What does "Qualifying" mean for Registered Psychotherapists?

A Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) has completed their training and is closely supervised by a fully registered therapist!

A Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) is qualified to practice psychotherapy!


Registered Psychotherapists (RP) require a number of completed formal education, supervision, and a registration exam. Supervision is similar to a formal paid placement position! It provides therapists an opportunity for hands-on learning. They continue to practice therapy with a qualified supervisor, and attend supervision meetings. 


The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires that the supervisor have five years of extensive clinical experience, and to have completed over 1000 direct client contact hours. This helps them to provide insightful support to the RP (Qualifying)! 


Once a therapist has completed their hours, and has taken the registration exam, they move from Qualifying, to fully registered! 


Many insurance plans also cover Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), provided they also cover RPs. All psychotherapists who are Qualifying will also have their supervisor’s credentials listed on your receipt.


All in all, RPs (Qualifying) are able to practice psychotherapy. If you’re looking to book an appointment, feel free to complete our Matching Questionnaire. A member of our Care team will reach out within 24 hours to kick start the process!