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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a psychologist?

Registered psychologists are licensed and regulated health care professionals who are qualified to provide assessments and solutions to a wide range of behavioural, social and emotional problems.

A psychologist holds a doctorate degree from a recognized university program.  This degree involves ten or more years of post-secondary studies in psychology and involves theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Psychologists often work in conjunction with other professionals such as family physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and teachers, in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to the needs of the client.

What can a psychologist do for my child or family?

Psychologists are professionals who understand the link between emotions and behaviour.  They are trained to deal with many types of problems, not just mental disorders.  In fact, many children who see a psychologist do not have a mental disorder at all - they just have some coping difficulties that make their lives more challenging.

A psychologist will understand these difficulties and develop effective strategies to help the child and family cope with life better by:


  • Helping the child and parents understand each other better

  • Reducing feelings of anxiety, frustration and anger  

  • Increase the competence and confidence of the child in the areas of need 

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?

You can initiate an appointment with a psychologist yourself.  Although you do not need a referral from a health care professional to see a psychologist, many times referrals are made by physicians, pediatricians, speech and language pathologists.

Are psychological services covered by insurance?

Although psychological services are not covered under OHIP, most private insurance plans cover such expenses to some degree.  Check your plans coverage if you have one.

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