A College to regulate Psychotherapy in Ontario

A College of Registered Psychotherapists now regulates the profession of psychotherapy in Ontario. For more information, visit the website of the College of Registered Psychotherapists here.

From April 1, 2015 onward, the title 'psychotherapist' is restricted for use by the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario to those who or permitted to use the titles 'RP', 'Reg. Psychotherapist' or 'Registered Psychotherapist' or their equivalents in the French language.

Our pledge to you is that all members of the Therapy Toronto Network site are qualified as registered members of a valid regulatory College and thus entitled to provide professional psychotherapy to you.

The new College is still issuing certificates to those who applied some time ago. To join the College of Registered Psychotherapists, prospective members must meet a minimum level of skills comprised of formal training and experience.

An important aspect of the regulation of psychotherapy is that members of some other Colleges in Ontario permit their members to provide psychotherapy services but their members are not entitled to describe themselves as psychotherapists. These other Colleges are the College of Social Workers, of Occupational Therapists, of Nursing, of Physicians and Surgeons, and of Psychologists and Psychological Associates.

Here on this site you will find members of the Colleges of Registered Psychotherapists, Social Workers and Nursing.

The Government of Ontario now officially recognizes that psychotherapy, such as the members of the site provide, is a legitimate activity that is useful and valuable to all residents of Ontario.

We thank all political parties within the Ontario Legislature for supporting the foundation of the new College of Registered Psychotherapists.

Members of the Toronto Therapy Network have played an active part in the creation of the new legislation.

Recognition of Psychotherapy as a Separate Health Profession

The foundation of the new college is de facto recognition that psychotherapy is distinct from psychology, and that the psychotherapy provided by its members is distinct from any psychotherapy regulated by any other College.

We thank the College of Psychologists and Psychological Associates for supporting the creation of the College of Registered Psychotherapists.