Counselling Psychotherapy vs Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

Before you decide to see a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Social Worker or Counsellor you may want to ask yourself a few questions in accordance to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Regulated Health Professions Act published by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

Counselling Psychotherapy

Are you suffering from a serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory

You struggle with situations that affect your outlook, motivation, meaning, happiness and stress causing you anxiety, depression, anger, unhappiness and relationship issues that are non-serious or life threatening?

Are you seriously impaired in judgment, insight, behavior, communication or social functioning?

You want to better your life by increase your self-esteem and self-awareness? Are you struggling with love, unhappiness and frustrations?

Do you want your behaviors corrected (to better fit 'socially acceptable' norms)

You are ready to be your best, as a unique individual by changing your approach or outlook?

Are you abusive to yourself (or others)?

You want to improve your relationships?
- With yourself
- With others

Do you want to focus on your past to understand who (or what event) caused you to be more fragile than others and why you have the right to be treated with extra care?

Do you want to break free from your past to move forward and embrace your future?

Are you aspiring to be 'more normal'?
- Deal with abnormal feeling
- Deal with abnormal behaviors

Do you want to learn to be yourself?
- Understand and deal with your feelings
- Relate better with the world around you
- Demystify your relationships with others (and yourself)

Do you feel victimized by the world around you and complain about the world we live in and how you want the world to be more fair?

You want to learn how to love and accept each moment and remain effective, even through adversity?

Psychiatrist or Medical Doctor


Are you looking for prescription drugs?


Could you be harmful to yourself or others?  

Psychologist or Psychiatrist


Are you looking for a medial diagnosis?


Do you suspect a mental illness?


Social Worker


Are you looking for a government or community resources?


Do you want to talk to someone about social issues?


While psychotherapeutic approaches may be the right answer for mentally ill people, the truth is that MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT MENTALLY ILL. Most people struggle with typical problems which make them unhappy, discontent or upset within the context of their circumstances and they simply lack the deeper understanding, knowledge or skills to manage these day-to-day challenges and being provided a mental-health diagnosis may be counterproductive. You, and only you, decide the best approach to your situation.

Anthony Santen SAC Dip(Adv. Psychotherapy) Counselling Yorkville

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