Photo of Andras F. Lenart, Counsellor in V8T, BC
Andras F. Lenart
Counsellor, RCC, MACP, BASc, CCC, MSc
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Life can be really tough sometimes. We all face challenges that make us feel anxious, rejected, and in pain as a natural part of our lives. But you don't have to go through it alone. As a therapist, I am committed to helping you navigate life's ups and downs. I believe that by turning toward our challenges in therapy, we can heal, grow, and find a more profound sense of fulfillment and radical aliveness. In my practice, I specialize in anxiety, trauma, personal growth, and relationship issues, working with both individuals and couples.
Life can be really tough sometimes. We all face challenges that make us feel anxious, rejected, and in pain as a natural part of our lives. But you don't have to go through it alone. As a therapist, I am committed to helping you navigate life's ups and downs. I believe that by turning toward our challenges in therapy, we can heal, grow, and find a more profound sense of fulfillment and radical aliveness. In my practice, I specialize in anxiety, trauma, personal growth, and relationship issues, working with both individuals and couples.
(581) 333-4405 View (581) 333-4405
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Dr. Jacqueline Armour
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, PhD, CSAT, ICADC, CPTT
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Are you struggling with addiction or the betrayal trauma of a loved one's addiction? My name is Jacqueline Armour and I would be honored to help. I understand the unique challenges of sex addiction and the impact it can have on relationships. With years of experience and extensive training in the field, my team and I offer a safe and compassionate space for individuals and couples to heal and regain control of their lives. Our expertise extends beyond sex addiction, we also provide support for those struggling with substance abuse, recognizing the complex interplay between addiction and mental health.
Are you struggling with addiction or the betrayal trauma of a loved one's addiction? My name is Jacqueline Armour and I would be honored to help. I understand the unique challenges of sex addiction and the impact it can have on relationships. With years of experience and extensive training in the field, my team and I offer a safe and compassionate space for individuals and couples to heal and regain control of their lives. Our expertise extends beyond sex addiction, we also provide support for those struggling with substance abuse, recognizing the complex interplay between addiction and mental health.
(855) 982-9605 View (855) 982-9605
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Kala McKenzie
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling exhausted by worry, or paralyzed by a harsh inner-critic? Perhaps you have noticed that your self-esteem is low; that you second-guess yourself, and you don’t really believe the nice things that other people say about you. You try to tell yourself that it is normal to make mistakes, but you feel overwhelmed by shame. Your inner-critic berates you with judgmental comments. You may find it difficult to stop thinking about mistakes, or worrying about the worst case scenario for something that hasn’t even happened yet. These feelings are painful, and you truly want to escape them but you just don’t know how.
Are you tired of feeling exhausted by worry, or paralyzed by a harsh inner-critic? Perhaps you have noticed that your self-esteem is low; that you second-guess yourself, and you don’t really believe the nice things that other people say about you. You try to tell yourself that it is normal to make mistakes, but you feel overwhelmed by shame. Your inner-critic berates you with judgmental comments. You may find it difficult to stop thinking about mistakes, or worrying about the worst case scenario for something that hasn’t even happened yet. These feelings are painful, and you truly want to escape them but you just don’t know how.
(587) 812-8463 View (587) 812-8463
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Mattie Walker
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Safer, approachable counselling. In our work, together we will co-create effective solutions for you to feel better, gain new insights, and work towards change. The counselling process is about relationship; I believe that forming a safe, genuine, and respectful helping relationship can assist in facilitating real and important change in individuals' lives.
Safer, approachable counselling. In our work, together we will co-create effective solutions for you to feel better, gain new insights, and work towards change. The counselling process is about relationship; I believe that forming a safe, genuine, and respectful helping relationship can assist in facilitating real and important change in individuals' lives.
(579) 500-3551 View (579) 500-3551
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Dulcie Ingram
Counsellor, MEd, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Imagine stepping out of survival mode into thrive mode to live your best life! If you are reeling from the loss of a love relationship, as your Conscious Uncoupling coach I will gently guide you toward healing and wholeness. Or maybe you've been contending with the negative impact of trauma and past impactful experiences, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) may well be the best option for you. Through the use of rapid eye movements, ART facilitates the resolution of problematic reactions and coping strategies. ART is effective also for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress and addictions.
Imagine stepping out of survival mode into thrive mode to live your best life! If you are reeling from the loss of a love relationship, as your Conscious Uncoupling coach I will gently guide you toward healing and wholeness. Or maybe you've been contending with the negative impact of trauma and past impactful experiences, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) may well be the best option for you. Through the use of rapid eye movements, ART facilitates the resolution of problematic reactions and coping strategies. ART is effective also for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress and addictions.
(825) 254-9594 View (825) 254-9594
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Nathan MacRae
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T  (Online Only)
There is a path forward to a fulfilling and happy future for everyone. Working together, I can support you in cultivating compassion for yourself and others, taking pride in who you are, navigating relationships and moving through the difficulties that arise in life. As a queer trans person, I use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional framework, supporting the queer, trans, kink, and non-monogamous communities in unpacking identity, sex and relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I offer gender-affirming hormone and top and gonadectomy surgical readiness assessments.
