The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OICBT)

The OICBT is a private practice clinic composed of therapists with expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  We use CBT to help our clients identify and overcome obstacles that are interfering with their life goals and sense of well-being.  Most of the therapists at the OICBT have been involved in hospital-based practice and have received in-depth training in the delivery of evidence-based treatments.  

At the OICBT, we aim to be responsive to our community. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients by offering individual, group and home- and community-based services.  Research and best-practice guidelines inform our decisions about treatment.  We also aim to provide structured opportunities for professional development, supervision, and evaluation research.  In order to achieve these goals we have developed strong ties to academic and hospital-based institutions and other mental health providers in the community.  As such, we are actively involved in providing consulting services to public and private sector organizations.


Our Therapeutic Approach

Our team has a wealth of experience using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat psychological problems.  (Click here for more information on CBT).  In addition, most of our staff also use other approaches that are derived from or that complement CBT, including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT)

  • Schema Focused Therapy 


Our Clients

We provide services to adults and seniors.  Services are available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu, and Swedish.


Problems That We Treat

We help clients improve their mood, reduce their anxiety, learn to relax, cope with stress, regulate their emotions and manage their anger, be more productive, improve their interpersonal relationships, find a better balance between personal life and work, cope with illness, work towards personal goals (e.g., dieting, exercising), and more.

Here is a list of some of the specific problems that we treat:

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Assertivenes

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Chronic/Acute Health Problems

  • Depression

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Grief

  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)

  • Health Anxiety

  • Hoarding

  • Interpersonal Problems

  • Life Transitions (e.g., divorce, parenthood, retirement)

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Pain

  • Panic Attacks and Disorder

  • Perfectionism

  • Phobias (e.g., heights)

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Procrastination

  • Self-Esteem Problems

  • Self-Harm

  • Sexuality Issues

  • Skin-Picking (Excoriation)

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Substance Use (e.g., alcohol, drugs)

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Work Stress

  • Worry