INTENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS

The purpose of the general diagnostic assessment service is to assess the possible existence of psychiatric disorders using standard and structured clinical interviews and questionnaires. The Intensive Diagnostic Assessment Stream is part of The OICBT Training Program and is directed by Dr. Connie Dalton. This service will be most helpful for individuals who are seeking clarification of a diagnosis for the purpose of a medication consult with a treating psychiatrist and for treatment planning and accommodation purposes.

Contact Information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about the Intensive Assessment and Diagnosis program.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca


ADULT ADHD ASSESSMENT

The purpose of the intensive ADHD assessment service is to assess the possible existence of ADHD using standard clinical and cognitive tests. This service will be most helpful for individuals who are seeking clarification of a diagnosis of ADHD for the purpose of a medication consult with a treating psychiatrist, for treatment planning and for insurance or accommodation purposes.

The assessment involves the following:

  • Clinical intake interview with a Ph.D. student or Psychology Resident (working under the supervision of a clinical psychologist)
  • Completion and review of self-report symptom questionnaires
  • Review of school report cards (if available)
  • Intelligence- and memory-related cognitive tests that help to assess for the presence of attention-related deficits
  • 30-minute feedback session with a clinical psychologist and the assessor
  • Detailed report with results and follow-up treatment recommendations
  • Consultation with other professionals as needed to help with treatment needs and goals

Cost
The cost for this service is $1,650.00. This fee is based on the number of hours needed (19.5 hours) for clinical sessions and assessment, report writing, interpretation of results and supervision by a psychologist. The face-to-face portion of the assessment will take approximately 6.5 hours.

Insurance coverage
This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.

Contact Information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about our Adult ADHD Assessment program. For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca


INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Individual therapy is a great way to explore personal issues and challenges as they relate to both mental health and general life goals. Our clinicians have expertise in treating a wide range of mental health difficulties and use empirically-supported therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and committment therapy, schema therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioural therapy. Click here to see staff member bios.

Contact Information

For more information about our individual therapy services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca

 

 


GROUP THERAPY

Group CBT is an empirically supported treatment that is both structured and collaborative. It is based on a scientific understanding of the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It is a short-term treatment approach that helps people identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.

We provide several groups that focus on different problems.  Each group aims at helping you develop specific skills to address these problems and find new ways to live a fuller and more meaningful life.

This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.

For more information, read our group descriptions below and download the accompanying fact sheets. You can also contact us if you want more information or if you would like to book an appointment:

Phone: 613-820-9931, ext. 0

Email: info@ottawacbt.ca


CBT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

The CBT group for anxiety and depression consists of five different modules, with each focusing on a different CBT skill, including understanding and identifying your thoughts and emotions, making healthy behavioural changes, challenging your unhelpful thoughts, developing your problem-solving skills, and reducing fear and anxiety through exposure exercises.  This program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, with people entering the group every three weeks.

CBT Group for Anxiety and Depression Fact Sheet


CORE BELIEFS GROUP

The Core Beliefs Group focuses on identifying and challenging core beliefs (core beliefs are central beliefs that people hold about the self, others and the world) that are related to problems with depression, anxiety and interpersonal situations. The focus of this group is to help individuals first identify their core beliefs and to then challenge these beliefs through the use of emotion-focused, cognitive and behavioral strategies.

Core Beliefs Group Fact Sheet


MAKING BEHAVIOURAL CHANGES GROUP

The Making Behavioural Changes Group consists of three sessions focused on helping group members face feared situations using behavioural experiments and exposure-based CBT strategies.
This group will be relevant for anyone who has completed the initial core belief group as well as introductory depression and anxiety groups at the OICBT.

Making Behavioural Changes Group Fact Sheet


COPING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS GROUP

The Coping with Chronic Illness Group consists of four different modules, with each focusing on a different skill to help manage a chronic health condition. Each module consists of two sessions and lasts 1.5 hours in length. In order to participate in the program, participants need to commit to two consecutive modules of weekly group therapy sessions.

Coping with Chronic Illness Group Fact Sheet


HOME- AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM

One of the greatest challenges for the treatment of mental health problems is the accessibility of services. In some cases, the mental health difficulties themselves make it difficult for individuals to access services. Individuals with anxiety and mood disorders, for example, may have great difficulty even leaving their home to attend appointments.  In addition, treatment outside the therapist’s office (e.g., busy shopping mall, getting on the bus) is often indicated as the therapist can then directly help the client implement and practice strategies introduced in treatment. Few therapists, however, are able to provide off-site services. To address these limitations, we initiated a program focused on increasing access to mental health services in the community. The overall goal of the home- and community-based program is to provide evidence-based treatment to individuals who will benefit from accessing services within their homes and/or within relevant community settings.

