What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

A psychologist is a registered health professional who is trained in psychotherapy and assessment. In Alberta, psychologists may hold either a master’s or doctoral degree. These degrees involve 6-10 years of university study of how people think, feel, and behave. A psychiatrist is a physician who has completed specialty training in the area of mental health. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications to patients, and some are also trained in psychotherapy.

What conditions can a psychologist help treat?

Please see http://cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets/ for more information on how psychology can help with a variety of difficulties.

Is a referral required to see a psychologist?

A referral is not required to see a psychologist privately, but may be required to see one through a government service.

What are your fees?

Session fees are charged in accordance with the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta fee schedule which can be found here: http://www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/site/recommended_fee_schedule. Private psychologist’s fees are not covered by Alberta Health Benefits. They are, however, often covered by extended health benefits. In addition, fees paid to a psychologist qualify as a tax deductible health expense. At the present time Dr. Keaschuk accepts cash, cheque, debit, Visa and Mastercard. The full session fee is due at the end of each session.

How long are sessions?

Psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes. Assessment sessions range in length from 2-3 hours. Assessments are completed over two to three sessions.

What can we expect at the first appointment?

Please arrive 5 minutes early to your first appointment to complete paperwork and to review the confidentiality agreement. The first session is an opportunity to explore the reasons you are seeking services, your personal and family history, and your goals for treatment. At the end of the session, a plan for future sessions will be reviewed. If you are bringing a child or adolescent for the first appointment, there will be time set aside to speak with the child or adolescent and caregiver together, the child or adolescent alone, and the caregiver alone.