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where can i find a psychiatrist in Toronto?

takeitslowly
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Hi babblers:  I still have issues related to my diagnose (gender identity disorder). I do not know what I should do next or who I should talk to because I feel stuck.

 its so hard to find a psychiatrist , the only type of doctor who can diagnose a patient and is covered by OHIP, to do regular follow up with patients in Toronto. It costs 200 dollar a session to see a psychologist and over a 100 to see a psychotherapist, and psychiatrists can only be referred by your family doctor and I only got to see a psy...chiatrist for one time and they said they don't need to see me again.

 

does anyone know anything about seeing a psychiatrist, not just a therapist or a counsellor?


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monty1
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In B.C. a M.D. would refer you to a psychiatrist. If you've been told that you don't need one then you can most likely be referred to a clinical psycologist which may be more appropriate in your case. As for help in paying for such treatment, there could be help available but it would probably be different from B.C. Do you have a help hotline such as the 'Family life' agency that can direct you to financial assistance or at least tell you where to apply?


jjuares
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takeitslowly wrote:

Hi babblers:  I still have issues related to my diagnose (gender identity disorder). I do not know what I should do next or who I should talk to because I feel stuck.

 its so hard to find a psychiatrist , the only type of doctor who can diagnose a patient and is covered by OHIP, to do regular follow up with patients in Toronto. It costs 200 dollar a session to see a psychologist and over a 100 to see a psychotherapist, and psychiatrists can only be referred by your family doctor and I only got to see a psy...chiatrist for one time and they said they don't need to see me again.

 

does anyone know anything about seeing a psychiatrist, not just a therapist or a counsellor?

Have you tried to access a counsellor who works on a sliding scale? In Edmonton we have many who do that. When looking to be treated I I looked up the Alberta Psycholigists Association. You could narrow your search to the city you live in and read their profiles. You could also narrow your search by whatever need or challenge you had. The other possibilty is to call a distress line. Some of them are quite good about matching people to affordable resources.

mark_alfred
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takeitslowly wrote:
and psychiatrists can only be referred by your family doctor and I only got to see a psy...chiatrist for one time and they said they don't need to see me again.

That sounds odd.  Perhaps you could put in a complaint about this psychiatrist denying you treatment.  I mean, you had a referral, and you have an issue to be dealt with, so you shouldn't be denied.  Did he or she give a reason?  Anyway, I think it would be with the College of Physicians and Surgeons if you wanted to make a complaint:  http://www.cpso.on.ca/policies-publications/complaints/the-complaints-pr...

The other thing to do would be to ask your doctor for another referral.


Misfit
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Joined: Jun 27 2014
TIS, about 25 years ago, I lived in Toronto, and I told my doctor that I was depressed. She referred me to a psychiatrist who assessed me and then sent a report back to the doctor. My MD was secretive about the report, so when she stepped out of the room, I looked at the report and got caught reading it, and my doctor was furious with me. All she sent me for was for a one appointment assessment, which was a waste of my time and taxpayers money. It wasn't what I wanted nor needed. I think you got the same thing done to you, a one appointment assessment. I then went to a different doctor, a better one, who referred me to a psychiatrist who listened to my issues and concerns over the course of numerous appointments until I felt my issues were sufficiently addressed. Go to another doctor to get what you need.

Maysie
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Joined: Apr 21 2005

Try Sherbourne Health Centre. They have LGBTQ+ doctors who can refer you to psychiatrists that specialize in trans issues. Warning, there are long waiting lists. Sherbourne also has free groups and other counselling resources. Lots of stuff for LGBTQ youth, but I don't think you're a youth. Wink

As a second choice, the 519 may be able to give you referrals to therapists who work on a sliding scale.

Good luck!


Sineed
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Joined: Dec 4 2005

What Maysie said. Also, I was looking to contact the gender clinic at CAMH on behalf of a patient, and on their website they said that there was an 18-24 month waiting list, so they were advising general practitioners who have transgender patients seeking care to familiarize themselves with the Sherbourne Health Centre Guidelines on Transgender Care. It's an excellent document containing lots of comprehensive advice like doses of hormones, side effects, which drugs they recommend, and so forth. I have downloaded it at work and put it on a public drive for all health care practitioners in my workplace to access when we receive a transgender patient

tl;dr: if you have a family doctor, they can read this document and educate themselves on transgender care.

http://tinyurl.com/Guidelines-for-transgender-car

 


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