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  • What is a registered Psychologist? 


A registered Psychologist is licensed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is authorized by the


College to deliver services in the area of his/her specialization. In order to be registered, a Psychologist must pass two written and one oral exam set by the College once the doctoral degree and a postdoctoral year of supervision are completed. A Clinical Psychologist is a mental health professional who has training and experience in assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with a wide range of difficulties relevant to mental health.




  • What is the difference between a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, and a Social Worker?


A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a specialization in the area of psychiatry. A Psychiatrist is licensed by the provincial College of Physicians & Surgeons, and is permitted to prescribe medication. Psychologists in Ontario are not permitted to prescribe medication. A Social Worker is registered with the the College of Social Workers, and typically has a Master's degree. Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers treat individuals with mental health challenges, however, the Psychiatrist typically treats through medication while the Psychologist and Social Worker may provide a form of “talk therapy.”




  • Are psychological services covered by OHIP?


Psychological services are not covered by OHIP. Some insurance plans and extended health care benefits generally include psychological services up to a certain amount per year.




  • What should I expect in the first therapy session?


After speaking with the Psychologist to book the first appointment, in preparation for the first session you may be asked to bring any relevant documents pertaining to previous mental health assistance. The aim of the first session is to understand (a) the nature of your issue, contributing factors, the frequency, duration, and severity of your symptoms, the impact of your symptoms on your work and relationships, and (b) your goals for therapy. The psychologist will outline either at this session or the next, depending on whether additional information is further required to clarify the nature of your problem, what your treatment will entail and your responsibility in working towards achieving your goals. Authorization for service, the limits of confidentiality, and payment of fees will be discussed.




  • How long might therapy last?


Assessment and review of your progress in treatment are ongoing features of your treatment. Depending on the nature of your issue, the length of treatment may vary from three to five sessions, to upwards from ten to twelve sessions.




  • What if my therapist and I aren’t a good fit?


As in other professional relationships, there may not be a good match between the client and the psychologist. If this is the case, you are not obliged to continue services with the psychologist.




  • What are my rights as a client?


As a client, you have the right:


  • To be treated with dignity and respect.

  • To inform the therapeutic process with your knowledge about yourself and your issue, and be an active participanin your treatment.

  • To expect the best quality service that is supported by research.

  • To seek alternative treatment from another psychologist or mental health professional. However, this is usually best done in collaboration with your psychologist.

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