There is a path forward to a fulfilling and happy future for everyone. Working together, I can support you in cultivating compassion for yourself and others, taking pride in who you are, navigating relationships and moving through the difficulties that arise in life. As a queer trans person, I use an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional framework, supporting the queer, trans, kink, and non-monogamous communities in unpacking identity, sex and relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I offer gender-affirming hormone and top and gonadectomy surgical readiness assessments.
(604) 330-0117 View (604) 330-0117
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Deanna Leippi
Counsellor, BA, MA, CCC, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
*Accepting new clients virtually and in person* Hello my name is Deanna and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I am passionate about supporting people who struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, overwhelm, worry, low self-esteem, grief and loss. Perhaps you are struggling in your relationships with partners, children, family or friends. I can help with the challenges of life transitions and managing stress.
*Accepting new clients virtually and in person* Hello my name is Deanna and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I am passionate about supporting people who struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, overwhelm, worry, low self-esteem, grief and loss. Perhaps you are struggling in your relationships with partners, children, family or friends. I can help with the challenges of life transitions and managing stress.
(778) 761-5520 View (778) 761-5520
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Erin Green
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Hey there, I'm Erin Green, Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years experience in the helping professions. I strive to connect with people from all walks of life. Working together, I use an integrative and trauma-informed approach that is tailored to each client’s individual needs. My personal belief is that counselling is a collaborative process, where it is our mutual goal to develop a change of perspective, understanding and build resilience. I value a space that is wholeheartedly inclusive and non-judgemental.
Hey there, I'm Erin Green, Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years experience in the helping professions. I strive to connect with people from all walks of life. Working together, I use an integrative and trauma-informed approach that is tailored to each client’s individual needs. My personal belief is that counselling is a collaborative process, where it is our mutual goal to develop a change of perspective, understanding and build resilience. I value a space that is wholeheartedly inclusive and non-judgemental.
(431) 304-7928 View (431) 304-7928
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Lynne Cowburn Counselling and Consulting
Registered Social Worker, MEd, BSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I believe in the innate ability of every human to heal.. even when it feels too dark to do so. My goal is to help foster insights, understanding and acceptance of the obstacles that prevent you from living with more ease, as we explore alternative and empowering changes. I use a range of skills (including CBT/ACT/Mindfulness/Psychodynamic/Somatic) in a warm, compassionate and authentic container. I bring a holistic perspective, honoring the connection of mind, body and soul. I work with adult clients, couples and groups, in person and virtually. I have specialized training in Somatic Trauma Processing: SEP
I believe in the innate ability of every human to heal.. even when it feels too dark to do so. My goal is to help foster insights, understanding and acceptance of the obstacles that prevent you from living with more ease, as we explore alternative and empowering changes. I use a range of skills (including CBT/ACT/Mindfulness/Psychodynamic/Somatic) in a warm, compassionate and authentic container. I bring a holistic perspective, honoring the connection of mind, body and soul. I work with adult clients, couples and groups, in person and virtually. I have specialized training in Somatic Trauma Processing: SEP
(579) 500-8786 View (579) 500-8786
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Tali Barclay
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Are you in a high-stress career? Noticing increased feelings of stress and burnout? I specialize in supporting people who’ve experienced trauma and operational stress injuries, moral injury, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, interpersonal and relationship stress, bereavement, grief and insomnia. I have extensive experience working with first-responders, armed forces and those in helping professions. My goal is to provide a safe and trusting space in which individuals and couples can explore, process and move through life’s difficulties.
Are you in a high-stress career? Noticing increased feelings of stress and burnout? I specialize in supporting people who’ve experienced trauma and operational stress injuries, moral injury, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, interpersonal and relationship stress, bereavement, grief and insomnia. I have extensive experience working with first-responders, armed forces and those in helping professions. My goal is to provide a safe and trusting space in which individuals and couples can explore, process and move through life’s difficulties.
(250) 389-2819 View (250) 389-2819
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Katie Chater
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Reaching out for support can be daunting and I work to make the process as easy as possible. As a relationship specialist, I support individuals, couples and families to develop meaningful, satisfying connections with themselves and others. I often support individuals and couples navigating life transitions, parenthood, infertility, pregnancy loss, responses to trauma and feelings of anxiety and depression. Whether you bring a specific concern or generally want to feel more connection and joy, I provide a compassionate space to find healing. My collaborative approach brings together my experience with your goals, hopes and needs.
