Psychotherapy in the Private Sector: A Survey of Licensed Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Quebec

  • Stacy Bradley PhD Graduate McGill University
  • Pasquale Roberge Université de Sherbrooke
  • John Service Canadian Psychological Association (retired)
  • Helen-Maria Vasiliadis Université de Sherbrooke
  • Martin Drapeau McGill University
Keywords: Psychotherapy, Private Practice, Survey, Psychologists, Psychotherapists


Many clients and patients seek mental health services, including psychotherapy, in the private sector. However, there is a lack of information concerning the characteristics of private psychotherapy practice. With an increased focus on access to mental health care, knowledge of this sector is needed. This study aimed to document the current characteristics of practitioners who offer psychotherapy services in the private sector in Quebec. Participants included 671 psychologists and psychotherapists. Results indicated that the most commonly served age population was adults, the average number of sessions was 23.35 (SD = 20.82), and the average fee for individual therapy was $95.10 (SD = $16.69). Data are also reported on the types of services offered, practitioners collaboration with other professionals, the conditions treated, the use of various clinical tools, and new trends in the field. Implications of the results for practitioners, trainees, and policy developers are discussed.

Author Biographies

Pasquale Roberge, Université de Sherbrooke
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Université de Sherbrooke
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Martin Drapeau, McGill University

Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry

How to Cite
Bradley, S., Roberge, P., Service, J., Vasiliadis, H.-M., & Drapeau, M. (2019). Psychotherapy in the Private Sector: A Survey of Licensed Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Quebec. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 53(1). Retrieved from
Articles/ Articles