What is the difference
between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
obtains a medical degree and then completes specialized
training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists primarily prescribe
medications and typically emphasize medication management
in the treatment of mental health difficulties.
Psychologists receive a doctoral degree in psychology and
are registered by the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
A psychologist receives specialized training in
psychological interventions including assessment and
psychotherapy. They are trained in the integration of
scientific knowledge with clinical practice. They do not
have the authority to prescribe medication.
How do I choose a
several ways to find a psychologist suitable for your
needs. The College of Psychologists of Ontario has a list
of all registered psychologists in the province and they
can be contacted to assist with an appropriate referral in
your area. Psychologists' employ a variety of therapeutic
approaches and it is acceptable to interview the
psychologist regarding their approach and if they have
experience working with your issue. Research has proven
that the strength of the therapeutic relationship is one
of the best determinants of therapeutic success. You have
the right to feel comfortable with your therapist.
discussed with me is confidential. I do not discuss
confidential information without permission unless one of
a few specific circumstances arise:
Concern that a child
is being abused.
If during our sessions I learn that a child is being
harmed or at risk of being harmed, I will report this
situation to the Children's Aid Society
A person in serious
there is an immediate danger that you might seriously
injure yourself or harm someone else, then I will do
what is necessary to protect personal safety
Sexual misconduct by
another health professional.
If it is revealed that another health professional has
interacted with you in a sexually inappropriate manner,
then I am required to report them to their college
Review by the Ontario
College of Psychology.
If requested as part of an investigation or quality
assurance audit, I must open my client files to the
College of Psychology
I may discuss client matters with other professionals
whom I feel could provide helpful suggestions. I will
not mention your name or any other identifying
information to any other professional unless I have your
permission in advance.
What is psychotherapy?
defined as, “A therapeutic interaction or treatment
contracted between a trained professional and a client.”
Psychotherapy is much
more than just “talking about your problems”. It is
based on a professional, therapeutic relationship and
integrates various therapeutic skills, structures and
techniques which are designed to assist the client.
There are many
different types of psychotherapy, however my practice
employs several therapeutic strategies which are
anti-oppressive in nature and are employed to promote
the best interests of each client.