Psychotherapy involves talking with a psychology service provider about thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that may be causing problems in day-to-day life. The therapist helps people gain insight into their feelings, change behaviours, resolve problems or learn how to deal with feelings like stress, grief, loss, fear, and sadness. Psychotherapy is sometimes combined with homework assignments between sessions.
Psychologists study how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and apply this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behaviour. In Ontario, the term psychologist applies to those who have completed a doctoral degree in psychology and at least one year of supervised professional practice as a provider of psychological services. This means that, on average, psychologist commit about 11 years to their education and training. Psychologists are regulated as health service providers who work as clinicians, teachers, and researchers in various settings. Services provided by psychologists include assessment, therapy, consultation, and research. For more information on psychologist and the services they provide, please visit the official websites of the Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.
Psychology services are helpful in the assessment and resolution of problems that interfere with day-to-day life. Psychological services may be helpful for people:
Many people have questions about working with a psychologist or the nature of psychological services. Have attempted to answer the most frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not listed here or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
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As stated above, a psychologist is a regulated health service provider who has been en awarded a doctoral degree in psychology and completed at least one year of supervised practice. Psychologists are governed by the College of Psychologist of Ontario. A psychiatrist is also a regulated health service provider. However, a psychiatrist is a physician who has completed a medical degree (M.D.) as well as additional training in mental health. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication; psychologist cannot. The services of psychiatrists are covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP0; the services of psychologists are not.
To practice psychology in Ontario, a person must hold a current certificate of registration from the College of Psychologist of Ontario; the regulatory body for the profession. Under the authority of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Psychology Act, 1991, the College registers two classes of autonomous practitioners; psychologist and psychological associates.