Psychotherapy is an interactive relationship between a trained/registered psychotherapist and a client to provide tools to help them cope with life issues.
Psychology is the in depth study of the mind and understanding various forms of behaviour. It focuses on all aspects of human experience from brain analysis to societal standards and values.
Psychiatry is a physician (M.D.) who is licensed in treating mental disorders using the DSM Manual of Diagnostic Criteria. They and some other physicians are the only mental health professionals who may diagnose and simultaneously prescribe medications to patients.
Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP if you are not a trained medical doctor. Lynton Friedman has a basic understanding of the DSM manual of Diagnostic Assessments. However, he is not licensed to administer testing and diagnosing of disorders. Psychologists and Psychiatrists are licensed to cover these diagnoses. Psychologists are M.A. or PhD trained, Psychiatrists are M.D. and most Psychotherapists usually have at least an equivalent of a university Masters Level training. Anybody using the title “psychotherapist” has to be registered, or in the process of registering with The College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. Lynton Friedman is a Registered Psychotherapist.
Psychotherapy (as of April 1 2015) is now legislated in Ontario under the Psychotherapy Act. The College of Psychotherapists of Ontario is fully active, therefore some insurance companies may cover practitioners’ registration numbers.