Increasing Access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Ontario

What We’re Doing

CFSSC has been taking part in an exciting new pilot initiative called the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP) demonstration project. Currently, the project aims to increase the availability of evidence-based psychological treatments for individuals with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety in Ontario. During participation in this project, clients access individual and/or group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with a Registered Psychotherapist or other registered mental health professional. This initiative is being evaluated on a number of domains; most notably: effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and client-centered care.

What is CBT?

CBT is a structured, time-limited and goal-orientated form of psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. CBT is also collaborative, which means the therapist and client work together on issues and there is usually homework for the client to complete between sessions.

A typical CBT session depends on the client’s goals, one example is identifying “automatic thoughts,” which often lead to automatic reactions. Once automatic thoughts are identified, we can dispute and change them in order to respond in a healthier way to situations.

Although CBT often uses a manual or workbook to help provide a structured process, it is specifically tailored to meet each individual’s needs and is generally provided over 6 to 20 sessions.

What Does This Mean?

The project is currently in its pilot phase, so it’s not yet accessible Ontario-wide. However, it does mean that access to mental health treatment is becoming a greater priority in communities across Ontario. In the meantime, clinicians and staff at CFSSC are working hard to ensure people have access to effective evidence-based treatment in a timely manner and at an affordable rate. It is exciting to know that our agency is at the forefront of psychotherapy treatment in Ontario and well positioned to continue increasing access to treatment for years to come.

CFSSC offers free walk-in counselling clinics, as well as booked appointments at our 6 locations.