Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you change how you think and behave—so you can change the way you feel—by developing skills and techniques to manage the stress and emotions of day-to-day life. Our online CBT providers offer programs to treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, insomnia, panic disorder, pain management, and alcohol and other substance use issues. You can even get help with anxiety related to a pandemic.
You receive one-on-one support from a registered therapist while following a structured clinically effective approach that you can do on your own time, in your own way.
Your data and interactions with the therapist are completely private and secure.
CBT makes you aware of your negative thinking and prepares you to better cope with challenging situations as they arise.
*Online CBT programs from other vendors are not eligible for coverage.
Feeling anxious? Sad? Not yourself? We’ve all been there. AbilitiCBT by LifeWorks can help you deal with anxiety, depression, pain management, insomnia, anxiety and depression, anxiety related to a pandemic, grief and loss, trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and social anxiety. Throughout these clinically effective virtual mental health programs, you’ll be guided by a therapist who checks in regularly.
Getting started is easy. After completing a 5-7-minute assessment, plan members can begin right away!
ALAViDA is a one-stop-shop for any level of substance use – alcohol and drugs. Whether you want to be proactive about their health, or face mild, moderate or severe challenges, you set your goals, we help you meet them. No awkward conversations, no shame and 100% confidential. Access evidence-based care all in one place: resources available 24/7, coaches, therapists and physicians you can text or meet securely from home. Join the 86% of ALAViDA customers who have reduced their substance use.
When sadness, anxiety, pain or trauma become overwhelming, you deserve treatment that is designed to care for you. TELUS Health Specialized Digital Therapy Program consists of weekly personalized treatment modules featuring guidance with a genuine human touch. You will be followed by dedicated mental health professionals, including a licensed therapist who monitors your progress and provides feedback, and a behavioural health coach who will be there to encourage you every step of the way.
With MindBeacon you’ll get a one-to-one relationship with a therapist that’s built on trust. MindBeacon is tailored to you as a person, beyond a single mental wellbeing condition, so you can successfully build skills to meet life’s demands. Your interactions with the therapist are completely digital, so you can progress at your own pace from wherever you’re most comfortable.
Each of these programs begins with an online assessment, which can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes to complete depending on the program you choose. The assessment is reviewed by a therapist to ensure the program is right for you, and the information is used to tailor a therapeutic approach that best suits your needs.
You may have an initial consultation with your therapist by video or by phone, and then you’ll work through the program online or via an app you’ll download on your smartphone or tablet. Your therapist will review your progress and check in along the way.
iCBT programs involve therapist guided modules, including activities and exercises to learn and apply cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) skills to real life situations. With iCBT, you can work through the modules at your own pace, at any time, from wherever you choose.
Working directly with a therapist, either in-person or virtually, on CBT skills would usually be during regularly scheduled sessions. The therapist may also employ a number of possible techniques during the course of therapy, rather than focusing solely on CBT. If included with your Pacific Blue Cross benefits package, therapy sessions would be covered under ‘paramedical practitioner’ coverage (practitioner types can include Psychologist, Social Worker or Clinical Counsellor, depending on plan specific coverages).
iCBT is added for most groups and individuals that have coverage for psychology benefits. Log into your Member Profile account to confirm. It’s available to Pacific Blue Cross plan members and your dependents.
It’s entirely up to you. Learn more about each iCBT provider and their programs and select the one you think will work best.
No. Pacific Blue Cross has done a thorough review of each of these programs based on eligibility criteria that uses evidence-based research conducted by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Therefore, only vendors who have been through this review are included as Eligible Vendors for claims reimbursement. We will continue to evaluate other iCBT vendors to augment this list.
It depends on the program and how quickly you work through it. They vary between 6 to 20 weeks to complete.
Each of the online CBT providers has a different cost structure for their programs.
Submit the claim to Pacific Blue Cross for reimbursement, up to your plan’s annual maximum under existing Psychology benefit limits. You can claim the balance through your Health Spending Account if you have one as part of your benefits plan.
If you’re having a mental health crisis you should immediately contact your physician or a mental health professional for assistance.
|Mind Beacon||AbilitiCBT by LifeWorks||ALAViDA||TELUS Health Specialized Digital Therapy|
|Areas of Focus||
Manage alcohol use
Substance use management: alcohol, cannabis, opioids (prescribed or otherwise), cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, others
Awareness and tracking
Mental Health Toolkit
Pandemic Support Program
Returning to the Workplace
|Average Duration||6-10 weeks||12 weeks||8-20 weeks||8-12 weeks|
|Post Therapy Access||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
(includes psychological diagnosis)
|$500||$700||$495 for each program|
|Mental Health Specialists||Psychologists, Registered Social Workers||Registered Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychotherapists||Board-certified addiction Physicians, Psychologist, Coaches and Registered Social Workers.||Psychologists, Registered Social Workers|
|*Online CBT programs from other vendors are not eligible for coverage.|