Frequently Asked Questions
DO I QUALIFY TO USE THESE SERVICES?
If you feel you would benefit from the services of a therapist but are not in a financial position to pay standard fees, you qualify to use these services. You might be a student, unemployed, underemployed, struggling to support a family, between jobs, paying off debt, or for some other reason are not in a position to pay full therapist fees.
WHAT IS THE RATE FOR THERAPY?
Each therapist on our site works independently in private practice and sets their own rates based on a number of factors. Therapists who use a sliding scale offer a flexible rate that reflects the financial and situational needs of their client.
Sliding scale rates can range anywhere between 25%-100% of a therapists regular fee, but as a rough guideline, you might expect to pay roughly half of their regular rate (generally no more than $65/hour and sometimes less). You will need to talk to your therapist to discuss their fee structure.
For no-cost options, please browse our Free Resources section. There are programs in Toronto that offer free workshops, counselling, peer support, and group support.
WHO DO I CONTACT?
Browse through the list of therapists. Once you find a therapist that you would like to contact, get in touch with them directly through the contact they have provided. Most of our therapists provide an email as well as a telephone number. The majority also have a link to their website so you can learn more about their style of therapy and decide if they might be a good match for you.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH THERAPIST TO CHOOSE?
When deciding who to choose, you might want to consider any areas of specialty listed that are relevant to your situation. Other factors to consider are any needs you have in regards to location, gender, age, accessibility, rate, or hours of availability. You can change therapists at any time if you so choose.
CONTACTING YOUR THERAPIST
When you first contact your therapist by phone or email, let them know that you found them through the Affordable Therapy Network of Toronto. Ask them if they are currently accepting reduced rate clients and what sliding scale rate they are able to offer. You are free to reach out to a few different therapists in order to find the best fit for you. It's also a good idea to inquire about their location, hours of availability, as well as any accessibility needs you require. If everything seems like a good fit, go ahead and book your first session.
WHAT WILL MY FIRST SESSION BE LIKE?
It's perfectly normal to feel a little nervous going in to your first session. Your therapist will be sensitive to this fact and help you to feel as comfortable as possible. Most first sessions begin with your therapist sharing a little about themselves and their style of therapy. They will also go over the legal and ethical rights you have as a client including confidentiality, and the legal limits thereof. If you decide to proceed, your therapist might ask you some questions, and things will unfold naturally from there.
WHO PRACTICES PSYCHOTHERAPY?
"As of December 31, 2019, performance of the controlled act of psychotherapy is restricted to members of the following regulatory colleges:
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSSW or RSW)
- College of Nurses of Ontario (RN)
- College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (OT)
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)
- College of Psychologists of Ontario (C. Psych)
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (RP)
If you have any concerns about the qualifications of your psychotherapist you can talk to them, or seek guidance from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
WHO PRACTICES COUNSELLING?
The regulation of counselling is less clear due to the breadth of it's scope. Individual counsellors come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, experience, and professional membership affiliations.
If you are seeking the services of a counsellor you would be advised to inquire about their education and experience to determine their suitability to your specific needs.
The Affordable Therapy Network of Toronto is a directory intended to be used for information purposes only. The Network is not affiliated with any of the organizations, groups, or practitioners listed. If you have any concerns about any of the organizations, groups, or practitioners listed here you will need to address them directly. You can also seek assistance from The Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, or the governing body that the person, organization, or group is affiliated with.