Addiction Therapists in Guelph, ON

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Spacious Mind Counselling
MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Helping people who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, depression, low motivation, post partum concerns, trauma, men's issues or sexual health are part of what we specialise in at Spacious Mind Counselling.
We know that life can be very challenging at times and that the obstacles can seem overwhelming when facing them on your own. The therapists at Spacious Mind Counselling have been through their own trials and tribulations and have benefited from their own personal therapy during difficult times. We know that you are the expert in your life and that with the right conditions you can overcome the obstacles and challenges. We aim to provide a safe, non judgemental space where you can begin to understand the challenges for what they are and get back to living a rich and meaning full life. We do this by listening, asking questions and then creating goals with you that are in line with your values. Sometimes skills and tools are needed and other times processing traumas and unresolved emotions are needed. We will always follow your lead and provide insight and knowledge when you need it during sessions.
Helping people who are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, depression, low motivation, post partum concerns, trauma, men's issues or sexual health are part of what we specialise in at Spacious Mind Counselling.
We know that life can be very challenging at times and that the obstacles can seem overwhelming when facing them on your own. The therapists at Spacious Mind Counselling have been through their own trials and tribulations and have benefited from their own personal therapy during difficult times. We know that you are the expert in your life and that with the right conditions you can overcome the obstacles and challenges. We aim to provide a safe, non judgemental space where you can begin to understand the challenges for what they are and get back to living a rich and meaning full life. We do this by listening, asking questions and then creating goals with you that are in line with your values. Sometimes skills and tools are needed and other times processing traumas and unresolved emotions are needed. We will always follow your lead and provide insight and knowledge when you need it during sessions.
(548) 483-6483 View (548) 483-6483
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Craig Holman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I work with individuals who experience, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, ADHD, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, anger management, and addiction issues.
Accepting New Clients - Feeling trapped in an unhealthy pattern, but can’t get out of it? Counselling helps you process the underlying concerns that are keeping you stuck in this negative pattern. It will also offer strategies that you can use to manage the day-to-day stressors. If you want to work through the problems you are experiencing and want a helping hand, then reach out to me. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca)
I work with individuals who experience, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, ADHD, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, anger management, and addiction issues.
Accepting New Clients - Feeling trapped in an unhealthy pattern, but can’t get out of it? Counselling helps you process the underlying concerns that are keeping you stuck in this negative pattern. It will also offer strategies that you can use to manage the day-to-day stressors. If you want to work through the problems you are experiencing and want a helping hand, then reach out to me. The easiest way to book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca)
(548) 490-2935 x106 View (548) 490-2935 x106
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Sue Graham
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Hello my name is Sue Graham and I am a Registered Social Worker with over 25 years experience. I have been working with individuals to help them increase their self-awareness and make positive changes in their lives within an empowering and respectful therapeutic relationship. I specialize in treating clients with Eating Disorders, alcohol and drug addiction, mental health issues as well as survivors of abuse. I am a trauma informed therapist, certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment. I offer both evening and daytime appointments and look forward to speaking with you through a free telephone conversation.
Hello my name is Sue Graham and I am a Registered Social Worker with over 25 years experience. I have been working with individuals to help them increase their self-awareness and make positive changes in their lives within an empowering and respectful therapeutic relationship. I specialize in treating clients with Eating Disorders, alcohol and drug addiction, mental health issues as well as survivors of abuse. I am a trauma informed therapist, certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment. I offer both evening and daytime appointments and look forward to speaking with you through a free telephone conversation.
(226) 407-0483 View (226) 407-0483
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Colleen Fava Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, BA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Currently accepting new clients for phone, online or in-person sessions. Feeling overwhelmed by life and the monotony of the daily grind? Are stress, depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, grief, loss or addiction getting in the way of your happiness? Are you having relationship or family issues or going through a tough transition? Through a mindfulness-based approach, my hope is to help you with your challenges by empowering you with new tools. I offer a safe and calm space to help with your healing process. Sometimes starting therapy may feel scary and daunting - am here to help support you with this.Connect for a free consultation.
