York Region CBT Blog

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy: A Modern Approach to Overcoming Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder

March 20, 2024

Cristian Chereches, RSW, Psychotherapist   Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy: A Modern Approach to Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition characterized by intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors that can significantly impact an individual’s daily life. Traditional methods of treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and medication, have proven…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Conceptual Knowledge and Treatment

March 14, 2024

Cristian Chereches, RSW, Psychotherapist   What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that are intended to reduce anxiety. OCD can significantly impact a person’s daily life and can be extremely distressing, but…

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Everyday Mental Health Series: Working with Worry

February 1, 2024

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych    Now that we’ve covered some basics with regard to the relationship between our thoughts and feelings , and some of the types of thoughts that underlie anxiety and depression, let’s discuss a specific, chronic pattern of thinking that is associated with anxiety-namely worry.   Worry is something we all do. …

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We Are What We Think

January 10, 2024

Dr. Aline Strong, C.Psych    One of the basic principles of CBT is that our thinking has a significant impact on our mood. The ways in which we interpret our situations and perceive ourselves and others can influence how we feel. Imagine, for example, that I send a text to a friend and don’t get…

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Blog Series: Everyday Mental Health: Harnessing the Power of Our Thoughts

November 22, 2023

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych    Welcome to the next set of articles in the Everyday Mental Health Series, Harnessing the Power of Our Thoughts.  You may have already read the first articles in this series on planning.  In these articles we discussed the ways that the deliberate and thoughtful planning can not only help us…

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Blog Series: Everyday Mental Health: Universal Truth #1 Planning Your Life is Essential to Mental Health

October 31, 2023

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych   If you’ve been reading the planning series (articles 1 to 3), you’ve learned about a foundational habit that we review with most of our clients- Planning.  You’ve learned that detailed planning of tasks and goals is not just for achievement purposes, but that the process has other mental health benefits. …

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Anxiety Won the Lottery – Possibility versus Probability

October 25, 2023

Dr. Aline Strong, C.Psych Anxious or worrisome thoughts have a particular way of manifesting themselves in our minds. One obvious feature of an anxious thought is its intrusive nature. It is seldom that you hear someone say that they wanted to worry about something. Often, worries appear without us wanting them to. They seem to…

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Blog Series: Everyday Mental Health: Universal Truth #1 Planning Your Life is Essential to Mental Health

October 17, 2023

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych In articles 1 and 2, we reviewed some of the unhelpful assumptions that may stop you from getting started planning your life, as well as some questions to help you articulate the changes/goals that will help you feel better.  These articles helped set the stage for the steps in this article,…

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Blog Series: Everyday Mental Health: Universal Truth #1 Planning Your Life Leads to Better Mental Health!

October 10, 2023

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych In my first article about planning, I discussed some of the common assumptions that get in the way of this habit. If you haven’t read it already, it may be helpful to uncover some of your unhelpful assumptions before moving onto the steps of building the daily habit of planning your…

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Blog Series: Everyday Mental Health : Universal Truth #1 Planning Your Life is Essential for Mental Health

September 25, 2023

Dr. Amanda Beaman, C.Psych In this article I will introduce you to the importance of planning for mental health.  Please see the intro article for this blog series, which sets the stage for the next articles, and provides some important information about seeking professional help. I can confidently say that based on my many years…

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