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NIHB Provider for Ottawa & Across Ontario

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Non-Insured Health Benefits
for Men across Ontario

At our therapy practice, we recognize the importance of mental health care for all individuals and are particularly committed to supporting men's mental health.


Understanding that men often face unique challenges and societal pressures that can impact their mental well-being, we provide tailored services to address these issues. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive environment where men can openly discuss their concerns and work towards improved mental health.

What is the NIHB Program?

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program is a federal health benefit program established by Indigenous Services Canada. It provides eligible First Nations and Inuit individuals with coverage for a range of health benefits not covered by other insurance plans. These benefits include:

  • Prescription drugs

  • Medical supplies and equipment

  • Dental care

  • Vision care

  • Medical transportation

  • Mental health counseling

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program plays a crucial role in supporting the mental health of First Nations and Inuit populations. This program, administered by Indigenous Services Canada, covers a wide range of mental health counselling services. Eligible individuals can access professional counselling to address various mental health issues, including the profound impacts of intergenerational trauma, particularly from residential school experiences. By doing so, the NIHB program aims to bridge gaps in mental health care and enhance the overall well-being of Indigenous communities.

The NIHB program's approach is comprehensive and culturally sensitive, ensuring that mental health services are not only accessible but also relevant to the unique cultural contexts of First Nations and Inuit peoples. This involves integrating traditional healing practices with contemporary therapeutic methods. Additionally, the program often works in collaboration with community-based resources and provincial health services, providing a holistic support network for clients. This integrated care model helps clients navigate and overcome personal challenges while respecting and preserving their cultural heritage.

Our therapy practice is proud to be an approved provider under the NIHB program, ensuring that eligible clients receive the mental health services they need without financial barriers. We understand the importance of accessibility and strive to make our services available to all who qualify.

Each eligible client receives up to 22 sessions per year - enough for one session every 2-3 weeks. 

Our Services for Men's Mental Health

​We offer a variety of mental health services specifically designed to meet the needs of men, including:

  • Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist to address personal mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.

  • Group Therapy: Group sessions that provide a supportive environment for men to share experiences and learn from each other.

  • Couples Therapy: Specialized therapy for men and their partners to address relationship issues, improve communication, and strengthen their bond.

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How do I get started?

f you or someone you know could benefit from our services through the NIHB program, the process to get started is straightforward:

  1. Eligibility Verification: Ensure you are eligible for the NIHB program. Eligibility is typically extended to status First Nations individuals and recognized Inuit. We typically require a client identification or band number.

  2. Contact Us: Reach out to our practice to discuss your needs and schedule an initial consultation. Our team will guide you through the process, ensuring all necessary paperwork and approvals are in place.

  3. Ongoing Support: Begin your journey towards better mental health with the support of our dedicated team. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.

Current Team Members accepted for NIHB Services:

Adam Gelinas, RP (Online and Ottawa - In-Person)

Sara Stalker, RP (Online Appointments)

Barry Hogeboom, RP (Online Appointments)

Please note that all NIHB providers have significant experience in treating a wide range of mental health concerns. All NIHB providers have received at least 1000 direct client hours and 150 clinical supervision hours.

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