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We provide FREE Mental Health Counselling Services to Nova Scotians

Qualify: if you are experiencing a barrier to receiving mental health counselling services such as insurance, finances, or waitlists

The H.O.P.E. program operates by appointment only, no walk-ins. Please register here:

Apply to Couch of Hope's Free Counselling Program

Financial Eligibility

You are eligible to receive free counselling services from Couch of Hope if you are receiving financial support from the Child, Youth and Family Supports, Income Assistance, Employment Support, or Disability Support.

You are eligible to receive free counselling services from Couch of Hope if you do not have health insurance, your insurance does not cover mental health counselling services, or your insurance does not support the number of mental health counselling hours you require.

You are eligible to receive free counselling services from Couch of Hope if you have been placed on a waitlist for mental health counselling services.

What to Expect:

  • Taking the first step is the bravest, reach out to us by text, phone or email
  • Needs and eligibility are assessed
  • You are matched with an available therapist who best meets your needs
  • Begin therapy

Call or Text 902-707-4414
Email: intake@couchofhope.com

The Program

We are partnered with Yorkville University and Acadia University as a practicum site for their Masters Level counselling students. Our experienced Registered Counselling Therapists are approved as supervisors under each of the Universities.

At the end of their studies, counselling students are required to complete a practicum to accumulate a set number of counselling hours with clients, over several months, as a requirement of completing their degree and becoming Registered Counselling Therapists in Nova Scotia.

When counselling students enter the practicum portion of their studies, they are called ‘interns’ and are highly qualified and educated.

They work under direct supervision of their onsite practicum supervisor; interns receive weekly one-on-one supervision, regular group supervision, and regular peer clinical supervision.

Clients receive exceptional support in this model; they receive direct support from their Counselling Therapist Intern, and indirect support from the Intern’s supervisor and peer group supervision as a result of these supervision experiences.

Sessions are 50 minutes in duration, option for in-person, video or phone


Connect Now, We're Here to Listen

As a non-profit counselling clinic we are unable to handle emergency situations.

If you are in crisis, please call your local mental health support line, 911 or go to the closest hospital.

  1. In Nova Scotia you can reach the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167
  2. The Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7, 365 days a year 1-833-456-4566

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