Scopes of Practice > Psychotherapists

Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

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. 

Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

Summarized Controlled Acts

Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique

Authorized Acts

Note: Sections 3 to 11 come into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. See: 2007, c. 10, Sched. R, s. 20 (2).

4.  In the course of engaging in the practice of psychotherapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to treat, by means of psychotherapy technique delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning. 2007, c. 10, Sched. R, s. 4.