What is family counselling?

Settling in a new country can be a stressful experience for a family. If you are having difficulties with your family relationships, counselling or therapy may help you. A counsellor or therapist can help families cope with issues such as:

  • Family violence
  • Depression
  • Intergenerational conflict
  • Culture shock
  • Separation or divorce
  • Job loss

All counselling is confidential. In Ontario, many places have family counselling services. Hospitals, mental health centres and community centres offer (or can refer you to) such services.

Many ethnocultural agencies offer counselling services, often in your first language and within your cultural context. Places of worship, such as churches, mosques and synagogues, may also offer counselling services. These are often delivered within a unique religious or spiritual context that you may be more comfortable with.

Often, you need to pay fees for counselling can vary. Many publicly funded agencies offer their services for free or on a sliding scale. A sliding scale means that the fee is determined based on your income and number of dependants. Private practitioners and clinics often charge high prices - usually C$75/hour or more.

Community agencies can give you more information on different types of counselling. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "counselling services" in your area.

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Last updated: May 24, 2023 4000363