, my aim is to help you more fully explore, meet, feel, and process the root causes of the issues that get in your way - those blocks, patterns and wounds that keep you from moving towards realizing who you truly are and are longing to become. We work through this together within the context of a genuine, creative and secure therapeutic relationship that develops as we meet for the purposes of your healing.
I offer Jungian / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to people with a wide range of backgrounds, mental health issues and concerns. Whether you are looking for support through a difficult time or to embark on a deeper healing journey, my aim is to help you more fully explore, meet, feel, and process the root causes of the issues that get in your way - those blocks, patterns and wounds that keep you from moving towards realizing who you truly are and are longing to become. We work through this together within the context of a genuine, creative and secure therapeutic relationship that develops as we meet for the purposes of your healing.
(437) 500-6678 View (437) 500-6678
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Eun A (Euna) Heo
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S
We all face moments when life feels overwhelming, and we feel stuck and cannot seem to find a way out or a way forward. No matter what life challenges you are facing, you don't need to suffer alone and fight in solitude anymore. I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, anger issues, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I will walk with you on your journey of growth, self-discovery, and resilience to live your most fulfilled life.
We all face moments when life feels overwhelming, and we feel stuck and cannot seem to find a way out or a way forward. No matter what life challenges you are facing, you don't need to suffer alone and fight in solitude anymore. I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, anger issues, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I will walk with you on your journey of growth, self-discovery, and resilience to live your most fulfilled life.
(437) 747-5585 View (437) 747-5585
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Pathways To Connections
Registered Psychotherapist, BEd, PsychDp, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
These groups are for individuals who want to understand and improve the quality of the relationships in their lives. We will use our interactions with each other to explore interpersonal patterns that interfere with intimacy and connection with others and learn new ways of relating that deepen and strengthen the relationships to themselves and to others. In an environment of safety, trust, honesty and open communication, group members will have the opportunity to examine their style of relating to others. They will learn to live in full, open, honest relationships, experience emotional and social support and learn from others.
These groups are for individuals who want to understand and improve the quality of the relationships in their lives. We will use our interactions with each other to explore interpersonal patterns that interfere with intimacy and connection with others and learn new ways of relating that deepen and strengthen the relationships to themselves and to others. In an environment of safety, trust, honesty and open communication, group members will have the opportunity to examine their style of relating to others. They will learn to live in full, open, honest relationships, experience emotional and social support and learn from others.
(647) 930-2254 View (647) 930-2254
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Andrea Carolina Benites
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4T  (Online Only)
Dealing with changes or transitions in our lives can be a painful process. You may feel overwhelmed with emotions and uncertainties about your future. You may feel like the world you used to know changed completely and it has been difficult to reconnect to who you are. You may feel like you need to reconnect and reframe your experiences and need a safe space to take care of your emotional health. I know that can be challenging to face your vulnerability while everything is changing in a way you cannot control. Allow me to support you in this transformative process.
Dealing with changes or transitions in our lives can be a painful process. You may feel overwhelmed with emotions and uncertainties about your future. You may feel like the world you used to know changed completely and it has been difficult to reconnect to who you are. You may feel like you need to reconnect and reframe your experiences and need a safe space to take care of your emotional health. I know that can be challenging to face your vulnerability while everything is changing in a way you cannot control. Allow me to support you in this transformative process.
(437) 372-5021 View (437) 372-5021
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Tara Zadeh
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MD, LMCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S
Tara Zadeh, M.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) with a combined over 10 years of experience in helping clients with wide range of mental health challenges from longstanding severe mental disorders, PTSD, concurrent disorder to more common issues such as depression and anxiety, life transition, relationship issues, anger management, family conflict, grief and loss. In the past 10 years she has tailored her working experience in the field of mental heath and addiction, taking up different roles in diverse mental health settings.
Tara Zadeh, M.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) with a combined over 10 years of experience in helping clients with wide range of mental health challenges from longstanding severe mental disorders, PTSD, concurrent disorder to more common issues such as depression and anxiety, life transition, relationship issues, anger management, family conflict, grief and loss. In the past 10 years she has tailored her working experience in the field of mental heath and addiction, taking up different roles in diverse mental health settings.
(647) 932-1167 View (647) 932-1167
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Charlotte Fiegenbaum
