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How much does therapy cost?

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How much does therapy cost?

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Therapy costs start as low as $50 per session, and up to $300 or more. Looking at a therapist’s level of education, title and years of experience is a good starting point to set your expectations. 

Registered Psychotherapists/Counselling Therapists and Registered Social Workers tend to be more affordable, starting at about $50 per session. 

Psychologists have, at minimum, a master’s degree and often a PhD, so their costs can be expected to be more in the $200-$350 range. Psychologists often offer reduced cost counselling for as low as $175 per session.

While psychiatrists have the highest level of education—a medical degree—they will be covered by your provincial healthcare plan if you were referred to them by a doctor. You can access psychiatrists through a private practice, but they will not be covered by provincial insurance in that case.

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