Currently accepting new clients for phone, online or in-person sessions. Feeling overwhelmed by life and the monotony of the daily grind? Are stress, depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, grief, loss or addiction getting in the way of your happiness? Are you having relationship or family issues or going through a tough transition? Through a mindfulness-based approach, my hope is to help you with your challenges by empowering you with new tools. I offer a safe and calm space to help with your healing process. Sometimes starting therapy may feel scary and daunting - am here to help support you with this.Connect for a free consultation.
(647) 559-2410 View (647) 559-2410
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Edith Townsend
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
With over 22 years of clinical experience and training in the fields of addiction, mental health, relationships and trauma, my practice offers evidence-based therapies to provide an opportunity for clients to attain self-awareness, behaviour change, and personal growth and recovery in an environment that is supportive and non-judgmental. My interests include mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self esteem, and substance and behavioural addictions. I'm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier relationship with themselves and others.
With over 22 years of clinical experience and training in the fields of addiction, mental health, relationships and trauma, my practice offers evidence-based therapies to provide an opportunity for clients to attain self-awareness, behaviour change, and personal growth and recovery in an environment that is supportive and non-judgmental. My interests include mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions, self esteem, and substance and behavioural addictions. I'm dedicated to helping clients build a healthier relationship with themselves and others.
(226) 779-7805 View (226) 779-7805
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Cheryl Laird
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
We focus on issues that impair your quality of life, like trauma, addiction, and stress, while also providing you tools for change and healthy coping.
Immediate Availability! Welcome to Laird Counselling Services. We are professional mental health counsellors dedicated to supporting you through life's ups and downs. If you have been dealing with a problem for some time, you might not see how it can change. With over 35 years' combined experience, we have been helping people make sense of what they feel, see new opportunities, and work on their critical inner voice. We are here to support you through difficult life transitions, body image and disordered eating, relationship problems, addictions, and more with compassion and caring.
We focus on issues that impair your quality of life, like trauma, addiction, and stress, while also providing you tools for change and healthy coping.
Immediate Availability! Welcome to Laird Counselling Services. We are professional mental health counsellors dedicated to supporting you through life's ups and downs. If you have been dealing with a problem for some time, you might not see how it can change. With over 35 years' combined experience, we have been helping people make sense of what they feel, see new opportunities, and work on their critical inner voice. We are here to support you through difficult life transitions, body image and disordered eating, relationship problems, addictions, and more with compassion and caring.
(226) 777-6663 View (226) 777-6663
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Noella Taylor
Registered Social Worker, MA, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1C  (Online Only)
For over 30 years, I have worked with those struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health difficulties.
Currently Accepting New Clients! Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of behaviour that leads to distress? Are you feeling discouraged and judged? Please know that you deserve to be your best self. Asking for help is the first step on the path to becoming the person that you want to be. My approach is supportive and nonjudgmental. I will work with you to help you achieve meaningful change at a pace that is comfortable for you. My clients find my knowledge, skill, sense of humour, and my ability to connect has made a significant difference on their journey to health. You don't have to do it alone. I am here to help you.
For over 30 years, I have worked with those struggling with addiction, trauma, and mental health difficulties.
Currently Accepting New Clients! Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of behaviour that leads to distress? Are you feeling discouraged and judged? Please know that you deserve to be your best self. Asking for help is the first step on the path to becoming the person that you want to be. My approach is supportive and nonjudgmental. I will work with you to help you achieve meaningful change at a pace that is comfortable for you. My clients find my knowledge, skill, sense of humour, and my ability to connect has made a significant difference on their journey to health. You don't have to do it alone. I am here to help you.
(226) 639-5132 View (226) 639-5132
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Carla Jordan
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E  (Online Only)
For over 20 years I have worked in the field of Addiction and Mental Health.
Is there something in your life you are struggling with? Something you feel is in your way and you are not sure where to start? Choosing to come to therapy can be the first step in a profound journey of discovery and transition. That first step is one of courage, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Every person brings a different story to therapy, and my goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for you to explore your full self and concerns. You can expect that I will respect your own personal journey and that your personal goals will be heard and worked toward.
For over 20 years I have worked in the field of Addiction and Mental Health.
