Will my insurance plan cover psychotherapy?
Unfortunately, there is no short answer to this question. Some insurance providers cover psychotherapy, others do not. We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance provider to see if they cover psychotherapy, counselling or psychological services.
What is a psychotherapist?
A Registered Psychotherapist (RP) is an individual who is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario https://www.crpo.ca/.
There is often confusion about the difference between psychotherapist, psychologist, and psychiatrist - with good reason! All are trained in traditional talk therapy, and there are similarities across the different professions.
Psychologists typically have doctoral degrees and the authority to perform psychological testing, assessments, and convey a diagnosis.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialized in mental health treatment. Psychiatrists typically perform assessments, convey a diagnosis, and prescribe medication.
Psychotherapy is a controlled health profession act in Ontario. The definition of the controlled act of psychotherapy in Ontario is “treating by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgment, insight, behavior, communication or social functioning.” In Ontario, Registered Psychotherapists are authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.
Counsellors are mental health professionals who can provide a broad range of supportive talk therapies. Services that counsellors can offer include, but are not limited to coaching, mediating, educating, and advocating for their clients.
Does this make a difference to you? It depends what you are looking for. As Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying) and Certified Canadian Counsellors, we permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy and we are also trained to provide a range of more general counselling services. If anything is beyond our scope of practice, we are able to refer you to a specialist, or work as part of a care team with other mental health professionals.
Do I need a referral to come see you?
No. Some clients do have a formal diagnosis and others do not. Many people think that their problems aren’t “big enough” or “important enough” to seek help. The truth is, we all face challenges at times in our lives and therapy can be extremely beneficial to any and all people. We welcome anybody to reach out to us.
No. If you would like to book an appointment, simply reach out by email or phone to do so. However, some insurance companies may require a referral from a medical doctor for psychological services.