What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist and a Registered Psychotherapist?

First, all three can provide psychotherapy.  

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and can prescribe medications for mental health conditions.  Often their practice is focused on medication management.  This service is covered by OHIP.

A psychologist holds a doctoral degree in the study of psychology.  Often, they do ...

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How long will I be in therapy?

Therapy is an individual process.  In the initial session the client’s challenges and goals are identified and a therapeutic plan is formed and agreed upon.   The ultimate goal is for a client to come into a therapeutic awareness and dialogue with themselves so that once formal therapy has ended they can continue to make healthy life.  Some issues may take longer than others to resolve and some people may require intermittent ongoing support as needed.

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How do I prepare for my first session?

Forms will be sent to you via email for completion.  It is good to become mindful of how you are feeling a few days before the first session.  If you begin to dream prior to the first session, write the dreams down and bring them with you.  

Often clients are nervous and this is understandable as you are saying “YES” to life in a way you never have before.  Congratulate and praise yourself, you are doing a very good thing for you and all your relationships.

Arrive for your first session 5-10 minutes early.

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