Are you ready to feel better?

Proven, effective techniques to help you work

through life’s challenges

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How we think can dramatically
affect how we feel.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy shows us how our thought patterns influence our feelings, how we act in the world, and how we feel in our body. These parts of ourselves are all intimately connected. Changes in any of these areas will affect all of the other areas. It is very easy to get caught in a downward spiral and it can feel hard to lift yourself out of it alone. Through a variety of tools and strategies we will identify how to reverse that spiral.

Sometimes when you are going through a difficult time it can be hard to know where to start. We can start by figuring out the easiest place to start, that will have the biggest impact, while we keep working on long-term changes.

A highly researched and well respected form of therapy

There are thousands of studies documenting the effectiveness of CBT. The newest approaches to CBT incorporate concepts like mindfulness, and acceptance. At CBT Solutions these techniques are used, to increase mindful awareness of ourselves, with a foundation of cultivating self compassion. We all have these skills within ourselves, but sometimes they can feel buried and hard to access.

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy

Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy – PMC (

Issues Treated

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)offers
effective treatment for:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Panic Disorder / Panic Attacks
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Work-Life Balance
Compassion Fatigue
Chronic Pain
Relationship Issues
….and more

Contact CBT Solutions today
to discuss whether we can assist with your particular struggle or life challenge



Click here for an extensive list of studies documenting CBT’s effectiveness in treating a range of conditions:

The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Review of Meta-analyses – PMC (

About the Therapists

At CBT Solutions, we offer high quality, personalized cognitive behavioural therapy to adults in Hamilton and across Ontario
We provide an environment where respect, integrity, compassion, and effectiveness in our services are prioritized.
We are a team of life-long learners who draw from a range of innovative, evidence based techniques to support clients in working towards their goals

Liz Curran, Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist (MSW, RSW)

Liz brings a wide range of therapeutic and leadership experience from her years of work in private, non-profit, and community based settings.

Liz is constantly amazed at the strength and resiliency that we have as human beings, and works to honour both the strengths and challenges that clients bring to the therapy process. She works to create a foundation of compassion and respect, weaving together mindfulness and acceptance approaches and trauma-informed care into traditional CBT.

She works with a wide range of mental health experiences, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, panic attacks, OCD, PTSD, life stress and transitions, grief and loss, compassion fatigue and burnout, and relationship issues.

When she’s not in the office, you can find her gardening at her home in east Hamilton, camping, kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.


Master of Social Work: University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts, Honours : University of Guelph
Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ; Adapted CBT Techniques for Diagnostic Populations: Adler Faculty of Continuing Education

Additional workshops and trainings:

  • Leadership and Management in Mental Health Services Certificate

  • Effective Clinical Supervision Certificate

  • Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 &2

  • Internal Family Systems-informed

  • Becoming an Adult Attachment Focussed Therapist

  • Yoga Therapist Certification

  • Empowered Boundaries: Somatic Exercises for Assertiveness and Empowerment

  • Psychological Treatment of OCD

  • Emotionally Focussed Individual Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • The Pain Paradox: The “Third Wave” of Mindfulness-Compassion-Based Approaches for PTSD and Complex Trauma

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Techniques for Grief Counselling

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST

  • Nonviolent Conflict Prevention and Intervention

  • CBT for Anxiety, CBT for Depression, CBT for Anger and Substance Use, CBT for Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis, CBT for GAD and OCD

Bernard Kehler, Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist (MSW, RSW)

Bernard has always been curious about the process of creating positive change and transformation. He works diligently to create an environment of respect for the different experiences we all bring as human beings. Bernard brings many years of experience working in intensive case management, mental health outreach, and as a CBT therapist in the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy program.

Bernard expertly guides clients experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, specific phobias, life stress, or overwhelming emotions, using the most current and evidence based Cognitive Behavioural strategies, including Exposure and Response Prevention and Cognitive Processing Therapy.


Master of Social Work: University of Toronto
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Psychology (Research Specialist) : University of Toronto

Melissa Truelove, Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist (BSW, RSW)

Melissa brings both clinical and lived experience to her practice. She approaches her practice with humility, compassion and curiosity. Melissa seeks to understand clients’ multilayered, unique worldview from an anti-oppressive framework. She has worked in a wide variety of social service settings throughout her career.

She has gained a breadth of knowledge and experience in mental health, addictions, concurrent disorders and the impacts of trauma on individuals’ lives.

Melissa is a helper who is well-versed in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT therapy and EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy).

On her off time, you can find Melissa out in the woods taking in the healing energy of nature. She also enjoys Zumba, rollerblading and yoga.

Additional workshops and trainings:

  • Emotionally Focussed Individual Therapy
  • ACT: Trauma Focused
  • ACT: Values-Driven Therapeutic Interventions
  • Trauma and Addictions Treatment with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model
  • Embodied Listening for Couples and Families: Using the Felt Sense Polyvagal Dialogue
  • CBT for Adults with Eating Disorders
  • Trauma informed practice: A Social Justice and Strength Based Perspective

Karen Deuitch, Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist (MSW, RSW)

Karen brings 15 years of experience working in community, school board, hospital, and private practice settings. She brings a a non judgmental, collaborative, and compassionate approach to her work, acknowledging that all of us as human beings face unique challenges at different points in our lives. She is committed to anti-oppressive practice, respect and humility for all cultures, and grounds her work in a strong evidence base.
Karen has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She skillfully applies her expertise in her work with clients, treating anxiety (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, illness anxiety), panic and agoraphobia, specific phobias (emetophobia among others), obsessive compulsive disorder, body-focused repetitive disorders (skin picking, trichotillomania), insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.

Karen is passionate about assisting clients in facing fearful situations that can shrink our lives when left untreated. Her clients are continually teaching her about the resiliency and courage with which people can live their lives.
In her free time, Karen enjoys getting out into nature on hikes, reading, and knitting.


Graduate Diploma in Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program:McMaster University
Masters of Social Work : University of Toronto
Bachelor of Social Work : York University

Additional workshops and trainings:

  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • CBT for Insomnia

  • Intensive ERP workshops

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

  • Applied Suicide Interventions Skills

  • DBT skills for emotion regulation

  • The Pain Paradox: The ‘Third Wave’ of Mindfulness-Compassion-Based Approaches to PTSD and Complex Trauma

Destiny Benoit, Office Assistant

Destiny is a recent graduate of the Psychology Program at Brock University. She brings a wealth of skills and knowledge, that help to keep our practice running smoothly. In her spare time she volunteers in the mental health programs at St Joseph’s Hospital and at the John Howard Society, facilitating Anger Awareness and Navigating Relationships programs.

Destiny enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing soccer. You may encounter her kind and positive attitude on the phone or here in the office – don’t hesitate to say hello.

Research studies

Cognitive behavior therapy significantly reduced depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients

OCD: Cognitive behavioral therapy improves brain connectivity (



Session Fees


  • Most workplace insurance plans provide coverage for sessions
    with a Registered Social Worker
  • First Nations status members have access to federal funding
  • Coverage may be possible through WSIB claims
  • Session fees can be deducted on your income tax return



Session fee : $135 / 50 minutes


195 James St N, #309, Hamilton, ON

There is a municipal parking lot on Mulberry Ave, half a block from our building, and various on-street parking options in the area. 

Our location in central Hamilton is easily accessible by public transit.

Please note that our offices are on the third storey of this heritage building, with 2 flights of stairs to walk up. If stairs present a barrier for you, please contact us and we will do our best to make alternate arrangements.

Call: 905-393-1537

 195 James St N, #309,
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L2