CBT Professionals was created in response to the need for more caring and knowledgeable professionals that thrive on teaching others how to use cognitive behavioural therapy to change their lives.
CBT Professionals believe in the tools they use and are eager to use them to help those who are struggling. CBT Professionals exists as a company because it sees the need for true professionals within the field of psychology.
Meet the Team
Meet the highly-qualified, caring experts that make up your CBT Professionals team.
What We Do
What Is CBT?
What is cognitive behavioural therapy, and why might it be the right choice for your needs?
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Professional care, personal touch
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to significantly decrease negative symptoms associated with various disorders. Whether you are struggling with low self-esteem, or a severe anxiety disorder, we have the tools to tackle the job.
Each session you are given thoroughly explained tasks to take home and practice throughout the week. Our job doesn’t end there though, each new session you will evaluate your progress with your therapist who is highly trained in the treatment modification process. This means, if something isn’t working for you, we will try something else that will.
You can walk out confident that your therapist has your back.
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Dr. Vytas Velyvis
Ph.D. C. Psych
Dr. Vytas Velyvis is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a clinician, post graduate lecturer, researcher, and healthcare administrator across a wide variety of mental health inpatient, outpatient, and academic/research settings, including University Health Network, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences where he was the inaugural Director of Research, Knowledge Translation and Academic Development.
He recently stepped down as Director of CBT Training at the Adler Institute in Toronto, where he had worked for over 10 years, offering CBT specific mental health education to interdisciplinary professionals and graduate students alike. He also has regularly provided semi-structured diagnostic interviewing training to interdisciplinary health care providers and researchers who wanted to improve reliability of their diagnostic acumen. He also was an editor of the latest version of the SCID 5 and has co-taught diagnostic interviewing skills using the SCID 5 with Michael First in the past. He has published a number of peer reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters largely focused on psychosocial interventions for Bipolar Disorder.
Clinically, Dr. Velyvis worked as the very first and longest serving clinical associate at CBT Associates of Toronto for over 16 years, where he had provided treatments for some of the most severe presentations of mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression, as well as severe anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders, skin picking and hair pulling, as well as substance use disorders and psychotic disorders.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Nicole is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She assisted Dr. Velyvis in opening his own practice, CBT Professionals and worked closely with him as an administrative assistant for, while receiving her master’s in counselling psychology. Dr. Velyvis is now supervising her practice with clients at CBT Professionals.
Nicole’s counselling experience includes working as a volunteer crisis counsellor with Women’s Support Network in Newmarket, Ontario, as well as volunteering on Kid’s Help Phone – Texting line. While completing her master’s she worked remotely as an intern counsellor at a non-profit counselling agency in Surrey, BC, where she provided compassionate, individualized treatment protocols to each of her clients from various walks of life.
Nicole believes in working with her clients from an integrative psychotherapeutic lens, as one size does not fit all. She has received training and certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Level II), Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy (Level II), and trauma-informed approaches. Nicole practices from a strength-based perspective of counselling and seeks to create a culturally responsive, and socially just space with clients.
Ha graduated from the Human Resources Management Post-graduate Program at George Brown College. She has previous work experience as an Administrative Assistant providing clerical support and operational assistance. Ha has been a welcome addition to the team and hopes to use her skills to assist both professionals and clients at CBT Professionals.