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Why choose a Registered Psychologist?

Extensive Training

Psychologists are health care professionals with extensive education and training devoted to emotional health and well-being. On average, they have over nine years of post-secondary education, which includes practicum and/or internship experience. While in practice, they also continue to participate in continuing education to stay current.

Regulated Professional Standards

Unlike counsellors, Psychologists are regulated under the Health Professions Act and under rigorous ethical and professional standards set by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Registered Psychologists are permitted to use the designation R. Psych. after their names.

What do Psychologists do?

Psychologists are the only professionals extensively trained in psychological research, assessment, and treatment interventions. This training enables them to provide cost-effective and timely services contributing to renewed health for those troubled by psychological issues. Psychologists promote the building of attitudes and behaviours that are conducive to healthy lives and may prevent the development of serious illnesses. Some work with people and their environments to optimize their performance at work and play. Psychologists do not prescribe medications.

Make sure to look for the R. Psych. designation to select a qualified practitioner in your commuity and make sure he or she is registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia


- exerpt from the brochure "Choose a Registered Psychologist"; British Columbia Psychological Association, 2009
Dr. Karina OBrien© 2016
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