Adolescent Counseling: The Many Ways You Can Help Your Teen!
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Adolescent Counseling: The Many Ways You Can Help Your Teen!

Engaging in adolescent counseling during times of growth and transformation can prove to be extremely beneficial for youth. Teens are rapidly changing during the period of adolescent development. This includes changes in their physical appearance, emotional insight and thought processes. Teens also mature and develop at different rates from each other, which adds to the…

Adolescent Mental Health: Understanding Online Therapy and Youth Wellness
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Adolescent Mental Health: Understanding Online Therapy and Youth Wellness

Adolescent mental health is affected by many different factors.. These include academic pressures, peer challenges as well as family relationships. In this blog, we will discuss how online therapy can benefit adolescent mental health and empower youth to regain a strong sense of security and wellness.  Redefining Adolescent Mental Health Support: The Rise of Online…

Teens with OCD and Anxiety: Easing Back-to-School Stress
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Teens with OCD and Anxiety: Easing Back-to-School Stress

Introduction It is that time of the year again. September rolls around and school begins. For adolescents, teens and parents this can be a stressful time of the year. New beginnings and transitions are exciting. But can also bring with them feelings of discomfort and anxiety. For teens with OCD and anxiety, it can be especially…

Understanding Potential Challenges and Setbacks in OCD Treatment for Adolescents
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Understanding Potential Challenges and Setbacks in OCD Treatment for Adolescents

OCD Prevalence in Adolescents OCD is a commonly experienced psychiatric illness. Research has demonstrated that OCD has been found in 1% to 4% of individuals (including children, adolescents and adults) throughout the world. Individuals with OCD are often impacted in terms of education, work and social relationships.  OCD may start in childhood and approximately 8…

Teen OCD Therapy: The Best Treatment Options 
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Teen OCD Therapy: The Best Treatment Options 

OCD Symptoms in Teens Many individuals will experience symptoms of OCD over the course of their lifetime. Teen OCD therapy can help adolescents when OCD symptoms occur for them. In Canada alone, almost 1% of individuals have been diagnosed with OCD. A variety of OCD symptoms may be experienced by any one person. Whenever experiencing…

How Psychotherapy for Depression Can Help You Recover
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How Psychotherapy for Depression Can Help You Recover

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?

What are the best practices for trauma treatment? 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. We will explore this type of treatment for trauma in this…

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…