Mental Health & Psychotherapy Services
While life is truly an amazing journey, one can get swept away by life’s challenges, overwhelmed by difficulties you feel incapable of surmounting. This may lead to blame, recrimination or self-doubt and questions such as ‘Why me?’ Feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness or guilt can be all-consuming…smothering. With thoughts driven by shame, regret or self-loathing, life may feel completely unmanageable and certainly not the amazing journey you may have hoped for.
Now let’s reframe and realize that it truly doesn’t have to be that way. Imagine a life where you have the tools to enable you to do much more than just exist or survive.
Imagine each day KNOWING that you are CHOOSING to thrive.
Choose to thrive, not just survive!
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning”
~ Ivy Baker Priest
The famous 6th century B.C. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is credited with having said
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Let me help you to begin a new journey.
Let me help you take that step!
Key Differences Between Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists
A psychotherapist is one who engages clients in talk or experiential therapy in order to help improve: quality of life, satisfaction in relationships, functioning in society, performance in work or play, general health, and well-being. Psychotherapists have diverse educational and training backgrounds. There are many different forms of psychotherapy listed below.
A psychologist is one who is trained in the science of psychology, which explores the predictable relationships between organisms and their environments in order to understand or to influence the functioning of organisms. Although there are many special areas or studies among psychologists, a large percentage of them conduct psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology are the usual specialty areas that prepare psychologists to practice psychotherapy. Psychologists who are licensed as mental health professionals are generally graduates of doctoral programs (ie. They have degrees such as Ph.D.)
Psychologists and psychiatrists are both mental health specialists with expertise in assessing and treating emotional issues. They have approximately the same number of years of formal training. Although there are some similarities between psychology and psychiatry, there are also some important differences in their type of training, focus and treatment approaches.
Psychotherapists have diverse educational and training backgrounds. A psychologist typically has a PhD in psychology and has completed a clinical residency in psychology. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed specialty training and a residency in psychiatric medicine.
Psychology is founded on the study of the range of all human behavior – both normal and abnormal. Psychiatry has a more restricted focus on diagnosed mental health conditions.
Psychologists and psychotherapists focus on a broad range of causes and contributions to emotional difficulties, including environmental and life situations, thinking patterns and styles, personality factors, physiological function, behavioral patterns, and learning and childhood history. Psychiatrists generally view emotional problems as the result of some abnormality or malfunctioning of the human body, such as a chemical imbalance.
Treatment and Referral Process
Psychotherapists and psychologists provide non-medication treatment (or ‘talk therapy’) focused on helping individuals to control and change their own behavior and thinking patterns to improve their coping skills as a primary method of treating problems. Psychiatrists prescribe medication as a primary means of affecting emotional function.
You can book an appointment with a psychologist and a psychotherapist without a referral from your doctor. To see a psychiatrist, you need a referral.
Most psychological services are not paid for by the public health-care system, although extended medical benefits often will cover a portion of these services. Psychiatric services are covered by provincial health care, but unfortunately wait times can be as long as six months. Typically psychotherapy is an out of pocket expense.