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Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

Accessible and convenient treatment for people with depression, anxiety, and anxiety-related conditions

Taking care of your mental health and well-being is important. The Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program (OSP) is a NEW service for individuals 18 years of age and over who have depression, anxiety or anxiety-related conditions.

The OSP Program provides access to free, short-term, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and related services. CBT is a form of talk therapy that teaches coping skills and techniques to help you change the way you feel, think and act.

Support will range from self-led tools (with support from a coach) to weekly, one-on-one or group therapy sessions. Treatment is matched to the level of care that best meets your needs, in person or virtually. These include:

  • Guided self-help resources: The BounceBack program includes self-help workbooks based in CBT, and up to six coaching sessions provided by phone.
  • Psychotherapy: Individual and/or group CBT sessions are delivered in person or online through video conference.

CBT helps you look at how your thoughts, emotions and actions are related. You learn practical skills to reduce your symptoms, enhance your strengths, and improve your quality of life. 

CBT teaches practical lifelong skills such as how to:

  • Be more aware of the impact your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs have on your emotional and behavioural reactions
  • Identify and change thinking patterns that may be negative, inaccurate and contribute to your depression or anxiety
  • Change unhelpful behaviours such as avoidance, and
  • Use problem solving skills to manage challenging situations.

Many clients will begin with treatments that combine self-led strategies, such as guided workbooks, with support from a coach by telephone. Additional services may include structured group or one-on-one therapy, virtually or in person.

Clients will want to take an active role in their recovery including:

  • regularly completing questionnaires to assess their mood and anxiety,
  • keeping track of mood/anxiety-related thoughts and actions,
  • reading about and practicing mental health strategies, and
  • attending therapy meetings (if required).

OSP is now open for referrals. Health care providers across the region are being informed of this service and how to refer. If your health care provider has been contacted and feels this service is of benefit to you, you will be referred. In future, you will be able to also self-refer to the service. Stay tuned for more information on when this will be available.

Once a referral is received, you will be contacted by telephone to gather additional information for screening purposes. If, following that screening, it is determined services may be appropriate, you will be booked an appointment for a Clinical Intake and Triage assessment. The assessment will determine whether the program is a good fit for your needs and which service is most appropriate for you to start with.


OSP is not a crisis or emergency service.

If you need immediate help, Health Sciences North’s Crisis Intervention Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 705-675-4760 (toll-free 1-877-841-1101). You can also visit in-person at 127 Cedar St. from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days a week. Please visit for more information


Contact Us

Services are offered at multiple locations across the Northeast.
Care will be provided virtually or in-person.

Self-referrals and inquiries:

Phone: 705-523-4988 ext.4272

Toll free: 1-833-49-NEOSP


Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.