Note: This is Gord MacLeod’s response, sent to the editor of the Globe and Mail.

Norman Doidge’s excellent, albeit disturbing, article, “In Ontario, a battle for the soul of psychiatry” suggests that psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists and social workers are the sole providers of psychotherapy in Ontario. This is incorrect.

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) has a membership of over 6,000 regulated psychotherapists (RPs) many of whom practice psychodynamic therapy. Unfortunately, the current mechanisms in place to help access appropriate services do not take full advantage of this extensive psychotherapy resource.

Health Quality Ontario Quality recently stated that “Each person is unique and has the right to determine their path toward mental health and well-being”.  Proposals for the public funding for psychotherapy services in Ontario must include research and consideration of the effectiveness of all types of therapeutic interventions in order to effectively support and make known the many evidenced-based therapeutic modalities and choices available in Ontario for those seeking psychotherapy.

Gord MacLeod
Board President
The Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT)