A Registered Psychotherapist
is a mental health professional who has met the rigorous educational and practical requirements of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and who is therefore legally permitted to practice psychotherapy in the province of Ontario. By choosing a Registered Psychotherapist, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a well-trained and regulated professional. A Registered Psychotherapist cannot, however, confer a mental health diagnosis or prescribe medication.
A psychologist is a mental health professional who is licenced and regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Ontario’s Registered Psychologists have completed a PhD, and have also met rigorous educational and practice criteria. They are qualified to diagnose various mental health conditions, and may tend to work with more severe concerns and disorders (although this isn’t always the case).
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in mental health. Psychiatrists are qualified to diagnose and to prescribe medication. The services of a psychiatrist are covered by OHIP. Psychiatrists tend to deal primarily with more severe or complex cases, often in association with a hospital or other health care facility. Here again, though, there is considerable variation within the field.