Durham Community Health Centre (DCHC)’s 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. You do not need a doctor’s referral to access our counselling services.
DCHC’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 often have difficulty affording or accessing counselling, including:
- 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 their identity or circumstances, including gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability, etc.
To access our counselling services, please call us at 1-877-227-3217.
In order to qualify for our counselling services, you must also be:
- 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:
- Durham Mental Health Services: 1-800-742-1890
- Distress Centre Durham: 1-800-452-0688
- Pride Line: 1-855-87PRIDE (77433)
Indigenous Counselling and Support Services
Indigenous Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions Worker
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.
Our Indigenous Health Promoter and Community Facilitator facilitate a variety of programs for youth and families. Please call for more details.
For additional information on our Indigenous Health & Wellness Program, information, including upcoming community events, activities, and workshops please visit our Indigenous Health & Wellness Program page here.