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Depression Treatment

Depression TreatmentAre you or someone you love struggling with Depression?

Most people feel anxious or down some of the time. It is normal for people to feel down and anxious in response to a difficult life event such as a loss of a job or loss of a loved one. These feelings are normal reactions to some of life’s stressors and challenges in everyday life. Others experience these feelings often and without any particular reason making it more difficult to function as usual.  When your sad mood continues for two weeks or more and occurs most of the day it may indicate depression which is a real illness. It can impact relationships, family function and lost work or school productivity. Mild to severe depression may occur in conjunction with the anxiety disorders and other psychological disorders. It may include a lack of pleasure in activities once enjoyed where you don’t feel like going out and doing the things you used to enjoy. Sometimes people dwell on past mistakes or experiences in which they felt shame or guilty. You may feel like sleeping the whole day. It can be a struggle to make decisions. You may interpret situations in a negative way and take on a negative outlook.

Depression is Highly Treatable

CBT and its effectiveness for depression has been demonstrated repeatedly. Perhaps you’re struggling in relationships and find it hard to connect with others. Maybe you’re having difficulties being present and productive at work. Regardless of the cause of your depression, if you have suffered a loss and cannot seem to bounce back or are experiencing feelings of helplessness or hopelessness CBT can be helpful for you to take control of your life. In a safe space we can identify and address your depression. We can challenge your negative thinking and develop strategies to change your behaviour and achieve your goals in life.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that CBT is as effective as anti-depressant medications in mild to moderate depression. Medications can be helpful in treating depression and can be used together with therapy in cases of moderate to chronic and severe depression. CBT has been shown to significantly reduce the recurrence of depression over a one to two year period following treatment.

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Memberships & Accreditations

Active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Certified Diplomate with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

Active member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy

Active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Affiliate member of the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Active member of the International OCD Foundation

Certificate of completion of the Behaviour Therapy Training Institute for OCD 2017 offered by the International OCD Foundation Training Institute

Active member of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

What if I am not sure if CBT therapy is right for me?

Remember that you do not need to commit to a minimum number of sessions. read more

How can I maximize my gains during therapy?

Prepare for each session with an agenda of what you wish to discuss during each session. read more