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Counselling

A number of organizations and individuals provide counselling services in Kingston. See the For More Information links below and the Community Directory links on the right-hand side of the page.

People seek counselling for many different reasons, including anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, eating disorders, mental health, family violence and abuse. Newcomers may benefit from counselling if they have difficulty settling into a new country.

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for some types of counselling services. Private insurance plans may also cover certain counselling services.

The Ontario government connects individuals to counselling for drug and alcohol addiction, gambling problems and mental health problems through ConnexOntario Health Services Information (see For More Information links below).

Examples of counselling services in Kingston:

  • Pathways for Children and Youth provides counselling, education and other services to children.
  • The Council on Aging provides confidential and individual support to seniors and their families who are victims of elder abuse.
  • The John Howard Society provides counselling and other services to prisoners in federal penitentiaries, former prisoners, and their families.
  • K3C Community Counselling Centres provides counselling to youth, women, and families.

For More Information

Where can I get help with my mental health?
A list of mental health professionals who diagnose, treat and help prevent mental illness. Includes information on how to find a psychologist who speaks your language. Also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

ConnexOntario
A government-funded organization that provides services to residents of Ontario with alcohol, drug, gambling and mental health problems. Includes links to various free, confidential, 24-hour helplines that can be reached by phone, email, and chat; and that have helpline specific Facebook and Twitter accounts; quick facts information; details on what to expect; and other targeted resources. Service is available in other languages, but must be requested. ConnexOntario is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
Provides a free, confidential 24-hour support line to women and men who experience sexual violence. Also includes a list of other support services and programs.

What counselling services can students get?
Most schools have counsellors to help students with personal problems and other issues. The basics of what you can expect and resources for where to look. Also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Immigrant Settlement Counselling: A Training Guide
Information about the role of settlement counsellors in the integration of newcomers.

What is family counselling?
Information about counselling and therapy for families having difficulty settling into a new country and a new culture.

Your Legal Rights
A large resource of general legal information for Ontarians, compiled from hundreds of organizations across Ontario. While the site itself is only available in English, materials are available in multiple languages, including French. Managed by Community Legal Education Ontario.

Mes services en français! Kingston (Ontario)
A listing of various social and family services for francophones in Kingston. Services include child development, early childhood centres, education and public health, counseling, homelessness domestic violence, etc. Available in French only.

Growing Up in a New Land: A Guide for Newcomer Parents
Guide for newcomer parents of young children containing information on many subjects related to parenting in Canada, such as: taking care of yourself as parents, helping your child learn and understand Canadian culture, and keeping your child healthy and safe. Also includes information on additional services for newcomers.

Arrive Prepared -- Settlement Online Pre-Arrival
Arrive Prepared is a website offered by Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA). It helps people who have received permanent resident status, but who are not in Canada yet. It offers free online courses and personlized sessions with an intake counsellor to go over settlement questions and be connected to local resources in Canada. SOPA is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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