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What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a meditation practice that teaches us how to slow down to observe our thoughts with an attitude of neutrality. We learn and practice simply being present with our thoughts and emotions, without trying to change them. This ability to combine calmness with acceptance gives us greater opportunity for happiness, even when we never imagined it might be possible.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program originally developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It uses the principles of mindfulness meditation to treat patients with both medical and emotional problems. Many people, even those without a medical diagnosis, have found that they are able to manage the stress in their lives much more effectively using MBSR, which has been found to be useful in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety and panic, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, skin disorders, and high blood pressure.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps people with depression and anxiety develop new ways of coping with depressive thoughts, distressing emotions, and anxious feelings so that they can feel free to live their lives. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a method of helping people to stay well following successful CBT treatment. It combines the philosophy and some of the approaches of CBT with MBSR to help prevent relapse.


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Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?

Psychologists:

  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete an undergraduate degree that includes 360 hours (total) of training and education. In contrast, to become a psychologist in Ontario the... Read More

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