Winters are a hard time for so many of us – we can get stuck in routines, retreat more within the comfort of our homes, and perhaps most challenging, we find ourselves reflecting on ourselves and our relative contexts. In fact, this particular time of year is synonymous with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), an experience that is so common it has become a (uninvited) household name and guest.
Mental health challenges tend to be more acutely challenging this time of year, as it becomes more difficult for us to maintain self-care routines, try to get adequate sleep, and feel well balanced – we tend to slip back into old habits, enter into more relational struggles with our loved ones, and generally feel less satisfied and resilient. Small stresses can take us down, and we find ourselves stuck with distressing thoughts, and uncomfortable emotions. What if it didn’t have to be that way?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based and often gold-standard approach anchored to client needs to address the unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns that underly the challenging emotions that hold us back.
How does it work?
Work with a cognitive-behavioural therapist involves developing a treatment plan that is tailored to address a number of client goals. It is a short-term treatment that generally lasts between 8-24 sessions. CBT focuses on finding solutions, providing strategies and techniques to improve coping and reduce distress, designed to help clients challenge difficult thoughts and beliefs, and change problematic behaviours. A number of specific interventions have been developed stemming from a cognitive-behavioural perspective: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
The CBT Clinic
On January 16th, 2023, the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR) opened its doors to The CBT Clinic. CFIR is poised to provide cognitive-behavioural therapy in a client-centered fashion, tailored to your specific needs. The CBT Clinic includes a large number of empathic and caring mental health professionals that can see clients virtually, and in-person at our sites in Ottawa and Toronto.
Dr. Marc Bedard, C.Psych. is a psychologist and neuropsychologist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). Dr. Bedard provides psychological services to individual adults experiencing a wide range of psychological and relationship difficulties related to mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders, sleep disruptions, and interpersonal betrayal. He works from a client-centered approach and integrates therapeutic techniques from object relations, ego, and self-psychology psychotherapies, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). He also provides neuropsychological assessment services to individuals with acquired brain injury, post-concussive difficulties, and to diagnose issues related to neurodivergence (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder). Dr. Bedard is the Director of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic (CBT-C) at CFIR.