 

Why CBT in the home and community? 
CBT is a skills-based approach that involves practicing a set of cognitive and behavioural skills. Given the focus of CBT on practicing skills outside of the therapists’ office, the need for coaching and modelling of these skills in the real world and with real problems is essential.  These problems may include problems with home management, exercise, increasing social activity, difficulties with organisation and planning, reducing engagement in compulsive behaviours and exposing self to feared situations, events and objects.  The importance of practice in therapy is emphasized by the benefits associated with completion of homework in CBT. Because individuals experiencing anxiety, depression and attentional problems often report difficulty initiating, maintaining or completing assigned homework tasks on their own, coaching plays an important role in the therapy process.

 

Putting goals in place
The home- and community-based program aims to help individuals meet their therapy goals.  Working in collaboration with behavioural aides, clients get started on tasks they have been avoiding or they begin facing fearful situations.  These exercises are completed as part of a treatment plan developed in collaboration with a treating psychologist.  While the length of CBT treatment within the home- and community-based program is flexible, treatment usually starts with 6- to-15 weekly or bi-weekly sessions. Therapists regularly evaluate a client’s progress by reviewing patterns in self-reported anxiety and depressive symptoms. This service is offered at the client’s home and/or in relevant community-based settings.

 

Insurance coverage
This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.

 

Contact Information
Please click here to download a fact sheet about our Home and Community Program.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca

 

 

 

 

 

OCD INTENSIVE DAY TREATMENT

The OCD intensive day treatment program at the OICBT is based on best-practice models for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Our program is designed to teach participants the tools they need to move beyond the endless cycle of OCD. This program is based on evidence-based CBT practice and specifically Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). In ERP, we aim to reduce anxiety by gradually exposing participants to feared OCD triggers and reduce the use of compulsions.

The intensive day treatment program is a comprehensive treatment program involving weekly individual therapy sessions, group education, as well as daily exposure practice (both independent and therapist-assisted).  Family and significant others are integrated into treatment as much as possible. Our team includes Psychologists, Behavioral Therapists and Social Workers.

 

Outline of the Intensive Day Treatment Program
Participants are asked to commit to completing one module of treatment to start (3 weeks of treatment). Each week this program involves:

  • Pre and Post Exposure Check in and Debriefing Sessions
  • Daily Practice with Exposure (Therapist Assisted & Independent)
  • Weekly Psycho-Educational Group for Clients and Significant Others 
  • Weekly Individual Therapy Session with a Primary Therapist
  • Integration of Significant Others into treatment with the goal of helping clients and significant others recognize and interrupt compulsions through the active reduction of reassurance and accommodation behaviors

 

Dates and Cost
This program is offered each day of the week (Monday to Friday) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost of involvement in this program is $650 per week. Group participants are expected to commit to one module of three weeks of treatment. Prior to being accepted in the program, participants need to complete a separate intake interview, understand the nature of OCD using the CBT model, identify specific exposure goals with a therapist and outline general guidelines for response prevention.

 

Insurance coverage
This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.

 

Contact information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about our OCD Intensive Day Treatment program.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY PROGRAM

Our DBT program is based on Marsha Linehan’s evidence-based treatment model for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It aims to help people enhance their ability to manage their emotions by teaching them problem-solving and coping skills. It is a skills-based treatment that is helpful for those experiencing difficulties managing difficult emotions and behaviours. 

This is a comprehensive treatment program that involves individual psychotherapy and group skills training. In order to participate in the program, participants need to commit to weekly group therapy sessions and supplementary individual therapy sessions.

Contact information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about our DBT Program.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca

 

VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY

The OICBT has made virtual reality – an innovative and effective way of treating certain anxiety disorders and phobias – available to its clients through the OICBT Virtual Reality Program.

Much like virtual reality in other realms such as gaming, the OICBT Virtual Reality Program makes use of virtual headsets and software. This allows the client to virtually experience situations that are related to their anxieties or fears. Consistent with best practice in treating anxiety-related disorders and phobias, the OICBT Virtual Reality Program allows clients and their therapists to work through anxiety-provoking situations in a much more “real world” manner than was previously possible.

Contact information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about our Virtual Reality Program.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca