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  • Writer's pictureConnie Maria Coda, RN, CNP (Q)

What is a Registered Nurse Psychotherapist?

A Registered Nurse Psychotherapist is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has additional skills to provide psychotherapy. They may have taken additional courses and certifications or obtained the experience through previous employment.


One certification is the Certified Nurse Psychotherapist certification course. A Nurse Psychotherapist may refer to themselves as Registered Nurse Psychotherapist, Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (CNP) or Certified Psychotherapist Nurse (CPN). Once the coursework is completed the Nurse will initially be working under supervision from the instructors who offer this course and are also Certified Nurse Psychotherapists. While a Nurse is working under supervision you will see "qualifying" or "Q" written beside their name and credentials. While working under supervision the Certified Nurse Psychotherapist (Q) or Certified Psychotherapist Nurse (Q) will regularly discuss each case with the supervising instructor. This process is done with the client's consent and all identifying factors of the client will be protected so that the supervising Nurse is not aware of the client's identity.


In Ontario Canada, Psychotherapy is a controlled act that can be performed by members of the following regulated colleges:

  • College of Nurses

  • College of Psychotherapists

  • College of Psychologists

  • College of Social Workers

  • College of Occupational Therapists

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons


When choosing a Psychotherapist it is important to note that in some provinces Psychotherapy is not regulated. You may come across providers who are based out of other provinces that offer Psychotherapy but they may not have equal credentials or any credentials. It is important to ask about credentials and experience when choosing a provider.


At Connie Maria Psychotherapy we offer a complimentary 15 minute 'meet and greet' phone call. This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and determine if we are a good fit for you. If a 'meet and greet' call is completed and we can not meet your needs we will provide you with a list of other providers who may be able to meet your needs.



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