Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic and what services
are offered there?
The North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic devoted to effective, evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders and stress-related problems. The multidisciplinary team includes several psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, dieticians and nurses. The clinic provides a wide range of services for both adults and children. Visit the website (www.nssac.ca) for more information about services provided.
2. What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (or CBT for short) is based on a model of understanding human experience that emphasizes the relationship between our thoughts (what we think), our behaviors (what we do) and our emotions (what we feel). By examining these relationships, you can begin to change your behaviors and thoughts to help improve the way you feel. CBT has a number of important components, including:
a) CBT uses models to help you develop a new understanding of your difficulties;
b) CBT is skills-based, so it encourages the development of new skills to manage difficulties;
c) CBT is a structured treatment, ensuring that therapy is efficient and remains focussed;
d) CBT deals with the "here and now", focusing on factors that are maintaining the problem, rather than what started it. Since you cannot change the past, CBT deals with factors in the present that you can control;
e) The most important treatment component of CBT is "homework" that is completed between sessions. The homework exercises are designed to help you practice skills learned in treatment sessions. This helps make progress as rapid as possible and helps you to develop a sense of control in your ability to manage difficulties.
More detailed information about CBT can be found on the "CBT Resources" page.
3. Can psychologists prescribe anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications?
Psychologists in British Columbia cannot prescribe medications. If a medication consultation is required, an appointment with one of the psychiatrists may be arranged, usually within a couple of weeks.
4. Do I need a referral from my family physician?
A referral from your family physician is only required for a medical consultation with a psychiatrist. A referral is not needed to be seen by me for psychological assessment and treatment.
5. Do you treat children?
I do not treat children. The youngest clients I see are 18 years old. There are a number of exceptional psychologists and therapists who treat children at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic. Please refer to the NSSAC website for more information.
6. How long does treatment usually last?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is designed to be a brief, skills-based treatment approach. Many people are able to achieve significant benefit after 8 to 20 sessions. However, the length of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms and the number of conditions being treated.
7. How much does treatment cost?
The rate per 50 minute session is $190, consistent with the BC Psychological Association's recommended rate for psychologists. Many clients are reimbursed by their extended health benefit plans.
8. What payment methods do you accept?
I accept payment by cash, cheque debit card (Interac) or credit card.
9. What are the available appointment times?
Appointments are available Tuesday-Friday starting at 8:00am and the last appointment time is 4:00pm.
10. How can appointments be arranged?
Contact Dr. Nader directly at 604-340-5687 or through the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic at 604-985-3939 (toll free at 1-866-985-3535) to arrange an appointment.