Lower Cost and Affordable Psychotherapy Options in Toronto

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Lower Cost and Affordable Psychotherapy Options in Toronto

affordable lower cost therapy optionsUpdated: June, 2017

If you are looking for lower cost and more affordable therapy options in downtown Toronto and the GTA, the following resources may be of help:

Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy – Referral Service

The referral service through the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy provides access to lower cost therapy with current students and graduates.

This service offers therapy for individuals at $25 with training therapists (as long as the therapist is in training) and $40 – $80 per session (negotiable with the individual therapist) for 20 sessions with a graduate.

Couples therapy is also offered by senior student therapists, as well as graduate therapists, at $40 for the first session and $40 – $80 (negotiable) for subsequent sessions.

An updated list of available therapists is available here.

The Gestalt Institute of Toronto – Student Clinic

The Gestalt Institute of Toronto has a clinic providing therapy with students-in-training.

The fee per session for training therapists with the Gestalt Clinic is $40.  The contact number for the clinic is 416-964-9464, extension 18.

The Living Institute – Student Clinic

The Living Institute’s student clinic offers therapy on a sliding scale basis.

According to their website, “Fees for psychotherapy and counselling are negotiated with your intern according to your ability to pay. Initial consultations with senior therapists and interns are free.”

For questions or to book an appointment, the contact number is 416-515-0404.

Affordable Counselling

Experienced counsellors offer sponsored affordable individual and couples counselling for people with:

– Low income
– Single parent families
– ODSP, OW, AOP (disability and unemployed)
– Students, Youth and Young Adults
– Temporary Canadians (and Undocumented Canadians)
Fee is $48 for a maximum of 10 sessions.  His website and more information can be found here.
**Please note:
HPRAC (Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council) Distinction between Psychotherapy & Counselling
“The practice of psychotherapy is distinct from both counselling, where the focus is on the provision of information, advice-giving, encouragement and instruction, and spiritual counselling, which is counselling related to religion or faith-based beliefs.” HPRAC:  New Directions, 2006; Chapter 7, Regulation of Psychotherapy, p. 208.
The College (of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) is not regulating counsellors or counselling. However, psychotherapy and counselling can be highly interrelated.

Private Practice Psychotherapists – Sliding Scale Fee

Many therapists in private practice offer fees on a sliding scale.

Details would vary based on the individual therapist and can often either be found on the therapist’s website, membership/association listings, or by inquiring directly.

Ontario Mental Health Hotline

While the Information and Referral Specialists who answer inquiries at the Mental Health Hotline do not provide on-demand counselling, they can provide mostly government-funded support and resources.  Please refer to my post on the Mental Health Hotline for more details.


These are only a few of the lower cost and affordable therapy options available in Toronto.

If you know of others or have a suggestion to be added to this page, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

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The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional advice or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat an issue, problem or concern without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have.

Mio Yokoi, RP DipTIRP
Mio Yokoi, RP DipTIRP
My name is Mio and I work as a Registered Psychotherapist in downtown Toronto. If you are looking to make changes in your life or relationship, I strive to provide the attention, empathy, and compassion required to navigate the maze of growth and self-discovery. My work lies in my understanding that every person is a unique individual with a valuable perspective and I have been interviewed by Maclean's magazine to speak to the importance of maintaining healthy relationships. If you are seeking a new level of personal growth and understanding, I may be able to help by identifying your strengths while uncovering the nature of your challenges and concerns.
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