Therapists in V5S

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Photo of Cailey Strauss, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Cailey Strauss
Counsellor, PhD, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing ethical, empirically supported, and nonjudgmental mental health care to a wide range of individuals. I love working with people who are unsure of whether therapy is right for them or not - I like a tough crowd! It is part of my job to figure out how best to serve you. I truly believe that we carry our early attachment experiences with us throughout life, and they can both help and hinder us. Together we can unravel the mess and find out what's going on.
I am passionate about providing ethical, empirically supported, and nonjudgmental mental health care to a wide range of individuals. I love working with people who are unsure of whether therapy is right for them or not - I like a tough crowd! It is part of my job to figure out how best to serve you. I truly believe that we carry our early attachment experiences with us throughout life, and they can both help and hinder us. Together we can unravel the mess and find out what's going on.
(249) 501-5189 View (249) 501-5189
Photo of Amanda Hille Counselling, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Amanda Hille Counselling
Counsellor
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S
As a counsellor, I'm passionate about helping people overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Working with individuals that are motivated and determined to make positive changes in their lives. They may be struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, or other mental health concerns that impact their day-to-day functioning. Individuals looking to reduce symptoms of distress, improve their relationships, increase self-awareness, develop coping skills, or find a greater sense of purpose. Therapy is a way for them to gain insight, and develop effective strategies for difficult emotions or situations.
As a counsellor, I'm passionate about helping people overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Working with individuals that are motivated and determined to make positive changes in their lives. They may be struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, or other mental health concerns that impact their day-to-day functioning. Individuals looking to reduce symptoms of distress, improve their relationships, increase self-awareness, develop coping skills, or find a greater sense of purpose. Therapy is a way for them to gain insight, and develop effective strategies for difficult emotions or situations.
(548) 798-0459 View (548) 798-0459
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Janeen Mills
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, current
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
I completed my graduate courses in counselling psychology at Yorkville University and am a counselling intern with Ravin Aulak Counselling (RAC). RAC is committed to anti-oppression by acknowledging and incorporating the impact of systemic and socio-cultural oppression. What draws me to socially just practice is that many systems oppress individuals, families, and communities. Anti-oppression aligns with my approach, as I believe it is difficult to fully embrace and understand oneself without understanding the power dynamics and inherently racist, patriarchal, and dominant systems that oppress one's identity and sense of self.
I completed my graduate courses in counselling psychology at Yorkville University and am a counselling intern with Ravin Aulak Counselling (RAC). RAC is committed to anti-oppression by acknowledging and incorporating the impact of systemic and socio-cultural oppression. What draws me to socially just practice is that many systems oppress individuals, families, and communities. Anti-oppression aligns with my approach, as I believe it is difficult to fully embrace and understand oneself without understanding the power dynamics and inherently racist, patriarchal, and dominant systems that oppress one's identity and sense of self.
(226) 839-0433 View (226) 839-0433
Photo of Denis Pavlovic, Pre-Licensed Professional in V5S, BC
Denis Pavlovic
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
I love working with clients of all walks of life and welcome anyone who is looking to begin their journeys for change, regardless of what that change may look like. I approach each session with compassion and encouragement, opening the floor for us to collaboratively work towards developing a therapeutic goal and striving towards achieving it. I adopt a holistic approach, allowing me to ask questions and learn more about your past, present and future tense, as everyone’s journey and process is different and unique to them.
I love working with clients of all walks of life and welcome anyone who is looking to begin their journeys for change, regardless of what that change may look like. I approach each session with compassion and encouragement, opening the floor for us to collaboratively work towards developing a therapeutic goal and striving towards achieving it. I adopt a holistic approach, allowing me to ask questions and learn more about your past, present and future tense, as everyone’s journey and process is different and unique to them.
