Clinical Services

Counselling Services


Our counselling team offers brief counselling services (6-12 sessions) to individuals, families and couples, and evidence-based psychotherapy groups.  We help our clients with a range of challenges, from day-to-day problems to mild to moderate mental health concerns. No referral is required.

Carea CHC’s therapists provide counselling services at no cost to our clients. As part of a community health centre, we strive to address inequities in health care.

We focus on providing care to those who that often have difficulty affording or accessing counselling, such as:

  • Those with a low income and who do not have other means to pay for counselling, such as coverage through employee benefits plans, school/educational settings, or the ability to pay for private therapy

  • Those who experience barriers to care based on a range of sociocultural factors, including gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability, etc.

Prior to being placed on the waitlist for counselling, we will also ask you some questions to determine if our services are a good fit for you.

In order to qualify for our counselling services, you must also be:

  • Currently living in Durham Region
  • Not receiving counselling elsewhere

  • Attending voluntarily and willing to work on specific goals

  • Comfortable with counselling services that are brief in nature (6-12 sessions)

Our services would not be a good fit if you:

  • Are experiencing severe mental health concerns or active psychosis

  • Require long-term or intensive services

  • Are currently in crisis

In those cases, other services in Durham may be better able to meet your needs.

If you are currently in crisis, please contact:

  1. Durham Mental Health Services: 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890 (toll free)

  2. Distress Centre Durham: 905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688 (toll free)

  3. Pride Line: 1-855-87PRIDE (77433)

How to access our counselling services:

  • Call any one of our locations and ask to be placed on the waitlist for counselling. A medical secretary will ask you some questions to determine if you are a good fit for our services.

  • Please be aware you will have to wait for a period of time before starting counselling.

  • All first appointments are conducted virtually (through phone or video).

  • Currently due to COVID-19, appointments after the first session are typically conducted remotely, but in-person appointments may be available based on availability and need; this will be determined in conversation with your therapist.

Access All Sites Toll Free: 1-877-227-3217
Oshawa Location: 905-723-0036
Whitby Children and Youth Mental Health Team:  289-509-0603  x3200
Ajax Site: 905-428-1212
Pickering Site: 905-420-0333
Child, Youth and Family Clinic:  905-743-9960

Indigenous Counselling and Support Services: 

Indigenous Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions Worker
(Contact  905-723-0036 x 1222)

Through a partnership with Enaahtig Healing Lodge, our Indigenous Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions Worker offers counselling and support for children up to 12 years of age and their families.

Indigenous Health Promoter (Contact 905-723-0036 x 1222)
Indigenous Community Facilitator (Contact 905-723-0036 x1280)

Our Indigenous Health Promoter and Community Facilitator facilitate a variety of programs for youth and families.  Please call for more details.    

For additional Indigenous information and upcoming programs and community events, please visit this link

If you are a primary care provider who wishes to refer your patient to the Interprofessional Care Team please click here