What is a clinical psychologist? In Ontario, a clinical psychologist is a regulated health professional who is trained in the assessment, treatment and prevention of behavioural and mental conditions. Working with clients, a psychologist will help identify patterns of behaviour, thinking, and feeling, and will help to replace maladaptive patterns with adaptive ones in order to improve overall functioning. Psychologists in Ontario are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario and this governing body sets standards for the practice of psychology. Psychologists are one of two professions in Ontario that can render a diagnosis of a mental or behavioural disorder (along with physicians).
Who does a clinical psychologist see? Clinical psychologists see individuals for assessment, therapy, and consultation. People may seek the services of a psychologist for many different reasons, usually when something is interfering with their ability to function at full capacity. People may seek a psychologist for an assessment or diagnostic information or for intervention.
The clinicians at Dr. Spere and Associates are trained to work with children and teens for both assessment and intervention. Some of the concerns they have experience assessing and treating include:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety
- School anxiety
- Separation anxiety
- Selective mutism
- Generalized anxiety
– Behavioural difficulties
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
– Autism Spectrum Disorder
– Peer and family relations
– Anger Management
– Learning Disabilities