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!

What type of answer do you think you would get if you asked a married coupled how they are going to feel after their kids moved out? Free!?? Maybe not so much… While some couples may feel a sense of freedom after their children have grown up and developed some form of independence from the household, other individuals may feel terrified. After all, for many couples, this will be the first time they have been alone together for close to two decades. In her book, Grown-up Marriage, Judith Viorst talks about this very issue.

As Viorst declares, having more time with each other can be a source of pure delight or utter apprehension. For some couples, it is hard to imagine the lovers they used to be prior to having children. “What will we talk about? How should we act? What on earth are we going to do with all that time on our hands?” For some, the departure of children may force parents to confront problems that exist between the two of them, problems that could be pushed aside when the children were still in the house. Great at a family but not so great at husband and wife anymore? These feelings are completely natural and par for the course of growing old together. Confronting and talking about possible relationship issues that may surface once the kids leave home can make for an easier transition back to that “just the two of us” (in the house) state.