Patient Ratings Confirm: Our Therapists & Groups are Effective

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Are you looking for help for yourself or someone you care about? Are you looking for a clinic that can demonstrate effectiveness? Watch the video below. It summarizes ratings provided by our patients since 2009.

The ratings demonstrate that people who come to see us benefit significantly. If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please contact us.

Our Therapists and Groups are Effective
Video transcript
Hello, I am Dr. Kelly. Are you trying to decide where to go to get help for yourself or someone you care about?This video will give you information about the effectiveness of the therapists and groups available here at The Mindfulness Clinic.The clinic has been helping people since 2009, and in that time hundreds of patients have had therapy or training with us.Each time someone comes for a therapy session or group meeting, we have them fill out a brief rating scale.It only takes a minute, but it gives a good summary of how the person is feeling, their well-being and how things are going in their lives.Here is an example from someone who had depression and anxiety problems.
Their score was low at first and the treatment helped them feel better. You can see the improvement on the graph.I have calculated the change score for all of the hundreds of patients who have had psychotherapy here at the clinic. The change score is greater than the Reliable Change Index cut-off score. What does this mean?It means that the people who get therapy at the clinic really improve—that the therapists who work here are very good at helping people feel better and do better day to day.
People like you who have come to us for help have really benefitted. That is what their ratings tell us.Here are some more examples. This person came for help with internet and pornography addiction. This person came because of problems with her husband. This person came because of anger problems.You can see that, in all of these cases, we were able to help them deal with their problems and feel better.The results I have just shown you are for individual therapy treatment. Our groups are also effective. Here are the results from our Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups. The MBCT groups are very beneficial for people with anxiety, depression or stress.Here are the results for the online MBCT group. This group meets online and it offers training for people who cannot come to downtown Toronto. The online groups are effective as well for anxiety, depression and stress.We also offer MB-EAT –a mindfulness-based program to help people make better eating choices, control their weight, or stop emotional over-eating. Here are the results for MB-EAT. People feel much better after taking the program.So, information from people like you, who have come to our clinic for help, shows clearly that: 1. . People who come for help significantly improve. 2. Our therapists know how to help and they can usually help people make meaningful changes fairly quickly. 3. People who come to see us get better. 4. Our group programs are very effective for problems like anxiety, depression, stress, and emotional over-eating.If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please call us. We will answer all of your questions so you can make the choice that will be best for you.

Ratings collected from our patients demonstrate:

  • Our therapists are very good at helping people feel better
  • People who come to see us benefit significantly
  • Our patients usually improve fairly quickly
  • Our groups are very helpful for anxiety, depression, stress, social anxiety and other problems
Depression Case Study – “Joe” (Part 1) Depression Case Study – “Joe” (Part 2)

Video transcript
I’m going to start with some information about a man I will call Joe. Let’s say he’s between his late 40’s to early 50’s. You will understand that I have to be a little bit vague about identifying information because I do want to respect confidentiality and privacy. At the same time, the information that I will give you about what I taught him, about the work that we did together, and about how effective that was for him, is accurate information from my case notes. But if you think, when you listen to this, that you can recognize who Joe is, you can trust yourself to think, no, that actually you don’t because I’ve been very careful to protect his identity. I have an agreement with him about this, that I can speak about this information, as long as I do it in a way that doesn’t give out any information that would let you know where he lives or what his personal circumstances might be. What I can tell you was that he was an important person in his organization. He was the guy that was the problem-solver if there were difficult people to deal with, if there were crises, if there were things that were very challenging, then his supervisors would come to him and say, “Joe, can you help us take care of this?” And he was very well trained in his work and was very competent and was very eager to make a useful contribution and he would always say yes. He was working a lot more hours than he was paid for. He didn’t mind because he knew that he was making a good service, that he was making a difference for the lives of other people. But it got to be a lot for him to handle. Part of the problem for him too was that when he went home it wasn’t easy there either because one of the people in his close family, someone that he lived with, had very serious health problems and day to day this person would be up and down. They were suffering a lot themselves. And it was always on his mind when he was home too, what did he need to do to help take care of them in very difficult circumstances. He was also at a stage in his life where his parents were aging and there were some complications, some tensions, that he felt responsible for because of that as well. So you might say he was getting it from all sides. And it came a point where he just really couldn’t manage it any more and he, you could say, burned out. He developed quite a severe clinical depression. When I saw him he had been off work for three years. He wasn’t able to work because of his depression symptoms. He was taking antidepressant medication. It was of some help. And he had also recently completed a very good inpatient treatment program for people with very serious depression problems here in Ontario. Those things were useful and they made some difference. But he still wasn’t able or ready to go back to work. And when I first saw him and did my intake assessment, I measured his level of depression. It was still in the severe range. In a few minutes, I will put up a slide as part of this video so you can see what the changes are in his scores for depression month by month as I working with him to help him learn better ways to take care of himself and deal with his problems so that he could return to the kind of life that was important for him to have. Let’s have a look at the slide now. You will see that at the beginning it shows that the…in red…the red lines, the red bars, indicate times when his depression levels were still high enough that we would say he had clinical depression. It was initially very severe. And you can see month by month as he was working with me and I was helping him learn things that he could use, the scores came down. And by the last months it’s in the white zone which means that he was normal again. He wasn’t having any symptoms of depression that were causing him any difficulties. Even at that stage of things, he came to see me from time to time because he was still getting back to work and needed some help to learn how to pace himself. He needed some help to learn better ways to take care of himself and that was what we did at the end of things. See Part 2

