Psychoeducation Groups

Binge, Compulsive, Emotional Eating

This psychotherapy group is designed for adults who struggle with binge eating, bulimia, compulsive eating, loss of control eating, emotional overeating and feelings of being addicted to food. We do not use weight change as a measure of recovery and we do not promote weight loss. Using a HAES, Intuitive Eating, and body liberation framework our measure of recovery includes improved quality of life, increase in self-compassion, self-acceptance, ability to manage emotions, physical health indicators and a more peaceful relationship with food and body. We will make every effort to ensure this group experience is supportive and transforming.

Contact us for more information or to register: patty@embodytherapygroup.com  


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Group

We are pleased to offer Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT) on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM. Pre-registration is required.  Mindfulness based cognitive therapy was developed as a relapse prevention based treatment for depression. Combining cognitive behavioural therapy with meditative practices based on mindful awareness, it has been shown to reduce the risk of a recurrent depressive episode by as much as 50%, and provides equal protection against relapse as continuing on antidepressant medication.

Recognizing that depression is episodic and can be recurrent, MBCT focuses on both recovery and maintenance of mental health. Mindfulness practices lead to developing awareness of specific risk factors and triggers for relapse. Sadness for example, a normal and universal human feeling, can lead someone who has experienced depression back to the characteristic judgmental and critical thinking, and thus begin a downward spiral into relapse.

Mindfulness training teaches us to be aware of the present moment without judging, to both feel our feelings and be aware of our thoughts. We can learn to see clearly our thinking patterns and recognize our moods, allowing us to intervene before a depressive episode has settled in. We learn to stop our negative and self-critical thoughts by focusing on our experiences in the present moment, rather than brooding on the past or worrying about the future. We learn we can be with painful emotions without catastrophe, that we have the courage to allow uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and sensations to come and go.

MBCT is an 8 week course with an emphasis on mindfulness practice and developing awareness. In addition to once a week group meetings with the facilitators, participants are encouraged to practice daily. Participants must be far enough along in their recovery from depression to have the energy and motivation, as well as the time to commit to an hour a day practice.

  Contact us for more information or to register: cfstangpsychologyinc@gmail.com


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Yoga

Welcome to Yoga at Embody Therapy Group

We are happy to offer iRest Yoga Nidra to our clients which is a meditation, relaxation and healing protocol that has come from evidenced based research.  Because iRest focuses on teaching self-regulation, resiliency, and stress reduction it is an excellent tool to add to treatment for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder. This practice targets the limbic and prefrontal cortical functioning and deeply calms the nervous system which can reshape the neural pathways. During the practice, guided meditations assist participants to integrate difficult thoughts and emotions to enhance emotional self-regulation, resiliency to life’s challenges, and improve overall physical and mental health.

Typical sessions would include 2-3 very gentle, restorative yoga poses (appropriate for any fitness level); breath work; some discussion and learning (psychoeducation) about the iRest practice; and finally a 20-40 minute guided iRest meditation ending with silence and rest.  As this is a practice and it does take time and patience with oneself to build focus, the psychoeducation piece would last longer in the beginning and the meditation piece would increase as time goes on.  Each session would be over an hour but less than 90 minutes.  Participants often find that as they become more familiar with the practice they wish to spend more time in restorative poses, especially resting at the end. All yoga poses (asanas), breathing exercises, and meditation practices that are suggested during a session are ONLY that – SUGGESTIONS, and we always encourage participants to listen to what their body needs at that class on that day.

  • iRest facilitators hold the belief that we are all wise about our own bodies, minds, and needs; you decide what suggestions you want to follow during a session. The mind and body will accept and use what it needs from the practice when it is able to feel safe and ready to participate.

  • iRest uses observations about felt sensations, emotions, and beliefs, to investigate why we believe what we do about ourselves, others and the world. iRest proposes we have been conditioned to interpret reality the way we do. If we shift these conditioned misconceptions, we can find joy, peace, and well-being in relationships and our daily lives. Our ultimate goal is to take the skills and awareness built during the practice and integrate them into our everyday lives.

We run iRest practice at Embody Therapy Group in a series of 5 to 7 sessions. Please contact us for more information or to register for classes. Our next session starts September 30th at 6:30 pm. Please pre-register by emailing Roxie at roxannadew@gmail.com