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A Distinctive Approach to Psychotherapy
There is a mounting body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of psychotherapy and other psychological interventions in managing chronic pain and other chronic medical conditions.
Our psychotherapy services are designed with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Both of these techniques have been proven effective for the management of chronic pain and illness (Kabat-Zinn et al., 1985; Schmidt et al, 2011; McBeth et al, 2012).
Dr. Amy Andrews-Alexander, a Family Physician practicing in Psychotherapy and Certified Yoga Teacher, provides individual assessment and consultation as well as group psychotherapy facilitation. She has developed an evidence-based, integrative approach to treating chronic pain and medical illness that combines mindfulness, up-to-date neuroscientific research, pharmacology and yoga with psychotherapy in order to help her patients achieve optimal well-being in the midst of challenging circumstances.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Research shows that your thoughts, feelings and behaviours influence one another from moment to moment. These links have a big impact on how we all learn to deal with major challenges in life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches people techniques to help them actively problem solve and to cope better with health challenges.
What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a program in which participants learn meditative techniques that help them to develop moment-to-moment awareness. This approach is often used to alleviate pain and to foster a greater sense of physical and emotional ease and well-being.