WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE AND A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Psychologists and psychological associates share the same scope of practice in Ontario. They are both able to assess, diagnose, and treat psychological disorders.
The main difference is that a psychologist has completed both Masters and PhD degrees, and a psychological associate has competed a Masters degree and four years of clinical experience.
They have both completed the same final year of supervised practice and passed the three entrance examinations required by the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
WHAT FINANCIAL COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE FOR ME?
Unfortunately, psychotherapy and psychological services are not yet covered by OHIP.
Check with your employer's benefits insurance plan to inquire as to how much coverage you have for psychology/ psychotherapy services for the calendar year.
If you are interested in taking one of our groups you can also call to inquire with your insurer about coverage for 'psychology groups'
We do not do direct billing. You will be provided with a receipt following payment which can be submitted to your insurance plan for reimbursement.
WHAT THIRD PARTY FUNDERS DO YOU WORK WITH?
Our clinicians are registered with the following programs:
WSIB Community Mental Health Program
Blue Cross Veterans Affairs
Non-Insured Health Benefits
Indian Residential School Program
We also work with various long-term disability insurance providers providing sessions with a focus toward return to work.
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY AND WHO CAN PROVIDE IT?
The term 'psychotherapy' is a protected title that only certain registered health providers can provide. Psychotherapy uses mostly talk therapy and the therapeutic relationship to address difficulties with thoughts and mood issues that are causing the client distress or difficulties in important areas of their life.
Registered social workers (R.S.W.), registered psychotherapists (R.P.), psychologists (C.Psych), and psychological associates (C.Psych.Assoc.) are all able to provide psychotherapy according to the Regulated Health Profession Act of Ontario.
ARE THERE FUNDING OPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH INDIGENOUS STATUS?
Yes, you are eligible for funding for individual and group if you have Indigenous Status.
All of our therapists are registered providers with Health Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution (IRS) Health Support Programs.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A THERAPY SESSION?
For a 60-minute session with a registered social worker or registered psychotherapist, we charge $160.
For a 60-minute session with a registered psychological associate, we charge $180.
Fees for assessments and clinical letters vary.