Develop Healthy Coping Skills

Develop effective coping strategies for your unique needs and situation. Talk to one of our licensed therapists or counsellors and learn the skills you need to feel better.
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Develop Healthy Coping Skills

Develop effective coping strategies for your unique needs and situation. Talk to one of our licensed therapists or counsellors and learn the skills you need to feel better.
online counsellor talking with client on computer

What are coping skills?

Different than defense mechanisms, coping skills are strategies that people use to help manage difficult or painful situations or emotions. Big life events can cause stress, and sometimes we need a little help figuring out how to manage how we feel about something, and what we can do to cope with the situation in a more positive and productive way. Coping skills are not intended to help you run away from your problems but rather to get you into a better mindset to properly assess your situation, emotions, and how you want to handle your situation.

Why learn coping skills?

Coping skills or strategies help us adjust and keep a positive mindset when we’re managing difficult events. By learning healthy coping skills, we’re preparing ourselves for things like life changes, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. Knowing which coping strategies work effectively for you in different situations is a great way to protect yourself from feeling worse, and to maintain your overall emotional balance.

Coping strategies recommended by our professionals

Different coping strategies can work more, or less, effectively for different people. Tactics that work really well for some people might not work for others. Often an effective coping strategy will include a combination of skills and tactics.

Some common coping tactics are:

  1. Deep breathing
  2. Asking others for help
  3. Making to-do lists
  4. Regular physical activity
  5. Writing or journaling
  6. Setting and maintaining personal boundaries


Your therapist might also recommend trying different coping strategies than you’d initially assume would work for you, so getting a professional outside opinion that’s tailored to your needs is always recommended.

We all need a little support sometimes

Our licensed therapists are here to listen, understand, and help you find the best way to get back to feeling like yourself again. Get the support you deserve through phone, video, or text therapy with Focus.

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Select Your Therapist

Browse our diverse network of therapists and select the one that meets your needs and preferences.


Book Your Session

Choose a date and time for online therapy that works for you. Or, select text therapy and start chatting with your therapist today.


Pay Online

Pay as you go or pre-pay and get reimbursed by your insurance company or employee benefits plan.

Focus has a very special place in my heart. I often feel overwhelmed and connecting with my therapist is a major release to calm me. Having my therapist provide great ideas to manage stress has helped tremendously.

Focus helped me become me again when I felt like I was drowning.

– Focus Client


Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Get professional therapy for significantly less than traditional in-person therapy. A one hour video or phone session ranges from $120 to $150 (plus tax) and text therapy starts at only $29 per week (plus tax). Most employee benefit and private insurance plans cover our services (be sure to check your own plan coverage!).

Yes, your privacy is very important to us. Focus Mental Wellness ensures protected end-to-end encryption across all devices, and registration information is encrypted using SSL/TLS technology. For more information, please visit our client privacy page.

Yes. Focus Mental Wellness providers are healthcare professionals. Each of our Therapists is registered and licensed through their provincial regulatory body.

Text Therapy allows you to contact your therapist when you need them.

You’ll be able to securely communicate with your therapist whenever you choose. You’ll receive one response from your therapist each weekday and you’ll receive a comprehensive summary from your therapist once a week.

Many of our clients find it helpful to combine phone and/or video therapy sessions with Text Therapy. It’s easy to book phone or video sessions with your chosen therapist using our booking page.

Get started today from only $29/week (plus tax) billed monthly.  Insurance receipts are available upon request.

Video therapy comes closest to a traditional in-person therapy experience and it has been proven to be as effective as in-person therapy. All you need is a computer or mobile device with a webcam. Sessions are one hour on our secure platform.

Phone therapy is like video therapy but without the webcam. Connect with your therapist on any phone, mobile device or computer with VoIP (i.e. Skype).

You’ll receive a receipt that includes the necessary details to submit to your benefits provider for reimbursement. Most benefits plans include coverage for therapy provided by social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors. 

Please confirm your coverage with your group benefits administrator before booking a session.

Our therapists provide support for a broad range of mental health issues. Depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse and many more.

Clients must be at least 16 years of age or older.