Therapists in Waterloo, ON

Photo of Rory Bos, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Rory Bos
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2J
Hi, I'm Rory! I'm so happy you landed here! I have the privilege to walk alongside children, teenagers, & families through both the struggles and celebrations that define us! My play-based approach & focus on emotional awareness allows children, teenagers & families to explore their thoughts & feelings in a safe & supportive setting. I support children and teenagers experiencing challenges with neurodivergency (ASD & ADHD), anger, emotional regulation, OCD, self-harm & suicidial ideation. anxiety, anger, emotional regulation, school-based concerns, OCD.
Hi, I'm Rory! I'm so happy you landed here! I have the privilege to walk alongside children, teenagers, & families through both the struggles and celebrations that define us! My play-based approach & focus on emotional awareness allows children, teenagers & families to explore their thoughts & feelings in a safe & supportive setting. I support children and teenagers experiencing challenges with neurodivergency (ASD & ADHD), anger, emotional regulation, OCD, self-harm & suicidial ideation. anxiety, anger, emotional regulation, school-based concerns, OCD.
(289) 804-1500 View (289) 804-1500
Photo of Lolita Schmalenberg, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Lolita Schmalenberg
Registered Social Worker, RSW, GDipGC, GCertSH, BASc
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2J
Mental wellness is a right - sometimes we need an unbiased supporter to help us get back on a healthier pathway. Whether you find yourself stuck due to work or school issues, are having difficulties in your relationship, are recovering from a trauma, dealing with anxiety or simply are looking to change behaviours that are no longer aligned with your goals, know that you don’t have to face this alone. Let me help you .
Mental wellness is a right - sometimes we need an unbiased supporter to help us get back on a healthier pathway. Whether you find yourself stuck due to work or school issues, are having difficulties in your relationship, are recovering from a trauma, dealing with anxiety or simply are looking to change behaviours that are no longer aligned with your goals, know that you don’t have to face this alone. Let me help you .
(519) 745-4141 View (519) 745-4141
Photo of Di-Anne Martin, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Di-Anne Martin
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2T
Racing or intrusive thoughts, feelings of isolation & intense overwhelming situations or feelings can quickly make life seem unbearable. In these moments, having an empathetic, genuine & non- judgmental clinician to help understand & process feelings can make all the difference in the world. I'm a registered social worker with a wealth of experience providing collaborative, strength based & client focused care to individuals/families struggling with a variety of issues that are negatively impacting their social, emotional and mental well-being. I am dedicated to providing support & encouragement throughout your therapeutic journey.
Racing or intrusive thoughts, feelings of isolation & intense overwhelming situations or feelings can quickly make life seem unbearable. In these moments, having an empathetic, genuine & non- judgmental clinician to help understand & process feelings can make all the difference in the world. I'm a registered social worker with a wealth of experience providing collaborative, strength based & client focused care to individuals/families struggling with a variety of issues that are negatively impacting their social, emotional and mental well-being. I am dedicated to providing support & encouragement throughout your therapeutic journey.
(548) 483-5411 View (548) 483-5411
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Susan Darlene Merli
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Susan Merli, MACP, RP(Q), PCC, CEBS
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2J
If you're looking for a psychotherapist who listens deeply, creates a nurturing space for acceptance and curiosity to flourish and a safe harbour where empathy and compassion thrive, please consider Authentika Psychotherapy. I'll work with you to co-create solutions that are practical, attainable, and realistic. I see clients for many reasons. Some want to set clear and healthy boundaries while others are looking to better communicate needs and have healthier relationships. Many want to reduce stress and anxiety and move beyond trauma experiences. Whatever the reason, I'm here to help you with your mental health goals.
If you're looking for a psychotherapist who listens deeply, creates a nurturing space for acceptance and curiosity to flourish and a safe harbour where empathy and compassion thrive, please consider Authentika Psychotherapy. I'll work with you to co-create solutions that are practical, attainable, and realistic. I see clients for many reasons. Some want to set clear and healthy boundaries while others are looking to better communicate needs and have healthier relationships. Many want to reduce stress and anxiety and move beyond trauma experiences. Whatever the reason, I'm here to help you with your mental health goals.
(226) 605-6413 View (226) 605-6413
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McKaylah Nurse
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MSc
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2L  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Please note: Not currently accepting new clients. I support clients who struggle with unfulfillment and disconnection as they navigate life & relationships, due to the influences of marginalization & systemic oppression. I help you work towards self-acceptance & becoming firm and secure in who you are: your identities & authentic self-expression, so you can build relationships which honour these things. Whatever your particular circumstance is, you are taking the bold steps to be supported along this journey. I am here to walk alongside you and support you through this inherently vulnerable, seldom linear process.
Please note: Not currently accepting new clients. I support clients who struggle with unfulfillment and disconnection as they navigate life & relationships, due to the influences of marginalization & systemic oppression. I help you work towards self-acceptance & becoming firm and secure in who you are: your identities & authentic self-expression, so you can build relationships which honour these things. Whatever your particular circumstance is, you are taking the bold steps to be supported along this journey. I am here to walk alongside you and support you through this inherently vulnerable, seldom linear process.
(548) 490-2292 View (548) 490-2292
Photo of Sarah Amos, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Sarah Amos
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2L
Therapy should be thought of no different than going to the doctor or dentist. If you think about it, your mind is the motor that drives your thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and behaviours - easily argued the MOST important asset of your health! I'd love to help you find "home" in yourself, inviting you to explore the you that's wanting to show up in all the ways you hope to. Counselling can be a deeply humbling and transformational experience. With more than a decade in the field, I'm prepared with the right knowledge and tools to assist on your therapeutic journey.
Therapy should be thought of no different than going to the doctor or dentist. If you think about it, your mind is the motor that drives your thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and behaviours - easily argued the MOST important asset of your health! I'd love to help you find "home" in yourself, inviting you to explore the you that's wanting to show up in all the ways you hope to. Counselling can be a deeply humbling and transformational experience. With more than a decade in the field, I'm prepared with the right knowledge and tools to assist on your therapeutic journey.
(226) 780-3396 View (226) 780-3396
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Liberation Counselling, Grant Martin
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MSW, RSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2J
Waitlist for new clients
Are you stuck in fear, grief, panic, anger, and/or shame on account of past traumas? Do these feelings have you locked in patterns of addiction, self-hatred, self-isolation, or blaming others? Are these patterns negatively impacting your sense of self and relationships? Trauma processing therapies can help! Are you struggling to do the things you want to do; or not do the things you don’t want to do? Do your thoughts dominate you – telling you who you can and can’t be in this world? Is your life shrinking as you struggle to control or avoid painful thoughts and emotions? Therapies focused on processes of change can help!
Are you stuck in fear, grief, panic, anger, and/or shame on account of past traumas? Do these feelings have you locked in patterns of addiction, self-hatred, self-isolation, or blaming others? Are these patterns negatively impacting your sense of self and relationships? Trauma processing therapies can help! Are you struggling to do the things you want to do; or not do the things you don’t want to do? Do your thoughts dominate you – telling you who you can and can’t be in this world? Is your life shrinking as you struggle to control or avoid painful thoughts and emotions? Therapies focused on processes of change can help!
(226) 640-8912 View (226) 640-8912
Photo of Shannon Marie Thompson, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Shannon Marie Thompson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RYT
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2K
Hello! I know life is extremely difficult sometimes. With that said, my goal when meeting a client is to find out how they would like their life to be and feel different. Together, we will look at your struggles, feelings, thoughts and patterns while always holding that vision for a better future. Whether you are dealing with negative thoughts, physical pain, depression, anxiety, a difficult life transition, low self esteem or worth issues, fearful thoughts, loss of direction, overthinking, lack of focus or reduced quality of life - we can work together to feel the feels, get clear on your values and look at what brings you joy!
