Substance Use Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Katelynn Vindis
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m Katelynn. I provide individual therapy to individuals ages 20 and up with anxiety, panick attachs, depression, low self-esteem, stress/burnout, life transitions, dealing with anger, substance use, and concurrent disorders. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental space where clients are encouraged to explore difficulties, identify goals they wish to achieve and harness the tools needed for positive change. I’m here to help you deal with the stress in your life in a safe and non-judgemental way. I use a strength-based, trauma-informed lens that focuses on empowerment and growth.
Hi! I’m Katelynn. I provide individual therapy to individuals ages 20 and up with anxiety, panick attachs, depression, low self-esteem, stress/burnout, life transitions, dealing with anger, substance use, and concurrent disorders. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental space where clients are encouraged to explore difficulties, identify goals they wish to achieve and harness the tools needed for positive change. I’m here to help you deal with the stress in your life in a safe and non-judgemental way. I use a strength-based, trauma-informed lens that focuses on empowerment and growth.
(365) 661-4497 View (365) 661-4497
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Rayne Jarvis
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L  (Online Only)
I draw upon CBT, DBT, IFS, EMDR, emotion-focused, and mindfulness therapies to address client health, substance use, mental health and social needs.
Are you thinking about taking steps towards healing and growth? My practice is guided by the principles of integrity, non-judgement, collaboration, curiosity and compassion. I view my clients holistically, and regard what they bring to therapy as subject to nuance. I spent over 10 years doing community-based harm reduction work. I am well-versed in working with clients to build an atmosphere where they feel safe, equipped, and empowered to address and overcome their unique challenges. I understand that such spaces can only be created by actively listening to and applying feedback from my clients and adapting my practice accordingly.
I draw upon CBT, DBT, IFS, EMDR, emotion-focused, and mindfulness therapies to address client health, substance use, mental health and social needs.
Are you thinking about taking steps towards healing and growth? My practice is guided by the principles of integrity, non-judgement, collaboration, curiosity and compassion. I view my clients holistically, and regard what they bring to therapy as subject to nuance. I spent over 10 years doing community-based harm reduction work. I am well-versed in working with clients to build an atmosphere where they feel safe, equipped, and empowered to address and overcome their unique challenges. I understand that such spaces can only be created by actively listening to and applying feedback from my clients and adapting my practice accordingly.
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Breanne Dorion
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8R
I specialize in treating emotion dysregulation, anxious thoughts, excessive anger, substance use, impulsive behaviours, life transitions, parent-child and relationship conflict.
The goal of my practice is to provide a safe, and supportive environment, creating space for you to process your thoughts and emotions. I work alongside clients to create a life with authentic joy and develop a "toolbox" of skills. These skills help deal with negative emotion regulation, impulsive reactions and effective communication. I will tailor each session to your individual needs, drawing on various modalities such as Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy with a trauma-informed lens.
I specialize in treating emotion dysregulation, anxious thoughts, excessive anger, substance use, impulsive behaviours, life transitions, parent-child and relationship conflict.
The goal of my practice is to provide a safe, and supportive environment, creating space for you to process your thoughts and emotions. I work alongside clients to create a life with authentic joy and develop a "toolbox" of skills. These skills help deal with negative emotion regulation, impulsive reactions and effective communication. I will tailor each session to your individual needs, drawing on various modalities such as Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy with a trauma-informed lens.
(289) 272-8126 View (289) 272-8126
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Sabrina Wisson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
Sabrina is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds more than 7 years of experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations in different non-profit settings. Sabrina has supported individuals who are experiencing intimate partner violence, survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and other traumas, substance use, childhood trauma, have precarious housing situations, and are involved in the legal system. She also helps individuals with stress, self-worth, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation & relationships.
Sabrina is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds more than 7 years of experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations in different non-profit settings. Sabrina has supported individuals who are experiencing intimate partner violence, survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and other traumas, substance use, childhood trauma, have precarious housing situations, and are involved in the legal system. She also helps individuals with stress, self-worth, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation & relationships.
