Resources

Tips for connecting to OHIP covered therapy and using your insurance: 

Speak to your primary care provider (ex. family doctor, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist) to ask for a referral for therapy services in your area. OHIP covered psychotherapy is offered at many hospitals and community health providers. ​

Do you have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at your place of employment? Short term therapy is often available free of cost through your EAP. ​

If you are employed or in school check to see if you have benefits that cover the cost of psychological services, and which types of providers are covered. (These may be listed under “paramedical services,” or other health services in your insurance documentation).​

If your spouse or parent has an EAP program, or insurance through their place of employment you may also be covered.​

Are you a student confused about what mental health coverage you have available through school? Check out this article: https://www.layla.care/post/mental-health-coverage-for-post-secondary-students

What to learn more about the difference between social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists? Check out this helpful article: https://www.layla.care/post/counsellor-psychologist-social-worker-psychotherapist-whats-the-difference

Finding a Therapist 

Resources for finding other therapists in private practice

Psychology Today

A directory of therapy providers across Canada providing online and in person services.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca

 

Good Therapy

A directory of therapy providers across Canada providing online and in person services.

https://www.goodtherapy.org/

 

The Affordable Therapy Network

A directory of online and in person therapists that provide affordable therapy across Canada.

https://affordabletherapynetwork.com/online-therapists/

 

Takecare 19

A crowd sourced directory of accessible and inclusive mental health resources for coping through Covid-19, including online therapy. 

https://takecare19.com/

 

Healing in Colour

A directory of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) therapists who support BIPOC clients in person and online across Canada.  https://www.healingincolour.com/directory

 

Rainbow Health Ontario

A directory of service providers who have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBT2SQ people in Ontario. https://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/lgbt2sq-health/service-provider-directory/

Internet-based support

Online therapy and peer supports

BounceBack

is a free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.

https://bouncebackontario.ca/ 

 

Big White Wall

is an anonymous online peer support and self-management tool that is coordinated by the Ontario Telemedicine Network. You can self-register by visiting: www.bigwhitewall.ca 

 

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)  

iCBT is a short-term program delivered online. It helps people develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.

 

MindBeacon


Free to all Ontarians  

https://info.mindbeacon.com/btn542

 

AbilitiCBT by Morneau Shepell

https://ontario.abiliticbt.com/home

Crisis Services

Live phone and online supports

ConnexOntario


Free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling.

1-866-531-2600 24/7

https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/

 

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

A national network of distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services1-833-456-4566 or Text at 45645 24/7 crisis line, SMS text available 4PM-12AM, available in English and French. https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

 

Distress and Crisis Ontario

Distress Centres (DCs) across Ontario offer instant support and a variety of services to their communities. 24/7 support for anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed, suicidal, or struggling otherwise. List of local distress centres for 24/7

416-408-4357 or text 45645 support

http://www.dcontario.org/ 

 

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.

https://www.awhl.org/about-us

 

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services

Safe and confidential, one-on-one conversation with a highly-trained empathic responder.

Text at 258258 Services available 2pm to 2am Services 

http://dcontario.org/ontx.html 

 

Togetherall

Online peer-to-peer mental health community that is accessible 24/7. Free to all Ontarians aged 16+.

togetherall.com