How to Find a Psychologist
People often access psychologists through local clinics and hospitals, upon referral from their family physicians, or upon the recommendation of friends, family members, religious leaders and teachers. Provincial and territorial associations of psychologists also often maintain referral services and can direct you to psychologists in your jurisdiction who work with problems such as yours. CPA maintains a listing of all the Provincial and Territorial Associations of Psychology.Although you may need a referral from a physician to see a psychologist on staff at a hospital, you can self-refer to psychologists in private practice.
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
Many events and situations in our lives present significant challenges, and sometimes those challenges require professional support. Psychologists are committed to helping people improve their well-being and deal with problems effectively.
Psychologists work in public and privately funded settings. As a regulated health profession, services provided privately by a psychologist may be tax deductible, covered by insurance, or available through third party billing.
The Psychologist’s Association of Alberta provides a free service to help you locate a qualified psychologist in your community. This Referral Service can help you find a well-qualified and ethical psychologist who can meet your special and unique needs. You can either search for a psychologist using our on-line referral service or you can call our telephone referral service and we would be most happy to help you find a psychologist. We will give you the names of registered psychologists who are members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and who have expertise in the area of your concerns. You will be referred to a PAA member who is a licensed, experienced, and ethical professional. Psychologists adhere to a strict code of professional ethics and are regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists. Our members are trained in assessment, consultation, and treatment. They have the expertise required to work with people. They know how to help people deal with their feelings and attitudes and develop healthier and more effective patterns of behaviour.
Phone: (780) 424-0294Toll-Free: 1 (888) 424-0297 [anywhere in Alberta] Website: www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca
Often, the first visit to a psychologist is in response to a family, personal, or career crisis. However, people work with psychologists for many reasons – they may have aspirations related to their personal and/or career development and ask a psychologist for assistance in achieving these goals.
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How much does it cost?
The typical rate for individual per session in private practice is $180 per 50 minute session. Some people will pay for these services out of pocket and some people have coverage from the extended health plans they have through their employer. The amount of coverage varies depending on your plan, so please check with your provider.
British Columbia Psychological Association
Finding a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia is easy. Just click on this link below to access the BC Psychological Association Referral Service. Using the Referral Service, you can search for Registered Psychologists by location and area of practice, allowing you to find the Psychologist with the specialized assessment or treatment skills that are the best fit for you. You can also get help with how to find a Psychologist through our association.
You can reach us at 604-730-0522 or at 1-800-730-0522 from Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Registered Psychologists in BC are often covered by:
- IExtended benefit plans (through your employer)
- WorkSafe BC
- ICBC recovery plans
- Child and Youth Mental Health
- Local health authorities (please check with your regions’ health authority for more information)
If you are having trouble accessing coverage, talk with your employer about changing your benefit plan or write to your local MLA to insist on the coverage you need.
Change can be hard but choosing a Registered Psychologist can be an important step on your road to recovery and a healthy lifestyle.
Manitoba Psychological Society
There are two ways you can see a psychologist. One is through the public health care system and other is to see a psychologist in private practice.
Public Healthcare System
Services from clinical psychologists are available for specific problems in the public health care system. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has additional information about psychological services listed on their website, which also includes a downloadable brochure in both French and English. For a list of services offered by psychologists in the public health care system, please visit the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Since the number of these psychologists is limited, waitlists can often be long. But if you don’t have coverage through an extended health care plan, and you and your physician feel you could benefit from some of the services noted in the above link, it still might be a good idea to have your name referred.
Referrals to, or inquiries about, services from clinical psychologists in the public health care system can be made by accessing the Department of Clinical Health Psychology Central Intake Line at:
Physicians or other health professionals can send direct referrals to the following fax number:
There are also clinical psychologists in private practice that can be seen for a variety of problems. Most clinical psychologists in private practice will accept self-referrals, and you can contact them to inquire about which services they specialize in or provide.
The cost of these services vary depending on the clinical psychologist. The typical rate for individual treatment in private practice is $155 per 50 minute session. Some people will pay for these services out of pocket. Many people don’t realize that they have some coverage from extended health plans they have through their employment, that cover the services of a psychologist. The amount of coverage varies depending on your plan, but could range from $350 to over $1000.
If you are interested in plans that have greater coverage for services by clinical psychologists, speak to your employer or your human resources department.
College of Psychologists of New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, it is possible to have access to a psychologist through the health care system with a referral from your family doctor or by contacting the Community Mental Health center of your region. There are 14 Community Mental Health Centers in NB that aim to provide specific services to individuals with mental health issues.
