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TruReach: CBT in an App

Happy New Year! PM celebrates the first official blog entry of 2017 with an announcement by Jeff Perron, Programs Manager at TruReach Health, who is offering PM members and their clients FREE access to a new CBT app called TruReach.  … Continue reading →

Addiction Relapse: One Step Back, Two and Three Steps Toward Recovery

This is the third in a series of blogs contributed by our PM clinician Gregory Rennie, who will introduce you to various aspects of addiction and its treatment using psychotherapy.  Gregory Rennie provides access to collaborative care with PM psychiatrists via the Psychotherapy … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy for Trauma or Stress

After exposure to terrifying or catastrophic events, most people, about 70-80%, eventually recover and resume a normal life with little or no professional intervention.  A large number of people, about 20-30%, experience prolonged psychological distress that may interfere with their … Continue reading →

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

Do you feel sad much of the time?  Does it seem as if nothing feels good, as if you don’t care about anything?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, chances are you have depression.  Severe depression or Major … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy for Early-Onset Psychosis

The rate of new-onset psychosis peaks during young adulthood.  This is the time when most people are going to school or just starting to work. Psychosis can negatively affect a person’s intellectual, social, and personal growth for the rest of … Continue reading →

The Practice Notebook of a Psychotherapy Trainee: Why is Psychotherapy Effective?

I froze like “a deer caught in the headlights.” My clinical supervisor repeated the question: “What would be a contraindication for this medication?” A reasonable question from a clinical supervisor for a senior medical student! Only ten minutes earlier, I … Continue reading →

The Practice Notebook of a Psychotherapy Trainee: Choosing the Patient for CBT

I am a nervous wreck! I am to conduct my very first series of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) sessions as a resident physician training in psychiatry.  I have read Dr. Beck’s “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” and Dr. Padesky’s “Mind over Mood.” … Continue reading →

Online Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Depression in Youth

What do we already know? After decades of research and collective practice, mental health care clinicians generally regard cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate depression and anxiety in people of all ages.  Face-to-face … Continue reading →

The Writer’s License

Foreword by the Editor of the Psychotherapy Matters Blog: Dr. Steingart contributed this post after writing it for a course that he took at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies on Creative Non-Fiction taught by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall.  Psychiatrists rarely–if ever–admit to … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy for Chronic Insomnia

Most of us have experienced insomnia at one point or another in our lives. We have all experienced the frustration of lying awake in bed for hours waiting for sleep, which then comes too late and is short-lived, leaving us … Continue reading →