Noah Lazar, PhD, C.Psych.
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
January 31, 2023 | 9 a.m. to noon ET
Health anxiety is the fear that one is ill, or will become ill, despite being in good health. Often, uncertainty surrounding the future or certain physical symptoms can increase this anxiety. During a pandemic, health anxiety can become more prevalent.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a gold standard treatment for many anxiety disorders including health anxiety. This webinar will explore the CBT conceptualization of health anxiety and how to develop cognitive strategies to challenge anxious thinking and beliefs. Participants will learn to develop behavioural strategies, such as exposure and response prevention exercises, to manage health anxiety.
Dr. Noah Lazar is a Clinical Director and Founder of The Downtown Psychology Clinic, which is a group private practice located in Toronto. He is also an Adjunct Professor and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program Director at the University of Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Western University, with a research focus in the neurobiology and genetics of schizophrenia. He completed his predoctoral training at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, in their Mood Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, and their Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness Clinic. He also worked in numerous inpatient and outpatient psychiatric clinics before beginning work full-time in private practice. He offers assessment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for a wide-range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. He also works extensively with clients, experiencing mental health issues, return to work from short-term or long-term disability. He is certified by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in the provision of CBT.