FAQ

Where can I find a listing for another psychologist?

A listing for other psychologists in Nova Scotia can be found through the website for the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors who have completed additional years of training as a psychiatrist. As a physician, drugs can be prescribed. Psychologists complete a bachelors degree in psychology, followed by Master's or Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in psychology. The doctoral degree includes a 12-month internship, typically in a hospital setting. Practically, both psychiatrists and psychologists deal with most clinical issues; however, psychotic illnesses, which includes schizophrenia and severe mood disorders are treated primarily by psychiatrists as medication is usually involved in therapy.

Who has access to my information?

Except as required by law, all information pertaining to you is strictly confidential. Information provided to your physician or insurance carrier, where needed, is done so with your consent.

Who pays for psychological services?

Psychological services outside of hospitals, mental health centres and the school system are not covered by Provincial medical plans, such as MSI in Nova Scotia. If clients do not have supplementary coverage for psychology through a separate plan he/she is responsible for payment of their treatment. However, many people in Halifax, Federal and Provincial Government employees, for example, have coverage for psychological services through workplace Employee Assistance Plans.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for an appointment?

Clients may self-refer for access to psychological services. Many third-party insurance plans do require that you submit a physician’s referral in order to be re-imbursed. Where possible, we strive to work in conjunction with physicians as part of your overall care.

Prospective clients of psychological services are entitled to ask questions of their intended providers and they have specific rights as clients. These issues are outlined in the official site for the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology – http://www.nsbep.org/ .