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September 19, 2019

Free, sliding scale, and reduced cost counselling in Vancouver (Updated Sept 2019)

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. I’ve included and noted the services that require a referral from a primary care doctor.

Some private clinics and therapists, including myself, 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!

Adler Counselling Clinic

Low rate counselling services. Counsellors are trained at the Masters Degree level and are currently completing their internships to become Registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and/or the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Rates between $60-$100.

Website: http://adlercentre.ca/counselling-clinic/

Phone: 604-742-1818

Email: apabc@adler.bc.ca

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. – 11 p.m. You do not need a referral from a family doctor to access this service.

Website: http://www.vch.ca/locations-services/result?res_id=1186

Phone: 604-675-3700

SFU Clinical Psychology Clinic

Fees for services are on a sliding scale based on gross family income. Offers a range of services in the greater Vancouver region including assessment and psychological treatment for individual adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families as well as group therapy. Services are provided by Masters or Doctoral level graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program. Services run between September to April.

Website: https://www.sfu.ca/psychology/clinical-psychology-centre.html

Phone: 778-782-4720

City University Community Counselling Clinic at BYRC

Offers free counselling and support services for young people ages 13 to 24 in the areas of family relationships, anger management, mental health counselling, and sexual orientation/gender identity issues. Services are offered by Master’s level counselling students.

Website: https://pcrs.ca/service-resource-centres/broadway-youth-resource-centre-2/

Phone: 604-709-5729

Email: byrc@pcrs.ca

Counselling at Gordon Neighborhood House

Free counselling services provided by intern counsellors from City University. Interns are supervised by an experienced Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Website: https://gordonhouse.org/programs/free-counselling/

Phone: 604-683-2554

Email: counselling@gordonhouse.org

Counselling at South Vancouver Neighborhood House

Free counselling services for individuals, couples, or families. Provided by intern counsellors from City University. Interns are supervised by an experienced Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Website: http://www.southvan.org/program_category/community-programs/

Phone: 604-683-2554

Email: counselling@southvan.org

Counselling at Kitsilano Neighborhood House

Sliding scale (pay what you can) counselling services for individuals. Provided in partnership with Moving Forward Family Services.

Website: http://www.kitshouse.org/counselling-sessions/

Phone: 604-736-3588 x 128

Email: patriciap@kitshouse.org

QMUNITY

Offers free counselling (wait list currently closed) and reduced-cost counselling services for individuals, couples, relationships, and families. All of the counsellors are members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.

Website: https://qmunity.ca/get-support/counselling/

Phone: 604-684-5307 ext. 107

Email: jennie.mw@qmunity.ca

Health Initiative for Men – Counselling Program

Offers free counselling for low income or otherwise marginalized individuals who self-identify as men (including trans, cis, and other men), two-spirit, or non-binary people and identify as gay, bi, queer, asexual, and/or as men who are into/or have sex with men. All of the counsellors identify with and/or have in-depth experience working with gay/bi/queer/trans and other men into men.

Website: http://checkhimout.ca/mind/him-programs/

Phone: 604-488-1001

Email: counselling@checkhimout.ca

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Provides many types of counselling depending on the needs of individuals, children, youth and families. They have offices located in Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster. Counsellors have graduate degrees in clinical social work and counselling psychology, including staff who speak Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish. Fees for service are charged on a sliding scale based on household income.

Website: https://fsgv.ca/counselling/

Phone: 604-874-2938

Email: intake@fsgv.ca

Jewish Family Services

Sliding scale and reduced fees between $50-$105. Offers counselling/therapy services on a sliding scale for the Jewish and broader community. They also have pilot project that offers low-cost counselling between $10-$20 based on client income and/or any hardship.

Website: https://www.jfsvancouver.ca/services/counselling/

Phone: 604-637-3309

Email: astamp@jfsvancouver.ca.

Scarfe Counselling Clinic (UBC)

Free individual counselling for adults, students, and children over age 10 from September to April. The counsellors are Counselling Psychology Master’s students in training. A registered psychologist who is on-site supervises the counsellors.

Website: https://fsgv.ca/counselling/

Phone: 604-827-1523

UBC Psychology Clinic

Sliding scale; individual counselling; runs from September to April. The UBC Psychology Clinic offers comprehensive psychological services for adults in the Greater Vancouver community. Services are provided by graduate students from UBC’s doctoral programme in clinical psychology. Student clinicians are closely supervised by Registered Psychologists from our faculty and the community.

SFU Clinical Psychology Clinic

Fees for services are on a sliding scale based on gross family income. Offers a range of services in the greater Vancouver region including assessment and psychological treatment for individual adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families as well as group therapy. Services are provided by Masters or Doctoral level graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program. Services run between September to April.

Website: https://www.sfu.ca/psychology/clinical-psychology-centre.html

Phone: 778-782-4720

Website: https://clinic.psych.ubc.ca/

Phone: 604-822-3005

Email: clinic@psych.ubc.ca

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Sliding scale; individual and family counselling. Fees range from $25 to $130 per hour, based on a sliding scale and referrals from the Ministry of Children and Family Development are free.

Website: https://www.successbc.ca/eng/services/family-youth/counselling-service/

Phone: 604-684-1628

Email: info@success.bc.ca