What is a Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists are qualified to provide assessment and diagnosis of mental illness health issues. Additionally, psychologists are well versed in a wide variety of therapies (that do not involve the use of medication) aimed at coping with such concerns as: depression, anxiety, stress management, and resolving other personal, family, and work-related problems. These interventions can be utilized with individuals, families, and groups. Psychologists often work in conjunction with family physicians, psychiatrists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals in order to ensure a thorough and comprehensive approach to patients' needs.
A psychologist holds a doctorate degree from a recognized university program. This degree involves 10 or more years of postsecondary studies in psychology, including courses, practica, and internships. The College of Psychologists of Ontario is the body that regulates the profession and licenses psychologists.