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Gratitude: A simple and effective way to happiness

30 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

80 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

100 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

191 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

220 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?

232 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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Find yourself overthinking? Here's how to stop

387 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...

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Burnout - Are you running on empty?

681 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

728 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

741 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

741 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

751 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

765 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 /text416-570-5050 or email info@citcassociates.com to find out more.

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New Couples Therapist

891 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

907 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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