Get to Know Us
Stardust Collective is therapeutic collective that offers affordable mental health services. We are made of a group of humans who share core values about the way we treat others, and about the systems we live in & how they harm us. We work in mental health and have experienced how hard it can be to get actual, meaningful support, and wanted to try and do something about that. We offer virtual services across Ontario and in person services in Hamilton. Every team member here is different, but we try hard to be accessible, socially informed,
empathetic and anti-oppressive in our work.
We are neurodivergent & queer-owned and work hard to be
affirming and inclusive. We strive to demonstrate allyship
in our actions, and we know that being an ally isn't an identity,
but an ongoing process. We accept and welcome any feedback on how to better support you and your communities.
In early 2022, we established this collective as a way to fill needs that we have seen in our communities, for more inclusive and affordable
mental health services. Cost should not be a barrier to getting support. If you can't comfortably afford our regular rates, we operate on a sliding scale and can customize rates. We will never ask you to prove your financial position.
In order to continue offering flexible and sliding scale rates,
we gently ask that clients pay as much of the
regular rate as they comfortably can.
What We Offer
Our mental health counsellors are knowledgeable in a wide range of issues such as
Stress Management / Burnout
Our Family counsellor is well versed in the following Family therapy related items
Parenting: Stress, Skills and Support
Non-Traditional/Diverse Family Systems
Systemic Family Therapy
2SLGBTQIA+ and Neurodivergent Affirming Counselling
As a Queer and Neurodivergent owned Collective, we prioritize ensuring our practice's ethics are:
We work with all kinds of relationship orientations and dynamics, including:
Monogamous and non-Monogamous relationships
Recreation Therapy Groups
and 1-1 Sessions
Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving:
Improving quality of life
Stardust offers group therapy both online and in person (Day and Evening Groups). Some groups include:
Peer Support Groups
Free Mental Health Drop In
Check out the two current Sex Education workshops we offer:
Working out the Kinks (18+)
Beyond Birds and Bees (Youth)
And More! (Coming Soon)
Check out our Socials!
We are committed to..
We at Stardust are mindful of the inaccessibility in our mental health and counselling systems. We believe that regardless of
disability, neurodiversity, class, race, nationality, gender, and/or sexuality, you should have access to counselling services.
-Renting from an Accessible Building
-Offering many options for services (in person, online, groups, phone, video, walk in the community, etc)
-Offering Services during the day, evening and weekends
-Providing multiple sensory-friendly options for therapy spaces, such as low lighting, stuffed animals, different seating and blankets.
-Fidgets, Colouring books, and much more!
We recognize the ways in which capitalism perpetuates systems of oppression and inequality, including in the realm of mental health care. As a collective, we aim to challenge these structures by offering affordable and accessible therapy services that prioritize the well-being of our clients over profit.
- Offering sliding-scale fees
-Reject the idea that profit should be the primary goal of therapy
-Advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being of clients and communities, such as universal healthcare and accessible mental health care services.
-Foster a collaborative, non-hierarchical work environment within the therapy collective. This includes practices such as shared decision-making, equitable compensation, and a commitment to anti-oppression principles
We recognize the critical importance of allyship, anti-racism, and anti-oppression work in creating a safe and inclusive space for all of our clients. We are committed to actively challenging and dismantling systems of oppression that have historically excluded and marginalized BIPOC folx and other marginalized communities.
-Acknowledging that systemic inequalities that perpetuate mental health challenges for marginalized communities, especially BIPOC folks.
-Supporting other community mental health care initiatives, such as peer support networks/mutual aid groups, that prioritize the needs of marginalized communities
-Prioritize the recruitment and retention of team members from underrepresented communities, and ensure that the organization's leadership reflects the diversity of the communities it serves.
One of the key benefits of peer support is the sense of community and belonging that it provides. For many individuals, particularly those who may have experienced stigma or discrimination due to their identity or mental health, finding a supportive community can be incredibly empowering. Peer support groups can help individuals to connect with others who have similar experiences, share coping strategies, and provide a sense of validation and understanding.
Harm reduction aims to reduce harm and increase safety for clients, while respecting their autonomy and meeting them where they are at. By adopting a non-judgemental and collaborative approach, and promoting access to resources and social justice, harm reduction-oriented counselling collectives can help clients to address harmful behaviours in a way that is empowering and effective.
Stardust is a Teaching Collective. Check out our student's page to learn more about the services they offer.
Stardust is open to new students. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information
Stardust Theraputic Collective was founded on the traditional lands of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land.
We recognize that colonialism is still present and affecting the lives of many indigenous folks today. Stardust is committed to confronting colonialism past and present, by being advocates and standing in solidarity with indigenous communities.
Help Our Cause
We strongly believe in being able to provide accessible rates for therapy and counselling. One of the things that helps us offer low or no cost therapy to folks who need it, is subsidization from folks who are able to share with us. There is absolutely no expectation to donate, but every little bit helps!
-Parking Lot in the back of the building
-2 Hour Street Parking out Front
-Nearest Bus Stop: KING at FAIRHOLT or MAIN at ASHFORD
- the door on the far left side of the building if you're facing the building is an automatic door that opens onto a ramp
- if this door is locked, call or email us and we will come let you in
- the building has spacious, single-person, all-gender washrooms, however they do not have automatic doors. We are happy to help with these doors if needed