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Psychotherapy is defined by the Psychotherapy Act of 2007 is:

“The practice of psychotherapy is the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.”  2007, c. 10, Sched. R, s. 3. (Psychotherapy Act, 2007). To put it another way, psychotherapy is an interactive relational experience between a psychotherapist and client(s) to address a client’s thinking, emotional, and behavioural issues that are problematic. Pyschotherapy also helps clients to gain a greater understanding of problematic issues, alleviate detrimental psychological stresses or personal difficulties that they are experiencing. The methods used to accomplish this vary between psychotherapists, but the common goal is to achieve positive therapy outcomes to improve the functioning and mental health of clients. There are many types of psychotherapies used and I encourage anyone seeking psychotherapy services to research the types of psychotherapy available from reputable websites such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Ontario Shores, or Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (C.A.M.H.). Psychotherapy has been defined as “talk therapy” however, this is misleading as various forms of psychotherapeutic techniques and modalities involve non-verbal techniques such as body movement or physical exercise.


Psychotherapy Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 10, Sched. R. Retrieved December 12, 2015 from the Ontario e-Laws website:



This page was originally published on 2 February 2018 and was last updated on 6 September 2022

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