Short Term Talk Therapy (IASP Program)

Ontario’s Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP) program provides free, short-term, face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How IASP can help

IASP offers evidence-based psychotherapy – specifically CBT – that is proven to bring about positive change for clients by teaching practical skills and strategies to manage mental health issues.  

CBT is a structured, time-limited therapy that is problem-focused and goal-oriented. CBT looks at how thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are related. With this understanding, clients can change how they react to troubling thoughts or situations.

CBT helps clients develop personal coping tools and techniques that promote their strengths, enhance recovery and improve quality of life.  

Clients will work with their IASP therapists for approximately 12 sessions, depending on the issue that the client and therapist agree to address. Clients and therapists may meet in-person or via telemedicine - the format will be based on the client’s needs and location.

Who is eligible?

This program is suitable for adults (18+) who are experiencing the following mental health problems:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Clients must be willing to attend weekly or bi-weekly therapeutic sessions and be able to actively participate in CBT.

How to make a referral:

Clients must be referred by a physician or nurse practitioner by completing and submitting the referral form. 

Questions about the referral process can be directed to the IASP intake team at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre: +1 (877) 527-8207. 

Note to referring physicians and nurse practitioners: IASP referrals can be submitted electronically directly from your EMR if you have been set up with Ocean eReferral. Ocean eReferral is a regional program that offers an integrated solution at no cost for all primary care providers in Champlain with compatible EMRs (Telus PSS, QHR Accuro, and certain versions of OSCAR). Once set up, referrals can be initiated directly from the patient's chart in your EMR, launching the appropriate electronic referral form and automatically populating it with much of the appropriate information for the patient and referring clinician. For more information about eReferral, please email: Champlain_eReferral_Team@lhins.on.ca

Partners – Champlain Region

IASP for the Eastern Ontario region is led by The Royal and delivered in collaboration with:

  • Family Services Ottawa
  • Hawkesbury and District General Hospital
  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
  • CMHA-Ottawa
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital
  • Cornwall Community Hospital
  • Montfort Hospital
  • Lanark Renfrew Health and Community Services
  • Jewish Family Services

All therapists in this program are members of appropriate regulated health professions (i.e. social workers, nurses, psychologists, etc.) who have undertaken intensive CBT training and are dedicated to helping clients live their best lives. They are trained and supervised directly by PhD Clinical Psychologists with expertise in CBT. 

IASP is funded by the Government of Ontario.