How We Will Work with You

Our counselors practice trauma-based, client-centered therapy. Client-centered means that you are the expert on the subject of your own life and this should be respected in your therapy. We will ask for your direction on how your needs will best be met in therapy.

The alliance between a therapist and a client develops through shared work and commitment to doing the work of healing. Your therapist brings knowledge, skill, and experience to guide you on your healing path. It is your healing, and we will strive to be guided by your needs and your way of doing it. We will do our best make you feel comfortable and safe here.


Short- and Long-Term Individual Therapy

Different situations call for different needs.

Sometimes all it takes is a little time and effort, and we can help mitigate short-term problems. Other times, however, extended help is required. To broaden our ability to help, we offer both long- and short-term counseling.

Intake Process

Intake/assessment appointments at the Centre are voluntary and require no referral. Please call for an appointment.

The purpose of the Intake/assessment appointment is to ensure a thorough understanding of your situation, concerns, and goals.

Services are available for youth and adults that reside in the Kingston and the surrounding area. If you reside outside of the broader Kingston and surrounding areas, please contact us for further information about our services and intake availability.

The initial Intake/assessment appointment takes approximately 1 hour. At the conclusion of this appointment, you will be required to pay an agreed upon fee, based on our sliding scale fee structure. After the completion of your assessment/screening interview, a counselor will contact you to set up your first appointment.


Referrals may come from: self-referrals; medical; School District; Ministry for Children and Family Development; and community agencies and service providers among others.

Referrals made by a third party must be made with the client’s knowledge and consent.

Referrals that do not meet the mandate of the agency will be referred to appropriate community service.


The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy is not a Crisis Centre. 

If you are in distress, please contact the 24/7 crisis line at 613-544-4229 or the Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 613-544-6424.  If this is an emergency, please call 911.