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
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
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 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
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.