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Student Therapists at Reduced Fees

33 days ago

CITC is pleased to announce that we will have two Ph.D. students join our practice in September. They will provide our psychological services at reduced fees. Please call 416-570-5050 or email info@citcassociates.com to find out more.

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Burnout - Are you running on empty?

232 days ago

If constant stress has you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unmotivated, you may be suffering from burnout.  Burnout is a terms that has become popular in recent years, and is used to describe a state of emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion caused by prolonged stress.  Burnout can cause changes to your body that leave you more susceptible to colds and flu. And extreme burnout can look a lot like depression.  Burnout is usually caused by work-related stress, but personality factors (e.g., perfectionism) and lifestyle factors (e.g., caring for young kids, taking...

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How To Deal With Holiday-Related Depression And Seasonal Affective Disorder

279 days ago

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, and for those suffering from depression or seasonal affective disorder, they can be nearly impossible to get through alone. When the temperature drops and the landscape begins to change, it can have a profound effect on some, leading to low days where everything looks bleak and overwhelming. It’s not just a matter of feeling down on a few gray days; for some individuals, it’s hard to get out of bed. For others, substance abuse is a way of coping. And, unfortunately,...

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CITC Associate, Dr. Jessica Dere, Speaks at TEDx

292 days ago

“Simply adding some basic demographic information can significantly shift how we think about the very same behaviours”. All individuals have varied experiences that influence their appreciation and presentation of mental health concerns. One’s culture can also affect these factors. Dr. Jessica Dere recently spoke at TEDxUTSC about the significance of considering cultural factors when understanding a person’s context for their behaviours and defining mental illness. She also discusses how to engage with knowledge about an individual’s culture and the implications of a culturally-informed approach in research, clinical, and educational settings. Click on...

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CITC AT TEDx

292 days ago

“Simply adding some basic demographic information can significantly shift how we think about the very same behaviours”.  One of our associates, Dr. Jessica Dere, recently gave a TEDx talk at the University of Toronto. See what she has to say about a culturally-informed approach to mental health by clicking the link below.  Challenges and Rewards of a Culturally-Informed Approach to Mental Health

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Controlled Breathing to Combat Post Trump Election Stress

302 days ago

Levels of stress have jumped since Donald Trump won the U.S. election.  His win sent shockwaves around the world that were felt at both the individual and global level.  Here in Canada, many people are worried about the future and how his win will impact Canadians.  At CITC, we have noticed an increase in levels of anxiety and stress since the election.  One quick and easy way to combat stress levels is controlled breathing.  While it won't change the election results, incorporating controlled breathing to your regular daily routine can have...

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CBT Group for Adolescents with Anxiety

316 days ago

We are pleased to offer an 8-week  CBT group for Adolescents with anxiety starting Winter/Spring 2017.  The group will focus on teaching adolescents the CBT model of anxiety and skill training to help manage symptoms of anxiety.  During the 8 weeks, adolescents will learn new behaviours, concrete problem-solving skills, and strategies for challenging maladaptive or unrealistic anxious thoughts.  Please call 416-570-5050 or email info@citcassociates.com to find out more.

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New Couples Therapist

442 days ago

It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Kristen Adams has joined CITC.  Dr. Adams is a clinical psychologist who  offers therapy to individuals and couples. She is also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which is effective for couples seeking treatment. Welcome to the CITC team, Dr. Adams!

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

458 days ago

It's that time of year again - May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is on the rise in Canada and the number of people infected is growing at an alarming rate (http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lyme-disease-1.3585784). Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferia bacteria, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.  In the Spring, ticks are particularly concerning as there are more nymph ticks which are about the size of a poppy seed and, therefore, difficult to detect. Lyme awareness is key to prevention.  Diagnosis, however, can be tricky as...

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New Child & Adolescent Psychologist

476 days ago

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dessy Marinova has joined CITC.  Dr. Dessy is a child and adolescent psychologist and offers CBT for Children, as well CBT & IPT for Adolescents.  Dr. Dessy also offers family counselling, as well as psychoeducational assessments.  She is a great addition to our team!

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ONCALL HEALTH

502 days ago

CITC has partnered with OnCall Health to offer you secure, online consultation and therapy services.  OnCall health takes privacy seriously, and is PHIPA/HIPAA complaint.  Now you can book a consultation session or therapy session from the comfort of your own home or office without having to travel to our offices.  Contact us at 416-570-5050 or info@citcassocaites.com to find out more about our OnCall Services.

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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

532 days ago

All parents want their children to be successful, but is there a limit on how much children should strive for achievement? School-aged children and youth seeking professional help for medical and mental health concerns have been on the rise. These issues create immediate difficulties and can increase the chances of these concerns persisting into adulthood. Several practitioners believe the current demands our children face may be contributing to these observed health trends. The New York Times recently featured an article that makes us question whether children are appropriately being pressured to succeed, and...

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Conflicts with your Teenager or Adolescent

551 days ago

Adolescence is a time of transition both both parents and teenagers, and increased interpersonal conflict is not uncommon.  In fact, conflict during this time period is healthy, as adolescents push for more freedom and autonomy and parents push for safety and responsibility .   So what is the best way to fight with a teenager  in order to help them develop into responsible, autonomous adults? Below is a good article recently came out in the New York Times and offers some good suggestions. The Best Way to Fight with a Teenager

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

615 days ago

Some individuals experience serious depression when the seasons change and the days are shorter and darker.  Some experts believe that reduced levels of sunlight are responsible for causing these changes in mood.  Indeed, light treatment has shown to help reduce the symptoms of depression.  Therapy can also help people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here is a good article on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) where you can find more information. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html

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Holiday Stress: T'is the Season

652 days ago

The holidays can be a time for rejoicing and for getting together with friends and loved ones.  But it can also be a time of increased stress and conflict.  The social commitments, family obligations (and arguments), over indulgence on food and drinks, and the never ending shopping list can all lead to holiday burn-out.  The lack of sun and shorter days this time of year doesn't help either and, for some people, can bring on outright symptoms of depression. Here are some tips of how to de-stress over the holidays and make...

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