Therapists in V9T

Photo of Scarlet Tate, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Scarlet Tate
Counsellor, MA, RCC, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Perhaps you are wondering how to feel more present, engaged, connected & happy in your day to day life. You may be noticing a lack of fulfillment, autopilot survival mode, lack of presence, anxiety about the future, difficulty with rest/slowing down & motivation/energy, uncertainty, challenging emotions, isolation/hyper independence, uncomfortable sensations, worry & rumination, low self confidence/self esteem & disruptive/confusing symptoms. All of these symptoms are understandable & make sense in the context of life events. It is possible to reconnect with your empowered self, respond to life challenges & enjoy simple presence.
Perhaps you are wondering how to feel more present, engaged, connected & happy in your day to day life. You may be noticing a lack of fulfillment, autopilot survival mode, lack of presence, anxiety about the future, difficulty with rest/slowing down & motivation/energy, uncertainty, challenging emotions, isolation/hyper independence, uncomfortable sensations, worry & rumination, low self confidence/self esteem & disruptive/confusing symptoms. All of these symptoms are understandable & make sense in the context of life events. It is possible to reconnect with your empowered self, respond to life challenges & enjoy simple presence.
(819) 410-9322 View (819) 410-9322
Photo of Meghan Marr, Pre-Licensed Professional in V9T, BC
Meghan Marr
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, CCC, RYT-200
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Are you a mom? Struggling with the overwhelm? Don't know who you are anymore outside of being a mom? Feeling unseen, resentful, burnt out, on autopilot or depleted? Wondering if this is what it means to be a mother? Yet desiring more - more connection, more presence, more calm. I feel you, as a mom and as a therapist who specializes in motherhood, you are not alone. Let's explore how to connect inward and how to fill yourself up so that you are giving to others from your overflow, rather than from within you.
Are you a mom? Struggling with the overwhelm? Don't know who you are anymore outside of being a mom? Feeling unseen, resentful, burnt out, on autopilot or depleted? Wondering if this is what it means to be a mother? Yet desiring more - more connection, more presence, more calm. I feel you, as a mom and as a therapist who specializes in motherhood, you are not alone. Let's explore how to connect inward and how to fill yourself up so that you are giving to others from your overflow, rather than from within you.
(778) 743-7092 View (778) 743-7092
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Lisa Smith
ICF, BSPN
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
In life we go through many transitions and stages of change. These changes can be positive, energizing and welcoming, and they can also produce feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and self doubt. I believe the first step in overcoming these challenges is by discovering how our inner beliefs, identity, and habits have influenced and shaped us. One small shift in our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors can have a dramatic effect on all areas of life with lasting change. I aim to provide a safe, fun and trusting atmosphere focusing and building on a person's own strengths and past successes in rediscovery who they are and their life purpose.
In life we go through many transitions and stages of change. These changes can be positive, energizing and welcoming, and they can also produce feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and self doubt. I believe the first step in overcoming these challenges is by discovering how our inner beliefs, identity, and habits have influenced and shaped us. One small shift in our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors can have a dramatic effect on all areas of life with lasting change. I aim to provide a safe, fun and trusting atmosphere focusing and building on a person's own strengths and past successes in rediscovery who they are and their life purpose.
(365) 601-1779 View (365) 601-1779
Photo of Daniel Young (Psychotherapy For You), Registered Social Worker in V9T, BC
Daniel Young (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Social Worker specializing in online counselling for individual men, women, couples and families. I am dedicated to providing high-quality therapeutic care to my clients utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities including talk therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and other evidence-based approaches. I am passionate about helping people and have dedicated my career to improve client mental health and overall well-being.
I am a Registered Social Worker specializing in online counselling for individual men, women, couples and families. I am dedicated to providing high-quality therapeutic care to my clients utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities including talk therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and other evidence-based approaches. I am passionate about helping people and have dedicated my career to improve client mental health and overall well-being.
(437) 747-5287 View (437) 747-5287
Photo of Jade Seabrook, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Jade Seabrook
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CSAT, BRI
Verified