Is there something in your life you are struggling with? Something you feel is in your way and you are not sure where to start? Choosing to come to therapy can be the first step in a profound journey of discovery and transition. That first step is one of courage, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Every person brings a different story to therapy, and my goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for you to explore your full self and concerns. You can expect that I will respect your own personal journey and that your personal goals will be heard and worked toward.
(226) 407-7083 View (226) 407-7083
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Judy Barnes
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
Whether you are struggling with mental health/addiction issues or wanting to address root causes of your maladaptive thinking/behaviours such as addressing out-dated core beliefs; insecure attachment style or wanting a non-judgemental sounding-board please reach out.
Welcoming new Clients! Judy believes that we are all "In Recovery" from something whether from addictions, dysregulated emotions, workaholism, anxiety, stress, insomnia, trauma, grief, abuse, ill health, depression, burn-out, broken-hearts.......... "In Recovery" means becoming aware of behaviours/thoughts/feelings that hurt us at the core of our being and committing to a new path of change/growth and healing. Judy is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers
Whether you are struggling with mental health/addiction issues or wanting to address root causes of your maladaptive thinking/behaviours such as addressing out-dated core beliefs; insecure attachment style or wanting a non-judgemental sounding-board please reach out.
Welcoming new Clients! Judy believes that we are all "In Recovery" from something whether from addictions, dysregulated emotions, workaholism, anxiety, stress, insomnia, trauma, grief, abuse, ill health, depression, burn-out, broken-hearts.......... "In Recovery" means becoming aware of behaviours/thoughts/feelings that hurt us at the core of our being and committing to a new path of change/growth and healing. Judy is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers
(226) 212-7759 View (226) 212-7759
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Mandy Cunnington
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss (in particular pet loss), low self-esteem, life transitions, caregiver burn-out, and addiction (substances & sex addiction in particular).
Your sense of safety and well-being is my priority. You might be reaching out for support because of current life stressors, a significant loss, or change. Or you may need support to heal from childhood (or adult) emotional injuries that have impacted who you are and how you feel about the world. As your counsellor, I will offer a compassionate and respectful approach to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself, enhance your coping skills, and make positive changes in your life. I am experienced in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing.
I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss (in particular pet loss), low self-esteem, life transitions, caregiver burn-out, and addiction (substances & sex addiction in particular).
Your sense of safety and well-being is my priority. You might be reaching out for support because of current life stressors, a significant loss, or change. Or you may need support to heal from childhood (or adult) emotional injuries that have impacted who you are and how you feel about the world. As your counsellor, I will offer a compassionate and respectful approach to help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself, enhance your coping skills, and make positive changes in your life. I am experienced in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing.
(226) 212-5245 View (226) 212-5245
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Chris Jarvis
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CRPO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Accepting New Clients - Are you tired of feeling stuck and frustrated with the same unhelpful patterns in your relationships, struggles with anger, or addiction? Have you been putting off seeking counselling because life's hectic demands make it challenging to prioritize your well-being? You're not alone in feeling this way. Reach out and we can work through it together. The easiest way to view my availability and book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca) or you can email if you have any questions about the process.
Accepting New Clients - Are you tired of feeling stuck and frustrated with the same unhelpful patterns in your relationships, struggles with anger, or addiction? Have you been putting off seeking counselling because life's hectic demands make it challenging to prioritize your well-being? You're not alone in feeling this way. Reach out and we can work through it together. The easiest way to view my availability and book an appointment is through our website (chettiarcounselling.ca) or you can email if you have any questions about the process.
(226) 910-1023 x109 View (226) 910-1023 x109
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Ben King
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I have experience treating addiction and concurrent disorders with addiction in both in patient and out patient settings.
I approach therapy as a collaborative process and aim to help you achieve your goals. I am available to provide both virtual and in person therapy. I work with client's through WSIB, Veteran's Affairs Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, the Ontario Medical Association and private insurance or self-pay. I work with many first responders, active and inactive members of the military, healthcare professionals as well as the general public.
I have experience treating addiction and concurrent disorders with addiction in both in patient and out patient settings.
