January 1, 2020

Free, sliding scale, and reduced-cost counselling in Vancouver (Updated 2023)

This page contains a regularly updated resource list of free, low-cost, and sliding-scale options for counselling and therapy services through community organizations in Vancouver, BC and surrounding communities. 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!

Access and Assessment Centre (AAC)

Provides a drop-in clinic and phone service for urgent and non-emergency (non-life threatening) access to a wide range of Vancouver Coastal Health’s mental health and substance use services. The clinic and phones are open between 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. You do not need a referral from a family doctor to access this service.


Phone: 604-675-3700

Wellness Together Canada (Canada-wide)

Description: 24/7 professional phone counselling. Text support is available.


Phone/Email: 1-866-585-0445

Family Services of the North Shore

Description: Professional counselling for North Shore residents with sliding scale fees.


Phone/Email: 604-988-5281 ext.226

JFS Vancouver

Description: Therapy services for various groups, fees based on income. Free counselling by supervised interns.


Phone/Email: 604-558-5726 or

Oak Counselling

Description: Individual and couples counselling on a sliding scale.



Adler Centre – Counselling Clinic

Description: Subsidized individual and couples counselling by supervised psychology graduate students.


Phone/Email: 604-742-1818 or

Living Systems Counselling

Description: Counselling using Bowen Family Systems Therapy. Lower-cost counselling by supervised interns.


Phone/Email: 604-926-5496

UBC Psychological Services and Counselling Training Centre

Description: Free counselling for adults and children 10+ by counselling psychology graduate students.


Phone/Email: 604-822-1364

UBC Psychology Clinic

Description: Counselling services by doctoral student interns, supervised by registered psychologists.


Phone/Email: 604-822-3005 or

Simon Fraser University – Counselling Clinics

Description: Free counselling services by supervised graduate students.

Surrey Clinic Website:

Burnaby Clinical Psychology Centre Website:

Phone/Email: Surrey Clinic: 778-706-0085 or, Burnaby: 778-782-4720

Canadian Mental Health Association: North and West Vancouver Branch

Description: Up to 8 counselling sessions for North Shore residents.


Phone/Email: 604-987-6959

Moving Forward Family Services

Description: Subsidized counselling for individuals and families in Surrey and Metro Vancouver.


Phone/Email: 877-485-5025

Gordon Neighbourhood House

Description: Sliding scale short-term counselling for Vancouver residents.


Phone/Email: 604-683-2554 or

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Counselling Services

Description: Free program offered by counselling interns.



Little Mountain Neighbourhood House – Counselling and Art Therapy Programs

Description: Counselling provided by counselling interns.


Phone: 236-862-2903

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Description: Free counselling by phone or Zoom.


Phone/Email: 604-736-3588 ext.128 or

Vancouver Women’s Health Collective – Wellness Counselling

Description: Counselling and art therapy on select days.


Phone: 604-736-5262

Vancouver Art Therapy Institute Student Clinic

Description: Art therapy by students supervised by registered art therapists.



Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC

Description: Professional grief counselling related to life change or loss.


Phone: 604-873-5013

Hollyburn Family Services Society: Intern Counselling

Description: Reduced-rate counselling provided by supervised students.


Phone/Email: 604-968-8211 or

Health Initiative for Men (HIM)

Description: Brief professional counselling for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.


Phone: 604-488-1001 ext. 230

Qmunity – Counselling Program

Description: Counselling for members of the LGBTQ+ communities.


Phone: 604-684-5307 ext.107

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre

Description: Counselling is limited to hormone, surgical readiness, and ADHD assessments.


Phone: 604-442-4352

Mosaic – I Belong Program

Description: Support groups for LGBTQIA+ refugees and immigrants.


Phone/Email: 236-991-0107 or

Trauma Specialized Counselling & Trauma Services – Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Description: Counselling for various groups, including survivors of incest/trauma/sexual abuse.


Phone: 604-874-2938


Description: Trauma-focused psychological counselling for refugees.


Phone: 604-255-1881 or Toll Free: 1-866-393-3133

Residential Historical Abuse Program (RHAP)

Description: Free counselling for those sexually abused under provincial care.


Phone: 604-875-4255

Crime Victims Assistance Program – Victim Link BC

Description: Funded counselling for victims of crime and their families.


Phone: 1-800-563-0808

BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Description: Counselling for male survivors of sexual abuse.


Phone: 604-682-6482

Battered Women’s Support Services

Description: Counselling for women survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual abuse.


Phone: 604-687-1868

Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre (formerly WAVAW)

Description: Counselling for marginalized genders who have experienced sexualized violence.


Phone: 604-255-6344

MMIWG2S Family Counselling Program – Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre

Description: Counselling for family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people.


Phone: 604-255-6344

Atira Community Services Society – Stopping The Violence Counselling

Description: Free counselling for women and trans women who have experienced abuse.


Phone: 604-331-1407 ext. 106 or 107

Seniors Older Adults Outreach JFS Vancouver

Description: Professional in-home or in-office counselling for seniors.


Phone: 604-558-5719

Vital Connections Program – Family Services of Greater Vancouver / Century House

Description: Free professional counselling for adults 50+ in New Westminster.


Phone: 604-519-1064 ext. 2

Well Being Program for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind

Description: Free counselling for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals.


