Some private counsellors and clinics offer subsidized counselling, usually provided by counselling students. This generally requires contacting counsellors and clinics directly to inquire. This can be a tedious process, therefore I recommend creating a standardized inquiry email and to get names off of centralized directories like:
Counselling BC – https://counsellingbc.com/counsellors
Healing in Colour – https://www.healingincolour.com/directory
If you know of a not-for-profit agency offering a professional, lower-cost counselling service that I have not included, please let me know! Corrections also welcome. I am unable to accept submissions from private counsellors or private counselling agencies offering subsidized counselling.
As agencies change over time, please check with the above services to ensure accuracy of the information provided here. Note that many programs will have wait lists, or wait lists may be closed. You may wish to add yourself to several waiting lists to potentially increase the speed of you being able to access counselling.
Inclusion of the above resources does not indicate an endorsement of them or an affiliation with Willow Tree Counselling.
Please note that Willow Tree Counselling does not provide sliding scale or pro-bono counselling to new clients as current reduced-cost counselling spaces are full.
Information revised by Willow Tree Counselling in January 2022. Please check https:// willowtreecounselling.ca/wp-content/themes/willowtree/reduced-cost-counselling.pdf if you think you may have an old copy.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911.
1-800-SUICIDE, BC-wide, 24/7.
Wellness Together Canada – 1-866-585-0445 Phone counselling: 24/7 access to a professional Or text WELLNESS to 741741.
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC – 24/7: Phone 604-872-3311 (Vancouver) or 1-866-661-3311 (toll free); Chat (noon-1am): https://crisiscentrechat.ca/ or youth chat: https://youthinbc.com/ (noon-1am)
Health Link BC – Nurse Line – 24/7 – Phone: 8-1-1 or 7-1-1 (hearing impaired)
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and On-line Counselling Toll Free: 1-855-242-3310 Chat Line: hopeforwellness.ca
Immediate counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across the country.
KUU-US Indigenous Crisis Line (24/7) Toll Free: 1- 800-588-8717
Adult/Elder: 250-723-4050 Child/Youth: 250-723-2040
National Residential School Crisis Line (former residential school students) 24/7 –
WAVAW 24-7 Rape Crisis Line – 604-255-6344 or Toll-Free: 1-877-392-7583
Kids Help Phone – 24/7 – 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868
Youth Against Violence Line – 24/7: 1-800-680-4264 or Text: 604-836-6381
TTY: 604-875-0885. Help for youth in danger or being threatened.
Chinese Help Lines – 604-270-8233 (Cantonese) 604-270-8222 (Mandarin) -10am-10pm
Trans Lifeline – Toll Free in Canada: 1-877-330-6366 – https://translifeline.org/Peer support hotline run by and for trans people. 7am-1am Pacific
Critical Incident Response – WorkSafe BC – 1-888-922-3700 (9am-11pm, 7 days wk) For workers who have witnessed a traumatic incident in the workplace.
Gambling Support Line (24/7) – 1-888-795-6111
Seniors Abuse and Information Line – 604-437-1940 / Toll-Free: 1-866-437-1940 TTY: 604-428-3359 or TTY toll-free 1-855-306-1443.
Weekdays 8am-8pm; Weekends 10am to 5:30pm, excluding statutory holidays.
Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) – 604-675-3700 Non-life-threatening mental health or addictions concerns – 7:30am-11pm, 7 days a week. Phone or drop in. – Segal Centre, VGH – 803 12th Ave. Vancouver. Response times may vary.