Hello! I know life is extremely difficult sometimes. With that said, my goal when meeting a client is to find out how they would like their life to be and feel different. Together, we will look at your struggles, feelings, thoughts and patterns while always holding that vision for a better future. Whether you are dealing with negative thoughts, physical pain, depression, anxiety, a difficult life transition, low self esteem or worth issues, fearful thoughts, loss of direction, overthinking, lack of focus or reduced quality of life - we can work together to feel the feels, get clear on your values and look at what brings you joy!
(226) 756-1544 View (226) 756-1544
Photo of Geoffrey Reekie, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Geoffrey Reekie
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2K
Don't Suffer Any longer - We can help. At ASSIST Counselling and Psychiatric Services we provide rapid and long-lasting relief from the mental, emotional and physical pain caused by trauma, abuse, mental illness, infidelity, and addictions. Using cutting edge, best practice therapeutic approaches, we can help you recover fast. At ASSIST we pride ourselves on being accessible and reliable. We offer initial appointments in hours, not weeks. We offer relief in 1-5 sessions. We have psychiatrists who can provide assessments and consultations in days, not months. Don't wait until a problem harms your family, career or health.
Don't Suffer Any longer - We can help. At ASSIST Counselling and Psychiatric Services we provide rapid and long-lasting relief from the mental, emotional and physical pain caused by trauma, abuse, mental illness, infidelity, and addictions. Using cutting edge, best practice therapeutic approaches, we can help you recover fast. At ASSIST we pride ourselves on being accessible and reliable. We offer initial appointments in hours, not weeks. We offer relief in 1-5 sessions. We have psychiatrists who can provide assessments and consultations in days, not months. Don't wait until a problem harms your family, career or health.
(249) 493-6449 View (249) 493-6449
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Vera Kelim
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MPsy
Verified
3 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2J
Hi, dear future client. As a specialist for adults, my expertise is complicated decision-making processes, challenging emotions, stress, trauma, and grieving. My special area of experience is work with Children, Teens, and Parents. Any questions about development, processing difficult experiences and emotions, or just the right parenting skills: I'd love to help you. Psychotherapy is my vocation, and I've worked in private and group counselling for over 20 years. I'm fluent in both English and Russian.
Hi, dear future client. As a specialist for adults, my expertise is complicated decision-making processes, challenging emotions, stress, trauma, and grieving. My special area of experience is work with Children, Teens, and Parents. Any questions about development, processing difficult experiences and emotions, or just the right parenting skills: I'd love to help you. Psychotherapy is my vocation, and I've worked in private and group counselling for over 20 years. I'm fluent in both English and Russian.
(226) 807-6027 View (226) 807-6027
Photo of Jennifer Clarke, Registered Psychotherapist in Waterloo, ON
Jennifer Clarke
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP, CYT
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L
Difficult life experiences can have a profound effect on our health, at times creating blockages and tightly held patterns in our minds, bodies, and relationships. Learning to move through these struggles can be challenging - it can also be very freeing. With a genuine concern for your well-being, and a warm and compassionate approach, I work with you to help you connect with your higher self and draw forth the intuitive healer that is already within you. I integrate the art and science of psychology with spirituality and music in a way that is heartfelt and relatable.
Difficult life experiences can have a profound effect on our health, at times creating blockages and tightly held patterns in our minds, bodies, and relationships. Learning to move through these struggles can be challenging - it can also be very freeing. With a genuine concern for your well-being, and a warm and compassionate approach, I work with you to help you connect with your higher self and draw forth the intuitive healer that is already within you. I integrate the art and science of psychology with spirituality and music in a way that is heartfelt and relatable.
