FAQs (For Therapy Providers)

Learn more about how Psychotherapy Matters can help support your professional practice by browsing our website or viewing some of our Frequently Asked Questions below.

What is Psychotherapy Matters? (For Therapists/Providers)

We link therapists and their clients with psychiatrists/mental health physicians and family doctors through a secure online care platform, known as our Virtual Collaboration program. In our innovative model, psychiatrists/mental health physicians do not perform psychotherapy. Instead, registered psychotherapy providers who are members of PMVC (Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic/Collaboration) provide psychotherapy and manage the client’s mental health care. With the client’s consent, psychotherapy providers can request a referral from the family physician and book a psychiatric consultation. Psychotherapy providers attend all consultations to remain updated on the client’s care. Psychiatrists/mental health physicians are an extension of the psychotherapy provider’s practice, offering medication recommendations (that the family doctor can refill and monitor) and clinical diagnoses.

Aside from our Collaborative Care, as a Psychotherapy Matters therapist you will be added to our online directory to allow clients and referring family doctors to find you. Additionally, you will have access to educational resources including our Collaborative Care Conferences, free (or discounted) training programs, and a collaborative psychotherapy resource bank for therapists (including information on psychoeducation, marketing, psychopharmacology, assessment tools, and more), as well as our monthly newsletters.

What are the benefits of joining?

Our Become A Member page explains our membership package and the benefits of becoming a part of the Psychotherapy Matters online community.

Who is eligible to join?

If you are a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Registered Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, or Nurse you can join the Psychotherapy Matters community! Members need to be active, licensed and regulated with one of the collages below:

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), 
  • College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), 
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), 
  • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), 
  • College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)

How long is the wait for an appointment with a psychiatrist?

This depends on the availability of a matching psychiatrist. In general, the wait is reduced compared to the usual model of care and the consultation is of higher quality because you are there!

As a current PM member/provider, how do I access the educational/provider resources?

After you sign in to the Psychotherapy Matters website, look for the Provider Resources tab on the bottom right-hand side of your screen, under “For Providers.”