Referral Service

Our referral service connects potential clients with qualified therapists who are informed by and faithful to a Catholic anthropology. Given the size our country, at times we cannot provide names for some regions. When this is the case we can connect to mental health professionals who are able to offer counselling by distance (e.g., telephone, Skype). If you are looking for a therapist, or would like more information, let us know.

Please note that: While we act in good faith, use of our referral service to locate a therapist is voluntary.  In no event shall CPAC be liable for damages to any user of our referral service for the voluntary selection of a therapist, for the services provided by any such therapist(s), or for any other damages which may occur. CPAC cannot and does not provide any warranties related to the services provided by any therapists, whose information is not verified by the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada (CPAC).

The primary ethical principle for those working in Canadian mental health is respect for the person. The importance of respect informs the practice of those who aspire to the highest forms of ethical practice in the field of mental health and is embraced by many professions, including psychology, counselling, social work, nursing, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and others.

As mental health practitioners, we need to consider what respect really means when persons of faith request services from a mental health practitioner. For Catholics, this means that the service provider will honour their beliefs and values and also understand them. Ethical practice requires competent service, and a clinician cannot provide competent, excellent service if the basic values and beliefs of an individual are not understood, nurtured, and respected.

One of the main purposes for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada is to create a discourse space for counsellors and persons in related disciplines that is welcoming and respectful of integrated practice in mental health. Catholic integrated practice understands and honours the faith of Catholic individuals and families who are seeking good and healthy ways to resolve the personal challenges and difficulties they are facing in life.

Clinicians who have an integrated approach to mental health practice are, themselves, Catholic and they follow the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as revealed in the universal Catholic Church through its teachings and traditions. Catholic therapists understand that faith is not merely a variable to be considered in working with someone but that it informs the very essence of who a person is and how that person lives in communion with others.

As a Catholic mental health practitioner, you recognize that the role of a clinician is not to impose or monitor adherence to Church teaching, but it is your responsibility to provide ethical, competent service within the scope of your training and professional credentials. You also recognize that mental health intervention is different from and not meant to replace spiritual direction or the role of a priest in a person’s life.

If you are a Catholic mental health practitioner who would like to let people know that you are accepting new clients and available for referrals, then we invite you to apply to be listed on our Catholic service providers list on our website. If you are seeking a Catholic mental health practitioner, find here members who have affirmed their adherence to our shared Catholic faith, are able to accept new clients, and are in good standing with their own professional governing bodies.

May God guide our work, and may Our Lady of Good Counsel pray and intercede for us with her son, our Lord Jesus Christ, always.

Therapists on the Association’s referral list agree to these Authorizations & Acknowledgements

  1. I certify that all of the information I have disclosed to CPAC in my application is true and correct in all respects. I expressly authorize CPAC to conduct any searches or make any inquires as it deems advisable.
  2. I acknowledge and consent to CPAC using my application information for use in its referral listing of Catholic mental health professionals.
  3. I acknowledge I will be solely responsible and liable for any and all losses, damages, and/or additional costs incurred as a result of any of the information I have provided herein being false, incorrect, or incomplete, and I agreferralsree to promptly update CPAC upon change to any of the information I have provided.
  4. I acknowledge that I am a practising Catholic. I will not advocate or endorse any methods or behaviours that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Therapists: the chart shared here illustrates the sources of ongoing requests we receive for qualified Catholic counsellors. There is a need.