For more information: www.gnb.ca/0055/mental-health-e.asp
You can also access the services of a psychologist in private practice. These psychologists can be seen for a variety of mental health problems and do not require a physician’s referral. You can contact them to inquire about the services they offer. The website of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick also provides a list of licensed psychologists and their specialization:
The cost of these services varies from one psychologist to another. The usual rate for individual treatment in private practice is $ 150 for a 60-minute session. Some people have to bear the full cost of these services. Others benefit from a full or partial insurance coverage through their jobs. Many people don’t realize that they have some coverage from extended health plans they have through their employment, that cover the services of a psychologist. For information on your insurance plan, ask your employer, human resource contact or insurer.
Association of Psychology in Newfoundland & Labrador
In Newfoundland and Labrador you can access the services of a Psychologist in the public health, education and private settings. For information on finding a Psychologist and other mental health and addictions services offered by your local health authority, please visit health.gov.nl.ca/health/mentalhealth/index.html
For information on services provided by an Educational Psychologist in your area, please contact your local school or school board at ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/schoolsdistricts/districts.html
There may be a waitlist for services in the public setting.
You can find a Psychologist in private practice by looking here or in your local Yellow Pages under Psychologists. You will be required to pay a fee for these services. The recommended rate is $150 per hour, although rates will vary depending on the type of psychological service required. If you have access to health insurance or an Employee Assistance Program, some of the cost may be covered. These fees are also tax deductible as a medical expense. Wait times are usually shorter when accessing psychological services in private practice settings.
For a list of Registered Psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador please visit nlpsychboard.ca/usr/pdf/382013_WebsiteListingCurrent.pdf
Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia
The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) provides a service to help the public find the right psychologist for their needs. This service is also useful to the healthcare professional looking to refer to a psychologist. The APNS website searchable database lists participating private practice psychologists from across Nova Scotia and can be searched by areas of practice, location, language and population served.
APNS also publishes an annual hard copy Directory containing the database listings and a full index which is distributed to key healthcare professionals throughout Nova Scotia to assist them in their referrals to psychologists. The public may also call APNS to obtain personal assistance in finding the right psychologist. APNS also has a brochure which provides more information about how to choose a psychologist. Visit our website at apns.ca/search-psychologist/ or call 902-422-9183.
The cost of a private practice psychologist’s services varies by the type of services offered and region. The current average rate for individual treatment in Nova Scotia is $150 per 50-minute session. People may pay these fees themselves or they may have coverage through their employment or personal health insurance plan. The amount of coverage through these plans varies so it is advisable to check with your employer or your personal insurer to ascertain your level of coverage.
Ontario Psychological Association
Psychologists are the largest profession of regulated mental health specialists in Canada. There are about 3,200 psychological practitioners (psychologists and psychological associates) registered in the Province of Ontario. They help clients and patients with expert assessment and diagnosis, psychological testing when needed and psychological treatments. Extensive research has shown psychological treatments are very effective with or instead of medications, depending on the diagnosis and severity of the problem or disorder at hand.
If you think that you, someone you know or your organization might benefit from psychological services, the Ontario Psychological Association offers a free referral service.
On-line referral services are available by going to the OPA web site psych.on.ca and selecting Find a Psychologist on the left hand side of the Home Page under For the Public.
Telephone referral services are available Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm by calling 416-961-0069 or toll-free 1-800-268-0069.
Getting Help: You will find important information about getting help under Getting Help: FAQ under For the Public on the left hand side of the page of the OPA web site psych.on.ca.
Fact Sheets on Psychological Health: There are also short information articles written by experts on psychological disorders and psychological problems that occur when you have a physical health illness such as cancer, heart disease or irritable bowl disorder. Go to Psychology in Every Day Life under For the Public on the left hand side of the page of the OPA web site.
The College of Psychologists of Ontario can also help you find a psychologist. Please go to cpo.on.ca and select Members of the Public on the left hand side of the page and then select Public Register – Member Search.
You can also find other referral services on-line. If you use these services to find a psychologist, you will need to visit the OPA or College of Psychologists of Ontario web site to make sure the person is indeed a psychologist.
There are other types of therapists or counsellors available. They may or may not be registered health care providers. If they are not, you do not have an assurance of their standard of care which comes from being a member of a regulatory body such as the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
The Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) promotes psychological health and well-being for the people of Ontario.
Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island
Psychologists and Psychological associates are employed in many areas of the government funded (public) services. They work in Mental Health Clinics, Hospitals, and School Boards, providing assessments and interventions. Since the number of psychologists is limited, there may a waiting list to access services. The contact information for the mental health clinics across PEI (and the general referral forms) can be found at www.healthpei.ca/mentalhealth.
