This page contains a regularly updated resource list of free, low-cost, and sliding-scale options for counselling and therapy services in Ontario. I’ve included and noted the services requiring a referral from a primary care provider.
Some private clinics and therapists offer reduced cost and/or sliding scale options. In these cases, it’s always best to directly connect with the counsellor you’re interested in working with about your financial situation.
Please let me know if there’s a community organization that I have missed!
General Counselling and Mental Health Services
Description: Serves as the initial contact for mental health concerns, offering referrals to psychiatrists and access to treatment programs.
Description: Offers a helpline providing information and resources for alcohol, drug, mental illness, or gambling issues in Ontario.
Description: Provides walk-in access to addiction medicine, including counselling and medication management, across Ontario.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Description: Offers extensive services such as group therapy, case management, peer support, and counselling in various communities.
Website: CMHA Ontario
The Centre for Clinical Interventions
Description: Provides free resources and workbooks for self-directed cognitive behavioural therapy, covering a range of mental health issues.
Ontario Structured Psychotherapy
Description: Offers cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety, depression, and other common mental health struggles, with group and individual therapy options. The program is coordinated by nine networks across the province, who work with different organizations across their regions to offer services.
To learn more about the networks and how to get assessed, choose your area:
- Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Opens in a new window
- CarePoint Health Opens in a new window
- Canadian Mental Health Association – York and South Simcoe Opens in a new window
- Ontario Structured Psychotherapy West Region Opens in a new window (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and St. Joseph’s Health Care London)
- The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre Opens in a new window
- Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services Opens in a new window
Municipal/Regional Counselling Services
Description: Local organizations across Ontario providing free, time-limited counselling services.
Websites: Toronto: Family Service Toronto, Durham: Family Services Durham, York Region: Family Services York Region
Wellness Together Canada
Description: A nationwide service offering 24/7 professional phone counselling and text support for mental health and substance use issues.
Description: Provides free individual counselling and support groups, focusing on short-term assistance in Ottawa and surrounding areas.
Website: Counselling Connect
Description: A virtual cognitive behavioural therapy program, accessible online, designed to help with mental health and stress management.
Ontario Caregiver Helpline
Description: Offers support and resources specifically for caregivers in Ontario, providing guidance and help.
Website: Ontario Caregiver Organization
Description: Therapist-guided program offering mental health support, including structured activities and personalized therapy.
Distress Lines and Crisis Support
Crisis Lines – Distress Centers Ontario
Description: A network of distress centers providing immediate crisis and emotional support across Ontario.
Website: Distress Centers Ontario
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
Description: Offers 24/7 hotline and text support for individuals in crisis or experiencing emotional distress in the Greater Toronto Area.
Website: Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
Kids Help Phone (Youth Services)
Description: Provides around-the-clock e-mental health support for children and youth, available through phone, text, and online resources.
Website: Kids Help Phone
Description: Specialized support services for post-secondary students, offering counseling and information on mental health and wellness.
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario
Description: A network of hubs offering integrated services for youth mental health, substance use, primary care, and other social services.
Website: Youth Wellness Hubs
LGBT Youthline Ontario
Description: Provides peer support for LGBTTQQ2SI individuals through various channels, including text, live chat, and email.
About Quadra Wellness
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