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.
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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.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree, with honours, in Psychology from Ryerson University in 2015 and my Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2019.
Since 2015, I have been working with numerous healthcare professionals to conduct medical and psychiatric assessments in various clinical populations, but specifically with individual’s who are suffering from chronic pain. Based on my professional experience, I find that individuals suffering from chronic pain also tend to experience a host of other psychosocial symptoms. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to, stress, conflict in interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse. Throughout and following the completion of my Masters of Arts degree, I have obtained extensive experience working with adults who present with the various noted psychosocial symptoms.
I understand that each individual’s experience is unique and that there are a multitude of factors that may be contributing to their current situation. As a result, I believe in using a holistic approach when working with each client to ensure that all contributing factors are addressed. I aim to develop a positive therapeutic relationship with each client in order to help them identify and understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. I recognize the importance of collaborating with my clients throughout the treatment process in a safe and supportive environment in order to assist them in achieving their goals.
Nicole has worked with Dr. Velyvis for over 5 years, and assisted Dr. Velyvis in opening his own practice, CBT Professionals. She has several years of experience in an administrative role with various clinics, providing efficient administrative support and creating a warm and secure environment for clients.
Nicole is also completing her Master of Counselling Psychology degree through Athabasca University and works as an intern counsellor at Moving Forward Family Services in Surrey, BC. She plans to register with the College of Ontario Psychotherapists upon graduation.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, living and working in Peterborough, ON. I obtained my master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2012 and have been registered with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario since it’s inception in 2013. I have worked in the area of mental health for over 20 years in both clinical and research roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Sunnybrook Hospital, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, as well as in private practice.
My main areas of expertise are in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (Compulsive Skin Picking, Compulsive Hair Pulling, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Hoarding Disorder), having received my clinical training from international experts at the F.W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.
I also have extensive experience providing CBT for depression and anxiety disorders. In addition to providing psychotherapy, I have also provided numerous public presentations on the topics of Hoarding and Anxiety.