Miriam Schacter


Registered Psychotherapist, CTP Dipl. RP, BA

Are you seeking reduced rates or free community services?

Most advanced therapy students or "Therapists in Supervision" offer therapy services at reduced rates. Schools that offer this option will usually ask you to meet with a faculty member who then can refer you to a Therapist in Supervision or a graduate, if suggested. Call therapy training programs in your area or try The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy at 416-964-7919.


The Gerstein Crisis Centre is a 24-hour community based crisis service for adults 16+ in the City of Toronto. Crisis Workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 416-929-5200. All services are free. Gerstein now offers a W.R.A.P. Program (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).

"The 519", at 519 Church Street, offers about 6 free therapy sessions. Their waiting list may take while but you will have free access to professionally trained and supervised volunteer counselors.  416-392-6874

The Mood Disorders Association has many free peer-lead programs including support groups, WRAP program, family support and a distress line. 1-866-363-MOOD (6663)

The people answering calls at the Toronto Distress Centre can offer support 24/7.  416-408-HELP (4357)  www.torontodistresscentre.com.  For continued group support, seek out a local W.R.A.P Program

(Wellness Recovery Action Plan)


Hospitals have some psychotherapeutic psychiatric services. Try Sunnybrook, St Joseph, CAMH or Toronto General. These services are covered by OHIP and might include DBT, CBT, psychotherapy, addiction support and so on. Referral from a doctor may be required. (MDs at walk in clinics can also refer you if you don't have a doctor).

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Women's College Hospital houses a Trauma Therapy Program for women (W.R.A.P.) and other therapy services covered by OHIP.  416-323-6400 ext. 4230


Ontario has a free drug and alcohol helpline for support, information and services.  1-800-565-8603  http://www.drugandalcoholhelpline.ca  Many individuals also access the following: Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.aatoronto.org and Jewish Addictions services (for all communities) http://jacstoronto.org. 


Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto is a volunteer based bereavement support organization that provides programs and services based on a mutual support model.   https://sites.google.com/site/bfotoronto/resources/links


* Please feel welcome to let me know if you are aware of other helpful services in the GTA