Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Treatment Group with Dr. Hayley Ellwood

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is often diagnosed first by family physicians, and is a common reason for seeking the help of a psychologist.
Common characteristics include
      • Chronic, excessive worry about numerous events and situations (relationships, health, finances, career, etc.), present for at least six months
      • difficulty concentrating, irritability
      • physical symptoms, such as fatigue, restlessness, sleep disturbance, muscle tension and pain.


GAD is different from other anxiety disorders like Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Specific Phobias, in its symptoms and origins. But GAD may occur in conjunction with any of these disorders.


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides the strongest evidence base for treatment of GAD, either individually or in a group setting. A GAD group treatment was developed by Dugas & Robichaud (2015), leading Canadians in the area of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
        • Individual treatment for GAD over 12, 1-hour sessions with a treating psychologist, costs approximately $2400 – $2520 at current rates ($200 – $210/hr).
        • To make this treatment more accessible for the large number of people struggling with excessive worry and related problems, I am offering Group CBT (comparably effective) for $800 for 8, weekly, 90-minute sessions (12 hours, no tax).


I have learned that many clients enjoy group settings where they can identify with other’s experiences, share in triumphs, and move between actively contributing and listening.


GAD group therapy is cumulative, meaning that attendance each week is important to build upon knowledge and skills discussed the previous week. As with individually-delivered CBT, homework between sessions is a critical component of achieving treatment outcomes.


Each GAD group cycle contains 8 adult (18+) members of varying ages and genders. This group is delivered virtually in order to increase accessibility, so internet and camera/microphone access will be required.


“Graduates” of the GAD Group will be reassured to know that they can remain “in-house” and work with me individually if they require any follow-up or booster sessions (whenever scheduling permits).


Please note: Participants must reside in one of the Atlantic provinces. If you are planning to attend the GAD Group, Generalized Anxiety Disorder must be your primary problem. If your anxiety is the result of another condition or is exacerbated by a recent trauma, part of PTSD, OCD, or a personality disorder like BPD, this group will not be appropriate treatment, and you are encouraged to contact our office to discuss who may be able to see you individually.
This group is also not appropriate for individuals in crisis or considering suicide. If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or Nova Scotia’s mental health crisis line at 1-888-429-8167.


If you would like to join this group, please call our office (Shirley Gallant at 902 492-2546) or email us: