In your search for resources you may have come across information published by different types of therapists such as “psychotherapists”, “counsellors” etc.
Psychologists differ from many other types of therapists in the following important ways:
- Psychologists are health professionals regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Psychologists have extensive education and clinical training in psychological assessment and treatment
- Psychologists are regulated to conduct assessments and give diagnoses
- Psychologists are trained according to a scientist-practitioner model that enables them to evaluate the most current research available and utilize what works
Similar to other regulated health professionals, psychologists specialize by specific populations and disorders. Populations treated by psychologists would include children, families, couples, adults and/or older adults. Specific disorders include problems such as mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, learning disabilities, eating disorders, addictions, somatic disorders, and dementia.
Psychologists work in many different types of settings including hospitals, primary care centres, universities, prisons, community health centres, government agencies, and private practice.
For more information about the profession of psychology please visit the Canadian Psychological Association: http://www.cpa.ca/public/
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