Are your services eligible for tax credit?
Eligibility for Medical Expense Tax Credit – Canada Revenue Agency:
For residents of Ontario, you can claim expenses for psychotherapy as a medical expense tax credit on your income tax return.
Details: Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario are health care professionals recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as medical practitioners for the purposes of the medical expense tax credit. More info:
Is psychotherapy covered by health insurance?
Coverage for psychotherapy services under employee/workplace/private health insurance varies, depending on your health benefits package. Please check with your employer or insurance provider to determine your level of coverage or if your health benefits cover psychotherapy.
Some insurance companies provide coverage by stating this provision: “Any expense that qualifies for a medical expense tax credit under the Income Tax Act.” Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario are recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency for purposes of the medical expense tax credit on your income tax return.
Are your services covered by OHIP?
Registered Psychotherapists are not covered by OHIP.
What is the difference between Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists?
Psychotherapists assess and treat cognitive, emotional, or behavioural disturbances using various methods and techniques such as talk or experiential therapy. There are various modalities in psychotherapy. There is also a strong focus on the client-therapist relationship. As such, it’s a good idea to have an initial meeting with a psychotherapist to determine ‘fit’ and to ask them about their specific therapeutic approach. For more information about the regulation of Psychotherapy in Ontario, contact the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario at: http://www.crpo.ca/
Psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat behavioural and mental conditions. These include psychosis, neurosis, and personality disorders. For more information, contact the College of Psychologists of Ontario at: http://www.cpo.on.ca/faqs.aspx
Psychiatrists are medical doctors specifically trained in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with mental illness or disorders. As physicians, they can prescribe medications as part of their treatment options. Here are details from the Canadian Psychiatric Association: http://www.cpa-apc.org/browse/documents/17