Counselling Referrals

[Updated: Autumn 2018]

Over-the-phone support

Gerstein Crisis Centre (24/7): 416-929-5200

Toronto Distress Centre (24/7): 416-408-4357

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre (24/7): 416-597-8808

Trans Life Line (11am-5am EST): 1-877-330-6366

Kids Help Phone: (24/7) 1-800-668-6868

Free walk-in counselling and support services

Family Service Toronto Open Door Walk-in Counselling
202-128A Sterling Rd | | 416-595-9230 | Wednesdays 3 pm

WoodGreen Community Walk-in Counselling
815 Danforth Avenue, Suite 100 | | (416) 572-3575 | Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 pm

Sherbourne Health Walk-In Counselling
333 Sherbourne St. | | 416-324-4109 | Tuesdays at 12 pm

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) Drop-In Counselling
543 Yonge Street, 4th floor | | 416-340-2437 | View schedule on the website
This service is for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS as well as gay/bi/queer men and men who have sex with men; ACT is a trans-inclusive agency

Anishnawbe Heath Toronto - Traditional healing, peer support and counselling services
179 Gerrard, St E, Toronto, ON | 416-920-2605 | and Drop by Monday-Friday, 9:30-11:00am and 1:30-3:00pm

Free or low-cost ongoing counselling services

David Kelley LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Counselling Services – free and sliding scale ($5-120)
202-128A Sterling Rd | | 416-595-9618
Medium-term individual and couples counselling for LGBTT2SIQQA+ people; unlimited free counselling for those affected, living with or concerned by HIV/AIDS. Clients are seen for an initial needs interview 2-4 weeks after intake.

Sherbourne Health – Mental Health Counselling – free
333 Sherbourne St. | | 416-324-4109
Short, medium and longer-term individual and group counselling. Clients complete intake assessment before placement onto waitlist. Wait times can fluctuate: check website for updates. Other mental health services such as clinical case coordination, TRS assessments, groups, etc. are determined and triaged at intake.

Woodgreen Counselling Services – free
815 Danforth Avenue / 650 Queen Street East | | 416-572-3575

Family Services York Region LGBTQ2S Counselling – sliding scale
Various Locations | | 1-888-967-5542

Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women (BPCW) at Women’s College Hospital – free
76 Grenville Street, 7th floor | | 416-323-6011

Women’s Connection at Parkdale Community Health Centre – free
28 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 301 | | 416-537-8222 | Medium-term trauma counselling – This is a service for women who live in the area of Lakeshore to Bloor and Islington to Yonge

Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy – $25-$80/session
Multiple locations |
Student Therapists ($25): Kirsten Johnson, Arti Mehta, Sara Peters, Nomi Rotbard, Beau Molnar, Rachel Tredon Sliding Scale
Therapists ($40-$80): Sonny Berenson, Alexia Dyer,Jacub Fernandes, Vanessa Giordiano, Shauna Lancit, Kato Perdue, Heather White, Jayne Brown, Amelia Sloan

LGBTQ2S Mental health peer support

Mood Disorders Assoc. of Ontario – LGBTQ2S Peer Support Drop-in Group
36 Eglinton Ave, Suite 602 | 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM | 416-486-8046

LGBTQ+ Settlement and Trauma Counselling

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Lucy Kaite Nyarwai, LGBTQ Settlement/Trauma Counsellor | 416 363 1066 x 230 | |

OHIP-covered psychiatry and mental health services

*Most hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area offer free OHIP-covered mental health services through their psychiatry departments. Ask a family doctor for information, eligibility requirements, and referrals.*

Community Health Centres (CHCs)

*Some Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the Greater Toronto Area provide free counselling services to individuals who live within their service area (i.e. catchment). Use the link below to find your local CHC:

Fee-for-service agencies with LGBTQ2S-positive counsellors/services

Hard Feelings – psychotherapists and registered social workers
848 Bloor St. W. | 416-792-4393 |

Umbrella Mental Health Network - psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers
691 Bloor St. West, Suite 202 | | 647-687-6543

Village Healing Centre – psychologists, clinical social workers, psychotherapists, wellness services
240 Roncesvalles Ave. |

Step Stone Psychology - psychologists, psychological associates, counsellors
1033 Bay Street, Suite 221| | 416-551-7284

Centre for Interpersonal Relationships – psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors
Suite 305, 10 Mary Street | | 855-779-2347

Other Services and Resources

We would be happy to direct you to other services that are not on this list – e.g. LGBTQ2S-positive psychiatrists; resources for seniors; resources for youth; services near your home; referral suggestions for therapists in private practice. Contact Robyn Letson:, 416-355-6774 for more information.

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