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Ontario’s controlled act of ‘psychotherapy’, the 14th RHPA Controlled Act, which could be proclaimed and thus become enforceable at any time, is worded as:

14. Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.

                         *Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991, 27(2)14

The key terms, in red, are not defined in the legislation, and the regulatory College that will enforce the controlled act of psychotherapy, explicitly refuses (see here as well) to provide the public with their working definition of the controlled act — in violation of it’s own Transparency Principals.  However, the terms are defined elsewhere.

sychotherapy Technique

Our research has revealed that virtually all approaches to the treatment of human issues are

1) now classified as ‘psychotherapy approaches‘ in the several reference materials that the College will be expected to reply upon to establish rules, regulations and for prosecution purposes, and/or

2) are considered to involve at least one ‘psychotherapy technique’ (i.e. reflective listening is a ‘psychotherapy technique’).  Click here to learn more.

Therapeutic Relationship:

Due to the definitions found in the various professional dictionaries we have examined, if you are interacting with any individual for the purpose of assisting him/her with any of the whole range of possible human issues listed in the legislation, whether on a fee-based or pro bono basis, using verbal or non-verbal means, your relationship is considered a ‘therapeutic relationship’.

Serious Disorder:  

Virtually any client, or recipient of assistance, could be classified as having a serious disorder, at any time, at the SOLE discretion of the College, and therefore any practitioner could be accused of having treated one or more clients who have a ‘serious disorder’.

Ontario case law has defined this term very broadly, and the psychiatrists’ ‘Bible’, the DSM-5, lists hundreds of ‘serious disorders’.  Psychiatrists can use the unscientific DSM-5 to come up with at least one diagnosis for virtually everyone on the planet.  Therefore, a prosecutor could easily find an expert witness willing to state that any client had a “diagnosable serious disorder“.

Click here to learn details on how the term has been defined in Ontario case law.

Seriously Impair

Again, virtually any client or recipient of assistance can be classified as being seriously impaired at the SOLE discretion of the College.  Click here to learn details on how the term has been defined in Ontario case law. 

Also, please note the word ‘may’ in front of this term.  To fulfill the criteria of the controlled act, the client’s ‘serious disorder’ does not have to ‘seriously impair’ anything – it is only required that it ‘may’ do so, and this will be determined at the SOLE discretion of the unaccountable regulatory College that has been given the power to prosecute competing practitioners.

In Short:

    • any technique used to treat human issues may be considered ‘psychotherapy’, and any healing relationship is a ‘therapeutic relationship’;
    • virtually any person could be deemed to have a ‘serious disorder that may seriously impair’;
    • natural methods treat the whole person; therefore there is no way that any holistic, energy, traditional or spiritual care practitioner can be safe from prosecution under this law.


– unless you’re a registered psychotherapist, psychologist, MD, nurse, occupational therapist or social worker.

The instant the ‘controlled act of psychotherapy’ gets the final signature (proclamation), it is enforceable by the secretive and unaccountable College of Registered Psychotherapists. This could happen at any time, without notice.


Click here to read about the Implications of this dangerous, unjust law.


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