8 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Working with others is my life's passion. It stems from my sincere desire to help people develop insight into their lives and the relationships they are connected through. Culturally sensitive, empathetic, compassionate but direct, I am regarded as non-judgmental and accepting. My professional background is in mental health, addictions, as well as working with couples/families affected by systemic issues. Together we will foster effective communication skills, self-care, health, future goals and building of respectful relationships. It is my sincere pleasure to be part of someone's journey to find deeper meaning in their lives
Working with others is my life's passion. It stems from my sincere desire to help people develop insight into their lives and the relationships they are connected through. Culturally sensitive, empathetic, compassionate but direct, I am regarded as non-judgmental and accepting. My professional background is in mental health, addictions, as well as working with couples/families affected by systemic issues. Together we will foster effective communication skills, self-care, health, future goals and building of respectful relationships. It is my sincere pleasure to be part of someone's journey to find deeper meaning in their lives
(844) 734-1421 View (844) 734-1421
Photo of Anna Reid, Registered Social Worker in V9T, BC
Anna Reid
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Life can be messy sometimes, and as your counsellor, I am committed to meeting you where you're at, and providing support in a non-judgemental, safe space. Whether you are seeking peace, balance, growth, strength, or something else, I consider you the expert on your own life. Together, we will work to identify your needs and goals, and I am committed to supporting you in achieving them. I practice from a feminist and queer-allied perspective. I strongly value every individual's right to self-determination, and I am accepting and supportive of all relationship and family structures.
Life can be messy sometimes, and as your counsellor, I am committed to meeting you where you're at, and providing support in a non-judgemental, safe space. Whether you are seeking peace, balance, growth, strength, or something else, I consider you the expert on your own life. Together, we will work to identify your needs and goals, and I am committed to supporting you in achieving them. I practice from a feminist and queer-allied perspective. I strongly value every individual's right to self-determination, and I am accepting and supportive of all relationship and family structures.
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Photo of Erin McPherson, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Erin McPherson
Counsellor, RCC, MA, BA
Verified
Nanaimo, BC V9T
As a counsellor I show up just as I am and offer a genuine, heartfelt, relaxed environment with very little clinical feel. I intend to do this so that you will feel as comfortable walking into my office as you would walking into a friend’s living room. The relationship we will create together will be one of value, tailored to your individual needs and reasons for seeking therapy. I typically work with individuals ages 13 and over with various mental health concerns from struggling with day to day life from home, work, school, to relationships, high level athletes, to addiction and recovery. This is about you and your needs.
As a counsellor I show up just as I am and offer a genuine, heartfelt, relaxed environment with very little clinical feel. I intend to do this so that you will feel as comfortable walking into my office as you would walking into a friend’s living room. The relationship we will create together will be one of value, tailored to your individual needs and reasons for seeking therapy. I typically work with individuals ages 13 and over with various mental health concerns from struggling with day to day life from home, work, school, to relationships, high level athletes, to addiction and recovery. This is about you and your needs.
(778) 269-4673 View (778) 269-4673
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Marie J Landry
Counsellor, BScN, MA
Verified
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Counselling is the art of illuminating pasts, fostering resilience, and nurturing seeds of positive change.  I weave a tapestry of care, blending the precision of nursing insight with the warmth of compassionate counselling. Your journey is a unique narrative of strength and resilience. My approach is tailored to celebrate your distinct story, guiding you toward holistic wellness and lasting transformation.  As an experienced Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in clinical counselling, my unique approach combines medical expertise and therapeutic skills. Specializing in health and wellness counselling.
Counselling is the art of illuminating pasts, fostering resilience, and nurturing seeds of positive change.  I weave a tapestry of care, blending the precision of nursing insight with the warmth of compassionate counselling. Your journey is a unique narrative of strength and resilience. My approach is tailored to celebrate your distinct story, guiding you toward holistic wellness and lasting transformation.  As an experienced Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in clinical counselling, my unique approach combines medical expertise and therapeutic skills. Specializing in health and wellness counselling.
(249) 294-0630 View (249) 294-0630
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Vancouver Island Therapy
