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Moving Forward Family Services

Moving Forward is a non-profit charity organization that offers free short-term and affordable long-term counselling options to folks across British Columbia.  

Our services are delivered by supervised students in social work and counselling programs across Canada, who are in the final months of their education or recently graduated. Counselling through our team is available in-person (if in the lower mainland of BC), and through online platforms and telephone.

Together, we strive to create a world without sorrow, where no one is denied counselling based on financial constraints.

Low-income individuals, couples, families,  who who cannot afford private therapy are welcome at Moving Forward Family Services.

Last year, our team provided over 22,000 counselling sessions. Of these, 15,000 sessions were offered at no cost. For paid sessions, the average fee ranged from $5 to $7 per session.

For service options and wait times, please visit the Get Started/Services page on the banner at the top of this screen.

Consider donating to our agency.

$20 can make a significant impact: it can provide 4 free therapy sessions, fund a bursary for a counselling intern to attend training of their choice, contribute to counselling outside of our agency when advanced support is needed, or support a community workshop open to everyone!

Our Mission

Empowering Underserved Communities Through Accessible Counselling

Public services are designed to help as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. They also tend to be restrictive in who they serve and typically have long wait times. Private services are more open with minimal waits but are expensive.

Moving Forward attempts to bridge the gap between these two models by offering low-cost services for long-term healing.

Who is Moving Forward For?

Moving Forward is your low-barrier entry to mental health services. While we may not be a great fit for everyone, our goal is to provide mental health services to those who slip through the cracks in our healthcare system. For Canadians without an extensive health benefits plan or cannot afford private therapy, we’re ready to help. However, if your benefits include mental health coverage or you earn a high income, we can refer you to an experienced registered counsellor in our network.

  • Low-income individuals, couples, families who cannot afford private therapy are welcome at Moving Forward.
  • Services are provided to all ages, genders, religions, groups, no matter their financial status. We also have services offered in 20 languages (some language-specific services are with private registered counsellors, so minimum fees would apply).
  • British Columbian residents can benefit from online or over-the-phone services. If you’re in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, you can visit us in Surrey (minimum fees apply).
    While we cannot provide emergency or crisis counselling, we provide non-urgent counselling to everyone--and will do our best to ensure nobody is turned away when there is a need.

What Services Are Offered By Moving Forward?

Moving Forward offers a wide range of counselling, social work, and mental health services. Our unique model allows us to complement existing services instead of competing with them, thus reducing overall pressure on our healthcare industry. Our services are provided by Clinical Counsellors, Social Workers and supervised interns in the following areas:

  • FREE COACHING PROGRAMS: Moving Forward Life Skills Coaching, Moving Forward Healthy Relationships Coaching, Substance Use management Coaching, Mindfulness Coaching, Seniors Support Coaching, and Parenting (parents of children 0 - 5)!
  • Inclusive counselling for trauma, stress, anger, substance abuse, grief, loss, depression, anxiety and much more...
  • Community-focused groups and workshops
    & Training development for our volunteers and community partners.

For Clients

Find a solution to life’s challenging situations with a dedicated counsellor who understands you. Our diverse practitioners provide mental health therapy to the 99% who can’t afford it. Everyone is accepted. Every part of you is welcome.

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For Interns

Gain practical counselling experience and complete your program by helping people who can’t get help otherwise. Take ownership of your practice — our clinical supervisors will support you every step of the way.

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For Donors

Please make a difference in your community by giving low-income families a chance to resolve their mental health issues through therapy. For $5 donated, we can provide up to 15 minutes of counselling services.

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Moving Forward Family Services - Gary

A Letter from Gary


I’m Gary Thandi, the founder and Executive Director of Moving Forward.

I believe everyone has some form of struggle, and while it isn’t always a bad thing, everyone should have equitable access to the support needed to address it. That’s why I started Moving Forward. We support everyone, including the most vulnerable in our communities, especially those who may not be eligible for services in the public sector. We know how difficult it can be to find help promptly, especially without an extensive benefits plan. This is where Moving Forward can help.

We believe early intervention and prevention can benefit our society as a whole. Shorter wait times mean your needs are addressed quickly, helping you overcome your struggles. Plus, early action can lower resource investment on the other end of the spectrum, such as policing, corrections, or long-term hospitalization.

We are passionate about helping people and want to help out any way we can. We have a variety of services offered in over 20 languages meaning everyone is welcome, even you!

– Gary

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