Phone: 778-819-0951 (voice), 778-987-4174 (text), 604-456-0901 (TTY only)

BIPOC – First Nations Health Authority

Description: Access to mental health providers, including counsellors, social workers, and psychologists.


Phone: 1-800-317-7878

Metro Vancouver Indigenous Counselling

Description: Free professional counselling for Indigenous individuals in BC.


Phone: 604-256-5850

Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Foundation

Description: Connecting Black community members with accredited Black local counsellors.


Indigenous Counselling Program: Salal Sexual Violence Support Centre

Description: Free counselling for Indigenous individuals, incorporating Aboriginal healing approaches.


Phone: 604-255-6344

Substance Use Services, Vancouver Coastal Health

Description: Substance use assessment, counselling, and treatment planning.


Phone: 1(866) 658-1221

Burnaby Substance Use Services

Description: Free 1:1 online and in-person counselling for Burnaby residents.


Phone: 604-777-6870

Fraserside Community Services

Description: Free substance-use counselling for adults, families, and youth in New Westminster.


Phone: 604-522-3722

BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program

Description: Free professional counselling for individuals and families affected by gambling.


Phone: 1-888-795-6111

PnP & Me – Health Initiative for Men

Description: Free 12-week group counselling for gay, bi, queer men and gender diverse people who use drugs during sex.


Phone: 604-488-1001

Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC

Description: One-to-one adult, youth, family and group counselling for Indigenous people.


Phone: 604-628-1134

Vancouver General Hospital – Mental Health Outpatient Services

Description: Group therapy for depression, anxiety, and concurrent disorders. Psychiatry consultations.

Website: (search for service)

Phone: 604-675-3700

SAFER – Vancouver Coastal Health

Description: Time-limited counselling for Vancouver residents with suicidal thoughts or a history of suicide attempts.


Phone: 604-675-3700

CBT Skills Groups Society

Description: CBT educational groups for BC residents seeking to improve mental health symptoms. Referal is required from a primary care provider.


Phone: Information available on the website

Kelty’s Key Online Therapy – Vancouver Coastal Health

Description: Free, self-directed cognitive-behavioural online therapy.


Phone: 604-675-3700

Bounce Back Program – Canadian Mental Health Association

Description: Telephone coaching for adults and youth with depression and anxiety.


Phone: 1-866-639-0522

Mood Disorders Association of BC – Counselling and Wellness Centre

Description: Individual therapy with a certified counsellor or intern. Group therapy is also available. Occasionally offers group DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).


Phone: 604-873-0103 ex.2

Bridge The Gap Program – Looking Glass Foundation

Description: Counselling for BC residents experiencing eating disorders.


Phone: 604-314-0548

Borderline Personality Disorder Society of BC

Description: Free online and in-person peer support groups. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DPT) groups.


Phone: Information available on the website

SUCCESS – Individual and Family Counselling

Description: Individual and couples counselling is offered in multiple languages.


Phone: 604-408-7266 or 604-684-1628

MOSAIC – Violence Prevention and Support

Description: Confidential counselling support and multicultural outreach services for women experiencing or at risk of abuse.


Phone: 604-254-9626

MOSAIC – Vietnamese Family Support Program

Description: One-on-one or family support and counselling for various life issues.


Phone: 604-254-9626 ext.1030

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

Description: Individual counselling, group counselling, advocacy, crisis intervention and referrals for women experiencing abuse.


Phone: 604-436-1025

inform’Elles – Ending the Violence Against Women Program


Description: French-language only, 1:1 counselling for women.

Phone: 604-563-8213

Urban Native Youth Association – Counselling Program

Description: Free individual and group clinical counselling for Indigenous youth.


Phone/Email: 604-253-5885 or

Dan’s Legacy – Therapeutic Counselling Program

Description: Counselling for youth ages 15-25 who have experienced abuse or are affected by substance use.



Drop-In Counselling Program – The Foundry

Description: Single-session virtual counselling for youth ages 12-24 and their caregivers.


Phone/Email: 1-833-308-6379 or

PEACE Trauma Counselling – Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Description: Trauma counselling and therapy for children affected by family violence.


Phone: 604-731-4951

SAIP – Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Description: Professional counselling for children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse.


Phone: 604-731-4951

DiscoverY – Sources BC

Description: Free short-term counselling for youth and young adults ages 15-25.


Phone/Email: 604-538-2522 or

Kids Help Phone

Description: 24/7 confidential phone, text, or live chat counselling for children and youth.


Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Text: CONNECT to 686868

Callanish Society

Description: Counselling for adults and youth affected by cancer and for their family members.


Phone: 604-732-0633

IBD Centre of BC – Mental Health Services

Description: Mental health assessments and possible referral to the counselling program for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.


Phone: 604-416-4444

Inspire Health

Description: Short-term, cancer-focused counselling support for those with a cancer diagnosis or their loved ones.


Phone: 604-734-7125

Well Being Program for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind (Adults)

Description: Free counselling and mental health support services for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals.


Phone: 778-819-0951 (voice), 778-987-4174 (text), 604-456-0901 (TTY only)

SFU Clinical Psychology Centre

Description: It offers a range of reduced-cost services, providing assessment and mental health treatment for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Services by graduate students.


Phone: 778-782-4720