We keep hearing that RPs long for community: for professional and personal supports. We hear you. We’ve been working hard over the last few months to create a resource-rich community.

Our vision includes creating online spaces where members can connect with each other to exchange knowledge and expertise, to ask questions, to share referrals, and to get support. (More about offline supports in our April blog!)

To read more blog posts, go up to the OSRP Reflect at the top left of this page!

Our new mission statement! Tell us what you think!

To guide our work in strengthening our offerings to our members, we have crafted a new mission statement. The board has approved the new mission statement and we will be asking for your vote on it in the coming weeks. Here it is!

The Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP) is the professional voice of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. We believe that every Registered Psychotherapist needs to have a voice, along with a place to go to for information, connection, and support. We represent the diverse clinical, economic, social, and political interests of all psychotherapists. For RPs, by RPs.

A home base for Registered Psychotherapists

 The OSRP is the place with the people you can turn to for support in your work as a psychotherapist.



OSRP Reflect: our new blog!

You're reading it now!

This online format not only brings you relevant, thought-provoking articles more often and with minimum impact on the planet, but it also allows you to engage with content directly through your comments. The comment feature is at the bottom of this post. Try it now and tell us what you think! We want to know what you find engaging, and what you want to read more of to support you in your practice. We hope to bring you a new blog post every other month!  (OSRP Reflect replaces prOSPect)

Address: OSRP.ca

To make comments: click on the "Welcome to our new blog! OSRP Reflect" at the top of the page. It will take you into where this post lives. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see the comment box.

OSRP Central: the main email!

We chose the word “central” to convey the importance of this email communication from us to you. These are vital missives, such as reminders of membership renewal, new developments at the OSRP, or in the field, and other things you need to know as an RP. We will do our best to respect your inbox, but this month we’ll be sending out more emails than usual (we’re sorry!) in order to connect you with important and beneficial OSRP resources. (OSRP Central replaces inBox)

OSRP Connect: our new group email!

This is our new listserve! A listserve is simply a peer-to-peer email group. It allows you to connect with each other about relevant issues, questions, concerns, events, and shared referrals. Every OSRP member will be invited to the listserve. Stay tuned for your invitation to the group!

OSRP Community: We’re on Facebook!

Facebook is another peer-to-peer online community that has the added bonus of dynamic features, such as the ability for our members to engage directly -- e.g. to post images, articles, etc. The OSRP will also share items of interest here. Facebook is a great way to engage with your community and feel supported in a pretty immediate way!

Address to join the OSRP Facebook group discussion page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/842629169431883/

Or, search for Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists Groups in Facebook's search box.

OSRP Network: We’re on LinkedIn!

LinkedIn is a professional network that has become another place to go for profession-related news and other items of interest. We post information there regularly.

Address: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ontario-society-of-psychotherapists/

OSRP@psychotherapyon: We’re on Twitter!

Twitter is another quick way to get profession-related news. It’s short and sweet. Or, should we say, short and tweet?

Address: OSRP@psychotherapyon

Don’t know where to start? Email: Ted or Liz

Ted: vice-president@psychotherapyontario.org 

Liz: membership@psychotherapyontario.org

We've lowered our membership fees!

We sent out this announcement with your membership renewals, but just in case you missed it: We have reduced our membership pricing just in time for our April 1 membership renewals!

  • Clinical and Qualifying membership dues are now $195 plus HST
  • Friend of the Society dues are $125 plus HST
  • Retired membership dues are $50 plus HST
  • Student membership dues are now $95 plus HST

How do I renew my membership?
You will be sent an emailed reminder on March 1 with a link to renew by PayPal. To ensure that you receive your notification, please log in to our website by February 28 and make sure that your email address is up to date on your online record.

New membership invitations for even more discounts!
We are thrilled to announce our one-year membership-invitation pilot program. To build the OSRP into a strong-in-numbers professional association with a powerful voice for RPs in Ontario, we want to invite more more RPs to join us! But we need your help. And in return, you get a discount!

How do the member invitations work?

