Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy. It helps people to develop skills and strategies for managing anxiety and reducing distress.
CBT focuses on the here-and-now—on the problems that come up in day-to-day life and helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening and how that in turn effects the way they feel.
Over the course of 12 sessions, the participants learn how to experience uncomfortable emotions and respond to them in more helpful ways. Using a range of strategies, the CBT aims to establish links between emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Understanding the relationship between physical sensations, automatic negative thoughts and avoidance behaviours enables participants to interrupt the escalating spiral of anxiety and panic. A major component of CBT for anxiety is exposure therapy, where participants work on increasing their tolerance of uncomfortable situations in a gradual manner. Additionally, strategies for improving problem solving and reducing procrastination are provided.
Length: 12 Weekly Sessions (2 Hours)
Group Leaders: Registered Social Worker
Group Size: 8-9
Referral: Primary Care Provider to refer to Mental Health Program or to CAMH