Mental Health Services

Our mental health services target Toronto’s most vulnerable residents: immigrants, newcomers, refugees, non-status individuals and their communities. We are inclusive of youth, couples, families and 2SLGBTQI+ newcomers. We support those referred with a mental health diagnosis or presenting with other mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. We are currently providing counselling to clients of Access Alliance who are connected with a primary health care provider.

If you do not have a primary healthcare provider or are not a registered client of Access Alliance, please access the following resources for additional supports:

Mental health resources available within the City of Toronto (PDF 85 KB).
Mental health drop-in resources available to youth (PDF 72 KB)

Our Approach

We take a proactive approach to providing mental health supports, ensuring that we meet clients’ mental health needs by addressing the social determinants of health. This means not only offering counselling services, but ensuring clients have access to primary care, settlement, and community programs. As social inclusion is a key determinant of mental health, we strive to provide opportunities for connection and socialization.

Therapists at Access Alliance work from an integrated, trauma-informed model of practice. Our work is client-centered and based on principals of anti-oppressive practice and equity, using a social determinants of health approach.

Our professional social workers provide mental health counselling and education to immigrants, refugees and their communities who live in the City of Toronto. Our service is culturally sensitive and language accessible. We are committed to providing a respectful, confidential, non-judgmental environment that values your needs, experiences and knowledge using an anti-oppressive, trauma informed approach.

One on One Sessions

Support Groups

Expressive Arts

Tatriz: Traditional Embroidery with Arabic Speaking Women
With the influx of Syrian refugees in 2016, Access Alliance was on the front line providing health and settlement services. Many refugees from the region arrived with a history of trauma and loss and there was an urgent need for accessible mental health programs. This video demonstrates how Access Alliance answered the call using art therapy and the medium of traditional embroidery.

This video was produced in partnership with the Community Integration Network, a program of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.