Affordable Counselling Resources in Kitchener Waterloo

Affording Therapy

You may have access to counselling through mental health benefits or services offered in the region of waterloo.  Please note this list is by no means exhaustive.

Extended Health Benefits

Many individuals are covered for therapy by their extended health benefits, which is usually offered by their employer or through their partner or parents employer.  If you are a student at a university or college you may be covered for counselling through your university or college. You can ask HR or check the extended health sections of the benefits booklet to make sure.

Your employer may have an Employee Assistance Program which you can contact to see what counselling services are offered.

First Nations and Inuit Support

Individuals who identify as First Nations or Inuit may have access to a benefit that provides them with coverage for counselling. Please check the following link for more details:


KW Counselling offers free sessions to youth who identify as LGBTQ youth.  Contact them for more detals:

Spectrum offers support groups:

Survivors of Sexual Assault and/or Domestic Violence

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Waterloo Region Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre

Offers services to individuals who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.

Waterloo Region Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre

Offers services to individuals who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.

Sexual Assault Support Centre

 Offers individual counselling to people of all genders, 16 and older who have been sexually assaulted at any point in their lives. They also offer short-term support for family members or friends of sexual assault survivors, as well as information and referrals.

Please note that other counselling centres (listed under the Sliding Scale Options) may have funding to provide therapy to women who have experienced sexual violence or domestic assault.

Sliding Scale Options

Many therapists in private practice offer sliding scale sessions.  You can always reach out to individual therapists you feel might be a good fit to see if they can accommodate you. I have a limited number of spots that I offer at a sliding scale rate that you are welcome to inquire about.

You may be eligible for completely covered or sliding scale therapy at the following Not For Profit Counselling Centres.  Please note that many of these agencies have a wait-list, and may only be able to offer a limited number of sessions.

Not For Profit Counselling Centres in Kitchener-Waterloo

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KW Counselling Services Inc.
480 Charles St E, Kitchener, ON
Phone: (519) 884-0000

Carizon Family and Community Services
400 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON
Phone: 519-743-6333

Shalom Counselling Services Inc
9 Avondale Ave. S. Waterloo, ON
Phone: 519-886-9690

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge & North Dumfries
18 Walnut St., Cambridge ON
Phone: 519-621-5090

House of Friendship Addiction Programs
51 Charles St. E Kitchener, ON
Phone: contact HERE247 1-844-437-3247

Interfaith Community Counselling Centre
23B Church St. New Hamburg, ON
(Trinity Lutheran Church)
Satellite- Kitchener Counselling Centre
65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener, ON
Phone: 519-662-3092

Muslim Social Services Kitchener-Waterloo
65 Hanson Ave, Kitchener ON
Phone: 519-772-4399 ext. 2707

Support and Crisis Lines

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HERE 24/7 – provides crisis support and community mental health and addictions referrals
Phone: 1-844-437-3247

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line – offers support online and over the phone
Phone 1-855-242-3310

Sexual Assault Support Centre
Phone: 519-741-8633

Kids Help Phone: phone and text support for children and youth 19 and under.
Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Good2Talk: phone and text support for post secondary students
Phone:  1-866-925-5454

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
Phone: 833-456-4566

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888.-230-3505