Therapists

Available therapists across Canada for First Responders and Public Safety personnel.
(If you are a therapist who would like to be listed, click on the "Therapists Page" link below)
Therapists by province / territory

Badge of Life Canada offers support to our Canadian Public Safety personnel and their families in their search for professional resources.  We believe strongly in the practice of Voluntary Mental Health Checks before having to address traumatic events in one’s life and strongly urge those who suffer of PTSI, to seek and maintain a professional relationship with a therapist for their own well-being.

On separate pages listed by province, you will find a list of trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors who have announced to Badge of Life Canada the availability of their services to assist those who connect with us. We do not endorse one professional over another, as it is always a matter of personal choice, so we will list as many trauma professionals,  therapists and counsellors as we can to help you choose the best professional to address your needs.  Individuals have a responsibility to investigate their own treatment or self-care strategies and the associated literature or research involving those treatments or self-care strategies.

Counseling and therapy

Trauma counseling or therapy can be done one-on-one or in a group, and can be very helpful for people with PTSD. Family counseling and individual treatment can help with relationship troubles.

Psychotherapy involves personal engagement in a process of exploration of various painful personal issues, emotional problems, physical symptoms and relationship dysfunction by means of verbal and non-verbal communication, rather than with the use of medications or physical interventions.
Psychotherapy may be performed by practitioners with a number of different qualifications, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, counsellors, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists.

A psychologist is a professionally trained individual who has the skills and training necessary to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues. Psychologists are registered, regulated, and licensed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and practice psychology under the framework of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

To be registered as a psychologist in the Province of Ontario an individual must have a doctorate degree in psychology. In addition to this degree, he or she must pass professional examinations, complete a one-year supervised internship, and agree to follow ethical codes and standards of practice.

Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology that includes approximately 5000 hours of clinical training and specialization in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of human emotion, thought, and behaviour. They have advanced training in counselling, psychotherapy, psychological testing, and the science of behaviour change. Psychologists are the only professionals qualified to use certain kinds of psychological tests to assess intelligence, emotional and behavioural problems, and neuropsychological dysfunction. Psychologist’s fees are covered by private payment, extended medical plans, employee assistance programs, and through government agencies or other special programs. In Ontario, the College of Psychologists of Ontario licenses Psychologists.

In Canada, psychiatrists must have a degree in medicine, a license to practise medicine in their province, and specialist certification in psychiatry by either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or a provincial college.

The CPA defines psychiatrists as physicians who “enhance the person’s quality of life by providing psychiatric assessment, treatment and rehabilitation care to people with psychiatric disorders in order to prevent, reduce and eliminate the symptoms and subsequent disabilities resulting from mental illness or disorder”.

The psychiatrist is trained primarily as a clinician to diagnose, treat and provide ongoing care for mental disorders to patients of all ages. Psychiatrists are primary, secondary and tertiary care physicians. Psychiatrists not only provide direct care to patients but often act as consultants to other health professionals such as family doctors.

Psychiatrists work in a range of settings including psychiatric or general hospitals, private offices, research units, community health centres, social agencies or in government.

Psychiatrists use a mix of treatment options, including medications and psychotherapy, depending on the psychiatric conditions. Often part of the treatment or rehabilitation plan will include referral to or collaboration with a range of social and support services.

A psychotherapist is a professional who specifically offer talk therapy for the purpose of treating mental disorders. This title is protected in some jurisdictions. For example, in Ontario, Canada only members of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) may call themselves psychotherapists or registered psychotherapists. Members of CRPO usually hold a Master’s degree in psychology or relevant fields. Psychotherapists are not allowed to prescribe medication. When it comes to the treatment of mental disorders, the roles of psychologists and psychotherapists overlap, but, in general, the type of services psychologists offer could go beyond therapy.

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