Counselling in Toronto
Counselling is based upon a strong foundation of trust and confidence. For successful counselling, you need a counsellor who understands you. A counsellor is a trained professional and has clinical experience of face-to-face counselling, as well as specific training in Counselling Theory and Skills.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is when a therapist (counsellor) and client work together in a professional relationship to discuss and work on the healing process from start to finish.
Counselling, along with psychotherapy, have been proven to increase the levels of:
- Overall fulfilment in life
- Satisfaction in relationships
It can also decrease the levels of stress and anxiety in an individual. Typically, a counsellor will conduct short to medium term work, and this is based upon the client’s individual goals, personality and factors unique to the client.
What Different Types of Counselling Can I Get?
There are many different types of counselling available, and what you need depends on the situation you’re going through. Counselling styles include:
- Couples counselling
- Family counselling
- Educational and psychoeducation
Here are KMA, our therapists are trained in many different types of counselling based on your needs. These include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Adlerian Counselling
- Psychodynamic Counselling
- Person-Centred/Humanistic Counselling
- Existential Counselling
How Much Do Counselling Sessions Cost in Toronto?
Finding answers regarding the cost of psychotherapy in Toronto can be really frustrating.
You may have found that it's hard to find clear costs of services and how much therapy and counselling sessions cost. Maybe you've had trouble finding answers on how much you can expect to pay throughout the entire therapeutic process, and if services are covered by your insurance provider.
You might even be wondering why the cost of therapy is different depending on where you look.
How Much Do Counselling Sessions Typically Cost?
Fees for therapeutic services in Ontario range anywhere from $50 to $300 per session based on a variety of factors including educational background, experience, type of therapy, psychologist supervision, and office costs.
To learn more about counselling costs, read How Much Does Psychotherapy Cost?
How Much Do Counselling Sessions Cost here at KMA:
Here at KMA, your initial intake session is 50-minutes and costs $190.
Your first session is an intake session to learn more about you and get you started on the perfect plan of action for you!
Here at KMA, your follow up sessions are 50-minutes and cost $245.
Your follow up sessions are designed to produce results based on the goals from your intake session. You'll meet weekly or bi-weekly with your therapist and we'll check in regularly to ensure optimal results.
Is Therapy/Counselling Covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately, most therapy services are not covered by OHIP. Private offices are the most common therapeutic practices. If a therapist works for a private practice, they will usually only accept private insurance or out-of-pocket payments. This includes most psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers.
The prices and services offered by private offices range widely. Read the article What Are the Different Types of Therapists? to learn more about these services.
Even though many therapy services are not covered under OHIP, there are options out there. Read our article Is Therapy Covered by OHIP? to learn about these options.
How Many Counselling Sessions Do I Need?
How many counselling sessions you will need usually depends on the scope of your issues and the many factors unique to you. Generally speaking, most people will have a sense of when counselling has been successfully completed.
This sense of successful completion will come about when you have overcome major issues in your life and notice new feelings. You will notice an increase in energy, enthusiasm, motivation and interest, and you will gain the confidence to tackle new challenges on your own.
Research has shown us that your experience with counselling will depend largely on your therapist’s personality and the connection between you two, regardless of the theoretical orientation of your therapist.
Successful counselling is also dependent on maintaining contact and momentum with your counsellor. With attendance of regular sessions, progression and healing is attainable faster than when sessions are spread far apart. Most find weekly sessions the most productive, and some may find bi-weekly or twice-a-week sessions are the right pace for them.
How Does Counselling at KMA work?
Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 50-minute introductory session with one of our intake counsellors. In these fifty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the severity of the problem and the treatment approach needed.
- Why are you seeking counselling at this time?
- What are you experiencing in your day-to-day life that could be improved?
- We learn about your upbringing, family, and past experiences.
- Create goals based on what you want out of life
We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality. Here at KMA, we believe it’s very important that we get to know you so that your counsellor is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have.
Finally, we will provide you with a customised ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended therapist who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and a recommendation for any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
Many of our counselling services are covered under health insurance plans. This falls under the category of “Psychological Services”. Here at KMA Therapy, we are strongly dedicated and motivated to help you resolve your issues in a safe, professional and warm environment.
Get Started with Counselling in Toronto Today
Getting help at KMA is as easy as completing our online registration form. Our care coordinator will reach out to you with more information about your introductory appointment.
We have five locations throughout Toronto, as well as online therapy options.
To learn more about counselling, give us a call at 416-487-6288. We are open Monday through Sunday from 10am-9pm.
If you think someone you care about may need counselling, read: How to Convince Someone to Go to Therapy
Counselling is one of many other mental health therapies. We want to ensure that you receive the kind of care you need.
Let us help you get back the freedom you deserve.