Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, insomnia, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness.

Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

CBT focuses on the here-and-now—on the problems that come up in day-to-day life. It helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening around them and how these perceptions affect the way they feel.

CBT therapy is:

  • is structured
  • is time-limited (usually 6-20 sessions)
  • is problem-focused and goal-oriented
  • teaches strategies and skills
  • is based on a proactive, shared therapeutic relationship between therapist and client


Currently, CBT is covered under the psychologist benefit in your benefit plan. The psychologist's maximum would still apply and any CBT claim would go towards this maximum. 

You can also use your Health Spending Account (if applicable) to help cover the cost.

Beacon Therapy

Sun Life, our benefits provider, has partnered with Beacon Therapy to offer CBT to its plan members.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or down more often than not, Beacon can help you build resilience to cope with life’s many challenges. Beacon provides clinically-proven CBT guided by a registered mental health professional; accessed through your digital device, it’s there for you anywhere, anytime you need it.

Learn more about how BEACON works, its cost and coverage.