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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, stress reduction and relaxation components are offered as part of our chronic condition and pain management programs.
There is a mounting body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of psychotherapy and psychological intervention in managing stress related to dealing with chronic conditions and pain management. Our psychotherapy services are designed with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. Dr. Amy Alexander, MHSc, MD, CCFP, provides individual psychotherapy assessment and consultation as well as facilitating group CBT sessions. She incorporates mindfulness, meditation and yoga to further enhance the benefits of her treatments.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Research shows you can change how you think, and how you think affects how you feel. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy employs this principal in treating patients dealing with chronic conditions including chronic pain. The goal is to assist patients to stay well or cope with a health problem by changing how they think so they can care for themselves and handle life’s challenges, feel better and avoid or cope with stress, anxiety and depression.
Using CBT, you can learn to stop unhealthy thoughts and replace them with helpful thoughts. Healthy thinking also involves calming your mind and body. You can use one or more techniques. These may include meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, or guided imagery.