I approach therapy as a collaborative process and aim to help you achieve your goals. I am available to provide both virtual and in person therapy. I work with client's through WSIB, Veteran's Affairs Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, the Ontario Medical Association and private insurance or self-pay. I work with many first responders, active and inactive members of the military, healthcare professionals as well as the general public.
(226) 894-4229 View (226) 894-4229
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Wendi Woo - Psychological Services
Psychological Associate, MA, CPsych, Assoc
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a Registered Clinical Psychological Associate who has been providing psychological services to adults with a range of difficulties and diagnoses including PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, self-esteem issues, and stress related difficulties for more than 25 years.
Life isn't always easy. It is full of stressors big and small. Some are predictable. Others are totally unexpected. And some are cumulative in that we don't even know that we are being impacted until that day that we hit the wall and find that we just aren't functioning the way we want. We try everything we know to get through tough times, to change how we are feeling, acting, and thinking, but sometimes we need a little extra help.
I am a Registered Clinical Psychological Associate who has been providing psychological services to adults with a range of difficulties and diagnoses including PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, addiction, self-esteem issues, and stress related difficulties for more than 25 years.
Life isn't always easy. It is full of stressors big and small. Some are predictable. Others are totally unexpected. And some are cumulative in that we don't even know that we are being impacted until that day that we hit the wall and find that we just aren't functioning the way we want. We try everything we know to get through tough times, to change how we are feeling, acting, and thinking, but sometimes we need a little extra help.
(844) 543-7982 View (844) 543-7982
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Cynthia Sewell
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP, CH
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Did you wake up today and think to yourself, "something isn't right" or "I can't go on like this"? If you are struggling with your substance use and you're feeling like you are no longer in control, it might be time to consider change. Maybe you are tired of hiding your drinking as a way to cope with your mood. Maybe you have noticed that while getting high works in the moment to help manage your nerves, you are actually more anxious now than you have ever been. Change is scary, but may be necessary for you to reach your full potential.
Did you wake up today and think to yourself, "something isn't right" or "I can't go on like this"? If you are struggling with your substance use and you're feeling like you are no longer in control, it might be time to consider change. Maybe you are tired of hiding your drinking as a way to cope with your mood. Maybe you have noticed that while getting high works in the moment to help manage your nerves, you are actually more anxious now than you have ever been. Change is scary, but may be necessary for you to reach your full potential.
(226) 840-6186 View (226) 840-6186
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Robert E. McArthur
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, RSSW, CCAC, ICADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Robert grew up in an alcoholic home, and then became a substance abuser himself. In 1988 he embarked on a road to recovery. Since becoming clean and sober, Robert returned to school and with his education and experience, he began working in the addiction profession in 1990. He has experience with in-patient, outpatient, individual & group counselling, as well as lecturing and facilitating workshops. Using his educational background accompanied with his addiction experience, he is helping others on their own road to recovery. He is now an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor and is a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor.
Robert grew up in an alcoholic home, and then became a substance abuser himself. In 1988 he embarked on a road to recovery. Since becoming clean and sober, Robert returned to school and with his education and experience, he began working in the addiction profession in 1990. He has experience with in-patient, outpatient, individual & group counselling, as well as lecturing and facilitating workshops. Using his educational background accompanied with his addiction experience, he is helping others on their own road to recovery. He is now an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor and is a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor.
(519) 635-5622 View (519) 635-5622
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Jordan Smith
Registered Social Worker, BaSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
She has worked for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and William Osler Health System.
Jordan's personal involvement with the mental health system in Canada has helped her to understand the overwhelming feelings and stigma that can so often lead someone to shy away from seeking support. Jordan also knows as the expert of their own lives, clients already have an abundance of resiliency and coping strategies when they come into the office. Working through therapy, clients are able to redefine, reclaim, and reconnect to their strength and abilities to heal.
She has worked for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and William Osler Health System.
Jordan's personal involvement with the mental health system in Canada has helped her to understand the overwhelming feelings and stigma that can so often lead someone to shy away from seeking support. Jordan also knows as the expert of their own lives, clients already have an abundance of resiliency and coping strategies when they come into the office. Working through therapy, clients are able to redefine, reclaim, and reconnect to their strength and abilities to heal.
