Cait Banks M.A. is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Cait’s services are covered under most extended health care plans.

Cait began her training in the field of psychology with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and neuroscience from the University of Guelph, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

With a vast range of experience in private practice and mental health centres she provides a level of high level of competency across many mental health issues.

She works with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in issues including: mood disorders like depression and anxiety, high stress levels and burnout, codependency, emotion regulation difficulties, past or current trauma, parenting strategies, dealing with grief, building self-esteem/confidence, managing chronic pain/illness, increasing mindfulness and building distress tolerance skills.

She has also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program to be able to incorporate gentle movement and spirituality into sessions for those who are interested in a more holistic approach.

Approach to Therapy
Cait follows a very flexible therapeutic style. She implements various techniques from several theories depending on the client, the challenges they are facing, and their individual needs. Her approach focuses on providing a supportive, nonjudgmental and validating atmosphere. Using concepts from cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural and solution focused therapies. Cait has a well-rounded approach to mental health.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a type of research-based therapy that can help to manage symptoms of mental illness, learning to cope with life circumstances and learning better ways understand ourselves and others around us. It helps us to identify and understand thought patterns and behaviours, to increase satisfaction in self and in relationships with others. Learning to practice coping, building resiliency and stress management are key components of this framework. This is a realistic, goal-oriented approach to therapy that helps identify and change negative thought patterns.

What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)?
DBT is a subtype of CBT, with its main goal focusing on teaching people how to live in the moment, cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. Building on skills to analyze behaviours and beliefs, you will be able to make positive changes and enhance relationships with others and understand your own emotions. This approach to therapy is also goal oriented, and aims to increase distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation.

What is Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)?
This type of therapy focuses on finding solutions to current problems in an efficient way. It focuses on current and future circumstances rather than looking at the past. It involves developing an idea of what you want in the present and future and building the skills and determining resources and abilities needed to get there. It also believes that individuals already have the skills needed to create change in their lives, but often need help to identify those skills. This is a very collaborative approach to therapy. We focus on what you want to focus on.

Why a combined approach…?
The benefit of a combined approach is that you may have current issues that need worked on, but spending the time to identify negative thoughts patterns or beliefs about yourself will help to create positive and long lasting benefits.