Private practice therapists

Finding a private practice therapist in the community

Many therapists provide a sliding price scale or a student rate. This can be a good way to make the most of the coverage your extended health insurance offers. The best way to find out a counsellors’ pricing options is to check their website, or send them an email to inquire about pricing.

Resources for finding a private practice therapist: 

Questions to ask a mental health professional to help find a good fit:

  • What are your fees and do you have a sliding scale or student rates?
  • Do you offer an initial brief consultation for free?
  • How much experience do you have helping people who have issues like mine?
  • What does a typical session look like?
  • What approaches and techniques do you use?
  • What is your availability or wait time right now?

Consider contacting them by phone rather than by email – you may get a better sense of their approach and personality. You should feel free to shop around to find someone whose approach works for you. Pay attention to your instincts.

Student coverage

If you would like to see a community psychologist, counsellor or social worker, please
check your health care plan for coverage information before booking an appointment:

Make sure to check what types of therapists are covered by your insurance plan, as well as how much of the cost your plan will cover. For students covered by other extended insurance plans (e.g., your parents’ extended health care, out of province medical plans), please contact your provider to find out how much coverage you have.