FAQ Archives - Mississauga Psychology Centre

Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatments

No Need to Suffer from the Winter Blahs This Year Every November, the clocks “fall back”. The time change marks the beginning of much shorter days, which means many people will find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a rut after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people experience serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter months when there is less Read more

Michele Palk Joins Mississauga Psychology Centre

For immediate release: June 3, 2015 Psychology Associate Michele Palk Joins Mississauga Psychology Centre Team   MISSISSAUGA, ON - The Mississauga Psychology Centre is pleased to announce that Michele Palk has joined the team as an associate staff member. Michele is a registered social worker (RSW) with over 10 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  She holds master of psychology (M.Psy.) and master of social work (M.S.W.) degrees, and has been Read more

Rob Ford can help you recognize depression in your patients

Illness May Equal…DEPRESSION   Last fall, we were inundated with news of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s cancer. While I sat listening to news anchors talk about his condition and what lies ahead for him, I could not help but consider the strong possibility of Councillor Ford developing depression. Yes, depression. Sometimes a person becomes depressed when something very distressing has happened to them, and they cannot control the situation. Depression can result from some medical conditions, Read more

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Dr. Andrea Myrie-Nurse FAQ Comments Off on What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? ,
I am often asked to describe the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist. My response is usually that a psychologist has a PhD, while a psychiatrist has a medical degree; but the difference between the two professions is far greater.

A psychiatrist adheres to the medical model; thus they assess, diagnose and treat psychological problems by way of biological research. Psychiatrists prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms.

Psychologists, on the other hand, assess, diagnose, and treat psychological problems and the behavioural issues resulting from, or related to physical and mental health. We play a major role in understanding how biological, behavioural and social factors influence health, and illness.

Psychologists are trained to perceive:

  1. How behavioural and cognitive functions are altered
  2. The factors that contribute to alteration of behavioural and cognitive functions
  3. How these dysfunctions are diagnosed and treated

In dealing with such problems, we are also trained and skilled in using several psychological, psychodiagnostic, and psychotherapeutic techniques, which help and affect the abilities of individuals to function in diverse settings and roles. In addition, psychologists help people to modify their behaviour and lifestyle so as to prevent and recover from health problems.

The team as Mississauga Psychology Centre aim to improve the well-being of clients, alleviate their distress, resolve their crises, and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions.

Methods we use to achieve this include:

  • Psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning;
  • Evidence-based therapy, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, and approaches aimed at reduction of positive symptoms, adaptation to disability and improvement of psychosocial functioning;
  • Family work (family psycho-education, problem solving, therapy to reduce trauma experienced by careers and clients, and to reduce relapse rates).


Mississauga Psychology Centre provides interventions in the areas of:

  • Anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, Panic)
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar affective disorder)
  • Self-harm
  • Stress
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship issues
  • Learning disability, developmental challenges, behavioural problems, gifted
  • Vocational assessment

    Mississauga Psychology Centre will work collaboratively with you and your patients to provide optimal mental health service, and help your patients adjust to change or make positive changes to their lifestyle.

    For more information about our service and how we can work together, contact us.