How You Can Get Therapy from the Comfort of Your Own Home

How You Can Get Therapy from the Comfort of Your Own Home

This post is sponsored by TranQool. As always, all opinions are my own.

1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness sometime in their lives. That’s a pretty high number, and it makes me wonder how many people actually seek help. Mental health has never been a popular topic amongst my friends, and I get it – it’s kind of uncomfortable to talk about.

I’ve written posts on how to deal with your negative thoughts and how blogging helps my anxiety, but the truth is, sometimes it’s best to talk to a professional. Last year, when my anxiety was at its worst, I wanted to see a therapist, but I had no idea on how to go about finding one.

TranQool is a platform that allows you to have online video therapy from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re battling depression, suffering from anxiety, or even dealing with stress, TranQool’s therapists can help you out. If I’d known about TranQool last year, it definitely would have helped me.

TranQool online video therapy

I had my first session last week with my therapist, Vera, and she was so kind and helpful. We mainly talked about my social anxiety, and it honestly felt like she knew me. When I told her things about my life, she could tell exactly what my personality was like and she gave me tips on how to improve my well-being. As someone who’s always been very shy, video therapy made me feel very comfortable.

I’ve been trying to implement Vera’s tips in my daily life, and it really has been helping. I go through periods where my anxiety gets bad, but I’m really happy to know that I have TranQool to turn to when things get really ugly.

So, how can you get started with TranQool? These are the steps:


1. Sign up and get matched

The first step is answering a quick questionnaire so you can get matched with your perfect therapist. It only takes a few minutes!

2. Book a session

No waitlists here – you can book a session for early as the next day! Simply select a therapist from your matches, and find a time in their schedule that works for you. If there isn’t one, you can request that time through email.

3. Have your video therapy session

It all happens on the TranQool platform – you can access it through your web browser or android phone. It’s completely secure, and you don’t even have to show yourself on camera if you don’t feel comfortable.

4. Get reimbursed

After your therapy session, you’ll receive an email with your receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company (if you have one).


All TranQool therapists are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or the College of Psychologists (CPO). The sessions cost $90 for social workers and $140 for psychologists, which is much more affordable than visiting a mental health clinic. You can also book sessions immediately on TranQool, while mental health clinics can have a waitlist as long as even 6 months!

At the moment, TranQool therapists are licensed in Ontario and can provide therapy in Ontario. If you’re an Ontario resident but are traveling out of the province or country, you can still use the platform. If you’re not an Ontario resident, don’t fret – TranQool will be launching outside of Ontario soon!

For more information on TranQool, please visit their website or call them at (888) 365-4935.

TranQool online video therapy

Jessica Lam

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  • Elizabeth Brico

    I hope this becomes available in the US soon. We’re about to face a healthcare crisis so we’re gonna need it! I do have to say though, as someone who also suffers from anxiety, going to my therapist is sometimes the only time I go out all week (besides with my kids) so I think it can be healthy to force yourself to leave the house. But this seems great for crises.

    • I definitely think there are benefits to both seeing someone in person and seeing someone online – it all depends on your situation! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

  • Hannah Palamara

    What an amazing service! I feel like if I was ever in the position where I needed therapy I would chose this over visiting an office. There is something about being in the comfort of your own home that I think would allow me to open up more and have a better session. Thanks for sharing!

    • I agree – I definitely feel more comfortable seeing someone online than in person!

  • Britt K

    This is such a great resource for anyone that may be struggling! Thank you for sharing!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

  • Nicole Wi

    That’s great. I bet lots of people don’t want to actually go and see someone. So online is a great way to help them too.

    • Agreed, online makes it much more comfortable and more convenient!

  • Wow this is amazing tool! I know there’s an app/platform similar for those in the U.S but not sure what’s it called. I love the video conference feel.

  • Okay this is so cool. I think this helps to break down the stigma! More people will get the help they need if convenience becomes more of a factor!

    xx,

    Lacey//theglittergospelblog.com

  • I really wish I knew this existed when I was in college, especially since I’m pretty sure I had anxiety about talking about my anxiety to somebody in person (#DoubleWhammy). Thanks for letting us all know and Tranqool and for creating awareness! Definitely to keep this site bookmarked for any future needs.

    • Hahaha I feel you with the anxiety thing – and people never know what to say or how to help so it just feels like you’re burdening them! Hopefully TranQool comes to the U.S. soon!!

  • Thanks for sharing, i definitely need to check it out xo

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

  • Bailey

    This is such an amazing tool! The ease of access and the feeling of security and annonmity in your own home makes this incredibly appealing.

    • Agreed, I definitely prefer it over going to a clinic in person!

  • Josephine Ung

    This is amazing! I didn’t know this existed. It’s nice because I know some days I don’t even feel like going to my appointments because it seems like such a trek, but this totally solves that issue!

    xx Josephine | floralextract.com

    • This is a really great alternative! Hopefully it comes to the U.S. soon!

  • It’s great that there’s a tool out there to provide therapy for people at home. I see this being all sorts of good because you don’t spend time commuting! It sounds super simple to go through – especially if you have an insurance company that doesn’t push back. Thanks for sharing!

    https://exquisitely.me

    • Agreed – it’s helpful for busy people who don’t have time to commute!

  • This is an amazing service 🙂 thanks for sharing, babe!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • yes! so cool theres a company in canada that offers this! One of my past business consulting clients was a US based company that does this previously and it’s so cool!

  • I could see how this could be a very helpful option for many people, especially those who travel a ton for work. Thank you for sharing it!

    • I didn’t even think of that – it’s convenient for so many people!

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    I would love to try this out! It’s good that it is easy access from your home 🙂

  • Wow what an amazing service!! I have a friend who has been suffering from clinical depression and one thing she told me is that it’s hard to sometimes get up from her bed to even go to her therapy sessions. I’ll definitely recommend this to her!

    • This would be so perfect for her! Hopefully it comes to the U.S. soon!