Reaching out for support can be daunting and I work to make the process as easy as possible. As a relationship specialist, I support individuals, couples and families to develop meaningful, satisfying connections with themselves and others. I often support individuals and couples navigating life transitions, parenthood, infertility, pregnancy loss, responses to trauma and feelings of anxiety and depression. Whether you bring a specific concern or generally want to feel more connection and joy, I provide a compassionate space to find healing. My collaborative approach brings together my experience with your goals, hopes and needs.
(506) 300-3042 View (506) 300-3042
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Jennifer VandenBosch
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I work with individuals, couples, and families in areas such as self-acceptance, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, health and lifestyle issues, relationships and exploring feelings of anger, shame, and guilt and the impact on your day-to-day life. In addition, I work with couples who are struggling in their relationships and parents who are looking to improve their relationship with their children and each other. I offer pre-commitment counselling to help couples build a successful skill set for long term commitment based on dignity and respect for each other.
I work with individuals, couples, and families in areas such as self-acceptance, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, health and lifestyle issues, relationships and exploring feelings of anger, shame, and guilt and the impact on your day-to-day life. In addition, I work with couples who are struggling in their relationships and parents who are looking to improve their relationship with their children and each other. I offer pre-commitment counselling to help couples build a successful skill set for long term commitment based on dignity and respect for each other.
(778) 860-6759 View (778) 860-6759
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Sophia M Van Vuuren
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Psychotherapy is the confidential process where you can get insight from an experienced registered Psychologist in understanding how life-stressors can interfere with your thinking patterns, feelings, beliefs, needs, behaviour and relationships. Prolonged exposure to stress, unhappiness, conflict, trauma, abuse or problematic relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, grief, anger or other behavioural problems. Brain research clearly indicated that early psychological intervention can prevent mental and physical illnesses. Clients now have the opportunity to be proactive and learn the skills on how to protect their mental health, restore their competence and happiness and develop a strong sense of well-being and resiliency.
Psychotherapy is the confidential process where you can get insight from an experienced registered Psychologist in understanding how life-stressors can interfere with your thinking patterns, feelings, beliefs, needs, behaviour and relationships. Prolonged exposure to stress, unhappiness, conflict, trauma, abuse or problematic relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, grief, anger or other behavioural problems. Brain research clearly indicated that early psychological intervention can prevent mental and physical illnesses. Clients now have the opportunity to be proactive and learn the skills on how to protect their mental health, restore their competence and happiness and develop a strong sense of well-being and resiliency.
(778) 767-5948 View (778) 767-5948
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Jill Strayer-Church
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Life is not easy is it. Ridiculously so at times. No one can get through it alone, but it can be hard to find the right people to navigate it with sometimes. Perhaps I'm one of your people! I have 15 years of experience in various roles supporting people of all walks of life - most recently working with those experiencing life altering illness and persistent pain. I also have worked with those who are facing life transition, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, the effects of colonial violence, and relationship challenges. I believe it is critical to offer you immensely practical, compassionate, trauma-informed, and hopeful counsel.
Life is not easy is it. Ridiculously so at times. No one can get through it alone, but it can be hard to find the right people to navigate it with sometimes. Perhaps I'm one of your people! I have 15 years of experience in various roles supporting people of all walks of life - most recently working with those experiencing life altering illness and persistent pain. I also have worked with those who are facing life transition, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, the effects of colonial violence, and relationship challenges. I believe it is critical to offer you immensely practical, compassionate, trauma-informed, and hopeful counsel.
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Sydney Low
Counsellor, RPC-C
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m Sydney, and I offer somatic therapy for young adults aged 18-30. As a young adult myself, I understand the challenges being navigated by this age group. With the cost of living rising, the climate changing, the impact of social media on our view of ourselves, all the while navigating this new independent stage of life. Juggling all these aspects of life can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know what to think, what to feel, and how to feel it. I’m here to support you explore your emotional landscape, release stress and overwhelm, and cultivate a supportive mind-body connection.
Hi! I’m Sydney, and I offer somatic therapy for young adults aged 18-30. As a young adult myself, I understand the challenges being navigated by this age group. With the cost of living rising, the climate changing, the impact of social media on our view of ourselves, all the while navigating this new independent stage of life. Juggling all these aspects of life can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know what to think, what to feel, and how to feel it. I’m here to support you explore your emotional landscape, release stress and overwhelm, and cultivate a supportive mind-body connection.
(672) 800-1382 View (672) 800-1382
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Anne-Marie Armour
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I am an RSW offering traditional talk and specialized therapies. I provide Psilocybin & MDMA-Assisted Therapy to clients who have been granted legal access by Health Canada, as well as psychedelic preparation and integration therapy to the broader public as a harm reduction measure. For clients seeking rapid recovery from trauma and other mental health conditions, I offer Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a highly effective memory reconsolidation procedure. I also have a passion for working with individuals who use substances from a harm reduction philosophy which includes abstinence if that is one's stated goal.
