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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a psychologist?
Psychologists are regulated health professionals that can diagnose, assess, and treat psychological and mental health conditions.
A psychologist holds a master’s and/or doctoral degree in psychology that involves six to ten years of university study of how people think, feel and behave.
Psychologists can specialize in particular sub-fields such as: behavioural psychology, clinical psychology, child psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, industrial psychology, or neuropsychology.
A psychologist may:
- Assess clients’ psychological needs
- Provide treatment through individual counselling, group therapy or other techniques
- Use standard psychological tests for assessment
- Plan intervention programs and conduct program evaluation
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist on Maple?
No, you don’t need a referral to see a psychologist on Maple. Simply follow the instructions above to book an appointment and get started today.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and psychotherapist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in mental health and psychiatric disorders. They undergo additional training and licensing so that they’re able to diagnose and treat mental illness. Psychiatrists focus on the physical causes of mental illness, as well as the mental health aspects, and can prescribe medications.
Psychologists and psychotherapists, however, are not medical doctors. Psychologists often focus on cognitive behaviour therapy and other behavioural strategies, while psychotherapists often focus on talk therapy. Psychologists and psychotherapists cannot prescribe medications.
How can a psychologist help me?
People seek a psychologist for many reasons including:
- Loss - Grief related to the loss of a friend, loved one, or loss of life due to natural disaster or conflicts
- Stress and anxiety - Stress and anxiety that prevents you from living life to your fullest
- Depression - Prolonged sadness and lack of motivation that prevents you from living your life to its full potential
- Phobias - Fears that prevent you from going about your day to day life
- Family and relationships - Prolonged arguments, parenting decisions, balancing home and work-life, separation from family
- Habits and addictions - Engaging in habits that can not be controlled, and contribute to a loss of personal wellbeing and those around you
- Performance enhancement - Fear of the consequences of being unable to perform tasks at the level expected
- Lack of mental clarity - Inability to focus that impedes on day to day success
I'm seeing an online psychologist for the first time. What should I expect?
During your first consultation, you’ll be able to select the topic you wish to discuss with the psychologist. They will then gather information about you and your history to properly evaluate your concerns and arrive at a plan to help guide treatment.
Can a psychologist prescribe medication?
Psychologists are not able to prescribe any medications, as they are not medical doctors. Your treatment may consist of talk therapy, CBT, and other communication-based methods.
How many sessions are required for a psychologist?
Just as there are a wide variety of reasons someone might see a psychotherapist, there's a wide variety in the number of sessions required. Your psychologist will work with you to develop an action plan that suits your needs, but at least five sessions are usually recommended.
What is Maple?
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