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The Guide I Needed When I Was Looking For A Therapist

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Want to get something off your chest? Seeking counselling or support? Whether it’s short-term academic stress or a long-term concern, counselling may be something you are currently considering.

Important: if you are registered with Accessibility Services, you can connect with your Accessibility Advisor about the navigation process!

Here is a list of resources to consider when seeking counselling support both on and off-campus!

  1. U of T Telus Health Student Support (formerly U of T My SSP)

24/7, free, and online – this source is a must-have for talking through situations as they arise. As a downloadable app, this service is open to U of T students and in my experience, is the quickest way to receive immediate support and connect with someone in the moment .

Trained counsellors will support you through whatever issues, concern, or crisis you are experiencing – and may even let you know if you want to seek more routine support.

2. Health and Wellness

U of T can provide counselling with a clinician. Although these sessions are short-term in nature, this is a great way to figure out if seeking more regular counselling will benefit you. Same-day sessions are also available!

These services have a few eligibility requirements including: ”full-time and part-time U of T undergraduate and graduate students AND to those in Ontario (as the mental health care providers are licensed to practice in this province only).

To book an appointment:

3. Private Counselling (Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist)

Counselling in the community offers many different options. In my experience, it feels better to have found a private counsellor, as  I can go to them with certain issues and not need to provide them with too much context at each meeting – as I have already created a counselling relationship with them. While other options are cost-efficient (yo, they’re free), they may include a bit of “get to know you” which isn’t required with more long-term support.  This one is another great dependable option that has varying price points for your needs. You can stay with your therapist as long as you want!

The price point varies depending on the qualifications of the person! Some places do offer sliding scale or student prices so be sure to inquire about these options when meeting a therapist for the first time.

Talking to a family doctor or googling is the first approach for references!

I think everyone can benefit from talking through their smallest problem to their biggest crisis with a professional, and I hope you are able to get the help you need. This guide is as condensed as it could be for ~500 words, but there is never enough space for all this!

Take your time through this process, be patient with yourself (because it can be frustrating at times) and have a great day!!

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