Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychologists and psychiatrists have very different training models. A psychologist typically has a doctoral degree in psychology while a psychiatrist has a medical degree. Psychiatrists prescribe medications while psychologists do not. Both psychologists and psychiatrists can conduct psychotherapy. For more information on what a psychologist does click on the following link: www.cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/
Do I need a referral to be seen?
No referral is necessary to make an appointment. However, sometimes a particular insurance benefit plan will require that a referral be made by a GP to access benefits. You may want to check your benefits plan for specific details.
What happens during the first session?
The first session is an opportunity for you to get a feel for your therapist's approach and style. Effective therapy starts with a good therapist-client relationship. The therapist's role will be to ask questions and find out more about what you are looking for in therapy. Typically, your therapist will be able to provide some information about what they think might be helpful to you by the end of the first session. The first session is an opportunity for you to ask questions, get clarification, and then decide if you'd like to book another appointment.
How long will therapy take?
The course of therapy (frequency of sessions, total number of sessions) depends on several factors: what goals you have, the approach you and your therapist decide to take, and your resources (i.e., time, funds). The course of therapy is something that you and your therapist will decide on together and is revisited every few sessions to ensure therapy is working for you.