(289) 312-0344 View (289) 312-0344
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Luke Bonneville
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
Currently, I work with children and teens who find it hard to self-regulate and manage big feelings (anger, anxiety, BPD, ADHD), with LGBTQ+ teens and adults experiencing transitions related to gender or sexual orientation, and with adults with mood disorders (anxiety, depression) who want to make changes with their drinking or substance use.
Are you or your child having a difficult time managing overwhelming feelings? Are there parts of yourself that prevent you from feeling open and safe with others? Imagine if you didn’t have to grapple with these challenges alone. In my practice, I help clients work towards becoming their authentic selves, and provide skill-based support to get the most out of life. Holding a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work, I use a combination of play-based therapy, CBT, and DBT to support clients. I’ve been working with children, youth, and families for the past 10 years, in English and French.
Currently, I work with children and teens who find it hard to self-regulate and manage big feelings (anger, anxiety, BPD, ADHD), with LGBTQ+ teens and adults experiencing transitions related to gender or sexual orientation, and with adults with mood disorders (anxiety, depression) who want to make changes with their drinking or substance use.
Are you or your child having a difficult time managing overwhelming feelings? Are there parts of yourself that prevent you from feeling open and safe with others? Imagine if you didn’t have to grapple with these challenges alone. In my practice, I help clients work towards becoming their authentic selves, and provide skill-based support to get the most out of life. Holding a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work, I use a combination of play-based therapy, CBT, and DBT to support clients. I’ve been working with children, youth, and families for the past 10 years, in English and French.
(226) 458-5375 View (226) 458-5375
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Annalicia Skeete - Bri Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
As a counsellor, I specialize in working with individuals facing significant life challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. Are you feeling overwhelmed and seeking a path to healing and resilience? Together, we will explore your inner self, develop effective coping strategies, and strive for stability and peace. My goal is to empower you to lead a fulfilling, balanced life and improve your well-being.
As a counsellor, I specialize in working with individuals facing significant life challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. Are you feeling overwhelmed and seeking a path to healing and resilience? Together, we will explore your inner self, develop effective coping strategies, and strive for stability and peace. My goal is to empower you to lead a fulfilling, balanced life and improve your well-being.
(289) 274-4631 View (289) 274-4631
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Rebekah Kunica
Registered Psychotherapist, BSW, MDiv, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8R
I am passionate about supporting adults who struggle with substance use disorders and other addiction, ADHD, and personality disorders (such as Borderline Personality Disorder).
Many of us have become masters in pretending that things are fine, when in reality our lives seem to be falling apart. Inside we feel like we’re drowning: overwhelmed by emotion, lost, & hopeless as we try to carry the burden of unresolved trauma, pain, & life’s curveballs hurled our way. Pushing aside these problems to get through each day to manage life’s responsibilities, we find ourselves numb, depressed, anxious, self-medicating, isolating, angry, & struggling with relationships. Together, we can work towards confronting unhealthy behaviours, understanding emotions, & healing from past trauma to create transformational change.
I am passionate about supporting adults who struggle with substance use disorders and other addiction, ADHD, and personality disorders (such as Borderline Personality Disorder).
Many of us have become masters in pretending that things are fine, when in reality our lives seem to be falling apart. Inside we feel like we’re drowning: overwhelmed by emotion, lost, & hopeless as we try to carry the burden of unresolved trauma, pain, & life’s curveballs hurled our way. Pushing aside these problems to get through each day to manage life’s responsibilities, we find ourselves numb, depressed, anxious, self-medicating, isolating, angry, & struggling with relationships. Together, we can work towards confronting unhealthy behaviours, understanding emotions, & healing from past trauma to create transformational change.