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5B
I identify as a neurodivergent, cis-gender, white, settler, woman. My identity and lived experiences with mental health inform my work with clients. My approach is centered on working collaboratively with my clients so that their values, goals, and world view are at the heart of our work together. I am a visual artist and curious about bringing artistic expression into my work with clients.
I identify as a neurodivergent, cis-gender, white, settler, woman. My identity and lived experiences with mental health inform my work with clients. My approach is centered on working collaboratively with my clients so that their values, goals, and world view are at the heart of our work together. I am a visual artist and curious about bringing artistic expression into my work with clients.
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Peggy O'Leary
Psychological Associate, MEd
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4Y
I work with people whose struggle with depression, anxiety, low self esteem or addictions is getting in the way of leading a fulfilling life. For many years I have helped individuals who have experienced trauma and suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. I also work with couples experiencing ruptures in their relationship to help rebuild communication, trust and intimacy . As a family mediator I help couples resolve conflict emerging from separation and divorce.
I work with people whose struggle with depression, anxiety, low self esteem or addictions is getting in the way of leading a fulfilling life. For many years I have helped individuals who have experienced trauma and suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. I also work with couples experiencing ruptures in their relationship to help rebuild communication, trust and intimacy . As a family mediator I help couples resolve conflict emerging from separation and divorce.
(855) 463-1807 View (855) 463-1807
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Jeahlisa Bridgeman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5B  (Online Only)
I am an experienced registered social worker who is passionate about providing a validating space for people struggling with unpleasant emotions and various mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. I strongly believe that individuals have the capacity to experience meaningful lives despite difficult transitions, unexpected life changes and/or stressors. As your therapist, I offer guidance, opportunities for reflection and hopefully the occasional laugh, as you engage in your personal healing journey.
I am an experienced registered social worker who is passionate about providing a validating space for people struggling with unpleasant emotions and various mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. I strongly believe that individuals have the capacity to experience meaningful lives despite difficult transitions, unexpected life changes and/or stressors. As your therapist, I offer guidance, opportunities for reflection and hopefully the occasional laugh, as you engage in your personal healing journey.
(437) 800-0435 View (437) 800-0435
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Tiffany Moore
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
How do you find hope? You've always been the author of your own story, and despite the challenges and struggles you've faced, you've never let them define you. Even after achieving your goals, there's this lingering sense of emptiness and stagnation that's hard to shake. You understand that you're "supposed to be" happier, but the source of these negative emotions remains elusive.
How do you find hope? You've always been the author of your own story, and despite the challenges and struggles you've faced, you've never let them define you. Even after achieving your goals, there's this lingering sense of emptiness and stagnation that's hard to shake. You understand that you're "supposed to be" happier, but the source of these negative emotions remains elusive.
(437) 292-3744 View (437) 292-3744
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Elizabeth Eichler
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, MSc, CCTS-I
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5C  (Online Only)
As a registered practitioner, I aim to help clients relieve their symptoms, manage their ruminating thoughts, and process traumatic events. My experience consists of assisting people in battling negative thoughts and behaviours that are making life difficult to handle through various therapeutic techniques, including CBT, DBT, inner child work and parts work. I want to help people develop healthy coping mechanisms, strong self-awareness and a positive self-image. I hope to offer a safe space where people feel open to sharing, processing, learning, and growing.
As a registered practitioner, I aim to help clients relieve their symptoms, manage their ruminating thoughts, and process traumatic events. My experience consists of assisting people in battling negative thoughts and behaviours that are making life difficult to handle through various therapeutic techniques, including CBT, DBT, inner child work and parts work. I want to help people develop healthy coping mechanisms, strong self-awareness and a positive self-image. I hope to offer a safe space where people feel open to sharing, processing, learning, and growing.
(289) 216-3210 View (289) 216-3210

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Number of Counsellors in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON

2,000+

Average cost per session

$159

Counsellors in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
85% Self Esteem
80% Stress
71% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Green Shield Canada
62% SunLife
60% Canada Life | Great-West Life

How Counsellors in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON see their clients

50% Online Only
50% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

79% Female
18% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Central Toronto, 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.

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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.