The Regulation of Psychotherapy in Ontario
Recent amendments have been made to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) to include the Psychotherapy Act, which was passed in legislature in 2007. Recent amendments have been made to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) to include the Psychotherapy Act, which was passed in legislature in 2007. The College of Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO) now exists to establish frameworks and regulations for registered psychotherapists.
My extensive training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy has personally, intellectually, and clinically prepared me for practice as a Registered Psychotherapist, and to join other regulated mental health professionals such as psychologists and social workers.
Scope of Practice
The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional, or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication. – Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 3.
In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to any terms, limitations or conditions on the member’s certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. – Psychotherapy Act, 2007, section 4.