What we offer
QMUNITY offers free and reduced-cost health and wellness counselling for individuals, couples, relationships, and families. All of our counsellors are members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.
What we do not offer
Our counselling program focuses on health and wellness, and is not set up to work with people with severe mental illness. We do not offer crisis or same-day appointments. If you think you may need mental illness-focused or immediate services, QMUNITY has a referral service that may be able to assist you. Contact Information and Referral Services by calling 604-684-5307 ext. 100.
Who is our health and wellness counselling for?
Our free counselling is designed for people who are under- or unemployed or for various other reasons cannot afford to pay for mental health services. Our free counselling is provided by practicum students who are completing their Masters degrees in counselling, art therapy, or social work.
How much does it cost?
Our low-cost counselling fee is $70/session, with an accessible rate at $60/session and generous rate at $80/hour. While we do not ask for information about income, we ask that folks are clear about their circumstances and needs. Our low cost counselling is provided by Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers who have completed their counselling placements at QMUNITY and are now registered professionals.
Receipts can be provided for extended health insurance.
What can I expect from counselling at QMUNITY?
Our counsellors are supported by a professional supervisor to work collaboratively with you to create a productive, non-judgemental relationship where you can explore your life and the changes you might like to make. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate your work in ways that respect your world view, values and personal resources within the limits of the counsellor’s scope, experience and education.
How do I access wellness counselling at QMUNITY?
For more information or to be put on the waitlist, the first step is to call 604-684-5307 ext. 107 or email [email protected] Once you are on the waitlist, you will be scheduled in for an intake with the social worker, who will be in touch with you when a counsellor has a space available. Wait time to begin counselling varies, but can be anywhere from 2-8 weeks.
Clients receive up to ten one hour sessions. Appointments are offered on weekdays 10:00am – 4:30pm.
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