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CSAT, RSW, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Vancouver Island Therapy is a full service, multi—disciplinary health clinic focused on providing multiple healing services to help you and your family. Located in Nanaimo, BC, we service many communities including; Port Alberni, Qualicum, Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan to Victoria.
Vancouver Island Therapy is a full service, multi—disciplinary health clinic focused on providing multiple healing services to help you and your family. Located in Nanaimo, BC, we service many communities including; Port Alberni, Qualicum, Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan to Victoria.
(249) 700-1308 View (249) 700-1308
Photo of Zoe Olson, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Zoe Olson
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Nanaimo, BC V9T
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC 11661) who believes passionately in the human-spirit’s ability to heal and overcome adversity when we face issues such as a mental health disorder, trauma, increase in stress, life transition or loss. At times we may have difficulty accessing our inner healing resources, thus the support of a mental health professional may be needed. It would be my honour to walk beside you on your journey to improve your mental health. I work with youth, individual adults and parents/caregivers in my practice located in Nanaimo, BC.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC 11661) who believes passionately in the human-spirit’s ability to heal and overcome adversity when we face issues such as a mental health disorder, trauma, increase in stress, life transition or loss. At times we may have difficulty accessing our inner healing resources, thus the support of a mental health professional may be needed. It would be my honour to walk beside you on your journey to improve your mental health. I work with youth, individual adults and parents/caregivers in my practice located in Nanaimo, BC.
(672) 906-0431 View (672) 906-0431
Photo of Lenka Zdrazilova, Psychologist in V9T, BC
Lenka Zdrazilova
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Brain injuries or adverse life events can significantly impact the brain's ability to self-regulate and this gives rise to difficult mental states such as anxiety, depression, rage, irritability, difficulties with attention and mental focus, etc. Patients who seek treatment from me often carry labels such as bipolar disorder, personality disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. Regardless of labels, the core symptom that majority struggle with is extreme level of emotional arousal that the nervous system has difficulty inhibiting. They feel either "jacked" (or hijacked) or energetically/emotionally collapsed.
Brain injuries or adverse life events can significantly impact the brain's ability to self-regulate and this gives rise to difficult mental states such as anxiety, depression, rage, irritability, difficulties with attention and mental focus, etc. Patients who seek treatment from me often carry labels such as bipolar disorder, personality disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. Regardless of labels, the core symptom that majority struggle with is extreme level of emotional arousal that the nervous system has difficulty inhibiting. They feel either "jacked" (or hijacked) or energetically/emotionally collapsed.
(587) 410-7386 View (587) 410-7386
Photo of Kristy Goltes, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Kristy Goltes
Counsellor
Verified
3 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Are you repeating the same patterns and reactions, wondering why you can't get them under control? Do you find it challenging to regulate your emotions? Maybe you have negative thoughts that don't allow you to live the life you want to? Feeling anxious or always assuming the worst in life and relationships? Or maybe you can't seem to shake that low mood. If you're feeling stuck in unhealthy ways and hoping to change negative patterns, gain clarity on your thoughts and behaviours, or wanting to process trauma, we can work together using evidence-based approaches to help you make those positive changes in your life.
Are you repeating the same patterns and reactions, wondering why you can't get them under control? Do you find it challenging to regulate your emotions? Maybe you have negative thoughts that don't allow you to live the life you want to? Feeling anxious or always assuming the worst in life and relationships? Or maybe you can't seem to shake that low mood. If you're feeling stuck in unhealthy ways and hoping to change negative patterns, gain clarity on your thoughts and behaviours, or wanting to process trauma, we can work together using evidence-based approaches to help you make those positive changes in your life.
(250) 268-3077 View (250) 268-3077
Photo of Sally Stuike, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Sally Stuike
Counsellor, BA, MACP
Verified
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
I am a client-focused, strengths-based therapist who works with people who have experienced trauma. As a counsellor, I work with you in a gentle and compassionate way to identify actions, reactions, and behaviours that once served you but are now impacting your life. I work with clients to feel empowered to process their past and navigate the future they desire. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, including people who have experienced sexual violence, sex work, addiction, and domestic violence. I approach each person with respect and provide them the dignity they deserve.
