Toronto's Psychotherapy Referral Service

Toronto's Psychotherapy
Referral Service

Connecting People With Qualified Therapists Since 1995

Finding a therapist online should be this easy. You can search our therapist profiles based on your location, availability, in-person and online sessions, or for couples counselling. You could also choose to browse all of our therapists' profiles. Once you find someone who feels like a good match for your needs, you can reach out to that therapist directly.

PRS Commitment and Training


Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy. We work from the understanding that the mind is sometimes divided, resulting in conflicted thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that are often puzzling. Therapy may help a person to gain greater insight into these internal conflicts and to move beyond them.


All PRS therapists are graduates of The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. The CTP program is intense and thorough. A vital group therapy component of the six-year training, assists future psychotherapists to address their own personal issues. This is essential in preparation to helping their clients in their own growth.

Appreciation For

The lived experience of each client is unique. The experience of therapy is not universal - one-size-fits-all. We respect the diversity of culture, race, sexual orientation, gender and experience. We also recognize that some clients will have suffered pain and trauma from systemic racism and the biases of various oppressions.

Connecting People With Qualified Therapists Since 1995

About PRS

Psychotherapy Referral Service (PRS) in Toronto, is an association of qualified therapists, all graduates of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP).

While we specialize in the psychodynamic approach, our therapists’ expertise spans a variety of therapeutic modalities, in locations across the GTA. You can connect with a therapist today.

PRS is a not-for-profit organization that helps people find qualified therapists suited to their needs since 1995.

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Why See A Therapist?

There are many reasons why people begin to see therapists. Therapy can assist with many complex issues including: 

Frequently Asked Questions

OHIP does not cover psychotherapy. Your employer or extended health plan may provide partial reimbursement. Our Therapists typically charge $100 to $150 per hour, and may or may not include HST. (some therapists may charge more).

If you choose to go through our referral service (as opposed to self serve), there is an administrative charge of $100 for your initial interview. Again, your insurance plan may provide reimbursement for this.

Our fees are tax deductible.

Psychotherapy can help you take charge of your life and deal with daily problems in a more effective way. With your therapist you will be working towards feeling stronger, happier, and having greater control in the choices you make. Psychotherapy is a healing as well as a learning process.

Psychotherapy provides a place to safely explore whatever is troubling you. It offers a place to express your fears and anxieties and to strengthen your emotional responses to them. It can help you deal with daily problems so you can take charge of your life.

As a result of therapy, you may feel less alone, less victimized, and more able to cope with life. You may even be encouraged to express yourself more creatively and confidently.

Psychotherapy encourages you to deal with daily problems in new and more functional ways. Sessions involve you and your therapist usually meeting once a week in a private office for about an hour. Typically, you sit opposite each other and begin a conversation about your life and the challenges you are experiencing.

Some people come with very specific problems or with the larger purpose of, perhaps, understanding themselves better, of finding their true selves, or of freeing up energy for living more fully. (This work takes time, sometimes months, often longer.) Others may not articulate a specific situation, but express a feeling – or lack of feeling – that is impacting their well being negatively.

In general, any situation that feels painful, limiting and unsatisfying. This can include:

  • Addictions & Compulsions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • & more

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They are as different as the people who seek it. Some feel life is unfulfilling. Some want to add depth to their life. Many are experiencing emotional pain. Whenever you feel that life should be better, you can’t cope, or can’t go on, it’s a sign that psychotherapy can be of assistance.
The length of the therapy is determined by the challenges you want to resolve, and what outcome you are seeking. Some people stay in therapy for a short time. For others, psychotherapy becomes a vehicle for personal development and greater self awareness over a longer period. How long you stay in therapy is always your choice.
The frequency of sessions can vary depending on your needs. The most common frequency is once per week. Most of our therapists work on a 50 minute hour, but again, this is determined by your needs.

We at PRS define online therapy as the opportunity to meet with your therapist ‘face-to-face” on a platform such as zoom.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our whole community of therapists had to adapt very quickly in order to be able to safely treat our clients. We all shared concerns about therapeutic outcomes when we were not able to meet our clients in person.

Now, years after this necessary shift, we are all amazed at how well online therapy works – to the degree that some of our members have permanently shifted to an online-only practice. Most therapists here at PRS plan to carry on with a hybrid practice in order to be able to offer online or in-person sessions, as best suits each client.