Can anyone call themselves a counsellor in Alberta?

No, in order to be a counselling therapist in Alberta, you must have a master’s degree in counselling psychology from an accredited institution. You must also be registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists and have a valid licence to practise.

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College of Alberta Psychologists oversees the practice of psychologists in Alberta by ensuring that all psychologists abide by the College’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The College is also responsible for evaluating qualifications, issuing licenses, and responding to complaints against psychologists. The College is committed to safeguarding the public by maintaining competency standards and providing oversight and enforcement when necessary.

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