(289) 301-8240 View (289) 301-8240
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Ash Chalmers
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients. Hi! I’m Ash (they/them). I work with youth (17+) and adults who are living with anxiety, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED), substance use concerns, and depression. Are you someone who experiences strong emotions, but doesn’t always manage them in helpful ways? Perhaps you respond impulsively at times and engage in actions that are inconsistent with how you want to show up for yourself or others. At other times, you might become overwhelmed by feelings like anxiety, fear, or shame and then withdraw or avoid doing things that could bring you joy or move you closer to recovery.
Accepting NEW Clients. Hi! I’m Ash (they/them). I work with youth (17+) and adults who are living with anxiety, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED), substance use concerns, and depression. Are you someone who experiences strong emotions, but doesn’t always manage them in helpful ways? Perhaps you respond impulsively at times and engage in actions that are inconsistent with how you want to show up for yourself or others. At other times, you might become overwhelmed by feelings like anxiety, fear, or shame and then withdraw or avoid doing things that could bring you joy or move you closer to recovery.
(289) 210-7426 View (289) 210-7426
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Sarah Schwalm
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8N
Sarah is a proud mom and wife to her very supportive husband. When she isn’t engaged with her clients you will find her at the baseball diamond or arena cheering her son on. Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience supporting youth, adults, families, and parents. Sarah specializes in supporting presenting needs including trauma, self-esteem, ADHD, life issues, relationships, family conflict, school avoidance, body image, substance use, and complex mental health issues.Sarah is trained in CBT, DBT, Narrative, Brief-Solution Focused, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Sarah is a proud mom and wife to her very supportive husband. When she isn’t engaged with her clients you will find her at the baseball diamond or arena cheering her son on. Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience supporting youth, adults, families, and parents. Sarah specializes in supporting presenting needs including trauma, self-esteem, ADHD, life issues, relationships, family conflict, school avoidance, body image, substance use, and complex mental health issues.Sarah is trained in CBT, DBT, Narrative, Brief-Solution Focused, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
(289) 677-1973 View (289) 677-1973
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Dr. Katherine Gardhouse
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
She provides evidence-based treatment for adults experiencing problems related to eating, body image, trauma/PTSD, emotion regulation, substance use, and relationship difficulties.
Katherine is a licenced clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. She is the Director of the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT) in Hamilton, Ontario and is the founder of eFIT Institute. She is a psychologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Eating Disorder Program and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience. Katherine completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and her pre and postdoctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Inpatient Trauma Unit.
She provides evidence-based treatment for adults experiencing problems related to eating, body image, trauma/PTSD, emotion regulation, substance use, and relationship difficulties.
Katherine is a licenced clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. She is the Director of the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT) in Hamilton, Ontario and is the founder of eFIT Institute. She is a psychologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Eating Disorder Program and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience. Katherine completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and her pre and postdoctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Inpatient Trauma Unit.
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Glen Watkinson
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P  (Online Only)
My areas of clinical care include trauma, abuse, violence, PTSD and C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociation, substance use and addictions, shame, anger, grief, relationships, sexual and gender identity, and spiritual abuse, deconstruction, and integration.
I believe that vitality and the chance to flourish happens when it’s safe enough to honestly be yourself. I consider it a privilege to accompany people through their pain, coping, self-discovery, healing, transformation, and joy. For the last 15 years, I have served in my community's and social services field, working alongside people living through trauma, substance use and addictions, poverty, mental health dual-diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and criminality.
My areas of clinical care include trauma, abuse, violence, PTSD and C-PTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociation, substance use and addictions, shame, anger, grief, relationships, sexual and gender identity, and spiritual abuse, deconstruction, and integration.
I believe that vitality and the chance to flourish happens when it’s safe enough to honestly be yourself. I consider it a privilege to accompany people through their pain, coping, self-discovery, healing, transformation, and joy. For the last 15 years, I have served in my community's and social services field, working alongside people living through trauma, substance use and addictions, poverty, mental health dual-diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and criminality.
(289) 274-2492 View (289) 274-2492
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Fiona Hisson
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
Her main areas of focus are depression, anxiety, substance use issues, grief and loss, anger, trauma, and stress.
