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Beginning in the New Year, Dr. Eliana Cohen & Associates will be offering a CBT Support Group for women receiving infertility treatment:

Emotional support.
Cognitive Behavioural Techniques to help lower and manage stress.
Evidence-based:

Research demonstrates the positive impact of psychological interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy support groups,on both pregnancy rates and psychological health in women dealing with infertility challenges.

A randomized clinical trial (Domar, Clapp, Dusek, Kessel&Freizinger, 2000) demonstrated the effectiveness of group psychological interventions (support groups and cognitive behavioral therapy groups) on pregnancy rates in infertile women. A recent meta-analysis also found evidence for a positive impact of psychological interventions on pregnancy rates (Hämmerli, Znoj, & Barth, 2009). Our group would focus on both support and some general Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to help lower and manage stress (e.g., relaxation, cognitive restructuring). Another meta-analysis demonstrated that technique-based group interventions with infertile individuals are significantly more effective than emotional expression or simple support groups in producing positive change across a range of psychological outcome measures (Boivin, 2003). Additional research provides further evidence of the effectiveness of CBT groups in lowering distress in couples scheduled for assisted reproduction (Tarabusi, Volpe, &Facchinetti, 2004).

Evening groups
5 two-hour sessions
Partner involvement optional
Covered by insurance
Located at Bloor and Avenue Road
Contact us for fees and start dates.

References

  • Boivin, J. (2003). A review of psychosocial interventions in infertility. Social Science and Medicine, 12, 2325-2341.
  • Domar, A.D., Clapp, D., Slawsby, E.A., Dusek, J., Kessel, B., &Freizinger, M. (2000). Impact of group psychological interventions on pregnancy rates in infertile women.Fertility and Sterility, 73, 807-811.
  • Hämmerli, K., Znoj, H., & Barth, J. (2009). The efficacy of psychological interventions for infertile patients: A meta-analysis examining mental health and pregnancy rate. Human Reproduction Update, 15, 279-295.
  • Tarabusi, M., Volpe, A., &Facchinetti, F. (2004). Psychological group support attenuates distress of waiting in couples scheduled for assisted reproduction. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 25, 273-279.

Below, our resident expert in CBT for anxiety, Jenny Rogojanski, reviews some of the benefits of this treatment. Jenny has trained with some of the top international researchers in anxiety and CBT, and has attended training seminars at one of the top North American centres for CBT:

Anxiety is a normal emotion that is experienced to a certain degree by all individuals. Everyone can remember a time when they felt anxious before making an important speech, or when they worried about the health of a loved one. However, when one’s anxiety begins to feel out of control because the level of anxiety is not appropriate when considering the situation that the individual is in, it can begin to interfere with one’s life. Luckily, anxiety disorders are considered to be among the most treatable of psychological problems. One of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT. This therapy teaches you strategies for challenging thoughts and changing behaviours that are maintaining your anxiety in the here and now. Some of the benefits of CBT:

  • It is a brief, time-limited treatment that will provide you with a new way of understanding your anxiety problem
  • CBT teaches you practical strategies that you can employ to manage your anxiety on a daily basis, and provides you with the skills necessary to challenge your anxiety in your everyday life.
  • The biggest benefit of all is that we know that CBT for anxiety works based on hundreds of research trials conducted all around the world! That is why CBT is known as one of the most effective treatments for anxiety.

Attempt at humour aside, David Brooks give a great introduction to the role emotions play, and should play, in our daily lives via this TED video. David Brooks, author of The Social Animal, examines how society is entering a “revolution of consciousness”. Despite the many technological and scientific advances of recent years, it is becoming ever more apparent that we are not entirely, or even primarily, rational creatures.  We are governed in great part by unconscious forces and our emotions are central to this process. Emotions tell us what we value. Instead of ignoring, dismissing, or suppressing emotions, we should seek to learn more about them.


Vanessa Milne, a blogger at Chatelaine, spoke with Dr. Cohen last week about weight gain after marriage. Has this happened to you or is it something you’re concerned about for the future? If so, check out Vanessa’s post on the subject.

In the interview, Dr. Cohen recommended The Beck Diet, a diet book written by the daughter of Aaron T. Beck–the founder of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy or CBT. CBT is a leading therapy for many psychological issues and disorders including anxiety and depression and has been adapted for use with other common struggles, including weight management.

We have strong expertise in CBT here at Dr. Eliana Cohen & Associates. In fact, our associate Jenny has trained with Aaron T. Beck himself at some of the top North American centres! There is a ton of information on CBT available online, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!


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