About the Referral Network’s Psychotherapists and Counselors
The OPC Psychotherapist Referral Network is an Ontario association of counselors and psychotherapists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles of life to optimum health and happiness.
All therapists and counselors registered with the Psychotherapist Referral Network are either graduates of OPC, senior students in supervision with OPC, or other approved regulated therapists across the region.
The OPC psychotherapy training program typically takes five years to complete and involves academic studies; experiential learning groups; specialized professional development and ethics workshops; weekend-long residencies; supervised clinical practice; a Concentration / Thesis, and other requirements.
Expertise in Psychodynamic, Relational Therapy and Integrating Approaches
OPC psychotherapists and counselors are prepared to integrate the theory and practice of many types of psychotherapy and counseling approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, existential and Gestalt therapy, feminist therapy, and many other psychotherapy approaches all built on a psychodynamic foundation.
The Ontario Psychotherapist Referral Service can match you with a therapist for individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy and group therapy.
We encourage you to find out more about the skill and expertise of members of the Ontario Psychotherapist and Counselor Referral Network by browsing the OPC Psychotherapy Training Curriculum. You can also gain an appreciation for the general approaches and philosophies held by the psychotherapists and counselors by reading about the Philosophies that Guide the OPC Psychotherapist Training.
Professional Associations and Regulation of Psychotherapists and Counselors at OPC
The Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program is registered with CAPT (the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy). Members of OPC’s Referral Network are also required to be registered with CAPT and/or other professional associations that provide ongoing independent professional development opportunities, clinical practice insurance and other elements for running an ethical, effective and current psychotherapy practice.
OPC is an officially recognized educational and training program with the CRPO. The fundamental values of the CRPO as described below provide a framework for the recognition process.
CRPO Mission To develop standards and procedures to regulate psychotherapists in the public interest, striving to ensure competent and ethical practice within a professional accountability framework.
CRPO Vision Leadership in professional self-regulation, dedicated to the principles of excellence, fairness, openness, responsiveness and respect for diversity.
According to the CRPO, Education Programs seeking Recognition will be in alignment with these core values. OPC has met the rigorous standards set forth by the CRPO and aligns itself with the above principles and values. Thus, our graduates may apply to the CRPO to become Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. Please see the CRPO website for further details about the recognition process: https://www.crpo.ca/education-programs/