(226) 499-4154 View (226) 499-4154
Photo of Guillermo Rodriguez, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Guillermo Rodriguez
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L
In life there are many paths to take; some are laid out for us, others we opt out of, and some come at a crossroads. Knowing what to do can become challenging and giving ourselves the space to explore where we are going or how we got there, can be a difficult process to undertake. Whether you find yourself lost, tired, and or uncertain, know that you do not have to come to these places alone. As someone on their own journey I understand the value of making sense and meaning of the stories we tell about ourselves, as these are the stories that will speak to how we view ourselves, others, and or communicate with the people we love.
In life there are many paths to take; some are laid out for us, others we opt out of, and some come at a crossroads. Knowing what to do can become challenging and giving ourselves the space to explore where we are going or how we got there, can be a difficult process to undertake. Whether you find yourself lost, tired, and or uncertain, know that you do not have to come to these places alone. As someone on their own journey I understand the value of making sense and meaning of the stories we tell about ourselves, as these are the stories that will speak to how we view ourselves, others, and or communicate with the people we love.
(226) 887-8747 View (226) 887-8747
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Jennifer Helmuth
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2J
When things don’t work out the way that you’ve envisioned, feelings of sadness, worry, or frustration can take over. You may often find yourself asking, “Why am I not happy?” and experience an overwhelming sense of grief in parts of your life that seem to have shifted. As you move through these changes, it’s hard for you to recognize yourself, affecting your communication and the quality of your relationships. You’re struggling to make sense of what’s happening around you and are in need of more clarity and direction.
When things don’t work out the way that you’ve envisioned, feelings of sadness, worry, or frustration can take over. You may often find yourself asking, “Why am I not happy?” and experience an overwhelming sense of grief in parts of your life that seem to have shifted. As you move through these changes, it’s hard for you to recognize yourself, affecting your communication and the quality of your relationships. You’re struggling to make sense of what’s happening around you and are in need of more clarity and direction.
(226) 790-3759 View (226) 790-3759
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Bonnie Taylor Counselling & Consulting Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW , RSW
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L  (Online Only)
Reaching out for therapy is a significant step to feeling less stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or isolated. I can support you to develop strategies and skills to increase life satisfaction, feel more positive, hopeful & increase your mental wellness, by offering you the space to discover more about yourself, your strengths, relationships and goals. I take a compassionate and sensitive approach when providing therapy. I will work with you to establish your goals, which may be personal, professional or within your relationships. I can help you to recognize your inner strengths, provide a safe neutral space & customize a treatment plan.
Reaching out for therapy is a significant step to feeling less stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or isolated. I can support you to develop strategies and skills to increase life satisfaction, feel more positive, hopeful & increase your mental wellness, by offering you the space to discover more about yourself, your strengths, relationships and goals. I take a compassionate and sensitive approach when providing therapy. I will work with you to establish your goals, which may be personal, professional or within your relationships. I can help you to recognize your inner strengths, provide a safe neutral space & customize a treatment plan.
(226) 773-2357 View (226) 773-2357
Photo of Gabrielle Lamm, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Waterloo, ON
Gabrielle Lamm
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP (Q), BHsc
Verified
10 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2L
If you are struggling to navigate your relationships or need help finding solutions to your problems, I am here to help. I support individuals from all backgrounds to help them clarify, pursue, and achieve their goals. By establishing trust and openness in our relationship, we will work together to understand who you are in your relational and cultural context. I will help you find ways to amplify your strengths so they can be an asset to you.
If you are struggling to navigate your relationships or need help finding solutions to your problems, I am here to help. I support individuals from all backgrounds to help them clarify, pursue, and achieve their goals. By establishing trust and openness in our relationship, we will work together to understand who you are in your relational and cultural context. I will help you find ways to amplify your strengths so they can be an asset to you.
(226) 270-5983 View (226) 270-5983
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Julia Mills
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified
2 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2L  (Online Only)
Whether it's anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or anything in between, it's all welcome in my office. Let's talk! My clients want to see progress, to resolve problems, or to feel like themselves again, but aren't quite sure where to start. I work collaboratively with my clients, so we find something that works uniquely for each person.
