People with anxiety problems, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often prescribed benzodiazepine medication; for example, diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), or clonazepam (Klonopin), to help them cope with severe anxiety in the short term. While these medications can be useful in the short-term treatment of acute anxiety, the regular use of these medications at higher doses in the long term can lead to problems with addiction, withdrawal and rebound anxiety.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be used to help people design and implement a program to gradually reduce and then stop anti-anxiety medication. Because stopping anti-anxiety medication suddenly can lead to serious problems, including severe anxiety, it is best to have a medically-supervised plan to slowly reduce medication and replace medication with effective CBT techniques for managing anxiety.
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
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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
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