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Behavioural Medicine

Behavioural Medicine

Conditions that are well treated with Behavioural Medicine:
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep dysfunction
  • Cognitive issues
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness & Imbalance
  • Sleep dysfunction
  • Mood swings, irritability, anger, nervousness
  • Social consequences

Factors that influence the severity health symptoms

  1. Physiological status
    • e.g., the state of the nervous system and genetic susceptibility
  2. Environmental & lifestyle factors
    • e.g., stress, certain foods, alcohol, hormonal fluctuations, etc.
  3. Psychological (cognitive & behavioural) factors
    • i.e., the ability to cope with these factors, both cognitively and behaviourally
  4. Social factors
    • i.e., the social consequences of your condition and how social consequences affect your condition

Check out the Social Readjustment Rating Scale and get an idea of factors that may be affecting your health...What is your score?

  • a.k.a., The Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale
  • named after two Psychiatrists in 1967
  • studied the correlations between social situations changes and health over time
  • They found that on average, we can seem to handle a stress score of about 150.
  • Take the test by clicking here

What are behavioural treatments?

  • They are focused on improving and regaining function
  • They retrain factors that influence performance (i.e., physical, environmental & lifestyle, psychological & behavioural, social)
  • They align with the patient’s goals and their unique life situation

What are some examples of behavioural treatments?

  1. Identifying one’s values and aspirations.
  2. Identifying goals and strategizing on how to accomplish them.

    • e.g., S.M.A.R.T. goals, decision-making style, etc.
  3. Identifying where you need help (e.g., a crutch) and strategies to make the job easier.

    • e.g., cognitive compensatory strategies
  4. Retraining skills required to be the version of yourself you would like to be.

    • e.g., assertiveness training, cognitive training, organizational and executive functioning
  5. Retraining physiological rhythms/habits.

    • e.g., retraining your sleep, exercise habits, etc.
  6. Coping with Trials & Tribulations

    • e.g., Journaling & Expressive writing, Vision boards, Strategies to check worrying
  7. Learning and enjoying the skill of relaxation and mindfulness.

    • e.g., Progressive Muscle Relaxation, autogenic training, mindfulness meditation, etc.
  8. Enhancing perspectives and control of what you pay attention to…Which is your true experience of life!!

    • e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Psychotherapy including group psychotherapy, mindfulness, Flexible Optimism (Positive Psychology)
    • The brain gets molded and changed by the way we use it: “What fires together, wires together!”
  9. Regaining balance in life and your “presence”Learning to have fun again

    • Committing to doing things you enjoy
    • Learning skills of stress-free productivity
  10. Learning to control your autonomic nervous system & physiology

    • Through mindfulness +/- Biofeedback
  11. Retraining/Strengthening your body

    • e.g., Nutrition, neuromuscular control training, myofascial release, ergonomic considerations, etc.
  12. Improving physical symptoms

    • e.g., Headache, Low energy, depression, insomnia, etc.

Our providers will have unique suggestions in the face of your unique situation

Behavioural Medicine Offerings

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

The gold standard for better sleep

Headache Management
Headache Management

Rewiring the way your brain processes pain

Energy Management
Energy Management

Investing your energy to give you more of it

Behavioural Medicine Services Offered via...

Medical Assessments

Medical assessments for behavioural & lifestyle interventions

Group Counselling

Evidence-based programs, virtually

Psychotherapy

Leveraging attentional networks

Occupational therapy

Reintegrating into one’s work, life, and community