Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are certified by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), which governs practitioners to ensure that they work ethically, continue their professional development, and maintain top standards of practice that always keeps your mental health and wellness top priorities.
RPs are specialized and trained in how people think, feel and behave, how problems can develop in different areas of functioning, and how to facilitate change to reduce distress and improve overall wellbeing. Unlike psychologists, psychotherapists are not able to provide diagnoses for mental health concerns but can treat mental health symptoms. Psychiatrists differ from psychotherapists in that they can diagnose disorders and prescribe medications, which psychotherapists cannot do.
I became an RP after I completed a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, which included learning the various theories and modalities of therapy, and conducted more than 1000 therapy hours working with individuals, couples, and families, while attaining more than 200 hours of supervision.
Registered Marriage & Family Therapists (RMFTs) have achieved an extremely high level of training, education and experience in the field of Couple & Marriage and Family Therapy compared to other psychotherapists. RMFTs have met the very demanding requirements to earn the right to use the RMFT designation (the gold standard designation for Couple & Family Therapy in Canada). They are also highly trained Mental Health Professionals who have completed over 1000 hours of therapy with individuals, families, couples and groups while supervised by an RMFT Approved Supervisor and have acquired rigorous graduate level training in couple and family therapy. RMFTs continuously update their knowledge in the field by completing yearly mandatory continuing education requirements.
RMFTs help people to see themselves and their situations in more helpful ways in order to create change. They assist clients to understand and heal relationships with partners, spouses, family members, and friends. RMFTs also honor diversity in ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, spirituality and socioeconomic status and are known as system changers rather than just symptom changers.
Research has shown that after receiving treatment from a C/MFT, the majority of clients demonstrated improved functioning in the workplace and a significant improvement in the family. (Source: CAMFT website)
Plans and coverage can vary amongst providers; please check directly with your benefits provider to see if they cover services by Registered Psychotherapists (who are members of the CRPO), psychotherapy, or therapy services.
Initial sessions involve some simple paperwork and getting to know you, your presenting concerns, your history, and other relevant information. We will discuss your goals, preliminary treatment plans, the course of action, and next sessions.
For couples and families: I may request to see individual members separately to better understand the issues at hand.
Yes. Please contact me at least 24 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee.