Welcome to Canadian Online Counselling and Psychotherapy

Based in downtown Toronto, we are a community-minded organization who sincerely believe that emotional healing and personal growth are within your reach.

Through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, we offer individual therapy for issues related to anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, and workplace stress.

If you live within Canada and are in search of positive change, get in touch with us today.

Wondering if eCounselling would be suitable for you?

If you are experiencing any of the following, in-person counselling may be a better option:

- you are highly suicidal or homicidal;
- you are uncomfortable with technology or do not want to use technology;
- there is a high possibility of severe adverse reactions (e.g., panic attacks) to certain topics during sessions.

If you think that in-person counselling is better for you, please reach out to us at Church Wellesley, Queen Spadina, Parkside Counselling and Psychotherapy or a psychotherapy professional in your geographic area.

For immediate crisis support, visit http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/

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Specialties and Focus

Our services include Individual and Couples counselling, focusing on the following specialties:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviour management
  • Body image
  • Career counselling for educators
  • Coping skills and strategies
  • Depression
  • Dysphoria
  • Eating Disorders
  • Educational issues
  • Frustration
  • Gender identity
  • Gender transition
  • Grief
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Life transitions
  • Men's issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship counselling
  • Separation divorce
  • Sexuality (LGBTQ2)
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Women's issues

Your First Session, Payment Information

Your first session can take anywhere between 50 - 80 minutes. During this session, you and your clinician will discuss your presenting concerns (i.e., why have you reached out for counselling services), your background (e.g., family, medical, social, etc.), gain a general understanding of what you seek from counselling, and identify how our services might support your process. You and your clinician will decide on how frequently you will meet (e.g., once or twice a week at 50 or 80 minutes), which can change as necessary.

We use Doxy.me for Video Counselling services. Doxy.me is a secure platform that has end-to-end encryption and does not store patient information, however it may be subject to the USA PATRIOT Act because it is an American company. Please visit this link to learn more about the USA PATRIOT Act and / or speak with your clinician for additional information.

Prior to your first appointment, you will be sent a link to access a 'waiting room', which will be how you connect with your clinician for each appointment. Please be sure to log in 5 minutes before your session start time to ensure your camera and microphone are activated.

If you are using an Apple device (i.e., iPad or iPhone), download the Doxy.me app, which can be found by searching in the App Store. For any other device (e.g., laptop or desktop), ensure you copy the waiting room link into an internet browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) rather than opening it directly from your email link.

Video Counselling is similar to in-person counselling except that you are in the comfort of your own space. This means that there are some additional considerations for you:

  1. It is ideal if you are able to be in a safe, private, and quiet environment where you will not be distracted or interrupted;
  2. Try to have a well-lit room and a flat surface to set the device down;
  3. Please have a phone accessible during your sessions just in case you have difficulties connecting so the therapist can call you to troubleshoot;
  4. Complete a test-call prior to the first session. In this test call you will want to check whether your sound works, video is clear, and if the wifi or internet is strong enough to support the call;
  5. Before your session, it is advisable to close any open programs or apps on your device to ensure the quickest service.

If you have any questions, reach out to Adam Terpstra (info@cocp.ca) or Elise Meertens (elise@cwcp.ca) and we will provide troubleshooting support to the best of our abilities.

Interested in scheduling your intake session? Refer to the clinician biographies below, visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred clinician from the STAFF option, select 1.5 Hour Intake Session, and follow the subsequent prompts. You will receive an automatic verification email once you schedule the intake session, then your clinician will send a confirmation email with further details in regards to your first session.

Due to the nature of online counselling services, we do require payment at the time you schedule the appointment which is processed through PayPal. In the event you need to cancel or reschedule the appointment, we will credit your account or refund your payment so long as your cancellation or rescheduling notice is emailed to your clinician and info@cocp.ca 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.

Appointments are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Our Clinicians

Adam Terpstra
Registered Psychotherapist Registered Social Worker Clinic Director

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Victoria in 2009, a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from University of Victoria in 2013, and a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 from University of Toronto, OISE campus. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW), a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a registered teacher in British Columbia, Ontario (OCT), and the Yukon Territory. I am a Certified Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a voluntary member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).

Growing up in rural Ontario and living in mid-to-large cities across Canada, I have worked with a variety of populations ranging from hard-to-reach inner city clients, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and the LGBTQ2 community, which has fostered a sincere understanding of the various daily life challenges and struggles.

Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, drawing from such modalities as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, and Schema Therapy, the focus of my clinical experience has been directed toward the age range of 21 - 65 with presenting issues relating to depression and general anxiety, childhood physical, psychological, and sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gender/sexuality-related issues.

Adam is currently not accepting patients.
Speaks English

Elise Meertens
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed a Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University in 2018 and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. After travelling and working around the world, including many Canadian cities, I learned to meaningfully communicate via technology and I recognize the impact of culture and geography in healing opportunities and challenges.

I am passionate about empowering adults who are experiencing addictions, anger, anxiety, burnout, stress, trauma, and other mental health and relationship issues. I am here for you, virtually. Video counselling is a convenient and effective way to connect, do the work, and explore changes in your life from the comfort of your safe place.

We will work together to seek manageable next steps to turn the desire for change into healing, peace, and growth. My approach is directed by your needs and aims to hold an open, non-judgmental, and curious space to share experiences and thoughts, while incorporating mindfulness and cognitive strategies. I remain trauma-informed and anti-oppressive while engaging in therapeutic modalities such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Speaks English

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy, psychology, or social work.

Haley Moore
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at Ryerson University in 2017 and a Master of Social Work, specializing in Gerontology, at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2018.I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (831821).

I grew up in a smaller city east of Toronto and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue higher education. I practice from an anti-oppressive lens, valuing dignity, diversity, and self-empowerment. My educational and clinical experience has included working with individuals to overcome individual, societal, and systemic factors and enable growth and healing.

In my practice, I work from an eclectic approach using tenets of Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). My experience ranges from work with children and adolescents to work with older adults and their support systems, with presenting concerns such as mental health, addictions, interpersonal conflicts, and intrapersonal issues such as self-esteem, motivation, and

Speaks English

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy or social work (MSW / RSW).

Kali May
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University in 2016 and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2018. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Growing up in Prince Edward County and moving to the Capital to pursue education, I have experience in both rural and urban lifestyles. I have provided psychotherapeutic support for youth and young adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, grief, identity issues, interpersonal and romantic relationship conflicts, as well as educational and job-related challenges.

I practice from an integrative therapy approach, meaning that I combine different therapeutic tools and interventions to fit the needs of my individual client. Client-centred therapy provides a foundation for all of my sessions and I draw upon modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, and Positive Psychology.

Speaks English

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy, psychology, or social work.

Nolan Blodgett
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Master of Social Work, specializing in Mental Health, at the University of Toronto in 2019 and am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (833175).

I have experience working with youth and adults with an emphasis on trans and gender diverse folks, the LGBTQ2S community, Indigenous folks, and people affected by eating disorders. I have supported clients with a range of presenting issues, including anxiety and depression, body image, eating disorders, gender/sexuality-related issues, personality disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance use / misuse.

My approach is grounded in a trauma-informed, intersectional anti-oppressive framework and I aim to foster resilience and empowerment to support individuals in their journeys towards healing, change, and personal growth. Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, I draw on elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and mindfulness-based therapy.

As a trans and queer identified person growing up in rural Ontario, I am eager to leverage my lived experience and professional training to provide a safe and inclusive therapeutic space for individuals to explore their experiences of internalized shame and oppression.

Speaks English

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy or social work (MSW / RSW).

Volha Shelepava
Registered Psychotherapist

I completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the Belarusian State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the joint program of the Belarusian State University and Lateran University (Pisa, Italy) in 2004. I received my certification as a Gestalt Therapist from the Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2004 and again from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2016. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).

From 2004 to 2008 I worked in private practice as a psychotherapist in Minsk, Belarus, and have been working as a counsellor in Toronto since 2013. I work with adults from a Gestalt therapy perspective on a range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, psychosomatic and eating disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues including LGBTQ2, career challenges and self-esteem. I am also a part of the Survivor of Suicide Loss program at the Distress Centres of Toronto working with people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

My professional focus has been directed toward supporting clients (i.e., individuals and couples) as they establish the balance and strength in difficult situations in pursuit of broadening their available choices during moments of crisis and everyday life. One way I support clients in the achievement of this goal is to explore feelings, sensations, thoughts and ways of relating that might currently be outside of their awareness, and that contribute to the difficulties they currently face.

Speaks English, Russian

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy, psychology, or social work.

Cancellation Policy

When you book a session, your clinician reserves their time for you. In the event that you will be unable to keep an appointment, please notify your clinician at least 24 hours in advance, so that someone else may utilize the time. Similarly, when your clinician is unable to keep the appointment with you, they will give you more than a 24-hour notice and rebook to another date and time.

In the case whereby you are unable to provide 24-hour cancellation notice (e.g., you cancel an appointment on the day of the appointment [i.e. the same day] or do not show up for a scheduled appointment), unless for emergency reasons (e.g., medical or family emergencies), you will be charged the fee for your session and payment will be required at your next scheduled session.

Note: Employee Assistance Programs and other insurance-based programs will not reimburse you, the client, for missed appointment costs.