Autism Mental Health Services

We know that as a parent of an autistic child or teen, or as an autistic adult, it can be difficult to find professional, responsive, informed and affordable mental health services.

We can help!

In 2023, the Counselling Collaborative of Waterloo Region received funding through the Ontario Autism Program Work Capacity Grant, to increase our capacity to provide professional mental health supports to autistic children and youth.

  • 56 Therapists across the CCWR were trained in evidence-based individual therapy for autistic children and youth.
  • 17 Therapists also received training in group therapy for autistic children and youth.
  • 21 Support Staff such as Intake Workers and Reception Staff received training to increase their knowledge of autism and learned how to best support an autistic person who is seeking or receiving services.
  • 1 Senior Therapist, already experienced in working with autistic and neuro-diverse people, obtained certification as a clinical supervisor.
  • All 5 agencies received funds to purchase resources and materials to enhance waiting or counselling rooms and to provide specific toys or objects to be used by individuals in session.

Wondering how to get started?

 Choose from an option below:

  • Fill out our Request for Counselling Form here.
  • Call our Centralized Intake line at 519-804-1097.
  • Ask your Family Doctor to make a referral to the Counselling Collaborative of Waterloo Region.
  • Call any of the member agencies and speak to an Intake Worker. Contact information can be found on our Home Page. 

Wondering what it will cost?

Flexible payment options are available:
  • Sliding scale based on your income.
  • Insurance benefits.
  • Ontario Autism Core Funding (if you have been approved through OAP).
You may also be eligible for other funding options.
 These will be discussed at the time of Intake.
 
"The autism training was so helpful. I am an experienced therapist and I learned so much! I learned that it is important to slow things down, spend time talking about the topics that are important to an autistic client, such as their interests, routines and activities. Paying attention like this helps create safety and comfort. Then, together, we build in goals and design treatment to suit their pace and needs."
Therapist

Are you interested in reading more about the work that we did?

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Full Report

Summary Report 

Project Infographic

Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario Autism Program offers supports to families of children and youth who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To learn more, go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program.