Innovative Solution for a Colossal Problem
50 million North Americans live with some kind of mental health problem each year. 65% of these patients suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, for which psychotherapy is considered the first line of treatment. Efficacy of psychotherapy has been shown to be equal or better than medication in most cases of mood and anxiety disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely investigated and practiced forms of psychotherapy effective for many different mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, PTSD and OCD.
While psychotherapy and CBT are very effective, they are not accessible to many patients in need due to geographical (e.g. living in rural/remote areas), social (e.g., those with cultural and language limitations, like refugees), or financial factors. As well, the stigma attached to mental disorders presents as a barrier to receiving psychotherapy. As such, more innovative approaches to delivering psychotherapy and CBT are needed to address this problem.
OPTT and Online CBT Researches
Online delivery of psychotherapy and more specifically CBT, have been proposed as innovative and effective solutions for bridging the large service gap in delivering mental health treatments. Recent studies investigating the effectiveness of online delivery of CBT strongly support the efficacy of online CBT for treating major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders (Musiat and Tarrier 2014, Christensen et al 2013). OPTT’s chief clinical consultant, Dr. Nazanin Alavi, is a pioneer researcher in the field of online CBT and has been actively investigating the efficacy of online CBT over the last 12 years and across 5 clinical trials. Here you can find a selective list of scientific publications and presentations by our clinical team in this field.
This book aims to provide the clinicians with details of online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to facilitate care delivery for patients struggling with depression and anxiety. Chapters cover some of the most fundamental concepts for successful treatment, including experiments, action plans evidence, and the guidelines for managing, thoughts, feelings, and other key concerns. Designed to be a reader-friendly guide, each chapter opens with a summary of the content and a recap of concepts covered in previous sections, making this highly functional for individual chapter or whole book use. Each chapter also includes recommended tables and chart to facilitate the documentation of each recommended session, making this highly practical resource a vital tool for those who treat patients suffering from these particular mental health concerns.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Alavi N, Stefanoff M, Hirji A, Khalid-Khan S. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy through PowerPoint: Efficacy in an Adolescent Clinical Population with Depression and Anxiety. International Journal of Pediatrics 2018.
Alavi N, Hirji A, Sutton C, Naeem F. Online CBT Is Effective in Overcoming Cultural and Language Barriers in Patients With Depression. J Psychiatr Pract 22: 2–8, 2016.
Sapru I, Khalid-Khan S, Choi E, Alavi N, Patel A, Sutton C, Odejayi G, Calancie OG. Effectiveness of online versus live multi-family psychoeducation group therapy for children and adolescents with mood or anxiety disorders: a pilot study. Int J Adolesc Med Health 30, 2016.
Alavi N, Rivera M, Gagnon K; Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Alavi N, Stefanoff M, Hirji A; Effect of online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on General Anxiety Disorder. (under revision, Journal of psychiatric practice)
Alavi N; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) via email in General Anxiety Disorder. American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 annual meeting, May 2013, San Francisco, US
Workshops & Symposiums
Alavi N, Kloiber S, Patel A, Omrani M; An Online Psychotherapy Clinic for Effective Delivery of Mental Care. Canadian Psychiatric Association 2018 annual meeting, Sept 2018, Toronto, Canada
Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S, Omrani M; From ‘Psychotherapy via Email’ to ‘Online Clinic’. Canadian Psychiatric Association 2016 annual meeting. Sept 2016, Toronto, Canada
Omrani M, Odejayi G, Alavi A; Online Psychotherapy: A new method of delivering therapy, American Psychiatric Association 2016 annual meeting, May 2016, Atlanta, US
Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S; Online Psychotherapy: A new method of delivering therapy, Canadian Psychiatric Association 2016 annual meeting, September 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S; Online Psychotherapy: A new method of delivering therapy, Canadian Psychiatric Association’s 2014 annual meeting, Sept 2014, Toronto, Canada
Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S; Online Psychotherapy: A new method of delivering treatment in patient’s with mental health disorders. Ontario Psychiatric Association 2014 annual meeting, March 2014, Toronto, Canada
Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S; Online Psychotherapy: A new method of delivering therapy Ontario Psychiatric Association 2013 annual meeting, March 2013, Toronto, Canada
Alavi N, Reshetukha T, Patel A, Omrani M; From psychotherapy by email to an online clinic. American Psychiatric Association 2018 annual meeting, May 2018, New York, US
Omrani M, Reshetukha T, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S, Alavi N, Online Psychotherapy Clinic: A New Method in Overcoming Treatment Barriers. Canadian Psychiatric Association 2017 annual meeting. Sept 2017, Ottawa, Canada
Omrani M, Alavi N, Rivera M, Khalid-Khan S; Online Clinic, a New Method of Delivering Psychotherapy, European Psychiatric Association 2017 annual meeting, April 2017, Florence, Italy
Alavi N, Rivera M, Gagnon K; Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)? There is an app for that!! American Psychiatric Association 2015 annual meeting, May 2015, Toronto, Canada
Khalid-Khan S, Alavi N, Patel A, Odejayi G; Effect of psychoeducational programs in improving symptoms of child and adolescent with mood disorders. American Psychiatric Association 2014 annual meeting, Sept 2014, Toronto, Canada
Khalid-Khan S, Alavi N, Patel A, Odejayi G; Effect of psychoeducational programs in improving symptoms of child and adolescent with mood disorders. American Psychiatric Association 2014 annual meeting, May 2014, New York, US
Alavi N, Rivera M, Gagnon K; Online DBT, new method of delivering psychotherapy in patients with borderline personality disorder. Canadian Psychiatric Association’s 2013 annual meeting, Sept 2013, Montreal, Canada
Alavi N, Campbell N; The effect of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) via E- mail on Depression. Canadian Psychiatric Association 2012 annual meeting, Sept 2012, Montreal, Canada