Psychiatric Services

What is the difference between Psychiatry and Psychotherapy?

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in mental health. They can assess mental health concerns, give a mental health diagnosis, make suggestions for a prescription, make suggestions for talk therapy, suggest lifestyle changes, and work collaboratively with other mental health supports.

Online and phone therapy allows you to talk with a therapist from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you have access to the internet or a phone signal.

We are both trained in how to deliver effective therapy using these methods.

A Psychotherapist (this can be either a Registered Social Worker or Registered Psychotherapist) on the other hand assesses mental health concerns but can not give a formal diagnosis or prescribe. They can treat mental health concerns using talk therapy and somatic or body-oriented therapies. They work therapeutically exploring emotions, thoughts, behaviours, relationships, physical symptoms as well as societal and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to a person’s mental health concerns.

Is it possible to work with both a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist?

Yes. Some of the Therapists on our team work collaboratively with a team of Psychiatrists in partnership with Psychotherapy Matters. This means you can see a Psychiatrist funded through OHIP with a much shorter waiting time than usual. It can take up to 6-18 months to see a Psychiatrist through your Family Doctor however with Spacious Mind Counselling it typically takes 6-8 weeks.

This means that you can schedule a 90-minute consultation with your Therapist and a Psychiatrist as part of your work with your Therapist. The Psychiatrist is paid through OHIP and the usual therapy fees apply for your therapist’s time. The Psychiatrist may give a formal diagnosis, and make recommendations for medication and the types of therapy that are best suited. A follow-up meeting with the Psychiatrist may also be suggested.

If you are interested in seeking a diagnosis and potential recommendations from a psychiatrist as part of your mental health care please let us know.


Meet our therapists who work in collaboration with Psychiatrists

Find the right therapist for you. Book your free consultation today.

Tanisha Hall, MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

Tanisha Hall

MSW, RSW, PsychotherapistAbout TanishaBook Tanisha online today

Lauren Fiamelli MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

Lauren Fiamelli

MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist (in Brampton)
About LaurenBook Lauren online today

Bryan Muscat, Guelph therapist

Bryan Muscat

MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)About BryanBook Bryan online today

Shane Smyth, therapist in Guelph

Shane Smyth

MA, RP, PsychotherapistAbout Shane
Not currently accepting new clients. Returning clients please enquire about availability. New clients, please connect with one of our other skilled team members with immediate availability or you can contact us to be added to a waiting list for Shane.