(226) 917-9434 View (226) 917-9434
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Jennifer Will
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
Change, whether chosen or imposed, can be one of the most challenging of life's gifts. Working as a Therapist in the addiction and mental health field for 25 years has allowed me the privilege of working with individuals who, like me, face some difficulties that are seemingly too complex to work out on their own. Finding the right person to explore such sensitive and personal issues is no easy feat which is why providing an authentic and non-judgmental space is at the heart of my therapy practice. I am accepting new clients for in-person and online therapy! Please visit www.willthrivetherapy.com for more information.
Change, whether chosen or imposed, can be one of the most challenging of life's gifts. Working as a Therapist in the addiction and mental health field for 25 years has allowed me the privilege of working with individuals who, like me, face some difficulties that are seemingly too complex to work out on their own. Finding the right person to explore such sensitive and personal issues is no easy feat which is why providing an authentic and non-judgmental space is at the heart of my therapy practice. I am accepting new clients for in-person and online therapy! Please visit www.willthrivetherapy.com for more information.
(226) 407-0066 View (226) 407-0066
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Agnieszka Wolska
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, CHT, RMFT, MSW, BSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N0B
I work from a trauma-informed and mindfulness-based perspective, with a compassionate and gentle approach to trauma, addiction, grief, and relationship issues.
We all carry multiple stories about our selves, our lives, and our experiences. There are parts in our stories that are sometimes hidden from our awareness. It is in the calm noticing, re-discovery, and re-telling of our stories that we can find and connect with parts of ourselves that may need healing, and also parts of ourselves that are insightful, strong, and brilliant even in the midst of hardship and darkness. Through facilitating, witnessing, and holding space together, we can engage in our personal work of healing. I look forward to connecting with you.
I work from a trauma-informed and mindfulness-based perspective, with a compassionate and gentle approach to trauma, addiction, grief, and relationship issues.
We all carry multiple stories about our selves, our lives, and our experiences. There are parts in our stories that are sometimes hidden from our awareness. It is in the calm noticing, re-discovery, and re-telling of our stories that we can find and connect with parts of ourselves that may need healing, and also parts of ourselves that are insightful, strong, and brilliant even in the midst of hardship and darkness. Through facilitating, witnessing, and holding space together, we can engage in our personal work of healing. I look forward to connecting with you.
(587) 600-1131 View (587) 600-1131
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Mind and Wellness Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I work with major psychiatric disorders, trauma, emotion regulation, substance use, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship and work-related stress, chronic pain and grief.
I am a registered psychotherapist with an integrative approach. My counseling considers all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. I believe in the inherent dignity and strength of the human person. I draw on these to help you manage your challenges and transitions, and to find new balance and purpose in life. I worked at CMHAWW, where I specialized in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I have also worked in the addictions programs at St. Michael's Hospital and Humber River Hospital, where I specialized in concurrent disorders.
I work with major psychiatric disorders, trauma, emotion regulation, substance use, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship and work-related stress, chronic pain and grief.
I am a registered psychotherapist with an integrative approach. My counseling considers all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. I believe in the inherent dignity and strength of the human person. I draw on these to help you manage your challenges and transitions, and to find new balance and purpose in life. I worked at CMHAWW, where I specialized in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I have also worked in the addictions programs at St. Michael's Hospital and Humber River Hospital, where I specialized in concurrent disorders.
(226) 894-3995 View (226) 894-3995
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Erin Vivian
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
I have 20+ years of clinical experience including community counselling & residential programs focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, self-regulation & substance use.
Is something in your life is not working or holding you back from experiencing the life you imagined? Reaching out for help can be overwhelming & yet you have taken the courageous first step by looking for a therapist. I understand life can be challenging & believe everyone is doing the best they can, based on the experiences, resources and skills they currently have.
I have 20+ years of clinical experience including community counselling & residential programs focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, self-regulation & substance use.
Is something in your life is not working or holding you back from experiencing the life you imagined? Reaching out for help can be overwhelming & yet you have taken the courageous first step by looking for a therapist. I understand life can be challenging & believe everyone is doing the best they can, based on the experiences, resources and skills they currently have.
(226) 702-4420 View (226) 702-4420

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Addiction Counsellors

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason,“interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.