Crisis Lines 

Mental Health Crisis Line  – (Ages 16+)  Ottawa (613) 722-6914 – Outside Ottawa 1-866-996-0991
The most immediate access to a range of services. *Mobile Crisis Team
Services are designed to support people in their own environment & minimize hospitalization.
If you or someone you know is experiencing – Situational Crisis, Psychosis, Severe Depression or Anxiety, or Suicidal thoughts (not needing immediate attention) contact the crisis line for support & referral to services.

Ottawa Distress Centre   – (613) 238-3311
Answer calls for help any time of day or night. Crisis Line Specialists provide unbiased and non-judgmental support.  All calls confidential. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, we can help.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (Ages 12-18) 24/7 Crisis Line (613) 260-2360/ 1-877-377-7775
Youth in crisis — or anyone concerned about them — can talk to someone who understands and wants to help.  Supportive listening, crisis counselling, referrals and more.   General line (613) 729-1000 

Youth Services Bureau Online Crisis Chat Service – Thursdays to Sundays, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mobile Interventions:  7 days a week, 2:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Accessing Treatment 

* Your link to services within the healthcare system is your GP/Paediatrician 
* Mental Health Crisis Line – can help link to services

* Walk-In Clinics – some will provide referrals
* Private Psychologists -do not require referral-OHIP does not cover-Private Insurance may cover

The Ottawa Hospital – Civic & General Campus – Separate Psychiatric Emergency
Ages 16+ having a psychiatric emergency, but otherwise medically stable, requiring assessment by psychiatry staff

Health Care Connects –  If you do not have a GP this is an avenue to find one.  – Listing of Mental Health Resources in Ottawa.


Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Mental Health Information & Referral Service – Contact (613) 737-7791

The MHCSS Intake Workers, along with the staff at CMHA and partner agencies staff, offer information on mental health services, referrals to needed/wanted services, needs assessments, education, advocacy, and consultation to any Ottawa resident.



Private Psychologists With Specialized Programs for OCD

Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OICBT) – (613) 820-9931 Ext.0
* Intensive Day Treatment Program  Comprehensive Treatment Program including daily ERP, individual & group sessions, family sessions – click link above to see full program at website
* Home & Community Based Treatment Program – ERP “coaching”
ERP therapy done “in place” with flexibility in delivery – travel to home, flexible time intervals.


Doctor Search  

Tips & List of Questions to Ask to help ensure Best Practice Treatment is being provided.

A Source Listing of Mental Health Professionals who indicate they treat OCD.  The IOCDF does not recommend nor endorse the competence or expertise of anyone listed.  Ask questions! 

Click on links below to search –
College of Psychologists – Record of any complaints registered



Sudden & Severe Onset OCD (PANS/PANDAS) – Practical Advice for Practitioners and Parents

Dr. Edwards, MD (Chatham, ON)   (519) 358-1880  – TREATS PANS/PANDAS
Consultant Paediatrician (extensive practice in Autism).  Clinic has extremely active Mental Health Practice that sees large volumes of children to age 17 for – ADHD, anxiety, depression, and related issues.

Dr. Ayla Wilson, ND (Vancouver, BC)  – 604-662-3335
Phone Consult.  Will work with anyone across Canada.   Antibiotic Treatment for PANDAS/PANS.   Laboratory Testing.

Dr. Marie Matheson, ND (Ottawa, ON) – 613) 761-1600
Professional interest in infectious causes of chronic and complex autoimmune illnesses.  Specialization in Lyme Disease & co-infections.  PANDA’s/PANS, Autism (ASD).

Support & Resources  – Support Network for Parents –  Canadian Resources  – PANDAS Physicians Network – Parent Resources, Research – Can Aid in diagnosis of PANDAS/PANS – Cunningham Panel


Specialized OCD Treatment Centres

Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre (Toronto) for Severe & Impairing OCD.
Residential and Day Treatment Programs.  For those who have significant OCD symptoms that impact their ability to function in day to day life and have not responded to previous treatment.  Open to anyone in Ontario, Ages 18-65.   Must meet eligibility criteria.    

* MD TO MD Phone Consultation  –  Consultation with one of our psychiatrists to discuss a patient’s condition and treatment options, without formally referring the patient to us for consultation.

