Only members of the six regulatory colleges that are permitted to provide psychotherapy services may call themselves psychotherapists.
Members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Nurses of Ontario, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario are legally permitted to use the title “psychotherapist,” subject to specific regulatory requirements from their own college. Only members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) may use the title “Registered Psychotherapist,” including a variation or abbreviation.
CRPO can investigate unregulated individuals and may take legal action against them. However, we cannot investigate such an individual’s practice, or hold them to the standards that apply to CRPO members.
Some unregulated practitioners may be in the process of registering with the CRPO. If you are concerned about an unregulated practitioner who may be applying for registration with CRPO, you can contact us. We will accept information about the practitioner and may review it if they apply for registration.
List of Unregulated Practitioners
If the College takes legal action against a non-member for illegal practice, we will post information about them here.