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Group Therapy

Group therapy can be a very powerful and effective way to deliver evidence-based treatment. Group therapy has been established as effective treatment for most common problems, including depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Group therapy can be as effective as individual therapy and some people prefer it. The benefits of group therapy include the ability to experience the support, encouragement and understanding of other people who are overcoming similar problems as well as a somewhat reduced cost.

At CBT Associates, we currently offer a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression Group and we have a number of other groups in development, including ongoing maintenance and support groups for people who have successfully completed individual treatment for OCD and social anxiety disorder.

Facilitator: Dr. Julie Irving, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Julie Irving is a certified MBCT teacher who has been researching, teaching and training other health care professionals in mindfulness-based interventions for the past 15 years. She is a staff psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the current Training Director for the psychology practicum program. She is a faculty member at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

CBT Associates will be offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on Wednesday evenings starting April 4th, 2018. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an empirically validated psychological treatment that integrates mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in order to prevent depressive relapse and promote resilience to stress.

Who should attend:
Clients who have experienced depressive symptoms, with or without anxiety symptoms, who are interested in learning a set of strategies designed to prevent relapse and promote wellness long-term. This approach may not be optimal for clients who experience significant trauma symptoms currently. This course is offered in a group format, which will be limited to 12 individuals maximum.


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If you would like to know about our group programs, please contact us at: 416-363-4228 or info@cbtassociates.com.

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