Faiza Khalid-Khan, Psychotherapist, MSW RSW
Did you know that one in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental health issue each year and only a small fraction (1 in 3) will get the help that they need? Many of these issues are related to feelings of hopelessness, negativity, feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope—namely depression and anxiety. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a gold standard treatment for depression and anxiety, yet it is scarcely available and difficult to access.
We recognize that CBT is an extremely valuable tool for our patients who are struggling with negative emotions and want to learn healthy and useful coping strategies that will enable them to be more resilient.
We are excited to let you know that we have teamed up with Ms. Faiza Khalid-Khan to develop a suite of CBT programs delivered to our patients at both our Richmond Hill and Eglinton Ave West clinic.
Ms. Khalid-Khan is passionate about providing evidence-based (clinically tested) interventions such as CBT for people suffering from anxiety and depression to allow them to learn skills that will help them cope in any situation, even if they are facing serious life stressors.
Ms. Khalid-Khan has a B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from York University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has worked with The Scarborough Hospital over 16 years, in various clinical and leadership roles in the area of mental health care. Ms. Khalid-Khan interests lie in using technology to further enhance care.
Ms. Khalid-Khan is a key innovator in the use of technology to provide more patient-focused care. There are many patients who need support but are unable to attend clinic days due to stigma, work or family obligations, geography or physical issues. She led the development of the internet-assisted Cognitive Behavior Therapy (iCBT), a first-in-Canada project which allows patients to receive therapist guided CBT remotely. The iCBT is provided in a format that can easily be accessed from the comfort of the patient’s home and on their own schedule without compromising quality—results show that the outcomes are comparable to our face to face CBT.
For more information on the Mental Health Care Clinic @UptownHealth, please email jenna@Uptownhealthcentre.com.
Khalid-Khan, Faiza, MSW RSW. Canadian Medical AssociationJournal: CMAJ; Ottawa188.4 (Mar 1, 2016) - Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of psychiatric illness -