Affordable Counselling

Learn why counselling is a low cost alternative to psychotherapy.

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New clients must first book a FREE 25 minute phone session with Irene, your intake counsellor.

We, at The Whitestone Clinic, offer counselling that is an affordable therapy and a convenient way of improving your mental health. Our sliding scale therapists extend you confidential support to enhance your resilience against emotional challenges. We ensure that you have control over your life and are ready to deal with your anxiety and stress.

Why Choose Counselling?

Counselling is a less intense and less costly path for healing that some clients may choose. Counselling can be part of a therapeutic relationship but psychotherapy does not have to be part of a counselling relationship.

Counselling is not usually covered under most insurance providers but when you consider its lower out of pocket costs compared to how much you end up paying a therapist after your coverage runs out then you will likely end up saving money.

Counselling is more directive and fits well within a coaching practice. However, counselling and coaching are different in that the former is more respective of what the client wants to choose and the latter is more about how the coach is leading and instructing the client.

Counsel is something like advice but not always. A good counsellor can get the client to generate their own thought processes around issues they are facing.

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What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

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The easiest way to see the difference between counselling and psychotherapy is the depth to which the practitioner enters into the psyche of the client. When serious thought, cognition, mood or emotions are treated and this is along with an assessment/diagnosis, a psychotherapeutic technique and relationship then we are more likely in a psychotherapy situation. Not everyone needs to go there for their presenting issues.

Most people could use both a therapist for psyche work and supplement the therapy with the less expensive counsellor or coach for the practical work.

If you want to save money on treatment you may consider balancing your sessions between a psychotherapist and a counsellor and/or group therapy. In some cases a counsellor only approach is all you need.

You can get to goals in a practical and quick way with a counsellor but if you want to go deep into your psyche you will need a psychotherapist as well.

Joshua Tan
RP (Qualifying), BA (Philosophy and Religious Studies), MA (Philosophy of Religion), MA Student in Counselling Psychology
Practicum Intern

Joshua Tan is a student intern currently enrolled with Yorkville University’s Counselling Psychology program. His previous education in philosophy and religious studies have fostered a strong background in critical thinking and spirituality. This background has gradually complemented Joshua’s work experience with a variety of vulnerable demographics, and brought a practical and compassionate approach towards client needs that is mindful of their potential, strengths, and long-term goals. Read more…

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Gerard Vardy The Whitestone Clinic Ottawa Counsellor

Kelly Graham
BA, BTh, MDiv, Recovery Coach
Independent Contractor

The owner of Recovery Coach Ottawa, Kelly brings his experience to counsel and coach clients in task oriented recovery; working through exercises that aid the client in not only halting addictive behaviours, but also with tasks that work to uncover the root issues that lead to an addictive mindset. His coaching services will provide a scaffold of accountability until the client is able to create a framework for themselves. Read more…


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New clients can book a FREE 25 minute phone
session with Irene, your intake counsellor.

  38 Auriga Drive, Unit 12, Ottawa, ON



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