A psychology assessment is a specialized service provided by appropriately trained psychologists to understand your psychological health, diagnose mental and emotional problems, and provide recommendations to help you achieve the best possible mental wellbeing.
What are the differences between a mental health counsellor and a psychologist?
Clinical counsellors are healthcare professionals with training in areas such as psychology or social work, who primarily use connection and relationship in order to create change in clients’ lives. Their toolkit will often include psychotherapy (talking therapy), coaching, and support. A Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Registered Social Worker, and Canadian Certified Counsellor are specific designations that indicate a minimum of a masters level education and clinical supervision.
Clinical psychologists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness, emotional disorders, and behavioural problems. Their toolkit includes standardized assessments, psychological tests, and psychotherapy. Registered Psychologist (R.Psych) is a designation that, in most cases, indicates a minimum of a doctoral degree in psychology. All TELUS Health Clinical psychologists are R.Psych designated.
What type of assessment do TELUS Health MyCare psychologists offer?
The clinical psychology assessment includes both virtual visit time with the Psychologist, as well as time to review your submitted assessment forms, histories and the formal assessment report.
The assessment typically includes a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and a report that can be used for school, work, and insurance purposes.
Some examples of the type of assessment offered by our Psychologists include:
General Psycho-Diagnostic assessments such as anxiety, bipolar, depression, trauma, PTSD, ADHD assessment, personality disorders such as adjustment, borderline and narcissistic personality disorders.
You can view the biography of our Psychologists in the app to see the full range of assessments they can provide.
How do I get started and how much does it cost?
To get started, download the TELUS Health MyCare™ app and book an appointment, then select “Psychology assessment - Initial Evaluation” on the appointment screen. The Initial evaluation is a 25 minute virtual appointment that gives you an opportunity to learn more about the Psychologist’s area of expertise, and provide an overview of your concerns to see if a psychology assessment is right for you.
Once you and the psychologist mutually decide to move forward with the selected assessment package, the psychologist will send you an invite that will enable you to book your first 50 minute assessment appointment through the TELUS Health MyCare app. An assessment package involves multiple appointments and you will be charged for your full assessment package with your initial appointment. There will be no charge for the subsequent appointments related to the assessment.
The cost of the Initial Evaluation is $120. The cost of the assessment package ranges from $940 to $2468 (inclusive of taxes and fees). The package chosen varies by situation and is determined for you in your initial 25 minute psychologist consultation.
Psychology services are often covered by extended health benefits.
You’ll get an in-app receipt so you can file a claim with your extended health insurance plan. If a more detailed psychology assessment receipt is required for extended health purposes, please call our Support Team at 1-855-577-8838.
What can I expect after I purchase a psychologist assessment package?
You will receive an e-mail from our clinical support team outlining the assessment forms that you will need to complete.
Once you and the psychologist mutually decide to move to the right assessment package for you, the psychologist will send you an invite that will enable you to book your first 50 minute assessment appointment through the TELUS Health MyCare app. An assessment package involves multiple appointments and you will be charged for your full assessment package with your initial appointment. There will be no charge for the subsequent appointments related to the assessment.
All clinical notes written by our mental health professionals are accessible to you through our app. You may share these with others as you deem appropriate. Some assessments will also include a comprehensive diagnostic report.
Can psychologists prescribe medication?
Psychologists focus squarely on non-medication treatment options. But in case medications are recommended, they would follow up with a family Physician, Nurse practitioner, or Psychiatrist to have these prescribed.
Where are psychology services available with TELUS Health MyCare?
TELUS Health MyCare psychology services are currently available only in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. You can book appointments through the TELUS Health MyCare app.