Why would you seek the services of a psychologist instead of someone calling himself a “therapist” or some other designation?

Psychology is a regulated profession, just as medicine and law are regulated. This provides protection for you because there is a governing body responsible for ensuring ethical standards, such as confidentiality, are maintained by practitioners.

Our Psychologists are licensed professionals with doctoral degrees and supervised experience, who have passed both a written and oral examination for licensure. Governed by a code of ethics and a legislated Board, psychologists are required to respect confidentiality and provide services that adhere to national and provincial practice standards.

The title, “Psychologist”, is governed by law and can be used only if one is registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), under the Psychologists Act of Nova Scotia.

The NSBEP has the power to investigate complaints against Psychologists and to reprimand, suspend, or cancel registration for unprofessional conduct, incompetence, or failure to comply with the legislation.

Insurance companies usually reimburse only fees paid to psychologists. Fees paid to a psychologist are tax deductible as a medical expense.

Psychologist or psychiatrist? A psychologist has post-graduate training (a doctoral or masters degree) in assessing, diagnosing and treating a range of emotional, behavioural, cognitive and relationship problems. A psychiatrist is a physician trained in the medical management of psychiatric disorders, which usually involves medication.

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