Video transcript
Early on I let him know that I could teach meditation techniques and he was quite interested in this. And in the time that we worked together, initially weekly and then spreading it out from there, he learned body scan meditation, breath awareness meditation, loving kindness meditation. These techniques were quite helpful for him. He was keen enough about them that he practiced at home, and they taught him that he didn’t need to be overwhelmed by his thoughts or by his worries about things. They taught him that he could be kinder for himself, because he was feeling pretty bad that a man with his capabilities had not been able to just carry everything forever. And the self-acceptance that he learned through the loving kindness meditation was quite useful for him. As well, he learned more to just take care of things in the present moment. He learned that it was okay to tune in with himself and check, “How am I doing? What is my energy like now? What am I able to manage?” So when his supervisor came to him with a problem saying, “Joe, we need someone to take care of this for us” he was always willing to say, “I’ll do my bit and I’ll do my best to help.” He got better at learning to recognize how much was really possible for him and how much extra might have led to burn out again. And he also learned how to talk with his supervisor about this so that his supervisor would look for other options to solve problems, not always put everything on Joe’s shoulders. So Joe learned, in this process, to be more sensitive to his own capabilities, to his own needs, and to his own potential, and through all of this it led to a very important change for him. He stopped being as depressed, and eventually as time went on, he stopped being depressed altogether. He became more cheerful again. I still remember the day when he came in and told me that, “You know, in the last week I’ve been happy.” And for him it was such, in a way, a surprise, because he had had these several years now, two or three years and even more, of feeling burdened by the world and burdened by his responsibilities, feeling that it was hard to get up in the morning because everything was so heavy and he was so tired and he was just so overwhelmed by everything. And finally that cloud shifted for him because of the techniques that he learned by working with me and other changes that he then went on to make in his life, in his home situation and his work situation. So this slide now that I have put up really demonstrates it is good evidence that these techniques can be useful for even very severe cases of depression. As I mentioned, I worked with Joe for close to a year. Now most people who come to see us for depression, we can help them very significantly in more like four or five months. If someone has had chronic depression, which means it has lasted for more than six months, especially if it’s lasted for some years and if it’s more severe, of course, you can understand that it will take longer for a full cure to come along. But we always do our best at the clinic to help people quickly, and usually people could start to feel quite a bit better within five to eight sessions. And for many people that is enough treatment altogether, it’s enough training. But for things that are more complicated or more difficult, of course, it can take longer. So this is the first case study now that I have had a chance to tell you about. Let’s go on now and look at something else.
Anxiety Case Study – “Elizabeth” (Part 1) Anxiety Case Study – “Elizabeth” (Part 2)

Video transcript
I would like to tell you now about someone who has had very serious problems with anxiety and she came to see me because of those problems. Let’s call her Elizabeth. And as I mentioned before, if you think you know who I am talking about, based on the information that I give you, you will be mistaken because I have taken great care to disguise any personal information. Elizabeth is in her early 40’s and she has a responsible position in quite a large organization. When she first came to see me, she was very concerned that she might be becoming addicted to Benzodiazepines. These are medicines that can help people that have anxiety problems. She was having panic attacks several times a day and she was using Benzodiazepines so she could stay calm enough so that she could continue to work and that she could also bring down her very great distress related to the panic attacks that she was having. Now, Elizabeth came to see me because she knew that I had a background myself in meditation as well as in psychotherapy. She had learned some very useful meditation techniques from books and from tapes and they were of some benefit to her, but she told me that she was feeling stuck and she wanted to talk to someone who knew more about it so that she could refine or modify her use of the meditation so it could be more helpful for her. And let’s just have a quick look at a graph of how she was feeling when she first came to see me and of what kind of changes took place over the time that she worked with me. The graph that I’m showing you is kind of a summary score if we asked the question, “How are you doing overall? Do you feel okay about yourself? Do you feel you are doing okay in your life?” A low score on that as a summary score would indicate, certainly, that people are having problems and they would like to get some help for it. Scores on the graph over 24 are normal. Everybody can have some difficulties here and there, but if someone has a score, especially of less than 19, they are in the range where things are really pretty tough for them. And you can see, from the graph, that that was the case for Elizabeth. In fact, she was having so much trouble that she thought it was important that she see me twice a week. Usually I just see people once a week. But in respect for her wishes and understanding about that, we started that way. And then after not too long we were able to move things to once a week and then later on to once a month. And she still comes to see me every maybe three or four months if something comes up in her life and she just wants to have a chance to talk it over. But let’s have a look now at what was helpful for her.

Video transcript
She did need someone to talk to who had a good background in psychotherapy techniques. She had a lot of concerns about where she was with her life. She wasn’t satisfied with her relationships. She was having some problems with her aging parents. And there were also a lot of tensions with co-workers. And in my work with her, I helped her have a better understanding of what she could do herself so she could take care of these things so that they were less distressing for her and so that, in the range of what was possible, things could be more satisfactory for her. And again, you can see from the graph, that that actually happened. Things did improve for her in important ways. I think, if she was looking back on it now, she might also say that one thing that was quite important for her was to have a chance to talk to somebody about the meditations that she was doing. She was using a combination of meditation and visualizations to help herself feel kinder about herself, to help herself understand what her goals were, and to help herself move forward towards her goals. And with my background in meditation and visualization and hypnosis work, I was able to give her some advice so that she could use that meditation time that she had each day set aside, she could use that time more effectively so that she could really calm herself. And she eventually learned that if she started to notice the beginnings of the panic attack she could take care of it by using some meditation and some breathing techniques so that she didn’t need to use the Benzodiazepines any more. And she has been free of the Benzodiazepines now for quite some time. And for her, that’s an important achievement because it was one of her goals. As you remember, when she first came to see me, she was quite worried that she might become addicted to them and now she is free from them. And because of the other things that she has learned and the other changes that she has made, she can really manage quite well without needing to rely on Lorazepam or Ativan or things like that. So she was quite happy with the results of the work from the sessions that she had with me.

 

 

 

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