Stepping into therapy for the first time can feel scary and vulnerable for some; like an adventurer taking the first step of a long, uncharted voyage. The road ahead might be hard, but you don't have to go alone. We'd consider it a privilege to go with you on that journey.
How Does Our Drop-In Counselling work?
Text us at (226) 918-5528 or email us.
We'll get you started immediately, or let you know what our next available timeslot is.
Through our online system or over the phone, enter your name, address and phone number - you'll only have to do this once. Then confirm your time and payment information for your session when you're ready.
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Receive support when you need it most.
Allow our trained, licensed mental health professionals to help create a safe place for you or your child to vent your frustrations, calm your emotions, learn better coping skills, develop a plan for moving forward, and be coached through difficult moments.
Virtual Drop-In/Call-in Crisis Counselling: (for all ages)
Immediate support for life's unexpected challenges
No long waits for appointments
Trained & professional psychotherapists
Sensitive to all cultures, races, identities, and spiritual/religious backgrounds
Available for children (9+), youth, adults, and families
Open 12pm - 6pm (last drop-in session starts ~4:30pm)
This service can be used as a one-time counselling drop in, or an ongoing, regular service. We help children, youth, young adults, and their families, with concerns related to depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, difficult life transitions (divorce, foster care, school difficulties, etc.), trauma and intergenerational trauma, grief, spiritual or existential questions, and more.
You may come to our drop-in psychotherapy simply wanting a safe place to talk about what is bothering you, in a moment of crisis or distress needing help, or wanting a more detailed plan to tackle difficulties long-term. Rest assured that our approach is all about you, your child, or your family and what you need from therapy. We do our best to create a safe and gentle atmosphere, where clients can build a gentler, fairer inner monologue and more positive self-esteem, learn coping skills (such as grounding, breathing, and other distress tolerance techniques), build better self-care habits, and reach their goals in life. Based on your needs and expressed wishes, we use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, inner child work, solution-focused brief therapy, strengths-based therapy, play therapy, spiritually-integrated therapy, and more in session (see our "Areas of Expertise" page for a more in-depth look at our modalities).
While high demands mean we can't always guarantee that we will have immediate space, we'll do our best to fit you in as soon as possible, usually within the same day or the following. If we can't see you within a reasonable timeframe, we have a list of free services that may be able to help in the meantime. Text 226-918-5528 (226-91-TLK2U) to get started, book now online, or contact us if you need further assistance.
Child and Youth Counselling & School-Based Counselling:
Coming from a background including a Bachelors in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (Mental Health Specialization) and a Masters in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, we bring a combination of research-based psychoeducation, behavioural coaching, and counselling techniques to the therapy room. We specialize in working with youth, their caregivers, and wider care team (medical professionals, teachers, etc.) when possible to find what motivates and interests children, and what is blocking them from succeeding at home, school, extracurricular activities, and more.
Our therapeutic approach is all about being gentle and genuine in unconditional positive regard towards children, and in turn, helping children begin to adopt a similar mindset towards themselves. In session, we work with clients to create a safe space for processing and de-escalation; help them find with what motivates, interests and drives them; identify what is blocking them from succeeding or feeling at ease at home, school, and their extracurricular activities; teach coping and distress tolerance skills; and more. Then, we build and initiate a customized therapeutic plan drawing on what motivates them (art, video games, music, comedy, pop culture, kpop, etc.) and utilize powerful stories, characters, and activities based on those interests, alongside various modalities such as DBT, CBT, EFT, narrative therapy, inner child work, solution focused brief therapy, strengths-based therapy, spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, and more. We often use video games (such as Minecraft, Roblox, virtual sandboxes and dollhouses) and art in session with youth who find it helpful for motivation and focus.
Some families have found our drop-in availability helpful with assisting children who struggle with making it through the school day, due to difficult behaviours, social difficulties, school phobia, panic and extreme anxiety, and more. We are happy to work with you and your school to create a plan where we are available to your child for call-in crises support throughout your child's school day - see for yourself how this can make all the difference towards a successful school day!
Foster & Adoption Therapy Support Program:
Monthly Therapy Support Group for foster parents
Monthly Therapy Support Group for foster children
Phone crisis counselling available in real time (no appointments necessary - get support at school, camp, and home - when families need it most!)
Tired of dealing with health care professionals that don't understand the needs of foster families, agencies, and CAS? Feeling hopeless from watching placements break down and good caregivers leave the system? We have the solution! Our integrated therapeutic program has 3 pillars of support, designed to minimize placement breakdowns and behavioural incidents. Exhausted foster parents and traumatized foster children are supported in ongoing monthly group therapy sessions, but what truly makes our program so ground-breaking is the crisis support that allows families to receive placement-saving mediation and therapy in real-time.
We work with both individual foster families and agencies, who can decide on the level of care that's right for them. Contact us to start your journey.
Fees for Counselling Services
Our counselling program is working towards community partnerships to ensure that our services are one day available to everyone, heavily subsidized or entirely free of charge. Currently, our counselling rates are typically as displayed below.
Visa, Mastercard, Debit, and interac e-transfer are accepted.
Services are eligible to be covered by most private insurance companies. Please consult with your employer or benefits package.
For children and families involved with the foster care system, services may also be eligible for coverage by your local Children's Aid Society or OPR. Check with your case worker through CAS and/or your case manager through your independent foster agency to enquire about coverage.
Additionally, psychotherapy fees are considered by the CRA to be an eligible medical expense that can be claimed on your income taxes.
Regular counselling fees range from:
- Free to $50 for Group Counselling Sessions
- Free to $100 for Drop-in Counselling
Virtual services throughout Ontario | Based in Hamilton & Wellandport, ON
phone: (226) 918-5528
We know how hard it can be to take that first step to reach out for help. We're here when you're ready to talk. When the time's right, let us know a little bit about what you're looking for: