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What is CBT?


The way we think powerfully affects our feelings and behaviours. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) CBT helps us to change our negative and anxious thoughts so we can feel and function better in order to improve our quality of life. Rigorous clinical trials prove CBT’s effectiveness.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an umbrella term for methods that share a focus on thoughts and behaviours that lead to problems, experimenting with new behaviours, and changing how we relate to our experiences. In CBT, we emphasize the practice of techniques and strategies between sessions to consolidate insights and strategies attained in treatment. As evidence-based practitioners, we collaborate with our clients to design personalized treatment plans that often integrate a number of CBT approaches. These include behavioural activation, motivational interviewing (MI), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

CBT focuses directly on your problems and on enhancing your commitment to your values. Individual CBT programs are developed between therapist and client in a collaborative manner. Tools, techniques and strategies are designed to be flexible and portable so they can be used effectively between sessions. The goal of CBT is to help clients become their own effective therapists; practicing skills and strategies between sessions is a core component of CBT.

The spirit of our approach is active, compassionate, and genuine. Whatever challenges you are experiencing, we’ll listen closely and do our best to work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for you.

What to Expect When Beginning CBT

  • Your therapist will assess your condition, make a diagnosis and design a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
  • We will talk about feelings, but never challenge them: they are always true. We do challenge thoughts, assumptions, beliefs, and behaviours.
  • You will be asked to:
    • Experiment with new ideas and ways to approach problems;
    • Challenge your old behaviours; and
    • Engage in additional practice for about 30 minutes to one hour each day.
  • You and your therapist may discuss your past to better understand current problems, but CBT focuses on the present.
  • CBT usually involves eight to 20 weekly sessions.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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