Welcome to the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners


"What you get..."

A skilled use of relationship that helps bring about effective change, to enhance or stabilize your well-being. The psychotherapy process addresses decision-making, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through inner conflicts or improving relationships.

[If you are wondering about mental health services or psychotherapy, you might want to look at the website www.talkingcanhelp.ca provided by one of our members, of course recognizing it focuses on ‘talk therapy’.]

Read more about different types of therapy.


Frequently Asked Questions

With the legislation affecting so many practicing and future clinicians, we have accumulated a number of questions and answers about the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, the Transitional Council, the Alliance and legislation.

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Alliance Members

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (the Alliance) is an umbrella organization whose members are professional associations in the field of mental health. The Alliance was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy in Ontario.  Membership includes both voting member associations and non-voting supporting member associations. 

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List of OAMHP Members


About the Legislation

The Psychotherapy Act - Bill 171 enacts a new health profession act with respect to the regulation of psychotherapy. The College of Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario will set and enforce standards and guidelines for practice and conduct, ensure regulated health professionals meet training & educational standards, develop continuous-learning programs, and act when you have a concern about your health care.

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Our Mission

  • The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP, "the Alliance") is an organization of like-minded partners dedicated to the recognition of the counselling and the psychotherapy professions in Ontario.

    In fulfilling its mandate, the Alliance promotes the development of policies and practices for the provision of accessible, competent, and accountable counselling and psychotherapy services throughout the human lifespan in a manner sensitive to the pluralistic nature of society.

    The Alliance strives to understand the needs of the diverse community of counsellors and psychotherapists in Ontario and aspires to being inclusive in its membership and a strong voice for the promotion of counselling and psychotherapy.

News and Events

  • 18 November

    Mental Health and Addiction go Hand in Hand


    Mental Health and Addiction go Hand in Hand

    TORONTO (November 17, 2015) – This week is National Addictions Awareness Week, an annual initiative that provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about substance abuse prevention, how addiction impacts communities across the country, and what resources are available to help. Given the fact that addiction and mental health issues are very strongly connected, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to call caring attention to the many Canadians who struggle with addiction on a daily basis.

    “Addiction and mental health are very much related,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “In fact, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found that in any given year, one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem, and at least 20% of people with a mental illness have a co-occurring substance use problem.”

     Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 12 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

    “Addiction impacts not just the individual, but family and friends as well,” continued Bond. “The need to provide mental health support to those closely connected to someone struggling with addiction is also important as it can be extremely painful and difficult journey for all involved.”

    The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health. From art therapy and music therapy to talk therapy, from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues. 


    The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 12 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

    For more information, please contact:

     Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

    Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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