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How to Get Free or Affordable Counselling

Everybody has mental health! That means that everyone has ups and downs when it comes to being able to cope with the stressors of life. It also means that everyone has the option to get some support to deal with those stressors.



Counselling is one way to get support. There are many reasons a person might want to talk to a counsellor, but you also don’t even need a big reason. It feels good to talk things out with someone who is non-judgmental and there to listen.



Sometimes, the hardest part of getting counselling is finding it and setting it up! Here are some ways to find counselling in Edmonton:



Crisis Counselling (Free): The Distress Line provides confidential, non-judgmental and short-term crisis intervention, emotional support and resources to people in crisis or distress. They also support family, friends and caregivers of people in crisis. Call (780) 482-4357 (HELP) and you can connect with someone right away.


Walk-In Mental Health Service (Free): If you need help and aren’t sure how to start, you can always go to the Ruthorford Mental Health Walk-In service. That means that you can just go there (with a parent or guardian) and talk to a therapist right away without booking an appointment. They are open from Monday to Friday between 12:30 and 4 pm. You can call ahead to ask about wait times. The service is located at 11153 Ellerslie Road and their phone number is (780) 342-6850


Momentum Walk-In Counselling (Sliding scale from $25-$200 per hour depending on what you can pay): Their counsellors hold the belief that for many clients, one purposeful session of counselling may be enough for people to make momentum towards change, and structure the session accordingly. You can book a single session online at www.momentumcounselling.org


The Family Centre Counselling (Free to start): If you want to set up some counselling appointments for you or your family, you can call the Family Centre. They can help with things like depression, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges like separation or divorce, addictions, grief and loss, parenting challenges and conflict, trauma and change and more! Your first appointment is free and available virtually, over the phone, or in-person. If you are under 16 you will need your parent’s consent. Call (780) 900-6096 or check out their live chat on their website www.familycentre.org


Community Counselling Centre (Sliding scale from $20-$140 per hour depending on what you are able to afford): Affordable counselling online, over the phone, or in person. Call here if you want to set up more long term, on-going counselling sessions. Call (780) 482-3711 to book an intake. They can help with things like anxiety, depression, sexuality, anger, addictions, suicide prevention, spirituality, communication skills, anger, family violence, physical and sexual trauma.



These are some good places to start. Everyone deserves a little help sometimes! Remember that a counsellor is there for you, they will never force you to talk about things you don't want to talk about. It is very common for people to talk with counsellors and it does not mean there is anything wrong with you!! Think of it as any other appointment like getting a hair cut or going to the dentist; taking care of your mental health is just a regular part of taking care of you!



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