Resource List: Therapy

I have a list of resources for those in crisis and specifically with suicide-prevention, but I am often asked for resources outside of crisis. All titles are URL hyperlinks to the resource.

This is a list of therapy, positive mental health organizations that can help you help yourself. If you are in crisis, please contact your family doctor, go to your closest hospital, call the Ontario Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600, or call 911. Please click the heading to know more about these resources:

Affordable Therapy Network
By Providing a Listing of Mental Health Practitioners throughout Canada who offer Reduced Rates, Low-Cost, and Sliding Scale fees, we aim to increase the accessibility of Therapeutic Services.

The CREATE Institute
The CREATE Institute offers a training program for Expressive Arts Therapists from mid-September through mid-May. Expressive arts therapy (EXAT) is a way of using the arts to help people with a variety of challenges; whether they be psychological, emotional, behavioural, or associated with life traumas, relationships or transitions. EXA assumes that everyone has the capacity to respond creatively to the situations that they find themselves in.

MyGrief helps you to understand and work through your grief. Free online modules that help you understand and navigate grief – to help people work through their grief from the comfort of their own home, at their own pace. It was developed by family members who’ve “been there,” and grief experts to complement existing community resources and help address the lack of grief services particularly in rural and remote areas. It is also an education tool for health providers.

Healing in Colour
Healing in Colour envisions a world where BIPOC*, in all our intersections, have access to therapy that supports our healing and liberation. (*Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)

Anishnawbe 24/7 MHCM Service
Call 1 (855) 242-3310 – Our mission is to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal People in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing Traditional Healing within a multi-disciplinary health care model.

Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP low-cost therapy)
This site will help you find a high quality therapist who is a good match for you and who charges a fee you can afford. We aim to reach those in the community who would not otherwise be able to access therapy due to financial constraints and other life circumstances that make it difficult to pay for full-fee psychotherapy services.

Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre
Referrals are not required. If you self-identify as an artist, call us at 416 603 5263 to make an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner for an initial assessment. This hour-long appointment provides the opportunity to become acquainted with clinic services, discuss any of your concerns and explore treatment options available to you.

CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services
CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services provide outpatient services to clients with mood and anxiety disorders.

Hard Feelings TO
Hard Feelings is an innovative, welcoming community of professional counsellors who provide low-cost services and support. Online store sells carefully curated books and resources to help build and sustain stronger mental health.

Hope for Wellness Help Line
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.Experienced and culturally competent Helpline counsellors. If asked, counsellors can also work with you to find other wellness supports that are available near you. Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in: Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

Members of the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Referral Directory provide in-depth psychotherapy and counseling strategies

Mood Disorders Canada
Welcome to the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. We offer free support programs to people across Ontario, and their families, who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

#BeThe1To Help Save a Life
Canadian posters refer to Crisis Services Canada. Please download and print a poster below and put it up everywhere you can, including call boards, notice boards, breakrooms, and anywhere other safety information is shown.

OISE Psychology Clinic – Adult Services
The OISE Psychology Clinic provides psychological assessment and psychotherapy services to adults and young adults for emotional, interpersonal, and academic concerns.

A free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Grief Stories
“Helping grief make sense.” Grief Stories HEALS by mobilizing the power of community through sharing stories that help those in grief feel Hopeful for healing, Empowered to cope, Accepted as normal in their grief, Less alone in their experience and Supported to share their own story.

Bruce Dow

Queer positive client care: working collaboratively with clients, I aim to develop my clinical skills through the use of techniques based in Client Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFS), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Trauma Related Dissociation models, while incorporating elements of Existential Therapy, Jungian Analysis, and Spiritual Direction where applicable. I hope to work with a variety of age ranges, individuals and couples, with presenting issues related to anxiety and depression; career related anxiety and trauma; childhood emotional, narcissistic, physical, and sexual trauma(s); gender / sexuality related issues; and multi-faith / religious / spiritual wound(s).

Toronto Mental Health Resources List – City of Toronto
Support is available. At the beginning of the pandemic, the City of Toronto partnered with 13 organizations to help connect residents to free telephone, text and online mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 16, 2021 the City announced partnerships with an additional 18 organizations to ensure that residents have increased access to mental health resources.

Lighthouse Grieving Services for Kids
At Lighthouse, we offer free support for the entire family as each person navigates their unique journey through grief, loss, and change. Here you will find support, resources, and connections for each family member.

What’s Up Walk-In
Walk-in counselling sessions are available by phone and video.
Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Call Mental Health TO at 1-866-585-MHTO (6486) to connect to a counselor

Not therapy but Mental Health in the Arts Mission and Mandate:
Workman Arts
Workman Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization that promotes a greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. We support artists with lived experience through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community. Empowering artists with lived experience while challenging and advancing perspectives on mental health.

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