Now Completed – Integrated and Experiential CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder



COMPLETED – check back again for next offering dates in the new year.

Date: October 19th, 2018 (Toronto)

Course attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Dept of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa.

Short Description 

This course covers the key theories on worrying including intolerance of uncertainty, metacognitive beliefs, experiential avoidance and failures in problems solving.

Workshop Description

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the commonest anxiety disorder and cognitive behavioural therapy is the first line treatment condition for this condition with several clinical trials supporting the interventions. Clients with generalised anxiety often suffer silently and worrying often affects their relationships. Therapists may find the incessant stream of worrying difficult to manage in sessions. Common techniques used for other anxiety disorders may not be as effective for generalised anxiety.

This course covers the key theories on worrying including intolerance of uncertainty, metacognitive beliefs, experiential avoidance and failures in problems solving.

A step by step protocol approach will convert the above theories into a practical framework for delivering intervention for GAD in clinical practise. The course is designed to use effective experiential and structured techniques to work towards skills mastery in treating clients with GAD.

Workshop Leaders:

Dr Sanjay Rao the Director of IXT Mind CBT training and an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry University of Ottawa. He has delivered over 250 workshops in CBT across UK, Canada and presents regularly in national and international conferences on CBT. He has special expertise on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and served as clinical director of the mood and anxiety programme at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

He trains and supervises multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and counsellors and has been on the forefront of CBT training in Canada. He developed and delivered province wide CBT training in Nova Scotia.

As an executive member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy he had the opportunity to support the development of CBT in Canada. He also served as an advisor the to the Psychotherapy group in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long- term Care to advise future design of structured psychotherapies in Ontario.

Dr Rao has trained in multiple schools of CBT and uses experiential skills to coach trainees improve their practice.

Kirstine Postma is a clinical psychologist at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience in CBT practise in UK and Canada. She trained in the UK and has with over 20 years of clinical and professional experience. She has had formal training in CBT, DBT, IPT and MBSR. She offers Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and EMDR, as well as several other evidence-based therapies, such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

Ms Postma has several years’ experience teaching and training clinicians of various backgrounds in CBT, when employed in a leading role in the UK National Health Service. She provided supervision to Postgraduate Diploma candidates in cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as to therapists in the UK IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) program. She supervised clinical psychology Doctoral students in both the UK and Canada.

Location: Moved to an online format – please contact us at if you are interested in registering.  

Time: 9 – 4:00 pm

Workshop Rates:

Registration Fee: $249 +HST

Student Rate: $199.00 + HST (Note: Students send proof of being a student to to receive your Discount Code)

Registration is open to those who have an independent practise or is a student working towards independent practise.

Email: if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Registrant Cancellation

We kindly ask that if you must reschedule or cancel your registration that you provide 24 hr notice. This provides us the opportunity to offer your space to anyone who may be on a waiting list.

Note: Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $50.00 Admin fee until October 1st, 2018 at 4:00 pm. 
  • After October 1st, 2018 the refund will be for 50% of fee paid.  

IXT Mind Cancellation

Please note that many Workshops require a minimum number of attendees for the workshop to go ahead and be financially viable. Please do not incur or commit to any additional costs in relation to the workshop until you have received confirmation that it is going ahead.

IXT Mind reserves the right to cancel this workshop at its discretion. In the unlikely event a workshop must be cancelled or rescheduled, workshop fees will be refunded at 100%. IXT Mind including its coordinators, agents and/or trainers, hold no financial responsibility for any related additional costs including travel or accommodation costs incurred by the registrant.  Thank you for your understanding.  


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