I am an RSW offering traditional talk and specialized therapies. I provide Psilocybin & MDMA-Assisted Therapy to clients who have been granted legal access by Health Canada, as well as psychedelic preparation and integration therapy to the broader public as a harm reduction measure. For clients seeking rapid recovery from trauma and other mental health conditions, I offer Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a highly effective memory reconsolidation procedure. I also have a passion for working with individuals who use substances from a harm reduction philosophy which includes abstinence if that is one's stated goal.
(672) 906-1095 View (672) 906-1095
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Pegasus Recovery Solutions
Registered Social Worker
Not Verified Not Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Pegasus has been proudly providing addiction treatment services and support in Victoria, BC since 2007. Our goal is to support individuals in attaining freedom from addiction long-term and learn how to thrive in a sober lifestyle. The Pegasus team of clinical professionals use their broad skillsets to work collaboratively in creating customized treatment plans that best suit the client's needs and goals for the future. We offer support for those dealing with addiction and substance misuse, trauma, relationship conflicts, parenting difficulties and strategies, transitions, loss and grief, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, and disordered eating.
Pegasus has been proudly providing addiction treatment services and support in Victoria, BC since 2007. Our goal is to support individuals in attaining freedom from addiction long-term and learn how to thrive in a sober lifestyle. The Pegasus team of clinical professionals use their broad skillsets to work collaboratively in creating customized treatment plans that best suit the client's needs and goals for the future. We offer support for those dealing with addiction and substance misuse, trauma, relationship conflicts, parenting difficulties and strategies, transitions, loss and grief, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, and disordered eating.
(581) 333-6005 View (581) 333-6005
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Andrea Weekes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
I am a trauma informed therapist and mindfulness meditation teacher, and I have over 15 years of experience specializing in helping people overcome anxiety, depression, chronic stress and burnout. I have a warm, heartfelt, and compassionate approach to counselling. I am particularly passionate about using mindfulness, self compassion and bringing awareness to your inner parts while supporting you throughout your healing journey.
I am a trauma informed therapist and mindfulness meditation teacher, and I have over 15 years of experience specializing in helping people overcome anxiety, depression, chronic stress and burnout. I have a warm, heartfelt, and compassionate approach to counselling. I am particularly passionate about using mindfulness, self compassion and bringing awareness to your inner parts while supporting you throughout your healing journey.
(226) 784-1867 View (226) 784-1867
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Roxy Humphrey Counselling
Counsellor, MCC, RCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Currently accepting new clients Monday -Thursdays (in person and online)! I foster a welcoming space for people from all walks of life, find delight in diversity, and work hard to affirm the dignity of all people. Whatever it is you might want to work through, I am convinced that the first place to begin is with someone who continually chooses to see the goodness in who you are and who can help call that forth in your own life and in your own way. I specialize in trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, life transitions and relationship counselling. I work with individuals and couples.
Currently accepting new clients Monday -Thursdays (in person and online)! I foster a welcoming space for people from all walks of life, find delight in diversity, and work hard to affirm the dignity of all people. Whatever it is you might want to work through, I am convinced that the first place to begin is with someone who continually chooses to see the goodness in who you are and who can help call that forth in your own life and in your own way. I specialize in trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, life transitions and relationship counselling. I work with individuals and couples.
(867) 877-1782 View (867) 877-1782
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Sandra Ledwidge Counselling & Therapy
Counsellor, BSc, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Are you struggling in your relationships? Are you having a tough time dealing with loss or significant life change? Do you feel defeated by failed attempts to make positive changes? Are people in your life worried about you? Seeking help when in need is both a courageous step and an expression of hope. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice, I offer counselling and therapy to individuals and couples. Together, we explore how your beliefs and behaviour patterns may be limiting you from reaching your goals and finding fulfilment in your relationships.
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Are you struggling in your relationships? Are you having a tough time dealing with loss or significant life change? Do you feel defeated by failed attempts to make positive changes? Are people in your life worried about you? Seeking help when in need is both a courageous step and an expression of hope. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice, I offer counselling and therapy to individuals and couples. Together, we explore how your beliefs and behaviour patterns may be limiting you from reaching your goals and finding fulfilment in your relationships.
(855) 232-0548 View (855) 232-0548

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Number of Counsellors in V8T

100+

Average cost per session

$145

Counsellors in V8T who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
86% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
82% Self Esteem
75% Life Transitions
73% Grief
71% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% Pacific Blue Cross
49% SunLife
47% Great-West Life

How Counsellors in V8T see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male

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How can I find a therapist in V8T?

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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.