Welcome back to OvalHP and our series on mental health in sport! This week we want to dive deeper into what mental health practitioners can do for athletes.


  • Works with athletes to improve sport performance through mental skills development and support
  • MPCs are educated in helping athletes  manage stress and emotions, as well as relationships with teammates and coaches.
  • Working with an MPC can help improve confidence, motivation, focus/concentration and time management
  • Look for a certified Professional Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association

  • Psychologists work with patients from all walks of life to  help improve mental health and cope with mental illness. They have the capacity to make medical diagnoses
  • Psychologists work with patients from all walks of life to  help improve mental health and cope with mental illness. They have the capacity to make medical diagnoses
  • Some psychologists specialize in specific areas of mental health (ie. eating disorders, mood disorders, etc.)
  • Psychologists can make patient referrals to a psychiatrist if medication is necessary
  • In order to be registered as a clinical psychologist with   under their provincial or territorial College of Psychologists, they must have a Masters degree in Psychology

  • Counsellors and Psychotherapists work with patients to help with mild to moderate mental health concerns and provide tools to cope with symptoms of mental illness; they cannot make medical diagnoses
  • Must be registered and certified through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Psychiatrists have a similar scope of practice as a Psychologist but are also medical doctors and can prescribe medication to patients
  • They may be more specialized in treating some mental illness over others
  • In order to work as a Psychiatrist in Canada, they must be a registered member of a Medical College


At OvalHP, we work with a fantastic team of mental performance consultants who we will be sharing more about next week!  


If you’d like to make an inquiry or have any questions regarding the Mental Performance Consultations we offer at the Oval please contact us.

Please be advised that the information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, call 1-800-555-8222 (toll-free in BC) or 604-688-3234 (in Greater Vancouver) for information and community resources on mental health or any mental illness.

Resources:

Understanding Mental Health (Game Plan Canada)


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