I am a client-focused, strengths-based therapist who works with people who have experienced trauma. As a counsellor, I work with you in a gentle and compassionate way to identify actions, reactions, and behaviours that once served you but are now impacting your life. I work with clients to feel empowered to process their past and navigate the future they desire. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, including people who have experienced sexual violence, sex work, addiction, and domestic violence. I approach each person with respect and provide them the dignity they deserve.
(581) 221-5224 View (581) 221-5224
Photo of Denea Maughan, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Denea Maughan
Counsellor, MA, CCC, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T  (Online Only)
Feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, indecisive, stressed, or anxious? Maybe you’re self-critical, struggling in your relationships, or experiencing grief. You’re in the right place. I provide a safe, supportive, and compassionate space for you to unpack life’s challenges and integrate new strategies and ways of coping. I offer individual counselling for adults using an integrative and holistic approach to wellness. I draw upon my education and trainings which include EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and yoga. Together, we will take a holistic and collaborative approach to attend to your needs.
Feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, indecisive, stressed, or anxious? Maybe you’re self-critical, struggling in your relationships, or experiencing grief. You’re in the right place. I provide a safe, supportive, and compassionate space for you to unpack life’s challenges and integrate new strategies and ways of coping. I offer individual counselling for adults using an integrative and holistic approach to wellness. I draw upon my education and trainings which include EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and yoga. Together, we will take a holistic and collaborative approach to attend to your needs.
(825) 305-1957 View (825) 305-1957
Photo of Jim Edwards, Registered Social Worker in V9T, BC
Jim Edwards
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW, CCAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Simplicity, gratitude, love and service are my guiding principles. I utilize the Satir Model (Virginia Satir et al) to help clients cultivate personal awareness, internal resources, change and healthy relationship with self and others. I promote and model balanced lifestyle including; contemplation, exercise, solitude, ceremony and connection. I have demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for helping people heal for over 35 years as a youth worker, addictions counsellor and social worker.
Simplicity, gratitude, love and service are my guiding principles. I utilize the Satir Model (Virginia Satir et al) to help clients cultivate personal awareness, internal resources, change and healthy relationship with self and others. I promote and model balanced lifestyle including; contemplation, exercise, solitude, ceremony and connection. I have demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for helping people heal for over 35 years as a youth worker, addictions counsellor and social worker.
(604) 256-7247 View (604) 256-7247
Photo of Autumn Fowler, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Autumn Fowler
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
You’re a new parent whose relationship before kids is a distant memory. You don’t know how the happy vision of starting a family together turned into arguing about packing diaper bags and lunches and silent evenings on opposite sides of the couch. You don’t have energy to go on a date let alone take care of yourself. In fact, I bet you’re reading this profile during the few moments that your tiny humans are asleep.You’re exhausted, and you don’t know how you will find time to dedicate towards therapy, but you know something has to change. If it doesn’t, you’re worried about the consequences for your relationship or your children.
You’re a new parent whose relationship before kids is a distant memory. You don’t know how the happy vision of starting a family together turned into arguing about packing diaper bags and lunches and silent evenings on opposite sides of the couch. You don’t have energy to go on a date let alone take care of yourself. In fact, I bet you’re reading this profile during the few moments that your tiny humans are asleep.You’re exhausted, and you don’t know how you will find time to dedicate towards therapy, but you know something has to change. If it doesn’t, you’re worried about the consequences for your relationship or your children.
(587) 800-1665 View (587) 800-1665
Photo of Ryan Slobodian, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Ryan Slobodian
Counsellor, BA, MC, CCC, RCC, CSAT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Do you feel bogged down by intense anxiety or stress? Do you feel hopeless or depressed about your life? Are the relationships in your life toxic or filled with tension? Does addiction have a tight grip on your life? Do you feel chained to the past and due to trauma? If you relate to any of those questions and would like help navigating difficult emotions, thoughts, behaviours, relationships, or trauma, come talk to me. I have been trained by some of the leading experts in the field of psychotherapy such as Dr Gabor Mate and Dr Patrick Carnes, and I would be honoured to be a part of your journey to help you achieve your goals.
