Miriam Schacter Registered Psychotherapist, CTP Dipl. RP, BA
Most advanced therapy students or "Therapists in Supervision" offer therapy services at reduced rates ($35-$65). Schools that offer this option will usually ask you to meet with a faculty member who can then refer you to a "therapist in supervision" or a graduate. Call therapy training programs in your area or try The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy at 416-964-7919, The Toronto Institute For Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) or The Gestalt Institute of Toronto.
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.
"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 counsellors. 416-392-6874
The Mood Disorders Association has many free peer-led 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 offer support 24/7 at 416-408-HELP (4357) www.torontodistresscentre.com. For continued group support, seek out a local "Wellness Recovery Action Plan"
LGBTQ2S+ community support: https://sherbourne.on.ca/primary-family-health-care/lgbt-health/soy-youth/
(please request full directory from Miriam)
BIPOC community support: https://www.blacktherapistlist.com/
Anishnawabe Health Foundation: https://www.aht.ca/services-and-programs/services-offered
Hospitals have some free psychotherapeutic psychiatric services: Sunnybrook, Sinai, St Joseph, CAMH or Toronto Western. 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).
Women's College Hospital houses a Trauma Therapy Program for women and other therapy services covered by OHIP. 416-323-6400 ext. 4230
The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) is a grassroots, women and non-binary people run collective. https://trccmwar.ca/
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. Please contact BFO to find out about their on-line programs during COVID-19 pandemic. https://bfotoronto.ca/
Refugee community supports https://settlement.org/ontario/health/refugee-health/refugee-health-services/i-came-to-canada-as-a-refugee-what-mental-health-services-can-i-get/
* Kindly let me know if you are aware of other helpful services in the GTA.
** Please contact me directly for inquiries about community/private supports for ADHD.