As of this writing, psychotherapy is not regulated in my province. Anyone can call themselves a therapist, and anyone can do psychotherapy. Regulation is coming, however, and once it kicks in, only certain groups will have these privileges. A few groups have been pre-approved to do psychotherapy under the new regulation. Each has its own regulatory agency. Not all of them fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial health review panel. Eventually there will also be an agency specifically for psychotherapists.
(Please note that other associations, coalitions, etc that
Grifters therapists may belong to are not necessarily regulatory agencies.)
These agencies are self-regulating bodies. There is an ongoing debate about whether allowing professions to self-regulate actually protects the public, or just the profession. There can be a fox-guarding-the-hen-house element to it. I recommend finding the regulatory agencies in your jurisdiction, looking up the discipline summaries provided on each agency’s website and judging for yourself. How do the agencies respond to member misconduct? Do you agree with their decisions? What about the cases that don’t get posted on the website? How many were there? What happened with those? Is there any way to find out the number and nature of the complaints the agency gets each year?
In my opinion, ALL complaints and decisions should be posted online. (With identifying details removed as appropriate, of course.) Let the public know the full extent of the complaints and the agency’s responses. Even though formal complaints constitute an unknowable fraction of all cases of misconduct, and some complaints are baseless, having all the complaints posted would give the public, and agency members, a much clearer view than is currently available.