What is the difference between a
psychologist and a psychiatrist?
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
How do I choose a psychologist?
There are 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.
The information 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 danger.
If 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
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
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?
Psychotherapy is 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.