Below are a number of resources available in British Columbia. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, nor can the CWHWC vouch for the trans-inclusive practices of all the employees, volunteers or clients connected to these resources.
Finding a Counsellor
For private (fee for service) counselling you can contact the following agencies:
- BC Social Workers
- British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
- British Columbia Psychological Association
- Counselling BC
- BIPOC Counsellors
Other Resource Lists
Mental Health Resource Listing
Non-crisis mental health support and resource information available via phone and email.
- Lu Lam
RCC – Mindfulness Counsellor
- Sam Kaplan and Luisa Ospina
Sliding scale counselling with practicum students with weekly clinical supervision.
Organizations & Counselling Centres
- Dragonstone Counselling
Sliding scale counselling. LGBTQ2S+ and polyamorous knowledgeable counsellors.
- Adler Counselling Clinic
Counsellors are trained at the Master’s Degree level and are currently completing their internships to become registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and/or the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Regular fee is $50 per session for Individual Counselling & $70 per session for Couples and Family Counselling. Sliding scale available.
- Oak Counselling
Reduced fee secular counselling services provided at the Vancouver Unitarian Centre by supervised volunteers with Master’s degrees in psychology or psychology-related fields. Individual, couples and family counselling.
- Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Professional counselling for survivors of violence, and LGBTQ2S+ individuals and couples.
Free short-term counselling program for members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities. They also offer a variety of other support services.
For survivors of gender-based violence, age requirement 14+. Minimal waittime for trans and non-binary folks. WAVAW also has an Indigenous Counselling program.
- PACE Society
Free counselling for current or former Sex Workers, all genders welcome. Contact Lindsay to be placed on waitlist: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-828-4915.
- Kelty’s Key
Free and confidential online cognitive behavioural therapy service
- Pride Counselling
Online, phone, and messaging counselling options. Sliding scale.
- Bounce Back
Bounce Back® teaches effective skills to help individuals (aged 15+) overcome symptoms of mild to moderate depression or anxiety, and improve their mental health. Participants can learn skills to help combat unhelpful thinking, manage worry and anxiety, and become more active and assertive.
- Emergency Department Wait Times
This site provides a list of Vancouver, Richmond, and North Shore emergency departments along with wait times for 6 emergency departments.
- Trans Lifeline
“Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. We’re run by and for trans people.”
- Access and Assessment Centre (AAC)
“The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue. Call (604) 675-3700 – available 24/7, 365 days a year or walk in any time.”
- S.A.F.E.R.: Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research
S.A.F.E.R provides free time-limited counselling for those feeling suicidal, concerned about a friend or family member, or experiencing suicide bereavement. To refer yourself to S.A.F.E.R., contact the Access and Assessment Centre (AAC).
- Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE).
- Crisis Chat
Online crisis chat for BC and Yukon, available noon to 1AM.
- Child and Adolescent Response Team (CART)
“We provide urgent response (within 72 hours), short-term mental health service to school-aged children and youth who are experiencing acute psychiatric or emotional crises. Services include urgent assessment and consultation, clinical intervention, and coordination with community resources.”
- Kids Help Phone
“Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth.” Phone and live online chat available.
- WAVAW: Women Against Violence Against Women
24-Hour Crisis Line available at (604) 255-6344 or toll-free 1-877-392-7583. Please check the website for up to date information and other resources.
- Battered Women Support Services
Crisis line – (604) 687-1867 – available Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Wednesdays 10am to 8pm. Please check the website for up to date information.