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What is NIHB?


NIHB stands for Non-Insured Health Benefits. NIHB is a Health Canada funded program that provides free mental health counselling for Registered First Nations and Inuit people. I encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis people to access traditional healing practices and to seek advice/support from Elders if desired and available; however, I would be honoured to support you in your journey if you think you would benefit from coming to counselling through the Health Canada First Nations Mental Health Program. I work from a trauma informed lens and have demonstrated an appropriate level of education, professional expertise, as well as knowledge and experience working with Indigenous people in order to become an Approved Provider.  The initial consultation gives you a chance to meet me and decide if you would like to proceed.

Historical Trauma

"Intergenerational or multi-generational trauma happens when the effects of trauma are not resolved in one generation. When trauma is ignored and there is no support for dealing with it, the trauma will be passed from one generation to the next...​
The unhealthy ways of behaving that people use to protect themselves can be passed on... without them even knowing they are doing so"
- Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 1999.  

Free Mental Health Counselling for First Nations


As an approved NIHB Provider, I can provide mental health counselling at no cost to you if you are eligible for NIHB. In order to qualify for NIHB, you must be a 'Registered Indian' according to the Indian Act. NIHB grants access to 15 sessions of mental health counselling for eligible individuals (ie: those with a status card/number). If more counselling is needed, more sessions can be applied for. Please be in touch with me if you think you qualify for support under NIHB. I can provide further information about access to my service and can complete all necessary forms. NIHB offers a wonderful opportunity to access support from a qualified counsellor/therapist who has been deemed an Approved Provider. Central to my counselling practices are a foundation of deep respect and appreciation for Aboriginal cultural and history.

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) for Indigenous People

Free Counselling for Indigenous people in Downtown Toronto

 Toronto Therapist in Downtown, Amy Babcock in Downtown                     


The Indian Residential School Resolution Help Support Program (IRS-RHSP)


This program provides free mental health and emotional support services to former Residential School students, regardless of an individual's status, who attended a Residential School listed in the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Family Members of former Residential School students are also eligible (including spouses/partners, children, and any relations who experienced the impacts of inter-generational trauma associated with a family member's time at a Residential School). The IRS-RHSP can cover up to 20 sessions of counselling within a 12 month period. Please get in touch with me if you would like to learn more about this source of funding or access support through this program.  I am happy to meet with you to discuss this further and to give you the opportunity to decide whether or not you would like to proceed.




What Can I Address in Counselling through NIHB?

  • Adjustment to a post-secondary educational setting

  • Childhood Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma, Systemic Trauma

  • Mental Health (depression, anxiety, PTSD)

  • Alcohol/substance use

  • Family/cultural disconnection including impacts of the child welfare system and the Residential School system

  • Child apprehension

  • Counselling support to youth and former youth in foster care

  • Pregnancy, fertility and perinatal loss

  • High risk pregnancy including substance use during pregnancy

  • Sexual orientation/gender issues

  • Building positive family/community relationships

  • Self-esteem

  • Expanding your support system (help with service navigation)

  • Advocacy (help getting what you need)

  • Couple/Family counseling

  • Changing negative thinking patterns and behavours 

  • Adjustment to community living following incarceration Managing chronic health issues including HIV/AIDS