Sometimes prospective clients can’t afford therapy at your practice. And that’s entirely okay. We’ve found a great deal of fortune in putting together a brief list of resources in Toronto, where we primarily operate, that we send out to prospective clients.
They appreciate it, remember it, and sometimes even come back as a client in the future.
It doesn’t take much, either! Check out below for a short list that we share. These are lower-cost therapy options in Toronto povided by both students as well as qualifying and fully registered practitioners.
Affordable Counselling ($48)
Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP)
Sliding scale geared to income.
Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Hong Fook Mental Health Association
Free (services for South and East Asian people)
OISE Psychology Clinic
Sliding scale. (Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
Ontario Psychotherapy and Referral Network
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective ($30-50, plus one-time membership fee of $49)
Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy ($25-$80)
Community Health Centre (Free)
CHCs offer services usually based on population (i.e. LGBTQ, Newcomer, Indigenous) or geographic location/catchment area.
Search for a CHC here: https://www.aohc.org/find-a-centre
Review the list by area here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/chc/locations.aspx
Search for services at different Toronto agencies.
Looking for the following designations may help assure you that your new therapist has training and experience to provide service to you:
RP – Registered Psychotherapist. Students and new therapists may be RP, Qualifying, while they complete a certain number of hours of counselling and supervision. This registration is governed by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). RPs often have Master degrees in Counselling (MC), Education (MEd), Arts (MA) or Science (MSc).
CCC – Canadian Certified Counsellor, governed by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). CCCs have completed graduate-level counselling training.
RSW – Registered Social Worker, governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). RSWs typically have a Masters of Social Work.
Some Doctors (GPs or Psychiatrists), Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses, Art Therapists, Psychoanalysts, and Yoga Therapists also provide psychotherapy or counselling. Any therapist you get in touch with will be able to answer questions about their education and experience, and their qualifications should be posted on their website. The most important thing is that you decide that your new therapist is a good fit for you.