Walk-in Counselling Clinics provide free single session counselling on a drop in basis and offer a quick access to support for individuals, couples and families.
Quick Access Mental Health Walk-In counselling for immediate mental health issues is an innovative and effective solution for Ontarians experiencing mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, addictions, and relationship conflicts. It has proven to divert Emergency Department mental health visits by tackling mental health issues before they erupt into a crisis. Additionally, a reduction in primary care usage is realized when Quick Access Mental Health Walk-In counselling services are available and accessed.
Most lower income families do not have access to comprehensive extended benefits that offer counselling, nor do they have the means to pay out of pocket for additional services.
CFSSC provides FREE Walk- In Counselling services in several locations throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka (including – Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, Bracebridge, and Huntsville).
At this time Catholic Family Services does not have childcare available. Due to potential distractibility, and the tendency for children to attune to the emotional atmosphere in the counselling session(s), parents/caregivers will need to arrange childcare before attending counselling. Please call our intake worker, before attending, if you need assistance in coming for counselling.
Click Walk-In Clinic Welcome Package if you wish to print and complete the Walk-In Clinic forms prior to your visit.
Plan Your Visit
Due to the drop in nature of the clinic it is difficult to predict how much time you may need to wait. If you have a specific time available it is important to inform the Intake Worker.
Every effort is made to schedule you an appointment time during the clinic. You may be asked to return to the next clinic if all of the appointments are booked.
We do not provide childcare services at any of our facilities. This does not pertain to instances where the child is participating in the counselling services. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to make appropriate arrangements for your child prior to arriving at our facility.
Who Can Use This Service?
The Walk-In Counselling Clinic provides immediate counselling services to individuals, couples, and families. The sessions at a clinic are free to all members of the community, with no restrictions based on your address and no need for an appointment. Service for youth under the age of 12 is available in Collingwood.
The North Simcoe Muskoka Walk-In Counselling Clinics (available in Midland, Orillia, Barrie, Bracebridge and Collingwood) is available thanks to the financial support of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network.
We are proud to be working in partnership with the following organizations in Orillia, Bracebridge, Midland and Collingwood.
What to Expect
The Walk-In Counselling Clinic offers confidential, single-session counselling services on a first come, first served basis. When clients arrive at one of our clinic locations, we aim to have them seen as quickly as possible. Upon arriving at the Walk-In you will be given some paperwork that includes an Intake Form. An Intake Worker meets with you briefly to review the form and set up your single session with one of the clinicians at the clinics. Counselling sessions are approximately 1 hour in length.
The focus of the session is determined by each client’s unique needs. Whether coping with a stressful situation, enquiring about services, or looking for an understanding and non-judgmental ear, our clinicians are trained to help clients address what is most important to them.
Funding from the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) supports clinics in North Simcoe (Collingwood, Orillia, Midland & Barrie) and Muskoka (Bracebride).
Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County strives to be inclusive of persons of all abilities, religions, cultures, sexual orientation or gender identity.