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Mental Health

The ByWard Family Health Team (BWFHT) offers mental health services. Our Mental Health Counsellors are qualified professionals who work with patients in a short-term, focused and confidential manner to find solutions.

Bilingual services provided may address a range of issues, from acute situational reactions, marital discord, behavioural issues in children, to more chronic conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, with clinical counselling services being offered to people of all ages. Counselling services are goal oriented and a range of evidence based approaches are used in working with patients. The length and type of service provided will depend on the nature of the presenting issue. Patients may also be referred to other community resources to help meet their needs.

How to Access

Family Health Team Mental Health Counselors are available to patients enrolled with a family physician with the BWFHT.  

A telephone Intake Assessment appointment with a Mental Health Counsellor will be scheduled upon receipt of your referral from a ByWard Family Health Team Provider.  This appointment will provide an opportunity to discuss your needs and determine the best strategies for you. There is no fee for our mental health services. 


BWFHT also offers psychiatric and psychological servicesto all patients. 



What to Expect

Mental Health Counselling

  • Counselling for different mental health/psychosocial issues such as: depression; anxiety-stress; phobias; PTSD following domestic violence, sexual abuse, accidents, or other traumas; grief and loss issues; relationship problems (with partner, child, teen, colleague, employer, etc.); parenting issues (parent-child, parent-teen, etc.); addiction issues (short-term assistance only)
  • Individual, couple or family therapy
  • The number of counselling sessions is limited to 6-8 sessions
  • Linkages to community resources
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