Do you feel bogged down by intense anxiety or stress? Do you feel hopeless or depressed about your life? Are the relationships in your life toxic or filled with tension? Does addiction have a tight grip on your life? Do you feel chained to the past and due to trauma? If you relate to any of those questions and would like help navigating difficult emotions, thoughts, behaviours, relationships, or trauma, come talk to me. I have been trained by some of the leading experts in the field of psychotherapy such as Dr Gabor Mate and Dr Patrick Carnes, and I would be honoured to be a part of your journey to help you achieve your goals.
(778) 764-1175 View (778) 764-1175
Photo of Anna Laura Bruns, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Anna Laura Bruns
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
I am passionate about helping you access your natural ability to heal from the root of your symptoms and reconnect with your true self. I create a safe environment for your inner work with my compassionate, intuitive, grounding and easygoing presence. I practice powerful and efficient healing modalities that enable deep and lasting transformation to occur. We go beyond the level of talking to studying your direct experience in the moment with curiosity and compassion. I aim to help you build self-compassion, awareness, acceptance, healthy communication and coping skills so you can step into a more authentic life.
I am passionate about helping you access your natural ability to heal from the root of your symptoms and reconnect with your true self. I create a safe environment for your inner work with my compassionate, intuitive, grounding and easygoing presence. I practice powerful and efficient healing modalities that enable deep and lasting transformation to occur. We go beyond the level of talking to studying your direct experience in the moment with curiosity and compassion. I aim to help you build self-compassion, awareness, acceptance, healthy communication and coping skills so you can step into a more authentic life.
(778) 269-4673 View (778) 269-4673
Photo of Andrej Klimo, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Andrej Klimo
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Navigating life's challenges can often feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face them alone. Life's journey often presents varied challenges. Whether you're feeling lost amidst personal or professional crossroads, struggling with relationship dynamics, grappling with stress and personal growth barriers, or navigating cultural transitions, you're not alone. Many find themselves seeking a beacon of guidance and support, searching for a path to peace, clarity, and deeper self-understanding.
Navigating life's challenges can often feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face them alone. Life's journey often presents varied challenges. Whether you're feeling lost amidst personal or professional crossroads, struggling with relationship dynamics, grappling with stress and personal growth barriers, or navigating cultural transitions, you're not alone. Many find themselves seeking a beacon of guidance and support, searching for a path to peace, clarity, and deeper self-understanding.
(431) 441-2881 View (431) 441-2881
Photo of Emily Lacasse, Counsellor in V9T, BC
Emily Lacasse
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Nanaimo, BC V9T
Do you feel like you are unable to calm? Do you feel anxious and judged by others? Do you feel restless, irritable, and stuck in "on" mode in this ready-to-react mode? Do you have persistent negative thinking, extreme emotion fluctuations, repeating the same actions and patterns? Do you feel stuck and unable to lift your mood? These are among some of the many symptoms of trauma. Trauma changes the nervous system and the ability to regulate our nervous system is directly correlated with our mental health. CBT, DBT, and Somatic therapy can help heal the nervous system, by processing and releasing trauma stored in the body.
Do you feel like you are unable to calm? Do you feel anxious and judged by others? Do you feel restless, irritable, and stuck in "on" mode in this ready-to-react mode? Do you have persistent negative thinking, extreme emotion fluctuations, repeating the same actions and patterns? Do you feel stuck and unable to lift your mood? These are among some of the many symptoms of trauma. Trauma changes the nervous system and the ability to regulate our nervous system is directly correlated with our mental health. CBT, DBT, and Somatic therapy can help heal the nervous system, by processing and releasing trauma stored in the body.
(587) 804-2471 View (587) 804-2471

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Number of Counsellors in V9T

60+

Average cost per session

$140

Counsellors in V9T who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
87% Self Esteem
87% Stress
85% Relationship Issues
84% Depression
79% Trauma and PTSD
73% Grief

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% First Nations Health Authority
50% Pacific Blue Cross
43% Green Shield Canada

How Counsellors in V9T see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

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How can I find a therapist in V9T?

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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.