What to expect in a CBT Group
During 8 weeks of psycho-education, practical exercises, group dialogues and home practice, you will learn:
- What are depression and anxiety, as well as the mechanisms that maintain these psychological states
- How to act to break these mechanisms and improve your mood
- Various relaxation techniques
- How to better understand your emotions and their function in your life
- How to recognize and reinterpret counter-productive thoughts
- How to better manage interpersonal conflicts
What to expect in an ACT Group
Participants will meet for eight consecutive weeks, the active part of the treatment, and learn ACT skills through experiential exercises, small and large group discussions, and home practice.
There will be two additional follow-up sessions, each spaced a month apart, to help integrate and consolidate the learned skills and apply them in daily life on an ongoing basis.
During each 2.5-hour session you will learn to:
- Notice what is keeping you stuck in life
- Cultivate mindfulness
- Gain perspective on negative and unhelpful thoughts
- Open up to painful emotions with self-compassion
- Identify values and develop goals that will contribute meaning and purpose in one’s life
- Take concrete steps toward a life that is consistent with your chosen values and goals
Other treatment options:
- If you feel well, but you would like to acquire tools to prevent relapse of the symptoms above, MBCT is better indicated for you.
- If it is too difficult for you to take part in a weekly group (for any reason), individual cognitive-behaviour therapy would be ideal for you.
Important: If you have a severe problem with substance abuse or alcohol, or if you have had psychotic episodes in the past, this group is not recommended for you and we recommend requesting an appointment for individual therapy.