Connecte Montreal Psychology Group is group of psychologists offering psychotherapy in downtown Montreal. We are a dynamic team of professionals, committed to providing you with the best possible treatments tailored to your specific needs. We offer services for children, adolescents, and adults, in both English and French. We provide a range of professional services, including psychotherapy for eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, parenting issues, and family conflict. In a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment, we will help you develop the skills necessary to cope with difficulties and improve your well being.
At Connecte, we are a multidisciplinary team, including a consulting dietician, Vanessa Perrone, founder of Motive Nutrition. Therapy sessions are structured and goal-directed, tailored to match your specific needs. We use a variety of evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and mindfulness therapy. All of our psychologists are licensed with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ) and will provide receipts for insurance or tax purposes.
What makes us unique?
Psychotherapy is often focused on alleviating the negative. We hope to not only help you decrease unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, but also maximize your potential and positivity, allowing you to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life. All of our psychologists have completed Doctoral studies and have a strong background in research. We are committed to keeping up-to-date with the latest psychological research, incorporating empirically validated techniques into our practice to provide you with the best care possible to get the results you are looking for.
What is CBT?
CBT is a form of psychotherapy that has been scientifically evaluated and proven to be effective in numerous studies for a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, anger issues, eating disorders and insomnia. CBT is based on a cognitive model, which states that the way we interpret situations is directly related to how we feel. A main goal of CBT is to help you become aware of the relationship between your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. To begin, you will be taught to identify distorted thoughts and evaluate how realistic such thoughts are. The next step is learning to challenge unhelpful thoughts, which allows you to develop a more balanced perspective and feel better. In contrast to other types of therapy, CBT is time-limited (short-term) and focuses on the present and future to help you work towards fulfilling your goals. It is collaborative and goal-oriented, aimed at helping you develop valuable skills to allow you to cope with future challenges and improve your overall quality of life. For information on CBT, check out: CBT: WHAT THE &^%#O IS THAT?!.
At Connecte we also use other empirically validated techniques taken from ACT, DBT and mindfulness. ACT is a third wave therapy approach that uses acceptance and mindfulness techniques together with commitment and behaviour change skills to improve psychological flexibility. These techniques can help clients accept what they cannot control and commit to action that will help improve their quality of life. For information on ACT: The Skinny on ACT. DBT is particularly helpful for individuals who have difficulty coping with their emotions. Some of the skills taught in DBT are emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal skills. These skills are particularly helpful to our clients who struggle with intense emotions, have suicidal tendencies or self-destructive behaviours. For more on DBT: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Looking for the Plaid. Mindfulness skills involve helping individuals become more present and aware in their every day lives. Practicing mindfulness involves developing an attitude of acceptance towards our thoughts and feelings without judgement. It also allows people to live in the moment as opposed to ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. For more on mindfulness: Mindfulness: An Introductory Guide and 3 Simple Mindfulness Practices for Coping with Difficult Experiences and Emotions in Day-to-Day Life.
What kind of difficulties can CBT help with?
Some common issues addressed in therapy are reducing stress and anxiety; alleviating depressed mood and increasing feelings of happiness; improving your relationship with food and eating; developing a more positive body image; decreasing negative, self-critical thoughts; improving your parenting skills; managing strong, negative emotions; and improving your performance at work.
We can help you:
At Connecte, we can help you develop the tools to overcome your fears and manage anxiety that might be interfering with your ability to enjoy life or fulfill your goals. More specifically, we specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias, social anxiety, panic attacks/panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). For tips on managing anxiety - Anxiety: A Few Tools for Your Toolbox.
Overcome eating disorders and body dissatisfaction
One of our main areas of expertise at Connecte is helping individuals struggling with eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) and issues related to weight and body image. CBT helps clients develop techniques to challenge distorted thoughts and reduce consuming concerns about food, weight and body image. These techniques can help you develop a healthier and more balanced relationship with food. We have a variety of eating-disorder related self-help literature on our website, including: Why You Should Like Your Body and How to Do It: Part 1 and Part 2; I Didn’t Realize Just How Much This Body Image Stuff Applied To Me… Maybe It’s The Same For You?; My Journey From Self-Hate To Self-Love; Ten Things I Tell My Clients about Weight Loss… With Compassion and Hope; and Eating Disorders Awareness Week - Information and Resources For Yourself, Your Clients, and Your Loved Ones.
One of our specialties is helping clients overcome depression. We can help you develop the skills needed to reduce symptoms of depression such as sadness and loss of interest or pleasure. We work with clients to help them learn new ways of thinking and help them to make behavioural changes that can have a significant impact on improving their mood. For tips on overcoming depression - Depression: Techniques to Help Boost Your Mood.
Cope with feelings of stress
CBT can be very effective at helping you achieve a sense of balance in your life. We can help you develop valuable skills to allow you to feel more in control. Our professionals will teach you to challenge unhelpful thoughts as well as time management and problem solving strategies that can help reduce feelings of stress. For organizational tips: 9 Ways To Get Your @#$% Organized In 2016, and for tips on coping with everyday difficult experiences: 3 Simple Mindfulness Practices For Coping With Difficult Experiences And Emotions In Day-To-Day Life.
Deal with chronic pain and illness
Our experienced psychologists can help you develop tools to better manage your pain or other chronic health conditions. Through cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques we aim to help you improve your relationship with your body, change your perceptions of your pain/illness, function better and improve your quality of life. For more on chronic pain: Qu’est-Ce Que La Douleur Chronique?
Insomnia or other sleep difficulties
Connecte’s team of health professionals can help you overcome insomnia or other sleep difficulties using cognitive behavioural strategies and relaxation techniques to help you get the precious sleep you need. For tips on coping with insomnia: Getting Back To Bed.
Services for children and adolescents and their parents
At Connecte, we provide services for children and adolescents and to their parents as well. More specifically, we provide treatment to children experiencing depression, anxiety (ex. intense fears, separation anxiety, school refusal, obsessive behaviours, extreme shyness, etc.), or low self-esteem. We also provide parents with parental coaching to help them develop the tools to support their children. For tips for parents, see Helping Versus Hovering: If You Want To Be A Better Parent, Looks Like It’s Time To Back Off! and Helping Versus Hovering Part 2: How Can We Avoid Over Parenting?