The Medical Clinic for Person-Centred Psychotherapy
265 Yorkland Blvd., Unit 403,
North York, Ontario, M2J 1S5
Telephone No.: (416) 229-2399
Toll Free #: 1-888-229-8088
What we offer
Questions and Answers
Not convinced General Practice Psychotherapy is a viable medical
career for you?
Let us attempt to respond to your concerns.
Well, maybe you can?. Psychotherapy is not for everybody.
It is not easy, it is not simple. Nevertheless if you have a genuine
interest and ability to connect emotionally, intellectually and spiritually
with emotional disturbed patients then General Practice Psychotherapy is
a very important, interesting and emotionally satisfying (though challenging)
medical career niche which may be right for you. Alternatively although
full time work in psychotherapy may not be for you most of our Associates
are part time. These Doctors continue to work in their own General
Practice and Family Practice Medical Clinics.
? don? think I can listen to people? emotional concerns and psychological
problems all day!?
Actually although the government may try to do so in the future - there
is no evidence whatsoever that this is on the agenda presently. It
is of interest that the Ministry of Health did previously try to reduce
the amount a patient would be ?overed? for psychotherapy to two hours
per week. Even this reduced coverage is well in excess to what we,
at the clinic, would normally provide to most of our patients. This ?hreatened?
potential decrease in OHIP coverage was, in fact, spectacularly unsuccessful.
There was a very angry, loud outcry by psychiatrists, GP-Psychotherapists,
patients and the general public. There was ultimately no change implemented
in the OHIP psychotherapy fee structure whatsoever.
? hear Psychotherapy (K007) is about to be taken off the OHIP schedule?!?
This is certainly understandable. Most of our Associates practice
General Practice Psychotherapy part-time and have more traditional
medicine practices as well. Yet some find GP-Psychotherapy so interesting,
challenging and rewarding that they are now working full time in this area.
?asically I enjoy practicing family medicine, I would be afraid
of losing my skills and abilities if I switched to GP-Psychotherapy.?
Since we are GP-Psychotherapists we do not practice Psychiatry and so need
not be extremely knowledgeable about Psychiatry. And although we
are very interested and involved in appropriate psychotropic pharmacotherapy
it is usually only for anxiety and depression. In any case we can always
refer the more difficult psychiatric problems on to the appropriate psychiatric
consultant. Psychiatric Consultations are available at our clinic.
In addition the Medical Clinic for Person-Centred Psychotherapy is very
committed to Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.
The Clinic has regular group supervision of GP-psychotherapists; Updates
on Psychopharmacology and also more experienced colleagues are available
to consult with our Associates as the need arises. Also additional
resources for further education and training in psychotherapy are available.
? I don? know enough technical detail about psychology, psychiatry and
psychotherapy to do psychotherapy.?
Welcome to the club. In our clinic you don? need to. We have
a policy that allows our associates to refer onto another colleague any
patient they do not feel comfortable with. We also refer some very
difficult patients onto more appropriate psychiatric consultation and treatment
"I'm not sure I can handle some very disturbed mentally ill patients"
You are wrong. Some of our Associates are working 40 hours per week are making at least
as much as most family physicians.nbsp;
"I do not believe I can make a fair take-home pay from doing GPP- Psychotherapy"
If you have any questions whatsoever about Practicing GP-Psychotherapy
or about the General Practice Psychotherapy Association (The GPPA) the Ontario Medical
Association Section on GP-Psychotherapy, or
our Clinics (The Medical Clinic) Please feel free to call Dr. Michael Paré at
"I don? know - I still have nagging doubts and questions!"