Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach for individuals experiencing challenges with their mental health. Occupational therapists trained in Psychotherapy that is not only aim to alleviate symptoms but can also help with identifying causes, enabling individuals to enhance their function and achieve improved emotional well-being and recovery.

Psychotherapy is instrumental in addressing various conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, OCD and PTSD, and with coping with the aftermath of stressful life events. With numerous psychotherapeutic modalities available, the choice of therapy may depend on the specific clinical situation, ensuring that the approach aligns well with the individual’s needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Psychotherapy

Yes, occupational therapists provide psychotherapy providing they meet the standards and practice regulations of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, which includes specialized training and a prolonged period of supervision of psychotherapy practice. In 2023, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario issued an updated Standard of Psychotherapy practice that outlines requirements for occupational therapists to provide psychotherapy services. These Standards are in keeping with the Regulated Health Professions Act, Ontario. Occupational therapists are not required to register with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, because psychotherapy provided by an OT is covered under the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
Modern OT has specially trained occupational therapists who have the direct authority to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy. In providing psychotherapy services, our occupational therapists are compliant with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario Standards of Practice.
Modern OT’s psychotherapy rates range between $150 - $195 per hour, depending on the therapist’s level of training. A supervised psychotherapist’s rates are $150 per hour.
Most sessions are 50 minutes - 1 hour in duration. Sessions can be provided virtually, or in our Modern OT clinics located in Ottawa, Pembroke or Kingston. In-home and in-community sessions can also be provided upon request. Sometimes the Psychotherapist will have community-based sessions for Exposure Therapy, that can last 1.5 hours in duration. Travel charges can also apply for in-community and in-home sessions.
Will I be reimbursed by my insurance company for psychotherapy services?
Yes, you can self-refer for psychotherapy. However, we encourage you to verify if a medical prescription is required by an insurance company.

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