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CAOT
CAOT stands for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, a professional association for professionals involved in occupational therapy.
CAPCT
CAPCT is the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists Therapy, an association of psychoanalytic therapists specializing in the psychoanalysis of children.
CAPT
CAPT is the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, an association of psychodynamic therapists advancing knowledge of the psychodynamic modality.
Care
The philosopher Martin Heidegger claimed that the nature of human existence was care. He termed this the burden of care, for we are obliged to carry our load of life issues through our life, not least of which are the expectations of others and our significant concerns towards and for others. He introduced a special definition of care that took it out of the usual use of the term and is best seen contrastively through his distinctions of the German words for care, 'Sorge' and 'Fürsorge'.
Career Issues
Where you work and what you do affects your sense of self.

Career may add or detract from your self-knowledge and self-esteem.
CATA
CATA stands for the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Catalysis
A process in which the presence of a specific situation, thing or person acts as an 'exciting element', initiating transformative change while not itself changing.
Catharsis
The purging or clearing removal of negative emotional experience, first formulated by Aristotle and reflective of Greek medical theory.

Freud and his early colleagues thought a catharsis would mark the culmination of a successful psychotherapy.
CBT
See Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CCA
The Canadian Counselling Association is a national association of professionally trained counsellors engaged in the helping professions.
CCC
CCC is a designation granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to its qualified professional members.
CGT
This refers to a credential earned at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.
Character
The ancient Greeks developed the idea of character as something that one is by nature and which influences what one does and who we are. Character was more or less a constant for them, and not amenable to change. The Christian idea of change redeveloped the concept of character through its own early analysis of the virtues and vices of individuals.
Children and Teens
It can be very challenging to be a child or a teenager, despite society's claims that these are the golden times of our lives.
Chronic Pain
Pain that lasts longer than expected (typically 3 months) after the tissue has healed is called chronic pain. Chronic pain is a general category and there are many diagnoses used to describe the different types and locations of chronic pain.
CIT
CIT stands for Certified Imago Therapist.
Client
This refers to the person seeking therapy. The word has some important implications.
Clinical Supervision

The College of Registered Psychotherapists defines this as 'A contractual relationship in which a clinical supervisor engages with a supervisee to promote the professional growth of the supervisee; enhance the supervisee's safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship, discuss the direction of therapy; and safeguard the well-being of the client.

Clinical supervision is distinct from general (or managerial) supervision by a supervisor or manager in the workplace, and distinct from the general supervision of students as provided for by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.'
Co-creation
A recent view about psychodynamic therapy is that what is created in the therapy is not simply the result of either party in the work (therapist & client) but is a co-creation in which each does a vital part.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach to treating psychological disorders based on scientific principles. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Compassion Fatigue
'Secondary traumatization and burnout are the two components of compassion fatigue that have the potential to affect every caregiver at some point in their professional cycle.'
Complexes
An understanding of complexes is important part of the approach of C.G. Jung.
Compulsions
Obsessive thoughts may make some people feel nervous and afraid.
Compulsive or Emotional Eating
Compulsive or emotional eating is an eating disorder similar to bulimia, except without the regular purging that is characteristic of the latter.
Consultation
Our free consultations are about getting the right fit, because without the right fit it is harder to get good results.

The consultation is not a therapy session, but it is your opportunity to clarify your needs and goals and to find out if your chosen therapist is right for you.

It lasts about 30-45 minutes, face-to-face in person in the therapist's office setting.
Contemplative Psychotherapy
Contemplative psychotherapy is the blending of Western psychotherapy with Buddhist awareness and mindfulness practices.
COTO
COTO stands for membership in the government-regulated College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
Counselling
Many people associate counseling with the guidance and advice provided by guidance counsellors in the elementary and secondary school system of education.

Such counselling has a large educational component because on ensuring that the client understands how to get on well in life. Its operating assumption is that many difficulties can be avoided by following the paths taken successfully by others.
Counter-transference
This term refers to the unconscious distortions in any therapy process that arise from the therapist's as yet unworked psychic associations.
Couples
A couple refers to any two people in what is usually called a 'relationship'.

Not all couples are in a sexual relationship although this is frequently the case.
CPI
CPI stands for Certified Parenting Instructor, a credential awarded by the Hand in Hand Parenting Institute in California.
Creative arts therapies
Creative arts therapies refer to types of therapy that employ various forms of creative arts as a means for the client to express themselves.
Creativity
Creativity is the silent partner in any good psychodynamic psychotherapy. The purpose of therapy is itself creative, toward growth and expansion.
CRPO
CRPO stands for the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, a newly established regulatory college in that province intended to maintain standards for psychotherapy and to mitigate possible harm to the public though a code of conduct and discipline, and educational upgrading.
Cultural Issues
All individuals grow up within certain cultural expectations that more or less prescribe their roles or 'place' in life.
CYW
CYW stands for 'Child and Youth Worker'.
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