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Demand for Youth Mental Health Services is Exploding

The Toronto Star featured an article today about how universities and colleges are scrambling to decide what amount of funding will be needed to address the mental health needs of students, quoting a psychiatrist from McMaster University who said the school’s counseling service has “lineups out the door and down the hall.” The article goes […]

Shift Supports #TeamUnbreakable

Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is very proud to have supported Cameron Helps, a charitable organization whose goal is to protect youth from anxiety, depression and suicide by fostering lifelong exercise through running. Over the past few months, a group of teens attended an after-school program at the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre where they were paired […]

Bring Conscious Awareness to Your Actions

Human bodies are exceptionally good at making complicated things routine, like driving cars down busy roadways at the same time that we’re singing along to music and adjusting the mirrors. This is really useful because it means I don’t have to waste my precious mental resources relearning everyday things, like how to move my hand […]

Introduction to Mindful Living

Next Group January 15 – February 19, 2015 Take a step toward a greater quality of life with a seasoned teacher and cultivate your understanding of the basic principles of living mindfully. Over six weeks, our Intro to Mindful Living program guides participants through a variety of mindfulness practices in an open and supportive environment.     The […]

Congratulations to Siren Busch!

We are very happy to congratulate Siren on passing all of her exams and achieving the full license to practice as a Psychological Associate! Psychological Associates are members of The College of Psychologists of Ontario and possess a masters degree in psychology. To become licensed, Psychological Associates will typically work in the field of psychology […]

What is Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)?

Emotion Focused Therapy for couples is a short-term therapy, usually lasting between 8 and 20 sessions. Research demonstrates that it is effective, with most outcome studies showing more than a 70% rate of recovery from marital distress in 10 – 12 sessions. The reason EFT works so well is that it directly addresses the three questions that we […]

The Importance of Self-Regulation

CBC Radio’s program Ideas aired a fascinating documentary on June 16 about the importance of helping children develop their capacity to self-regulate. The broad category of ‘self-regulation’ refers to a group of abilities that includes being aware of and able to change emotional states, moving the focus of attention from any one thing to any other […]

New Fear of Flying Program Really Took Off!

  This spring saw the launch of the very first of Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment’s new Flying Without Fear program and it was an absolute success. Five people attended the 2-day workshop, which was held in our Oakville offices over 2 Saturdays at the end of April. A few weeks later, we rented an […]

Dr. Steve Barker, Shift’s NEW Director of Assessment Services

Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is very proud to welcome Dr. Stephen Barker to our team of clinicians. Dr. Barker brings his 40 years of clinical experience and expertise to the Shift team as our Director of Assessment Services, a new position that will help us to provide cutting-edge psychological assessments for children, teens and […]

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