The 8-Hour Therapist

The 8-Hour Therapist

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We help Therapists and Counsellors create EPIC MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS for clients by teaching the strategies for behind achieving Emotional Fitness, the tools behind Positive Psychology, and mastering Self-Care in our best-selling Online Continuing Education Program.

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Easy, Effective Solutions for Mental & Emotional Health

The 8-Hour Therapist is your solution to applying the tools and clinical strategies behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology, practice self-care, and provide EPIC Mental Health solutions to your clients, so you can be a happier and more successful clinician.

Created by therapists, for therapists, and based on over a combined 40 years of clinical practice and scientific research.

Whether you're new to the profession, a seasoned pro, or something in between, you'll discover new and effective approaches to helping people.

Save Time

From the comfort of home or work // Convenient to use online and on-the-go// Flexible, go at your own pace

Save Money

Fraction of the cost of traditional therapy // No need to spend on travel // Learn from anywhere 

Educate for Success

Laser focused courses // Covers everything you need to learn how to take control of mental health // Created and taught by industry experts



How the Program Works

The 8-Hour Therapist is self-directed so you can Go At Your Own Pace, but we recommend using the timeframe the program is delivered in. This allows you time to process, reflect, and apply what you have learned to your own practice.

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Our curriculum focuses on enhancing your understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology. CBT is a highly effective solution for those suffering from depressed mood and anxiety, for both immediate impact and relief, and longer-term results that last.

We use a skills and strategies building approach, helping you develop a "toolkit" to use with clients in sessions. It consists of video or audio lessons, exercises, assignments and activities that will help you practice and keep your new skills.

Each week you'll tackle a new lesson, including: Tacking stubborn Negative Thoughts, Creating a Positive Mindset, Mastering Anxiety, Lifting Depression, and much more.

Accredited Professional Development

Grow, advance, or refresh your skills as a human service provider with strategic approaches to supporting mental health, and a comprehensive set of tools, exercises, workbooks and printable worksheets to use with clients and patients. Who can benefit:

Mental Health Professionals (Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors), Physicians, Nurses, and other Healthcare and Human Service Professionals

8 x Video or Audio Sessions

Learn visually with our Video option, or on the go with our Audio option: It's your choice! Each session will talk you through a series of evidence-based, research-backed, and client-tested concepts and techniques, designed to help your clients shift perceptions, control and cope with their emotions, strengthen confidence, overcome fears, sharpen focus, and improve communication. All while keeping their accountability high and progress towards therapeutic goals consistent.

8 x Workbooks + 'ACT NOW' Worksheets

When you enroll in The 8-Hour Therapist you get access to a suite of guided, downloadable workbooks full of tools, assignments, and thought-provoking exercises. The workbooks reinforce the lessons and encourage direction application of each module topic by writing observations down. The "ACT NOW" worksheets are a brilliant tool to help your clients challenge old ways of thinking, and commit to new and healthier ways to think and behave. You also receive access to our FALSE BELIEFS tracker.

Guided Relaxation + Visualization App

Learn and start teaching the power of deep breathing, relaxation, and positive visualization. Relaxation not only calms the body, it also promotes retention of the course learnings, better sleep, and encourages a natural desire to take positive action. Visualization helps heal the past and prepare for the future. This is a fully downloadable audio application that lets you listen at any time, and for use with clients.

What You'll Get Out of this Program

Increase Confidence

Be More Productive

Improve Communication Skills

Learn new techniques to reduce Anxiety, Depression, Frustration & Stress

Create A Positive Mindset

Build Strength and & Resilience

Create Better Relationships

Avoid Burnout & Gain Balance



Course Curriculum

Course Creators

Natasha Sharma, Psy.D

Natasha has a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D), and is a media personality, emotional fitness expert, mental health advocate, and co-creator of The 8-Hour Therapist™. She loves turning the complexities of human behaviour and potential into simple and effective advice, and helping people gain the knowledge and tools they need to take control of their personal mental health and make lasting positive changes.

Natasha is the creator of The Kindness Journal and practiced for over 10 years in clinical, research and counselling between 2009 and 2021. She is widely recognized as a leading authority on the science of happiness, relationships, parenting, and emotional fitness. Natasha has been featured regularly on Global News, CP24, Breakfast Television, Cityline, The Morning Show, CBC Radio, and Your Morning, and quoted in major publications like The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest,  and The Globe and Mail. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Natasha has been a key media correspondent for public mental health. She also has a popular TEDx Talk "Why What We Feel Matters More Than What We Think", with over a Quarter Million views on YouTube.

In 2016 Natasha created our best-selling prompted daily journal to develop a positive mindset through the practice of gratitude and compassion. Since then she has been devoted to creating simple and effective tools and courses that empower people to take control of their mental and emotional health. In her spare time she sings, plays guitar and piano, writes, plays tennis, teaches Karate (don't mess with her...she has her black belt!), and spends oodles of time with her 2 boys!

Dan Rutley, Psy.D (Course Instructor)

Dan has a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D), is a Registered Psychotherapist, TV/Media Personality, Speaker, and former Magician! He is also the best-selling author of Escaping Emotional Entrapment, a guide to freedom from negative thinking and unhealthy emotions.

For over two decades, Dan has used a warm, direct and straightforward approach to helping people lead happier, healthier lives - in both in his private practice and through lectures and seminars.

A lifetime student of understanding people, Dan loves all the "ologies": Psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. In his quest to understand the human psyche, he has studied the psychology of illusions and magic, hypnosis, symbolism, and mythology. He has an ongoing fascination for the unknown and the mysterious! 

As an authority in the field of personal development and life enhancement, Dan remains on the cutting edge, blending his current knowledge in psychology and peak performance technologies with his experience of over 30 years in counselling, teaching and lecturing.

An animated, dynamic and captivating speaker, Dan has lectured to packed houses on a variety of topics including "How to Enjoy Life More" and "Relationship Dynamics." 

In his spare time, Dan loves to lift weights and work out. He's not just an Emotional Fitness buff - he's a Physical Fitness buff too! His philosophy? Mens Sana In Corpore Sano: A Sound Mind In A Sound Body.



Professional Development Accreditations

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA): .Approved for 17 Continuing Education Credits

Taught By Leading Industry Experts

When you enroll in The 8-Hour Therapist you'll be learning from recognized leaders with over 40 years of combined experience in counselling and teaching individuals, couples, healthcare professionals, teams and organizations.