Behavioural Health Care

The primary services at BHC are Assessment and Treatment. We are also happy to provide consultation services on complex cases or on other questions of interest to you. Consistent with our interest in education we are able to provide workshops to insurance and employer groups on topics of interest to them related to psychological disability and stress, the role of assessment, treatment and challenges in return to work.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is a relatively short-term, focused psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, anger, marital conflict, fears, and substance abuse/dependence. The focus of treatment is on how you are thinking (your "cognitions"), behaving and communicating today, rather than on your early childhood experiences. Numerous studies have demonstrated that cognitive-behavioural therapy is as effective as medication for depression, anxiety, obsessions, and other fears. Furthermore, because clients learn self-management coping strategies in treatment, they are often able to maintain their improvement after treatment has been completed.

Intake Assessment of Patients: When you begin cognitive-behavioural therapy, your therapist will ask you to fill out several self-report forms that assess a range of symptoms and problems. These forms ask about symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, fears, physical complaints, personality, and relationships. The purpose of this assessment is to quickly gather information about your presenting problems. In this way you and your psychologist can quickly learn the nature and extent of your problems.