Whether it's anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or anything in between, it's all welcome in my office. Let's talk! My clients want to see progress, to resolve problems, or to feel like themselves again, but aren't quite sure where to start. I work collaboratively with my clients, so we find something that works uniquely for each person.
(365) 300-8363 View (365) 300-8363
Photo of Tara L Boyce, Registered Social Worker in Waterloo, ON
Tara L Boyce
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, P
Verified
3 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2V
Are things piling up and feeling like too much? Are you minimizing your pain? Do you pour energy into the things that sap your soul? Do you need a safe space to be understood and return to yourself? To remember who you are? If you are ready to begin looking at yourself with acceptance and compassion, I am waiting for your call. There are reasons for your current struggles and suffering. My philosophy is that you are already wired with many strengths and that we all need a little help along the way to get ourselves where we need to go.
Are things piling up and feeling like too much? Are you minimizing your pain? Do you pour energy into the things that sap your soul? Do you need a safe space to be understood and return to yourself? To remember who you are? If you are ready to begin looking at yourself with acceptance and compassion, I am waiting for your call. There are reasons for your current struggles and suffering. My philosophy is that you are already wired with many strengths and that we all need a little help along the way to get ourselves where we need to go.
(226) 270-1368 View (226) 270-1368
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Dhirjinder Kaur Bhutal
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, CCC, RPQ, EMDR
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L  (Online Only)
When you begin to consider seeking assistance, the work begins to minimize your problem. As a certified Counselor with more than ten years of experience providing services to diverse populations on various mental health issues including family issues, I am here to assist you. I take pride in my clients' healing. I look forward to assisting many more people.
When you begin to consider seeking assistance, the work begins to minimize your problem. As a certified Counselor with more than ten years of experience providing services to diverse populations on various mental health issues including family issues, I am here to assist you. I take pride in my clients' healing. I look forward to assisting many more people.
(226) 270-3277 View (226) 270-3277
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Sidra Sayed
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, ON N2J  (Online Only)
My experience with people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has helped me gain a vast amount of knowledge utilizing behavioural strategies. Over time, I developed an interest in employing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with individuals and youths living with Depression and Anxiety.
My experience with people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has helped me gain a vast amount of knowledge utilizing behavioural strategies. Over time, I developed an interest in employing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with individuals and youths living with Depression and Anxiety.
(226) 546-1043 View (226) 546-1043
Photo of John Dinner, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Waterloo, ON
John Dinner
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L
Feeling anxious or fearful? Unsettled or unsure about the future? I'm here to support you navigate life's challenges and gain clarity about the way forward that's best for you. My clients routinely discover new insights about themselves, their circumstances and ways to relieve the pain and frustration they're experiencing. You can count on a therapeutic experience where you feel accepted, understood and safe. In a relaxed setting, we'll tackle the serious work of therapy together, anticipating breakthroughs that heal and strengthen. Your well-being and return to health is my sole focus.
Feeling anxious or fearful? Unsettled or unsure about the future? I'm here to support you navigate life's challenges and gain clarity about the way forward that's best for you. My clients routinely discover new insights about themselves, their circumstances and ways to relieve the pain and frustration they're experiencing. You can count on a therapeutic experience where you feel accepted, understood and safe. In a relaxed setting, we'll tackle the serious work of therapy together, anticipating breakthroughs that heal and strengthen. Your well-being and return to health is my sole focus.
(226) 406-5213 View (226) 406-5213

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Waterloo, ON

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Counsellors in Waterloo, ON who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
83% Self Esteem
81% Stress
75% Coping Skills
71% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

58% SunLife
56% Green Shield Canada
52% Manulife

How Counsellors in Waterloo, ON see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Waterloo?

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.