Common Questions

What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (or CBT for short) is based on a model of understanding human experience that emphasizes the relationship between our thoughts (what we think), our behaviors (what we do) and our emotions (what we feel). By examining these relationships, you can begin to change your behaviors and thoughts to help improve the way you feel. CBT has a number of important components, including: a) CBT uses models to help you develop a new understanding of your difficulties; b) CBT is skills-based, so it encourages the development of new skills to manage difficulties; c) CBT is a structured treatment, ensuring that therapy is efficient and remains focussed; d) CBT deals with the "here and now", focusing on factors that are maintaining the problem, rather than what started it. Since you cannot change the past, CBT deals with factors in the present that you can control; e) The most important treatment component of CBT is "homework" that is completed between sessions. The homework exercises are designed to help you practice skills learned in treatment sessions. This helps make progress as rapid as possible and helps you to develop a sense of control in your ability to manage difficulties.

Do I need a referral from my family physician?

No, you can contact me directly or through the clinic to make an appointment.

Do you treat children?

I do not treat children. The youngest clients I see are 18 years old.

How long does treatment usually last?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is designed to be a brief, skills-based treatment approach. Many people are able to achieve significant benefit after 8 to 20 sessions. However, the length of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and the number of conditions being treated.

How much does treatment cost?

The rate per 50 minute session is $225, consistent with the BC Psychological Association's recommended rate for psychologists. Many clients are reimbursed by their extended health benefit plans.

What payment methods do you accept?

I accept payment by cash, cheque debit card (Interac) or credit card.

What are the available appointment times?

Appointments are available Tuesday-Friday starting at 8:00am and the last appointment time is 4:00pm.

How can appointments be arranged?

Contact Dr. Nader directly at 604-340-5687 to arrange an appointment.