How to Find a Mental Health Professional

How to Find a Mental Health Professional

Therapy (also known as psychotherapy, counselling, or talk therapy) is a treatment provided by a licensed mental health professional in a one-to-one, group, family, or couples setting. 

The goal of therapy is to guide you in exploring, coping, and/or changing emotions, thoughts, or behaviours that are preventing you from living the life you want. 

Therapy is usually provided in-person. It may also be delivered remotely through the use of phone or video technology. This may also be referred to as, teletherapy, telecounselling, or online therapy

You may find it challenging to find a mental health professional that meets your needs. The following resources can make the process a little easier.

  • Wellness Together Canada provides mental health and substance use services. They list a variety of support services as well as free phone counselling available 24/7.

  • Psychology Today website allows you to search for a mental health professional by your city and postal code. They also include a drop-down menu that allows you to search by type of therapy.

  • Canada.ca is the official website of the government of Canada. You can find mental health and substance use support here. They list provincial and territorial health and support services at the bottom of the pages.

  • The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association provides a tool to search for mental health professionals near you as well as online.

 Or you can try the following:

  • Ask your doctor for a referral.

  • Nearby hospitals, medical clinics or universities may have information.

  • Consult your local or provincial health department. 

  • Ask someone you trust - a friend, family member, or religious leader. 

When selecting a mental health professional, you should find out about their approach to therapy, as well as their background and experience.

The cost of therapy can depend on multiple factors. Your therapy may be partially or fully covered through workplace or private insurance. Depending on location and type of provider, you may be able to receive therapy free-of-charge through the government. In other instances, you may have to pay out-of-pocket. It's a good idea to understand your coverage while looking for a mental health professional.

Once you find one, your work is just beginning. It will take some time to develop a relationship with them. You’ll work together to determine the best way for you to feel better. 

At times, patient-provider relationships can be challenging. You may not feel like you’re getting the support you need or that you’re progressing. Make sure you’re open and honest with whomever you work with, including the possibility of switching to another professional. 

Your Goodpath coach can also offer support and suggestions.