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Under Lockdown: Cope with Tension in Your Relationship

63 days ago

Hello Reader, It is easy to imagine that frustrations, tensions and arguments in households are common problems during COVID-19. As we spend most of our time in one space with a loved one, disagreements, annoyance and frustrations are bound to happen. Normalize this experience for yourself. If the tension becomes too overwhelming, create a code word with your partner. This strategy will help you to communicate effectively before someone says something they might regret. Ask your partner what they need to sooth. Is it a hug? Deep breath? Verbal reassurance? Distraction?...

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NEW CBT FOR INSOMNIA SKILLS PROGRAM

78 days ago

CITC is pleased to announce that we will be starting new Skills Programs.  The cost is $25 per session. The first skills program we will be offering is 'CBT for insomnia:  How to Improve your Sleep Skills'.  This program will run for  5-weeks and although it is not mandatory to sign up for all 5 sessions, it is encouraged to maximize the gains.  This program is designed to provide sleep knowledge and effective skills to help improve your sleep efficiency and quality.  The program is based on principles of cognitive behaviour therapy...

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How to Maintain Optimism in the time of COVID-19

79 days ago

COVID-19 is understandably taking a global toll on our mental health. The social isolation, fears of illness, threats to financial security, worries about how, when or if this will end are all rapidly leading to a mental health crisis. In CBT, we often talk about the cognitive triad - core beliefs about the self, about others, and about the world.  These core beliefs dictate how we make sense of the world, and determine how we feel and how we behave. Negative core beliefs lead to diminished self-esteem, increased depression and anxiety, and...

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Accessing medical treatment during COVID-19 - Dial-a-doc

79 days ago

COVID-19 is posing many challenges to every day life. One of these challenges includes access to medical appointments.  While at CITC we are thankfully able to continue mental health services to our existing and to new clients by transitioning to virtual care, many doctors offices have been forced to close or be selective in terms of who they see face-to-face during this pandemic. A recent Ontario Medical Association poll of its members have indicated that as many as 50% of physicians are thinking of closing their offices completely. The good news is...

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How to combat depressive thinking during COVID-19

85 days ago

Depressive thinking can be heightened during this challenging time.  Here is an article on tips of how to help combat this negative thinking style. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anxiety-files/202003/depressive-thinking-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

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Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

110 days ago

These are unprecedented times.   As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the world, we have collectively entered into a time of crisis.  Understandably, reactions such as fear, worry, anger, and hopelessness will be  common.  And the mandated social isolation absolutely necessary to 'flatten the curve'  can in itself be associated with poor mental health, including increased risk for depression, anxiety and substance use. While levels of distress will surely increase both directly from fear of or actual contamination with COVID-19,  or indirectly from the global financial and social fallout of COVID-19,...

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19 POLICY

118 days ago

I wanted to reach out to all of our existing and new clients during this time of crisis and let you know that CITC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all of our clients. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and have changed our company policy in accordance. As of March 16th, 2020 we are no longer offering in person appointments in order to the reduce the possibility of transmission and ensure the safety of our community. CITC offers Telehealth appointments for all existing and new clients through...

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Back to School - Book an Assessment for your Child

280 days ago

At CITC, our experienced, registered Clinical Psychologists provide psychoeducational and socio-emotional assessments for the purpose of identifying and providing recommendations for: Strengths and weaknesses in one’s learning profile Intellectual disability Learning disability Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Giftedness and strengths to support enriched education. Socio-emotional difficulties Assessments typically involve 4-5 separate appointments. A written report detailing assessment findings and recommendations will be provided following the final feedback meeting. Psychoeducational Assessment A psychoeducational assessment involves a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and academic functioning, as
well as an evaluation of various information processing
skills essential in learning. A...

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Practicum Students - Therapy at reduced fees

280 days ago

CITC is pleased to announce that two M.A. level  practicum  students have joined our practice and is providing our psychological services at reduced fees. Please call 416-570-5050 or email info@citcassociates.com to find out more.

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Gratitude: A simple and effective way to happiness

603 days ago

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about the most efficient ways of coping with stress. While many positive emotions serve as undercurrents to the holidays- love, togetherness, appreciation- the demands of the season an also be a significant stressor for many. But did you know that incorporating something as simple as gratitude into your daily life, can have profound and positive effects on your well-being and mental health? There is a wealth of psychological research demonstrating the powerful effects of gratitude. A number of...

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Therapy Sessions for Under $125

653 days ago

CITC is pleased to announce that an M.Ed. student has joined our practice and is providing our psychological services at reduced fees. Please call 416-570-5050 or email info@citcassociates.com to find out more.

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Back to School - Time for a Psychoeducational Assessment

673 days ago

Well here we are on September 4th and, depending where you’re located, another school year is either just around the corner or already underway. If you’re like most parents, this is probably a pretty stressful time for you. There’s back-to-school shopping, the prospect of new teachers (and potentially even new schools), and through all of it, of course, your underlying concern for your child’s emotional and academic well-being. How is your child faring relative to their peers? How well-equipped are they to handle the information they’re going to learn? Are they...

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Suicide Risk and Prevention

764 days ago

The recent news that Kate Spade, fashion icon, died by suicide has sent shock waves throughout the world.  How can someone so successful and famous who seemingly had everything going for her choose to end her life?  Suicide, however, is a complex issue and does not discriminate.  People of all genders, ages, socioeconomic status and ethnicities can be at risk.  And the risk is rising across all ages and genders.  While there are certain risk factors (depression or other mental health problem, substance abuse, history of sexual abuse, a major...

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Psychoeducational Assessments now offered at CITC

793 days ago

Psychoeducational assessments involve comprehensive testing to obtain information regarding an individual's cognitive, academic, emotional, behavioural and social functioning. The Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy Centre is happy to announce that we now offer psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18 years old. Click here to read more about psychoeducational assessments. Click here to read about other services offered at the CITC. For more information regarding psychoeducational assessments or any of our other services, please send us a message here, email us at info@citcassociates.com or call/text 416-570-5050.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Are they negatively affecting your relationship?

805 days ago

One maxim that holds true for almost every relationship is that the effort you put in bears fruit. Putting in work is both worthwhile and necessary, contributing to your long-term success and happiness in your relationship. One of the areas you can put in this work is in improving your communication. Relationships can be a lot more rewarding and run much smoother when both members are able to effectively speak their mind and feel heard by their partner. Dr. John Gottman has an interesting metaphor to showcase several methods of effective...

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