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Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic Health Conditions

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be effective in helping people cope and improving outcomes for a variety of chronic health conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain;
  • Migraines;
  • Diabetes;
  • Ulcerative colitis;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS);
  • Asthma;
  • Erectile dysfunction;
  • Hypertension;
  • Pre-menstrual dysphoria (PMS);
  • Temperomandibular pain; and
  • Vulvodynia.

Chronic health conditions are stressful and associated with psychological symptoms, especially mood and anxiety disorders. The experience of a chronic health condition can cause mood and anxiety problems. In addition, mood and anxiety problems can make chronic health problems worse. It isn’t true that chronic health problems are “all in your head,” but it is true that the way you think about your chronic health problem can often make things better or worse.

One of the main assumptions of CBT is that our thoughts, mood, physical symptoms, and behaviours are all interrelated. What happens to a person is important in determining how they respond; however, what we think about what is happening (our cognitive appraisal) is often just as important. CBT can be used to treat mood and anxiety problems in patients with chronic health problems. It can also be used to help people adjust to living with a chronic health problem, challenge their beliefs about their condition, and change their behaviour.

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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