Here you can find some commonly asked questions concerning psychology that Barron & Associates Psychologists of Windsor have collected. Much of the following information can be found in the links provided on our External Links page. The Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) website was fundamental in compiling the information that is reiterated on this site.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. As an applied science, it is the use of scientific and empirically-driven methods to help people who are experiencing a variety of possible things, including major mental disorders, personality disorders, or adjusting to change in their lives; in employment screening and evaluation; in academic and vocational planning.
In practice, there are two protected titles in psychology reserved exclusively for members in good standing with the College of Psychologists. They are psychologist, who requires a Doctoral Degree in Psychology; and psychological associate, who requires a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
(from OPA website)
According to the Ontario Psychological Association website, “a Psychologist is a professional trained in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues. Psychologists are registered and regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). In Ontario, only a member of CPO may call himself or herself a Psychologist.” In order to become registered as a Psychologist in Ontario, an individual must:
In order to become registered as a psychological associate, an individual must:
In addition to private practice, psychologists and psychological associates work in a variety of service sectors, such as: education, human resources, business and industry, corrections, community care, primary care, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation after serious injury or accident health promotion, long-term care, chronic care, and home care.
Psychologists and psychological associates work with people of all ages (including individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and government agencies) to work through problems, issues, life events, or mental illness. Services vary depending on the specific psychologist or psychological associate, but can include: assessment, treatment, consultation, training, and/or research. There are many specialized areas of psychology, including:
(from OPA website)
At the present time, fees for psychological services are not included in the provincial healthcare system, with the exception of some services offered within hospital and other medical settings. However, the extended health care benefits offered by many employers do cover all or some of the costs of treatment. In some cases, the employers themselves cover treatment costs. The costs associated with psychological assessment and treatment may also be covered by other third-party payers, such as WSIB, auto insurance, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, etc.
In many of these cases, these benefit carriers can be billed directly for services. In some cases, however, clients are required to cover the cost of services up front and must submit to their benefits carrier for reimbursement. In other cases, where there is no insurance or third-party payor, psychological services are eligible as a medical expense on your income tax return. Please call the Barron & Associates Psychologists to discuss your particular fee needs further.