Costs for therapy can vary depending on the seniority and designation of your practitioner. It’s important to find a therapist that fits within your budget.
Some therapy options are covered by provincial healthcare plans, some by workplace or private insurance, and there are low-cost options available to those who need it. But, understanding costs and coverage can require some research.
This section of our guide is designed to help you understand the basics of navigating therapy costs and coverage, whether it’s covered by your workplace benefits or if you’re paying out-of-pocket.
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.
Many counsellors offer something called a “sliding scale” for clients who are unable to afford their full fee.
Taking the first step by deciding to seek mental health support is a huge accomplishment. Whether you’re new to therapy and counselling or are looking for new resources to support your mental health, we know it can be difficult to navigate the variety of options.
If your employer provides group benefits, you’re in luck. Your benefits could cover some or all of your therapy appointments. When you use your workplace benefits plan, you work directly with the insurance provider, not your employer.
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