Frequently Asked Questions

What is a registered clinical psychologist?

In order to become registered in Manitoba, a clinical psychologist must hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology; they must have passed both written and oral licensing exams in this province, and must have worked for a certain period of time under the supervision of a more senior psychologist.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Clinical psychologists do all their training in how to counsel people. Psychiatrists first train in medicine and then specialize in studying psychiatric problems. Most psychiatrists these days focus primarily on diagnosing mental health problems and prescribing medication; few currently do ongoing psychotherapy.

Who pays for the services of a psychologist?

While Manitoba Health pays for the services of psychiatrists who are M.D.’s, the fees of a psychologist are not paid for by the government. Psychologists’ fees are private, however, many people have insurance benefit packages through work that will reimburse for a portion of the services of a registered clinical psychologist. Fees are also income tax deductible.

How much does therapy cost?

Fees are based on guidelines set out by the Manitoba Psychological Society’s recommended fee schedule for psychologists. Most psychologists charge approximately the same rates. Payment is made by cash or cheque at the time of the appointment and a detailed receipt is provided. Services not covered by extended health plans but rather paid out of pocket to a registered clinical psychologist are deductible as a medical expense on your federal tax return.

How do I make an appointment?

Call Dr. Esses’ office directly to make an appointment. She responds to all calls personally. If you get her confidential voice mail, she is likely with a client or out of the office. Leave a brief message along with numbers where you can be reached both day and evening. Typically calls are returned within 24 hours.