A psychologist is a professional specialized in human behaviour, emotions, and mental health. They work with people who experience distress, or psychological issues. Psychologists in Quebec typically complete between 7 and 9 years of university level studies in psychology. This training allows them to understand human behaviour and know the best ways in which to help their clients with their psychological difficulties. Psychologists use a number of psychotherapeutic interventions to help their patients. Psychologists can perform psychological evaluations, determine a course of treatment using psychotherapy, and can consult with medical professionals about medications if a client agrees. They can recommend clients see a medical doctor if they feel they are in need of medication. In Quebec a psychologist is required to complete a PhD in psychology (this has been a requirement since 2006) and are registered members of l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec. Although Quebec’s governmental health insurance plan (RAMQ) does not cover mental health services, many private insurance companies will offer coverage for sessions with a licensed psychologist.