Best Tips to Prepare Yourself for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Best Tips to Prepare Yourself for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT therapy? Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treating mental health issues. Therapists have found it effective in treating a variety of conditions, including OCD, depression, anxiety and a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. CBT for teens has been found to be as effective as CBT for adults. Are…

How Psychotherapy Can Help You Recover From Depression
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How Psychotherapy Can Help You Recover From Depression

What Causes Depression?  Depression is one of the most prevalent psychological issues among people. Individuals – both teenagers and adults, may require psychotherapy for depression when experiencing these symptoms. Symptoms of depression can interfere in one’s life. They can impact a person’s ability to work, complete their studies and interfere with friendships and romantic relationships….

What Is Trauma Therapy?
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What Is Trauma Therapy?

Trauma therapy for adults and teens is used when individuals are experiencing significant symptoms following a traumatic event. When considering the best treatment for PTSD, it is important to think about Cognitive Processing Therapy, or CPT.  People will often wonder, what is trauma therapy and why would it be beneficial for me? In order to…

Curious about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Group Therapy?
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Curious about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Group Therapy?

This blog has been co-authored by Adam Blake, M.Sc. and Marlene Taube-Schiff, PhD., C. Psych., R. Psych. One of the things we love about providing group therapy for OCD is seeing clients inspire and motivate each other. This is so important because the work of exposure and response prevention therapy can be challenging. Feeling supported…

What Are the Best Ways to Help a Teen Who Has OCD?
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What Are the Best Ways to Help a Teen Who Has OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is quite prevalent among adolescents and teenagers. OCD symptoms in teens include the presence of unwanted and intrusive thoughts or images. These intrusive thoughts or obsessions will often feel distressing and do not align with a person’s values. In response to these obsessions, individuals will engage in a variety of compulsive…

Group Therapy for OCD
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Group Therapy for OCD

You might notice that many clinics offer group therapy for individuals who have symptoms of OCD. You might think – why would I want to be around people when receiving group therapy? I would rather talk to someone individually because that would be more comfortable. However, there are actually many benefits when engaging in group…

How to Find the Right Therapist for my OCD Treatment
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How to Find the Right Therapist for my OCD Treatment

You have decided to pursue treatment for your OCD. Amazing! Next step – how do you find the right therapist? Will they understand my OCD? Will you be able to tell them all of your intrusive thoughts?  Read on to discover ways that we engage in therapist matching at Forward Thinking Psychological Services (FTPS). We…

OCD and Exam Time: How to Help your Teen
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OCD and Exam Time: How to Help your Teen

Teens with OCD might struggle during exam time. It is a high stress time. Internal resources are running low. As a parent or loved one, you want to help them. What can you do? What happens to adolescents and teenagers during exam time? The end of the school year is often met with delight and…

It’s all in the family: OCD and the importance of family work
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It’s all in the family: OCD and the importance of family work

Families with someone with OCD often face challenges in their relationships due to their OCD. For example, people will say their partners are frustrated with them because their rituals take up a lot of time. Or there might be restricted behaviours happening for family members in the home environment.  Even though only one person in…

OCD treatment: Finding our “new normal” in ERP work
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OCD treatment: Finding our “new normal” in ERP work

I recently read two systematic review articles describing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on individuals with OCD. Systematic reviews are a type of article where the authors carefully search for all of the research on a topic, and then combine it in a scientifically rigorous way. One article focused on  young people and the…