Ontario Structured Psychotherapy
Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program
Summary of Services and
Referral Process
Ontario Structured Psychotherapy is a program funded by the Government of Ontario to provide individuals who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety (including obsessive-compulsive concerns and post-traumatic stress) with access to free cognitive behavioural therapy services. 

The program. launched following a $20 million investment announcement by the government of Ontario in March 2020, builds on work done over three years by four regional network hubs who delivered the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP).

Ontario Structured Psychotherapy includes both higher and lower intensity services. In this model, “intensity” refers to the level of therapist contact. Most clients will begin treatment in low-intensity (such as telephone coaching with workbooks) and be “stepped up” to high-intensity services, if needed. Some low-intensity services are for adults and youth age 15+; high-intensity psychotherapy is only available for adults age 18+. A referral from a primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) is preferred to access the service.

In North Simcoe Muskoka, the program is being delivered in a wide-range of settings, including primary care, community mental health, at Waypoint, and family services agencies.

CBT is a structured, time-limited therapy that is problem-focused and goal-oriented, and teaches practical strategies and skills. 

The program is intended to increase access for all eligible individuals including Indigenous peoples and people who identify as Francophone. 

Who is eligible?
Individuals 15 years or older (low-intensity services) or 18 years or older (high-intensity psychotherapy) with a primary presenting concern of anxiety and/or depression. There are also a number of eligibility/suitability criteria for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Please review the eligibility and suitability criteria before submitting a referral, which are listed on the 2nd page of this document: Summary of Services and Referral Process.

How to refer a client to the program?
A referral from a primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) is preferred to access the service.

Self-referrals are also accepted with the requirement of identifying a Primary Care Provider. 


To send your referral to the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Clinical Access Coordination Team based at Waypoint, please use this link: https://osp-nsm.portal.gs/accounts/patient/referral/

If you have any difficulties please email osp@waypointcentre.ca or call 1-877—341-4729 ext. 2883.

Please note that the referral is not complete until the two questionnaires have been completed (Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9 & Generalized Anxiety Disorder Assessment GAD-7). These will be sent by email to the client email address identified on the e-referral form. If the person being referred does not have access to email, a completed faxed form can also be sent to 705-527-0390. Click here to find printable versions of the questionnaires.


What happens after the referral is submitted?
Upon receipt of a referral, the client will be contacted by telephone to gather additional information for screening purposes. If, following that screening, it is determined that Ontario Structured Psychotherapy may be appropriate for the individual, the client will be booked for an appointment for a Clinical Intake and Triage assessment that will be done over the telephone and will take approximately 60-90 minutes. This assessment will determine whether Ontario Structured Psychotherapy is a good fit for the client’s needs, and if so, whether the client should receive high or low intensity to start. The client's status will be shared with the referring provider and, if Ontario Structured Psychotherapy cannot meet the client’s needs, then more appropriate services will be recommended, if possible. 

For more information
For more information regarding services offered and the referral process, please review the Summary of Services and Referral Process

Partners in the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program Partners