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Dr. Peter Farvolden, PhD, CPsych

Clinical Director

Dr. Farvolden became interested in clinical psychology when he worked as a Child and Youth Worker at a Residential Treatment Centre for Children and Adolescents. He was impressed enough by the transformative power of talk therapy to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo, where he received his initial training in the scientist-practitioner model and evidence-based treatment.

Dr. Farvolden has worked as a researcher, clinician and administrator in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, The University Health Network, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He holds university appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Departments of Psychology at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. In his research he has focused on basic processes in personality and psychopathology as well as the pharmacological and psychological treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

As a scientist-practitioner, his clinical practice is guided by the best evidence provided by current research on what works best for whom. He is passionate about delivering sensitive, compassionate, informed and effective treatment and believes that great things happen when we strive to integrate the best research and evidence with our clinical expertise and our clients’ values. Dr. Farvolden believes strongly that people receive the best care in the context of a large team of like-minded professionals who hold each other to the highest standards.

At CBT Associates, Dr. Farvolden provides cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders, depression, and stress-related problems. He provides supervision to psychologists during their supervised practice year with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and peer consultation to his colleagues at CBT Associates. He gives inspired talks to a variety of audiences, including communities, professionals, and employers. He is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the Ontario Psychological Association.

Please note that our associates work with many presenting issues, some of which are not listed in this biography. Please speak to our intake team at 416-363-4228 for more information.

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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