* Psychiatric Consultation & Care – Available to patients across the province with severe/treatment resistant OCD.  Patients will meet with one of our team psychiatrist to complete a comprehensive evaluation, and determine appropriate treatment recommendation. This is a one-time appointment for approximately 1-1.5 hours.

St.Joes Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (Hamilton)
The Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic’s (ATRC) mission is to provide excellence and leadership in evidence based clinical service, education and research for anxiety disorders.

Comprehensive evaluations and proven treatments for anxiety-related conditions.  Treatments include both medications and effective psychological treatments.  Physician referral is required to access.

General Referral Form
Paediatric OCD Referral Form


LISTING OF U.S. Residential Treatment Centres -IOCDF

McLean (Boston) & Rogers (Wisconsin) are the two preferred provider centres Canadians can access.   See link above to read about programs.   McLean is for ages 16+,  Rogers has programs for ages 8+

Referral & prior approval process REQUIRED by OHIP – Out of Country Program 1-888-359-8807.
OHIP Out of Country – U.S. Preferred Providers: Mental Health Services

“These programs are generally appropriate only for persons who are psychiatrically stable and ready to engage in therapy.”


Rothman Centre (South Florida) – Outpatient Intensive Specialized Treatment
University of South Florida OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders Behavioral Treatment Program

Intensive outpatient CBT with exposure and response prevention – average duration of treatment 3 weeks.     Ronald McDonald House is located on campus for peadiatric patients with advanced approval.   (Families travel and stay for 3 weeks to access these specialized services.)

Treatment of Co-Morbid Disorders  – Comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral assessment and treatment of OCD and related disorders such as Tourette/tic disorders, trichotillomania/hair pulling disorder, anxiety disorders, school refusal, selective mutism, misophonia, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, and skin picking disorders.  

Specialize in treating these problems in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  Expertise in the assessment, medical and behavioral treatment for PANS/PANDAS.  


Other Treatment Avenues & Support within Ottawa

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa – (613) 729-1000  Mental Health Services Intake Phone: (613) 562-3004

Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinic
Counselling sessions for youth ages 12 to 20, and their parents, whose needs are more immediate.   Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 8 pm (last session is at 6 pm).   2301 Carling Ave.

The Walk-In Counselling Clinic  – Multiple Locations
Provides immediate counselling services to individuals, couples, and families.  The walk-in sessions are free to all members of the community, with no restrictions based on age or location/address and no need for an appointment.

Parent Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO)   613 321-3211    1-855-775-7005 Outside Ottawa area
*Telephone Help Line – for help navigating mental health and addictions services*
For parents & caregivers whose children to age 24 are dealing with mental health and/or addiction challenges.  Staffed with parents who also have supported their own children with these challenges.

University of Ottawa Centre for Psychological Services
The Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR) is a training unit of the School of Psychology of the University of Ottawa.   Providing psychological services, in both English and French, to people from the Ottawa-Gatineau area.  There are standard hourly fees, with possible adjustments based on income.

*individual therapy for adolescents and adults  *couple therapy  *child and family services

Universite Saint Paul University  –  613-782-3022
Offering counselling and psychotherapy in English and French.  Services are provided by counselling interns who are supervised by counsellors, psychotherapists and/or psychologists.   Individual, couples, family therapy.   *short wait list  *fees based on what you can afford  *120 counselling interns.

Family Service Centre of Ottawa –  (613) 725-3601
Their Mental Health Program offers a range of counselling services to adults who are living with mental health problems.  Counselling services are offered through individual counselling, couple and/or family counselling, workshops and group programs.


Mental Health Organizations  

National Alliance on Mental Illness  – This link will take you to the Ottawa branch.
They offer a 12 week course to educate and assist families dealing with mental illness.

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and is located in Toronto. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

American Psychiatric Association Healthy Minds

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC)

Community Services  

Causeway Work Centre
Phone: (613) 725-3494
A community economic development organization that provides a range of employment and educational programs and other supports to persons with mental health issues and/or disabilities, and those who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.


ABC News/Nightline – OCD Recovery Program
The Dirty Work of Keeping Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Check


Drug Search
A comprehensive resource featuring information on various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

About Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) – Wikipedia
A description of common drugs used to treat OCD, anxiety and depression from