How RN Psychotherapists Can Revolutionize Access to Mental Healthcare

Rates of mental health and substance use disorders have been rising exponentially in the past two decades. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic and its inherent stressors created higher levels of fear, depression, isolation, mental exhaustion, and financial concerns. The result is the world and Canada are now experiencing, what many experts call, a mental health pandemic. This is a significant challenge, more so in the context of access to mental healthcare experts like psychotherapists who can provide therapy with exceptional standards. As a result, many Canadians don’t have access to mental health services and support they need at the critical moments when they need it.

The lack of access to mental healthcare services and trauma recovery specialists and the resulting health inequities have permeated different aspects of our lives and resulted in negative outcomes we can no longer ignore. For instance, our longevity is heavily impacted by our mental health. Current studies suggest that mental health disorders can cut one’s life expectancy by 10 to 20 years. About 67,000 deaths per year are attributed to substance use disorders in Canada. Additionally, approximately 4,000 Canadians die by suicide every year – that’s an average of 11 suicides a day.

These aren’t just numbers; they are human lives that perhaps could be saved if the average Canadian didn’t have to wait for weeks or even months to get the care they need. Besides, untreated mental health issues have set our society on a precarious trajectory associated with social risks such as low education, increased rate of substance abuse, and homelessness. The need for better access to mental healthcare services and more mental health professionals has never been greater.

Could RN Psychotherapists be the Answer?

A man with crossed arms attentively listens during a session with a professional holding a clipboard, focusing on his access to mental healthcare.

According to an annual Gallup Poll, nurses have been consistently rated the most trusted healthcare professionals for 20 consecutive years. People greatly value their expertise, professionalism, and commitment. In hospitals and other healthcare facilities, psychiatric-mental health nurses provide access to mental healthcare services to patients.

As a country, we need to do more than just train and recruit more psychiatric nurses to ensure access to mental healthcare. We need to empower these professionals to extend their care beyond the confines of hospitals and public health institutions. For instance, properly trained RN Psychotherapists can run their practices guided by a desire to service Canadians most in need of mental health services and support.

RN Psychotherapists are nurses with specialized training who practice according to strict credentialing and licensing standards. Their training emphasizes using evidence-based practice standards to assess and treat patients experiencing various mental health problems. They are well versed in a minimum of 5 psychotherapeutic techniques and use them at the appropriate times to support their clients at different phases in the healing and recovery journey.

The RN Psychotherapist’s training has helped them to surpass expectations in building trusting, compassionate, and growth-oriented partnerships with their clients. They are adept at recognizing and treating serious disorders of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception and memory. Through their reflective and reflexive practice, they support clients with seriously impaired judgment and insight that impact communication or social functioning to return to a state of normal.

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Among RN Psychotherapists trained as trauma recovery specialists, they support children, adolescents, adults and the elderly manage the complex mind-body-spirit response to the most overwhelming moments of their lives. These trauma recovery specialists used advanced psychotherapeutic techniques to uncover and remove obstacles that block a patient’s path to health, self-discovery and holistic well-being. 

These trauma recovery specialists are the trailblazers in the emerging models of inter-professional care that place a patient at the centre of the mental healthcare delivery system. This can drive better outcomes – in terms of reaching the vulnerable patients who need psychotherapy. Such a personalized approach offers the professional support needed for effective trauma recovery.

Working broadly outside the confines of traditional healthcare facilities (but within the set regulations), RN psychotherapists can make a significant impact on access to mental healthcare services. So nurses who are constantly seeking new opportunities for growth, career development, and a chance to provide creative solutions are welcome to become RN psychotherapists.

This is an opportunity to improve access to mental healthcare services and meet the unique needs of vulnerable populations seeking trauma recovery services and support. Learn more (add link) about how we can empower the RN psychotherapist to spearhead this well-needed change in access to mental healthcare.

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1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness and we're here to change that

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10,000 Hours

We are providing complimentary access to 10,000 hours of trauma recovery care.

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