At the South East Toronto Family Health Team, our Social Workers provide short-term  mental health services to individuals 18+. We offer both individual therapy and group programs.

Individual therapy:

Our social workers offer short term (typically 6 – 8 sessions) individual therapy for the following concerns:

    • Situational stressors (i.e. work/major life changes)
    • Interpersonal stressors (We do not offer couples and/or family therapy)
    • Grief (bereavement)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Emotional regulation (i.e. anger, hypersensitivity)
    • Postpartum adjustment, anxiety, and depression
    • Sleep concerns
    • Adjustment concerns

Who is Eligible?

Any patient who would benefit from a short-term therapy model, who doesn’t have access to sufficient coverage for psychotherapy through their insurance benefits from work, spouse, parents, family, or does not have access to EAP (Employment Assistance Program) therapy sessions.  We will ask for benefits coverage/EAP details upon intake so please have this information available to assist with the eligibility assessment.


We’re here to help you! Speak to your physician or nurse practitioner at SETFHT to ask for a referral.

We will complete a short telephone intake to assess eligibility and assist with the next steps. If eligible, you will be booked with one of us for short-term therapy, and if not eligible, we will help to get you connected to the appropriate resources.


Important resources:

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department of a hospital.

Crisis lines:

Crisis lines provide:

  • 24-hour, 7 days a week support to those experiencing distress or crisis, or chronic mental health and addiction concerns.
  • Family violence response
  • Suicide prevention services and more.

If in crisis, please contact the following:

  • Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200
  • Toronto Distress Centre: 416- 408-HELP (4357)

Online chat and text:

  •  Kids Help Line: 1-800-668-6868

Also provides live chat and text options, see


Free walk-in Counselling services:

Woodgreen Walk-in Counselling (18+):


Family Services (18+):


What’s Up Clinic (children, youth, young adults and their families, and families with infants)


Sliding Scale counseling option:

Family Services Toronto



Other Mental health resources: 

Stella’s Place

18 Camden St., Toronto, ON 416 461-2345

Services offered: Individual and group counselling; therapeutic interventions for those struggling with gender identity, substance use, trauma and eating disorders.

Eligibility: Young adults aged 16 to 29 with complex mood and anxiety disorders or other mental health needs, and who do not require crisis or acute inpatient services.


The 519 

519 Church St., Toronto, ON 416 392-6874

Services offered:  LGBTQ2S community counselling by professionally trained and supervised volunteer counsellors

Note: By appointment only


CAMH’s guide to short-term counseling:

Social Worker