1. What is the difference between Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists?
All the above professionals can provide psychotherapy if they have the training in a specific therapeutic modality. My experience, for example, is mostly in the psychodynamic oriented evaluation and psychotherapy. Clinical psychologists and Psychotherapists usually have training in different psychotherapy methods and every one can help different patients. Psychiatrists can also perform psychotherapy if they engage in continued education, however, they are the only ones allowed to prescribe medications for mental health problems. In some situations, there is a need to combine medications and psychotherapy for better results.
2. Are Psychotherapists registered under the Ontario law/ regulations?
The college of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) was recently established and is already operating in regulating professionals in mental health in Ontario. One of the CRPO’s first tasks is to register practicing therapists according to specific and well- defined criteria that includes education and experience. Therefore, I as well as my colleagues, am currently in the process of registration to the new college.
3. How and when do I know that the therapy is helping me?
At the beginning of the therapeutic process (after the 2-3 assessment sessions) you have to decide whether you feel comfortable with your therapist. Following, starts the therapeutic process which consists, usually, of a weekly session. Symptom improvement is a gradual process that depends upon the problem at hand and its severity. While some conditions require short and focused intervention for symptom alleviation and mood improvement, there are situations in which months are needed for patterns (e.g. relationships) to change.
You should always feel comfortable to raise questions and doubts with your therapist. Elaborating them is part of the process. You should always expect an ethical and a professional attitude: non-judgemental, empathic and adequate boundary-keeping.
4. Do you work with insurance companies? How much does it cost?
Yes, as I am Dr. A.W. Silver’s associate. The patients usually pay the sessions’ fee (with cheques or cash) and with the receipt they can get reimbursement from their insurance provider. However, you should check with your insurance company regarding any limitations they might have (e.g. the number of sessions they reimburse) before starting therapy. Our fees range from 120-140 CAD for a 50 min session. However, the fees could be more flexible in specific situations discussed and agreed upon.
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