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Our Training

At CBT Associates, our psychologists have doctoral degrees in psychology and specialize in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of problems related to people’s emotions, thoughts and behaviours. We all have advanced training in psychotherapy and the science of behaviour change. Although we may be trained in understanding the use of medication to treat mental illness, in Ontario we are not as yet licensed to prescribe medications.

In Ontario, psychologists are regulated health professionals and have more training in the assessment and psychological treatment of mental health problems than any other profession – at least nine years and 3,500 hours of supervised clinical experience – before we join the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

To become a psychologist in Ontario, the College of Psychologists requires a practitioner to have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in psychology;
  2. A Masters degree or equivalent in psychology;
  3. Doctoral-level education and training equivalent to a PhD in Clinical Psychology or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from a Canadian Psychology Association or American Psychology Association accredited program;
  4. Completion of at least two 500-hour clinical practicum placements;
  5. Completion of a year-long (1,500-hour) clinical residency; and
  6. Completion of a year-long period (1,500 hours) of supervised practice while registered with the College of Psychologists as a psychologist in supervised practice (CPsych, Supervised Practice).

Psychologists are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews. These scientifically validated techniques enable us to understand people’s problems and provide informed, evidence-based solutions. Arriving at an accurate diagnosis is essential to effective treatment for most problems.

Psychologists are trained to use psychological treatments (evidence-based talk therapy) to help people overcome their problems. In fact, psychologists have more training in psychotherapy by far than any other regulated health professional.

As psychologists we are trained to be scientist practitioners. This means that our practice of guided by the best evidence provided by current research on what works for common problems. The treatments and techniques that we employ have been shown to be most effective in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for people experiencing anxiety, mood, stress, and relationship problems. To us, providing evidence-based practice means striving to integrate the best research and evidence with our clinical expertise and our clients’ values.

As scientist practitioners we understand that our training never ends. At CBT Associates we continuously attend courses, workshops and conferences and consult our peers in our dedication to life-long, ongoing professional education and training.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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