What do Psychologists DO?
At The Mindful Living Centre, we work with adults, children & adolescents, couples, and families to help address a number of common emotional, psychological, and relationship difficulties, including:
- Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety, Stress & Worry
- Career Transitions & Executive Coaching
- Chronic Pain
- Couples / Marital Counseling
- Family Difficulties
- Grief & Loss
- Learning Difficulties
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder & Phobias
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Psycho-educational Assessments
- Sleep Problems & Insomnia
- Social Anxiety
When you contact our clinic, you will be called back within 24 business hours to set up an appointment with one of our highly-skilled therapists.
We will ask you to arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment, in order to complete some standard information and consent forms. This will help speed up the intake and assessment process, so that we can address your needs as quickly as possible.
Your therapist may have some additional questionnaires for you to fill out after your first session, based on your presenting concerns.
Our fees are charged on an hourly basis, and are set within the guidelines provided by the Ontario Psychological Association. Our services are tax deductible, but are not covered by OHIP.
Clients with extended health benefits may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement of service fees, depending on their insurance provider.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a collaborative, scientifically-proven therapy approach that aims to provide clients with strategies to cope more effectively with a wide range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stressful life events, and relationship issues. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts (“cognitions”) influence, and are influenced by, our feelings and behavior. This means we can easily become “stuck” in a vicious cycle, where negative thoughts and feelings feed each other and lead to unhelpful patterns of behavior:
Many of these processes happen automatically, and often outside of our awareness, so it can be difficult to get “unstuck”. However, CBT can help clients to become more aware of their negative thoughts and feelings while they are occurring, enabling them to break unhelpful patterns of behaviour. In addition, clients are helped to discover more helpful ways of thinking and coping that they can use in difficult situations.
In short, CBT is:
Educational – it provides a new way of understanding your problems
Skill-based – it involves learning new skills and strategies to manage your unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behavior, and practicing these skills between sessions
Goal-oriented – it encourages you to set specific goals and to commit to their achievement
Present-focused – it prioritizes dealing with the problems you are faced with right now over exploring possible root causes