At York Region CBT we have a team of experienced psychotherapists who are trained in evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT).  Our clinicians offer help for a range of issues including (but not limited to):

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
  • Workplace Stress
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Anger
  • Self-Esteem

People often choose to start psychotherapy because they are struggling with negative feelings, unsettling moods, worrisome thoughts, unhealthy behaviours, and/or are having difficulties in their relationships. Psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective form of treatment to several issues related to mental health and functioning.  Although there may be obstacles to psychotherapy – such as talking about upsetting issues, getting in touch with painful feelings, or changing certain relationship dynamics that were fueled by old patterns – psychotherapy has a number of important benefits including:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved communication skills
  • Clearer personal goals
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased ability to set boundaries
  • Decreased levels of depression and anxiety
  • Coming to terms with past painful experiences

Several research studies indicate that psychotherapy helps people make positive changes in their lives. The American Psychological Association cites research that, on average, individuals who complete psychotherapy are better off than 80 % of those who do not receive treatment. Although there are no guarantees that treatment will be successful in every case, there is substantial evidence that many people receive significant benefits from psychotherapy.     

Psychotherapy relies, primarily, on talk-therapy interventions, rather than medication or direct physical interventions. That being said, psychotherapy is more than just “talking.” It involves the use of techniques and/or therapeutic exercises that require active participation and practice from clients. Psychotherapy also involves the development of a trusting, caring, and collaborative relationship with a professional trained in the techniques of mental health treatment.

Psychotherapy is a regulated act that can only be performed by certain regulated health care professionals. Some of these professionals include:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychiatrists

Below is a chart developed by the Ontario Psychological Association highlighting the education, training, and scope of practice of some of these professionals:


It can be confusing to know which professional to contact for psychotherapy, as all the professionals listed above may offer psychotherapy services. Some of our clients choose their professional based on their insurance coverage. Even though most insurance companies cover psychotherapy services, some insurance companies may specify the type of professional you need to choose. For example, some insurance companies only cover psychotherapy services delivered by a social worker or psychologist. However, if you know you have coverage for different professionals or you are not using an insurance company, then you have a range of professionals to choose from based on your personal preferences (e.g., availability, therapy modality, cultural background, etc.). All our professionals at York Region CBT have extensive training in psychotherapy and are experienced in the treatment of several mental health disorders as well as relationship difficulties, life transitions, and stress management. Be sure to call your insurance provider if you are not clear on your psychotherapy coverage. 

Some of our clients also have specific needs regarding their treatment that direct them to a particular professional. Here are some examples of what these needs may be:


I need a formal diagnosis

Some of our clients need a formal diagnosis in order to make specific requests about accommodations at work or school, or they wish to communicate and confirm a diagnosis with their family physician or psychiatrist in order to receive a particular medication. If that is your case, please request to be seen by a psychologist, as they are the only professionals within our team who can give you a formal diagnosis regarding your symptoms. If you are simply seeking to speak with someone about your challenges and receive treatment for your symptoms, regardless or not a formal diagnosis is made, then you can select any member of our team to receive psychotherapy treatment. You may also wish to consult with one of our psychologists to obtain a diagnosis and shift to receive psychotherapy treatment from our psychotherapists.

I need a comprehensive assessment of my symptoms

Some of our clients want to participate in a comprehensive psychological assessment or evaluation – in which they spend a few hours participating in interviews and completing questionnaires with a professional.  This type of assessment is only offered by a psychologist, and usually includes a formal report outlining the challenges and strengths in emotional functioning, development, and/or learning. Examples of clients seeking this type of service are those wanting to find out whether they have a learning disorder (i.e. psychoeducational assessment), whether their challenges fall on the autism spectrum (i.e. developmental assessment), or they have symptoms of a personality disorder (i.e. socio-emotional assessment).


I want to take medication

The only health care professionals allowed to prescribe medications in Ontario are those trained in the medical field or with specialized training in pharmacology, such as psychiatrists, family physicians, and nurse practitioners. None of our professionals would be able to prescribe medication to you; however, they would work with your health care provider to coordinate an approach to treatment that is in your best interest. In fact, research shows that combined medication and psychotherapy treatment is better than taking medication alone. If this is your case, you may benefit from receiving psychotherapy from one of our professionals – our psychotherapists, social worker, or psychologists – and receive medication from your psychiatrist or family physician. 

I need help regulating my emotions, managing my negative thoughts, and behaving more confidently

Well, in that case as likely many others, you can contact any of our professionals as they are all qualified to provide you with evidence-based treatment tailored to meet your needs.


If you’re interested in participating in psychotherapy treatment, click on the link below to book your phone consultation with us and learn about our services!

Also, check the Our Team page to read about our clinicians.