Affordable Counselling

Intern Counselling Clinic:

Affordable Counselling 

Are you looking for affordable counselling?

Our Intern Counselling Clinic offers affordable counselling for those who may not have extended health benefits through their workplace, that covers counselling therapy.

We will partnered you with a student in a Professional Counselling Program who needs clinical experience to qualify as a Counselling Therapist Candidate in Nova Scotia.  

Improving Access to Mental Health Care Services

According to a recent Angus Reid poll, 1 in 5 Canadians aged 12 and older report they require help with their mental health. In addition, the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicates that most Canadians must wait weeks, if not months to access mental health counselling in their communities.

Other barriers to mental health include not knowing where to go for help, long wait times, a shortage of mental health professionals, concerns about stigma, and cost of services not covered by private insurance plans.

How We Provide Affordable Counselling

Many Nova Scotian's require access to counselling at affordable rates. 

That's why we partner with Masters of Counselling training programs like Acadia University, Yorkville University and Athabasca University to provide internships for students in need of supervised counselling placements.  

This is a perfect opportunity for people seeking counselling at more affordable counselling rates, while at the same time enabling Masters students to get the practice they need under professional supervision.

Students must receive 400 - 500 hours of direct work with clients. Following their placement and on completion of all program requirements, they are eligible to apply to become Candidates of the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.  

Welcome: Lisa Smith, Counselling Intern January to August, 2024.

After interviewing several students seeking practicum placements, Lisa Smith, joined our practice. Lisa, a former teacher, has experience in a variety of helping environments. Lisa has worked supporting students and families in need.

She will work with youth and adults over the age of 14 in the areas of anxiety, depression, parenting and family counselling. Lisa also has experience working with neurodiverse people.

An approved Supervisor for the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists since 2018, I regularly supervise Therapists Candidates, and will provide supervision, guidance and mentoring for Lisa.

Lisa Smith

Intern Counselling Clinic with Lisa - $45.00/hr. (flexible)

You can schedule an appointment with Lisa online as you can with all of our Therapists. However on our online booking page, be sure to select Intern Counselling Clinic: Affordable Counselling with Lisa. Our rate for counselling with Lisa is $45.00/hr. If needed, will work with you to provide counselling at a rate that fits your financial situation. Please contact Derrick McEachern to discuss an alternate rate.

Fees help cover costs associated with administration, insurance, office space and clinical supervision of student interns.

Please note: We screen all individuals seeking counselling through our Intern Counselling Clinic to ensure fit with our Student Intern.

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To book, visit our online booking page Please choose Intern Counselling Clinic and select a session with Lisa.

If you require more information, or need help booking, please email

Take good care,


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Our Services

Our mindfulness-based approach to counselling therapy focuses on promoting your wellbeing and mental health so you can enjoy life more fully.

When you improve employee wellbeing and mental health, you improve the lives of your employees, boost morale and your bottom line.

About the Author:

Derrick McEachern is a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia, a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Approved Supervisor for the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.  He specializes in providing mindfulness-based and emotionally focused therapy. He offers workshops and webinars and consults with businesses on ways to improve employee wellbeing and mental health.

Derrick McEachern Counselling Therapist

Derrick McEachern, M.Ed., RCT, CCC
Counselling Therapist, Owner
Five Star Wellbeing Counselling and Mental Health
tel: 902 698 1194

Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

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