There are also clinical Psychologists and Psychological associates in private practice that are available to help. Listed in the directory below are members of the voluntary Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island who have decided to add their names to this list of those offering private practice in psychology. The members listed here have provided the information about the nature of their practice. The Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island makes no claim or guarantee about the services provided.
The typical rate for individual treatment in private practice is $150 per 50 minute session. Some people will pay for these services out of pocket. Many people don’t realize that they have some coverage from extended health plans they have through their employment, that cover the services of a psychologist. The amount of coverage varies depending on your plan, but could range from $350 to over $1000.
All psychologists and psychological associates listed in the directory are registered with the Prince Edward Island Psychologists Registration Board, the regulatory authority governing psychological practice in this province. A complete listing of all those registered with the PEI Psychologists Registration Board is available at www.peipsychology.org/peiprb.
Please click the following link to access the Private Practice Directory:
PAPEI Private Practice Directory
Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec
Services Provided by the Public Health System
Some psychologists or psychotherapists work for public and parapublic organizations : CLSCs, hospitals, educational institutions. Psychological services offered in public institutions have the advantage of being covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Unfortunately, those resources may be overstretched by demands and programs in place may not be able to meet all the needs of the population. Therefore, your name might be placed on a waiting list.
Professionals also provide psychotherapy services in other specialized public institutions (mental health facilities, penal institutions, etc.) that are usually reserved for specific clienteles of which you may not be a part of.
Here’s how to proceed in order to gain access to mental health care in public and parapublic institutions.
Centres de santé et de services sociaux (Health and Social Services Center or CSSS)
You can get an appointement with a psychologist by calling or going to your local health and social services center.
Hospital Outpatient Clinics
It is also possible to see a professional at the outpatient clinic of your local hospital centre. A referral from a physician is usually required, so the first step is to speak to your physician.
Schools and Universities
Students attending an educational institution are often able to see psychologists or psychotherapists who work for the school, college or university concerned. For more information, contact the school’s administration or the college or university’s student services office.
If you want to consult a psychotherapist in private practice, you can use the Ordre des psychologues’ referral service to search by region and other criteria such as the reason for consultation, theoretical approach, and the psychotherapist’s gender. Visit www.servicedereference.com or phone 514-738-1223 or 1-800-5611223 toll-free.
Do not hesitate to contact multiple psychotherapists in order to choose one you feel comfortable with.
Saskatchewan College of Psychologists
How to Find a Psychologist in Saskatchewan
There are two ways to access psychological services in Saskatchewan. The first is through the public healthcare sector (covered under healthcare plan), and the second is through private practice (fee for service). To find a Registered Psychologist (either PhD or MA/MEd) in Saskatchewan, visit the website of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists: www.skcp.ca
Public Health Care Sector
Typically, individuals may self-refer by calling community Mental Health Clinics (Child & Youth Services; Adult Mental Health Clinic) operated through the Health Regions. The Intake Department will ask you for details about your history and symptoms, and you will then be referred to either a Psychologist or a Social Worker to attend an initial appointment. You may request to see a Psychologist specifically. You can access more information about general mental health services by visiting the website for the particular health region in which you reside. Many prefer to access services in one of Saskatchewan’s two largest cities, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Health Region) and Regina (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region).
Since the number of Psychologists is limited, waitlists can often be long. But if you don’t have coverage through an extended health care plan or work EAP/EFAP program, it still might be a good idea to have your name referred. In addition to self-referral, your physician can send a referral for you to see a Psychologist (they must specify this) through mental health services in your community.
Private Practice Sector
There are also Clinical Psychologists in private practice that can be seen for a variety of services (e.g., treatment and assessment). Most Clinical Psychologists in private practice will accept self-referrals, and you can contact them to inquire about which services they specialize in or provide (see Yellow Pages under “Counseling” or the Internet).
The cost of services varies among private Psychologists (depending on their level of expertise), but the recommended general rate for individual treatment is $160 per 50 minute session. Some people will pay for these services out of pocket. Many people don’t realize that they have some coverage from extended health plans they have through their employment, that cover the services of a Psychologist. The amount of coverage varies depending on your plan. EAP/EFAP programs are also available through many workplaces, but some may have specific “Approved Providers” lists. You should contact your workplace EAP/EFAP program to determine what your options may be.
Northwest Territories and Nunavut
To find a psychologist in private practice in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut:
Call (867) 873-3770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.