Kate Kitchen, MSW RSW

Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Toronto

Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW is a registered clinical social worker who has experience providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups since 1980. Her psychotherapy practice is in Toronto, Ontario.

She specializes in working with those dealing with:
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • physical conditions and pain
  • job stress
  • life transitions
  • relationship differences
  • parenting issues

Kate also provides Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for individuals and groups. MBCT is based on a new field of study: mind-body medicine.

It is an approach that sees the mind - our thoughts and emotions - as having a central impact on the body’s health.
Golman and Gurin, Mind/Body Medicine, 1983

The focus of MBCT is to improve management of stress, quality of life and ability to notice the positive in one's day-to-day environment while coping with the challenges of life.

Some of the positive comments about the effectiveness of mindfulness include:
  • Less attached to problems
  • Gentle and kinder with self - less stress
  • Less overwhelmed
  • Calmer
  • Able to look at things more clearly
Problems that Mindfulness has been shown to be useful for include:
  • chronic panic
  • anxiety and panic
  • sleep disturbance
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • job or family stress
  • skin disorders
  • high blood pressure
  • stress factors in heart disease