  • Every current OSRP member will be allocated a certain number of invitations to give to someone who has never before been a member of OSP or OSRP: the invitation gives new members a $50 discount on membership!
  • Clinical and Qualifying members will get four invitations to give out to new members
  • Friends of the Society and Retired members will get three invitations to give out to new members
  • Student members will get two invitations to give out to new members

That means, existing OSRP members will receive $50 off their membership for each invitation they give out to a maximum of their full membership dues for 2020/2021 (e.g., if you are a Clinical or Qualifying member and you give out your four invitations, you’ll have a free membership for 2020/2021!)


To make comments: click on the "Welcome to our new blog! OSRP Reflect" at the top of the page. It will take you into where this post lives. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see the comment box.

MEET THE BOARD! We’re here to support you!

We are ten passionate and inspired board members at the OSRP, working on your behalf to ensure you have strong connections and support ! We'll introduce you to five board members now, and five in our April blog!

Claire Watson, President

I didn’t have any long-term goals to be President of OSRP. My leadership throughout my career has been in an educational, rather than a managerial capacity. Thus I felt very satisfied being Editor of prOSPect (whose name I chose, I love languages and word play) from 2004 – 2010

I’ve never aspired to be the boss in a traditional sense, but I do like to think I can make a difference through influence and I believe strongly in a collaborative approach. Being your President is an honour and a responsibility I embrace, but not in a vacuum. After being Board Secretary in 2015, I felt ready to take on more leadership. My vision in 2016 was to continue to revitalize our mission statement, our lagging membership, and to re-kindle OSRP (then OSP) as a beacon for psychotherapy. In the past three years, we’ve been doing this through our advocacy with governments and the CRPO as members of “one voice” officially now named the “Partnership of Registered Psychotherapist Associations (PRPA) and with our own OSRP Bold Move vision to restructure and expand the OSRP.

When not in my professional roles, I have a varied set of interests. I’ve been athletic all my life. Tennis is my favourite sport: I have a mean forehand. I cycled to work for 30 years in Toronto but switched 6 years ago to a Vespa Scooter and love the freedom! I began shooting pool at age 12 and my kids are now starting to beat me! I’m a vegetarian who is now learning to cook vegan and gluten free to accommodate my kids’ wonky diets. I love talking to friends about ideas and current events, going to movies, canning peppers with my neighbours, and disappearing into Canadian literature and BBC dramas on Netflix.

I’m the mother of 3 adult children. Rod Cohen and I met while becoming psychotherapists at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapists in the 90’s. So, hey, we have two OSRP Presidents in our family! We gave birth to Tabitha in 2000. We also have two late-20-something children from my previous marriage. Two of the three kids are still living at home! My life is rich and full and good. (For more about Claire's professional background, please click here.)

Ted Leckie, Executive Vice President

I grew up the middle child in a boisterous family of four kids. Although an introvert by nature, I find myself drawn to groups. As soon as I graduated from the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and left that nest of social, intellectual, and emotional vigour, I longed to recreate those elements in my new professional life as a Registered Psychotherapist. To that end, Liz Phillips, Erin Griffin, and I started a group called Therapists Connect with the aim of connecting psychotherapists in private practice in Toronto. But still, it feels like so many of us are scattered about—we’re such a new profession in so many ways. So I joined the OSRP to see if I could help RPs find a single, connected professional home, too.

My childhood dog, Toby, was a Shetland Sheepdog. He was always trying to round us up into a group. I think I have some of Toby in me as I feel this pull to help round up Ontario’s RPs and bring them together. I want that kind of support for myself, but I also see how we as a group can all thrive professionally, socially, and politically by coming together. (For more about Ted's professional background, please click here.)

Christina Becker, Acting Secretary

I have been on the OSRP board for as long as I can remember. I have had a number of positions during the last six years. I am now the Secretary After Terms as past President.  My role on the board holds both of my skill sets - as a Jungian Analyst and as a consultant.  As such, I am working on changing the bylaws, which will bring the OSRP in alignment with the CRPO and the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. 

When I am not seeing clients or volunteering, I love to golf in the summer. This winter, I took up curling for the first time and I’m having a wonderful time.  I am the owner of a pet family that includes Mina, a 2.5-year-old miniature schnauzer who has a ton of energy, and two cats - Tigger and Ellie - who don't have a ton of energy. Somehow we make it all work. (For more about Christina's professional background, please click here.)

Erin Griffin, Chair, Membership Support Committee

I had a dream the night Sandra, our blog editor, asked me to submit this bio for the OSRP blog post. I dreamt about my 7/ 8th grade teacher, who had really been there for me when I was struggling. He told me about the dark forest and the hero's journey. Decades later, here I am wanting to do the same with others: to walk alongside them for a little while when they feel lost and alone. I get fired up about the unique work that we, as psychotherapists, get to do. Joining the board of the OSRP gives me more opportunity to speak with, and learn from, my colleagues. My hope is to make some space for members to feel safe and supported in their work. (For more about Erin's professional background, please click here.)

Liz Phillips, Chair, Membership Development Committee

I joined the OSRP board because we are in an exciting time of change in the field! A time of consolidating the RP community with its unique needs. I wanted to be part of creating a safe home base for RPs, a place to go for connection with the people and resources that support us as therapists. When I’m not seeing clients, I can be found snuggling my hairless Chinese Crested dog, Shy, reading books on my passions (mostly theory), and, weather permitting, running long distances. If popcorn were a food group, it would comprise my entire food guide. Along with coffee. (For more about Liz's professional background, please click here.)


To make comments: click on the "Welcome to our new blog! OSRP Reflect" at the top of the page. It will take you into where this post lives. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see the comment box.

Got any drawings, paintings, poems, or other creative projects to share?

We'd love to share your creative output on our blog! Please contact Liz at membership@psychotherapyontario.org

Categories: General news


Pat Rayman · February 21, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Wonderful changes! Glad to see that we are keeping up with the times. I fully endorse the new mission statement and think it accurately reflects where OSRP is now as an organization. Congrats.

Ted Leckie · February 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Thanks, Pat! Everyone on the board is excited to be part of this new growth and excitement at the OSRP as we move ourselves into position to be THE professional association of RPs in Ontario. Exciting times for our profession.

Gwen Shandroski · February 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

Great to see the Blog. I love it!! I also like the new mission statement. Keep up the great work. Thank you for taking on the role of secretary, Christina! Gwen

Yana · March 4, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Hi. Trying to get on mailing list and receive a new member invite.
Searched a few times for where to do this. Can you send a direct link?

Margaret Mikkelborg · March 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Mission statement looks great! Also love the initiative for inviting new members. Will there be a form letter we can send via email…hopefully with a live link to our website? Great idea!


    Liz Phillips · March 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks, Margaret! We will be sending out an email to all members for how to invite new folks. There will be a suggest way to invite them, a kind of form letter, that you can customize. And a new blog post coming soon!

Susie Costello · March 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

I love all the changes, including the mission statement. So well organized and clear. Congrats!

Lauren Goldhamer · May 29, 2019 at 12:10 am

Looks like there is good advocacy going on, however, none of it addressed OSPs undertaking around HST removal. Is OSP doing anything particular? Is there a committee?
I feel it is the most unfair issue facing RPs and their potential clients today.

    Liz Phillips · August 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Lauren, yes, I am going to post information about the HST removal and all the complicated government machinations that surround it in the fall. It was not as easy as we all thought. : (

Todd S.T. Kaufman · August 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm

I see this blog is pretty stale-dated? (Last post 3 months ago?) Its a great idea but it need to be kept fresh and informative if it is going to be helpful.
I also hear there is a ‘list-serve’ and I can’t find access to that anywhere on the site? Where is that buried?
Last I would love to post some discounted offering for our members but can’t seem to get that in a email or do so here? How can I get the word out?
Thank you all!

    Liz Phillips · August 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Todd! So glad you joined us here! You are right about the stale date. This is a new blog and keeping it up is high on our list of priorities. Right now, however, I’m the only writer, and I’m currently working on a whole bunch of content for the fall. So, much more to come! And I also hope that I get more folks contributing so that we can keep it fresh and moving. Would you like to contribute? As for the listserve, you go here to join https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ontario-society-of-registered-psychotherapists/join. You can post your discounted offering there. And you can also send it to Evonne, our amazing admin, at mail@psychotherapyontario.org and she can send that out for you on the OSRP Central email to all OSRP members. You can also reach me at membership@psychotherapyontario.org. Look forward to hearing more from you! Liz

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