Mild to moderate depression is highly treatable, often without medication. However, the most effective form of treatment is often a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and some medication.
Dealing with Depression
When feeling depressed, people think negatively about themselves (I’m a failure. No one loves me), the world (There is nothing good out there) and the future (Things will never improve). These types of thoughts are distortions that can look and feel true, but only when a person is depressed.
At Shift Cognitive Therapy we use CBT to help people become aware of and challenge distorted thoughts that lead to depression. We also focus on changing behaviours that reinforce depression, making it easier to return to normal living.
For more information about dealing with depression, you can read our guide.
CBT for depression is an active, ‘doing’ therapy and not simply a talking therapy. It is a collaborative process where the client and psychologist work together to identify strategies that will be effective. CBT has a long history of research-based support showing that it is effective as a treatment and flexible enough to adapt to any person’s particular situation and needs.
Treatment is usually short-term, typically lasting between 10 and 20, one-hour sessions and focuses on finding effective ways to cope right now. Teaching clients to minimize the chances of relapse and manage future episodes of depression that might occur are other key goals. Services are covered by extended health benefit plans and are tax deductible.
Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is a team of psychologists and counsellers in Oakville, ON. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety for children, teens and adults.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Emotion-Focused Therapy
The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to help individuals become aware of the thoughts and patterns of behaviour that keep them feeling stuck. Its focus is on the ‘here-and-now’ to help relieve current symptoms and address current problems.
Emotion-Focused Therapy is an approach to couples and family issues that focuses on identifying and correcting repetitive and dysfunctional patterns that leave people feeling alone and unsupported. EFT helps members of a couple or family to remain engaged with each other in order to better communicate what each really needs from the other.