(249) 496-3092 View (249) 496-3092
Photo of Ravin Aulak, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Ravin Aulak
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
Whether you have landed here because you are seeking support for the first time, or you are embarking on a new chapter of your healing, the first steps in finding a new therapist come with many different thoughts and feelings. Often, the experience can be accompanied by uncertainty of what to expect, perhaps some fear or anxiousness, and even some excitement or curiosity about what you might uncover. Whatever your experience may be, I want to commend you for showing up for yourself in this way and acknowledge the courage it has taken to get here.
Whether you have landed here because you are seeking support for the first time, or you are embarking on a new chapter of your healing, the first steps in finding a new therapist come with many different thoughts and feelings. Often, the experience can be accompanied by uncertainty of what to expect, perhaps some fear or anxiousness, and even some excitement or curiosity about what you might uncover. Whatever your experience may be, I want to commend you for showing up for yourself in this way and acknowledge the courage it has taken to get here.
(343) 429-8147 View (343) 429-8147
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Dr. Taravat Ostovar
Psychologist, R Psych
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S
I provide scientifically supported assessment and treatments to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and have 15 years experience with a wide range of concerns and psychosocial conditions including anxiety and panic attacks/reactions, attachment patterns, stress and trauma related conditions including PTSD, nervous system dysregulation, chronic pain and illness, mood problems including depression, parenting difficulties, relationship and marital problems, problematic personality patterns, self-harm behaviours, suicidal ideation, self-worth, grief and bereavement, life transitions, and adjustment issues.
I provide scientifically supported assessment and treatments to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and have 15 years experience with a wide range of concerns and psychosocial conditions including anxiety and panic attacks/reactions, attachment patterns, stress and trauma related conditions including PTSD, nervous system dysregulation, chronic pain and illness, mood problems including depression, parenting difficulties, relationship and marital problems, problematic personality patterns, self-harm behaviours, suicidal ideation, self-worth, grief and bereavement, life transitions, and adjustment issues.
(249) 504-1988 View (249) 504-1988
Photo of Veronika Sztopa Counselling, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Veronika Sztopa Counselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and I aim to provide a safe space for you to express yourself and feel empowered. Using a trauma-informed and culturally-competent lens, I provide counselling to clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression, suicidality and self-harm, stress and self-esteem concerns, grief and loss, challenges with relationships and communication, abuse and intimate partner violence, addiction and substance use concerns, 2SLGBTQ+ identity exploration, as well as cancer diagnoses and caregiver support.
I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and I aim to provide a safe space for you to express yourself and feel empowered. Using a trauma-informed and culturally-competent lens, I provide counselling to clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression, suicidality and self-harm, stress and self-esteem concerns, grief and loss, challenges with relationships and communication, abuse and intimate partner violence, addiction and substance use concerns, 2SLGBTQ+ identity exploration, as well as cancer diagnoses and caregiver support.
(431) 244-1197 View (431) 244-1197
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Jo Neill
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
You are often experiencing circular arguments, or a complete stand off when it comes to communicating, and it feels as if the love between you has all but disappeared. You are at a loss as to how to untangle the situation that you are in. Life is busy and stressful and something needs to change or your relationship could quite possibly be over. You want to feel the love again. You want to be able to talk to each other and be heard and understood. You want to wake up each day feeling calm and happy and excited for the future, knowing you and your partner are a team, in this journey of life together.
You are often experiencing circular arguments, or a complete stand off when it comes to communicating, and it feels as if the love between you has all but disappeared. You are at a loss as to how to untangle the situation that you are in. Life is busy and stressful and something needs to change or your relationship could quite possibly be over. You want to feel the love again. You want to be able to talk to each other and be heard and understood. You want to wake up each day feeling calm and happy and excited for the future, knowing you and your partner are a team, in this journey of life together.
