Find a Mental Health Professional

Thinking that you want to work with a licensed therapist, psychologist or clinical counsellor?

Trust is an essential factor in a successful working relationship with a mental health professional.  Don’t be afraid to request an introductory phone session to see if they will be a good fit for you.

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In Canada:

  • Please call 911 if your life is at risk
  • If you or someone you love is contemplating ending their life, you can call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) any time of day or night.
  • To find a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Psychotherapist, the Talking Helps website has a useful search engine
  • You can ask your local doctor for a referral to a mental health professional (although most do not require a referral from a doctor)
  • Find your provincial CMHA chapter and go to their website for a listing of resources available in your area.
  • If you have health insurance through your work, contact your insurance company to understand what types of practitioners they cover if you are concerned about minimizing fees.  Some insurance companies also offer free counseling services through their Employee Assistance Programs

In the United States:

  • If you are in a suicide crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • To find a certified therapist, the American Psychotherapy Association has a search engine
  • Mental Health America can also help you find local support
  • Check with your employer to see if there is an Employee Assistance Program.  Many EAP’s offer free counseling services.

In Australia:

  • Please call 000 if your life is in danger
  • For 24/7 crisis hotline support, call Lifeline at 13 11 14.  There is also a chat line for people living in Australia that is available during specific hours.
  • To find mental health services by category or by region, Way Ahead has a search engine