153 days ago
Do you find that you are constantly going over and over situations in your mind and find it difficult to stop? Do you overthink or obsess about situations at work, your health, or about your relationships? You are likely ruminating. People who passively ruminate and repetitively fixate on their problems, without taking action. Over the years, there has been a lot of research done on the psychological and physiological effects of rumination. Nolen-Hoeksema has repeatedly found that individuals who engage in rumination are more likely to develop and have prolonged periods of depression than those...
447 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...
494 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,...
507 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...
507 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
517 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...
531 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 email@example.com to find out more.
657 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!
673 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...
691 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!
717 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our OnCall Services.
746 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...
766 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
830 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
867 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...