(647) 692-4363 View (647) 692-4363
Photo of Christine Houtman, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Christine Houtman
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’re too sensitive? Or do you feel shy or overwhelmed around other people? Are you quietly struggling with high-functioning anxiety or perfectionism? Are any of these affecting your relationships? I work with many clients just like you. Sometimes emotions can feel very overwhelming and hold you back in life causing you to feel stuck. You deserve a safe space to talk about what you are experiencing and to freely express your feelings and beliefs. I offer a non-judgmental space for you to share anything you are struggling with right now. LGBTQIA2S+ friendly.
Do you feel like you’re too sensitive? Or do you feel shy or overwhelmed around other people? Are you quietly struggling with high-functioning anxiety or perfectionism? Are any of these affecting your relationships? I work with many clients just like you. Sometimes emotions can feel very overwhelming and hold you back in life causing you to feel stuck. You deserve a safe space to talk about what you are experiencing and to freely express your feelings and beliefs. I offer a non-judgmental space for you to share anything you are struggling with right now. LGBTQIA2S+ friendly.
(778) 766-4441 View (778) 766-4441
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Living Hope Counselling Services
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
Hope Changes Everything “Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.” L.R. Knost. Life can be beautiful, vibrant, expanding and joy filled. It can also have times of great uncertainty, overwhelm, fears running rampant, a sense of hopelessness, thoughts of inadequacy, unworthiness and feeling unlovable. Whole health is an intricate interweaving of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts within you. Each has a dynamic interweaving impact on you. Bring your curiosity and willingness to explore your time of Life Transition. It can be a rich and fertile building time of hidden treasures unfolding.
Hope Changes Everything “Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.” L.R. Knost. Life can be beautiful, vibrant, expanding and joy filled. It can also have times of great uncertainty, overwhelm, fears running rampant, a sense of hopelessness, thoughts of inadequacy, unworthiness and feeling unlovable. Whole health is an intricate interweaving of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts within you. Each has a dynamic interweaving impact on you. Bring your curiosity and willingness to explore your time of Life Transition. It can be a rich and fertile building time of hidden treasures unfolding.
(579) 400-0765 View (579) 400-0765
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Monika Ulrich
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Burnaby, BC V5S
Life can sometimes feel like a rough sea and counselling can help you navigate the turbulent waters. It is my goal to provide a space where you can work through challenging issues and provide support to navigate these areas of your life. I will support you by acknowledging your unique experiences and struggles with life circumstances, inviting you to explore new ways of coping. It is my belief that connecting to the body, using techniques such as breathing, noticing sensations, and recognizing how sensations are linked to feelings often provides insight and are powerful resources to work through emotions.
Life can sometimes feel like a rough sea and counselling can help you navigate the turbulent waters. It is my goal to provide a space where you can work through challenging issues and provide support to navigate these areas of your life. I will support you by acknowledging your unique experiences and struggles with life circumstances, inviting you to explore new ways of coping. It is my belief that connecting to the body, using techniques such as breathing, noticing sensations, and recognizing how sensations are linked to feelings often provides insight and are powerful resources to work through emotions.
(778) 762-0857 View (778) 762-0857
Photo of Aaron Van Beilen - Uniquely Affordable, Registered Psychotherapist in V5S, BC
Aaron Van Beilen - Uniquely Affordable
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S
Our lives are full of challenges, but they can be overcome by working together. We can all find strength through connection and support. If you are seeking more from life, talking to a psychotherapist can help you along your journey. I am here to help you find peace and a greater sense of inner freedom. I listen deeply to your needs with respect and compassion. I offer individual therapy for a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, habit change, finding motivation, and relationships.
Our lives are full of challenges, but they can be overcome by working together. We can all find strength through connection and support. If you are seeking more from life, talking to a psychotherapist can help you along your journey. I am here to help you find peace and a greater sense of inner freedom. I listen deeply to your needs with respect and compassion. I offer individual therapy for a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, stress, habit change, finding motivation, and relationships.
(437) 886-2895 View (437) 886-2895
Photo of Dorcas Lee, Registered Social Worker in V5S, BC
Dorcas Lee
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S
Conflicts in relationships are inevitable. In healthy relationships, unexpected changes can be destabilizing; in strained relationships, new disagreements and big decisions can feel crippling — grief, anger, anxiety, and trauma obscuring any good way forward. With my support, you will be able to graciously move through conversations that once felt impossibly difficult. Communication with family members — a partner, an aging parent, a sibling, a child or teen — will foster understanding rather than hostility. Healthy resolution will feel possible again, even in the most challenging processes, such as separation, illness, or death.
Conflicts in relationships are inevitable. In healthy relationships, unexpected changes can be destabilizing; in strained relationships, new disagreements and big decisions can feel crippling — grief, anger, anxiety, and trauma obscuring any good way forward. With my support, you will be able to graciously move through conversations that once felt impossibly difficult. Communication with family members — a partner, an aging parent, a sibling, a child or teen — will foster understanding rather than hostility. Healthy resolution will feel possible again, even in the most challenging processes, such as separation, illness, or death.
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The Modern Therapy Clinic
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
- Currently accepting clients - At The Modern Therapy Clinic, we are registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology; we provide quality mental health care. We want to warmly welcome you and we appreciate how much courage it must have taken to take this step. With every session, we endeavour to bring kindness, warmth, and unique insight towards your concerns. With an emphasis on compassion, we sincerely want you to feel heard and cared for. We want you to feel well again.
- Currently accepting clients - At The Modern Therapy Clinic, we are registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology; we provide quality mental health care. We want to warmly welcome you and we appreciate how much courage it must have taken to take this step. With every session, we endeavour to bring kindness, warmth, and unique insight towards your concerns. With an emphasis on compassion, we sincerely want you to feel heard and cared for. We want you to feel well again.
(506) 405-0440 View (506) 405-0440
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Jess Marshall
Counsellor, RCT-C, MA
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S
Feeling disconnected? Perhaps you're struggling to exist in a society that doesn't feel like its accepting of you? I specialize in working with clients who often feel they diverge from societal norms. I have special interest in working with clients who may describe themselves as belonging to these groups: Neurodiverse, LGBTQIA+, Ethically Non-Monogamous, Kinky, and/or those involved in non-traditional family/relationship dynamics. If this is you, now that you are not alone! My experience may not be the same as yours, but through collaboration, we can work together to help find the best treatment methods for your unique situation.
Feeling disconnected? Perhaps you're struggling to exist in a society that doesn't feel like its accepting of you? I specialize in working with clients who often feel they diverge from societal norms. I have special interest in working with clients who may describe themselves as belonging to these groups: Neurodiverse, LGBTQIA+, Ethically Non-Monogamous, Kinky, and/or those involved in non-traditional family/relationship dynamics. If this is you, now that you are not alone! My experience may not be the same as yours, but through collaboration, we can work together to help find the best treatment methods for your unique situation.
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Photo of Linda Hay Hypnosis in V5S, BC
Linda Hay Hypnosis
RN, BScN, CH
Vancouver, BC V5S
Do you suffer from low self esteem, lack of confidence, have stress, anxiety or panic attacks? Do you need to make changes in your life like stop smoking or vaping, lose weight , sleep better, or need help with chronic pain, phobias, or addictions? Have you ever considered Hypnotherapy? It works!! I am a retired nurse, grief educator and a hypnotherapist, certified through the National Guild of Hypnosis [NGH]. Besides hypnosis, I practice NLP and Neuroplasticity for trauma, PTSD and symptoms of illness such as Parkinson's, Stroke, and Fibromyalgia .
Do you suffer from low self esteem, lack of confidence, have stress, anxiety or panic attacks? Do you need to make changes in your life like stop smoking or vaping, lose weight , sleep better, or need help with chronic pain, phobias, or addictions? Have you ever considered Hypnotherapy? It works!! I am a retired nurse, grief educator and a hypnotherapist, certified through the National Guild of Hypnosis [NGH]. Besides hypnosis, I practice NLP and Neuroplasticity for trauma, PTSD and symptoms of illness such as Parkinson's, Stroke, and Fibromyalgia .
(226) 909-2370 View (226) 909-2370
Photo of Robyn Kozak, Counsellor in V5S, BC
Robyn Kozak
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S
Whether it is struggles with pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, relationships, anxiety, mood, or past trauma, I support individuals with identifying what they want to be different in their life and co-creating a plan for our work together. As a counsellor, it is a privilege to support clients in their journeys to find more joy, feel less overwhelmed by difficult emotions, improve relationships, and feel more compassion for themselves. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their values and how to foster these into a meaningful life.
Whether it is struggles with pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, relationships, anxiety, mood, or past trauma, I support individuals with identifying what they want to be different in their life and co-creating a plan for our work together. As a counsellor, it is a privilege to support clients in their journeys to find more joy, feel less overwhelmed by difficult emotions, improve relationships, and feel more compassion for themselves. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their values and how to foster these into a meaningful life.
(506) 496-0803 View (506) 496-0803
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BMpowered
Counsellor, Coach, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
We live in times of constant hurrying, chronic stress, and much uncertainty in view of political, cultural and technological changes. This context makes it even harder to work through unresolved situations, overcome negative beliefs, regulate emotions, be a good friend/partner/parent/sibling/child, set healthy boundaries, enhance self-esteem and seek personal development. You know your issues, yet talking about them and knowing what you “have to” do to improve your wellbeing doesn’t help – you don’t have the time, motivation or energy to deal with all on your plate. I know the feeling, having been through challenges of my own.
We live in times of constant hurrying, chronic stress, and much uncertainty in view of political, cultural and technological changes. This context makes it even harder to work through unresolved situations, overcome negative beliefs, regulate emotions, be a good friend/partner/parent/sibling/child, set healthy boundaries, enhance self-esteem and seek personal development. You know your issues, yet talking about them and knowing what you “have to” do to improve your wellbeing doesn’t help – you don’t have the time, motivation or energy to deal with all on your plate. I know the feeling, having been through challenges of my own.
(604) 330-1709 View (604) 330-1709
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Mark Giesbrecht
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CCC, RCC
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S  (Online Only)
Are you looking for an Online Therapist? Do you have problems that are not getting better no matter how hard you try? Have you looked for help but not sure where to go and you do not want to burden your friends and family? Well, I can help you. You do not have to stay stuck because you do not know what to do or believe there is no hope for change. I can help you find the hope and learn how to overcome your challenges and difficulties.
Are you looking for an Online Therapist? Do you have problems that are not getting better no matter how hard you try? Have you looked for help but not sure where to go and you do not want to burden your friends and family? Well, I can help you. You do not have to stay stuck because you do not know what to do or believe there is no hope for change. I can help you find the hope and learn how to overcome your challenges and difficulties.
(587) 602-2736 View (587) 602-2736
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Dr. Thomas Wiens
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych, MA, BA Hons
Verified
Vancouver, BC V5S
Dr. Wiens assists professionals to manage the demands of their career and personal life so that they can perform at their best. This includes dealing with stressful situations, career planning and advancement, relationship challenges as well as various other mental health difficulties with motivation, focus, depression, anxiety, or anger.
Dr. Wiens assists professionals to manage the demands of their career and personal life so that they can perform at their best. This includes dealing with stressful situations, career planning and advancement, relationship challenges as well as various other mental health difficulties with motivation, focus, depression, anxiety, or anger.
(778) 488-5614 View (778) 488-5614

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Number of Counsellors in V5S

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in V5S who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Stress
85% Anxiety
85% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
75% Coping Skills
75% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Pacific Blue Cross
50% SunLife
50% Manulife

How Counsellors in V5S see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

79% Female
16% Male
5% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in V5S?

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.