Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy. It helps people to develop skills and strategies for managing depression and stay symptom free.
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 best respond to negative shifts in moods using a range of strategies. These aim to establish links between mood and activities and encourage clients to re-engage in pleasant and productive activities that in turn increases motivation. Understanding the relationship between automatic negative thoughts, emotions and behaviours enables clients to interrupt the downward spiral of depression. Additionally, strategies for improving nutrition, sleep 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