Fiona is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about helping people navigate their past while being mindful of the present, so they can obtain the future they desire. She has experience working with young parents and their children and is currently working in domestic violence with individuals who have used abusive behaviour. Fiona works from a restorative lens and believes that helping one individual heal can strengthen families, intimate-partner relationships, neighbourhoods, and society.
Her main areas of focus are depression, anxiety, substance use issues, grief and loss, anger, trauma, and stress.
Fiona is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about helping people navigate their past while being mindful of the present, so they can obtain the future they desire. She has experience working with young parents and their children and is currently working in domestic violence with individuals who have used abusive behaviour. Fiona works from a restorative lens and believes that helping one individual heal can strengthen families, intimate-partner relationships, neighbourhoods, and society.
(289) 723-1580 View (289) 723-1580
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Catherine Howson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with people who are seeking professional and compassionate support to address areas of distress in their lives - including anxiety, depression, grief, stress and substance use concerns, etc. I believe that people are generally resilient and, at times, require support to inventory their coping skills - by tweaking existing skills and/or adding new tools to their coping toolbox - in order to live balanced lives. I can provide treatment for diagnosed or suspected acute trauma, mood and anxiety disorders.
I am passionate about working with people who are seeking professional and compassionate support to address areas of distress in their lives - including anxiety, depression, grief, stress and substance use concerns, etc. I believe that people are generally resilient and, at times, require support to inventory their coping skills - by tweaking existing skills and/or adding new tools to their coping toolbox - in order to live balanced lives. I can provide treatment for diagnosed or suspected acute trauma, mood and anxiety disorders.
(289) 272-7490 View (289) 272-7490
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Sean Sydor
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S
My goal every day is to offer a supportive, practical approach to therapy. Throughout my career, I’ve tended to work primarily with people who have mood or anxiety difficulties. Some are undergoing or have undergone significant life transitions such as grief from loss. Others come to me for guidance around work-related stress or burnout. And others wish to examine the patterns and practices around their substance use.
My goal every day is to offer a supportive, practical approach to therapy. Throughout my career, I’ve tended to work primarily with people who have mood or anxiety difficulties. Some are undergoing or have undergone significant life transitions such as grief from loss. Others come to me for guidance around work-related stress or burnout. And others wish to examine the patterns and practices around their substance use.
(289) 207-6463 View (289) 207-6463
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Jessica Smith
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9A  (Online Only)
Common issues clients address include: anxiety, depression, relationship (family, friends, intimate partner), self-esteem, stress, work life balance, life transitions, substance use, among others.
I offer individual counselling services to teens and adults in virtually by phone or video. We face many challenges, and it can be helpful to talk to someone so you don’t feel so overwhelmed or alone. I work with clients to explore their concerns in a client-centred, supportive, judgement free environment. Together we can create goals to work towards, creating positive change in your life.
Common issues clients address include: anxiety, depression, relationship (family, friends, intimate partner), self-esteem, stress, work life balance, life transitions, substance use, among others.
I offer individual counselling services to teens and adults in virtually by phone or video. We face many challenges, and it can be helpful to talk to someone so you don’t feel so overwhelmed or alone. I work with clients to explore their concerns in a client-centred, supportive, judgement free environment. Together we can create goals to work towards, creating positive change in your life.
(548) 490-6531 View (548) 490-6531
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Marissa Martins
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9C  (Online Only)
Though every person and experience is unique, some of the challenges I have supported clients through include: anxiety, depression, substance use issues, grief/loss, intimate partner violence, boundaries issues, identity and/or sexuality-related issues, experiences of sexual violence, and coping with a new or chronic health condition.
Accepting New Clients (Updated June 2024) - - Maybe life feels especially difficult right now and you are ready to start working through some long-standing challenges. It might feel due time to really understand yourself better and grow past the pain points you’ve been carrying for so long. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I'll be the skilled and dedicated collaborator who will use my education, experience, and resources in our time together. One size doesn't fit all, so I look forward to building a counselling space that works well for you specifically. You and your story will be welcome with open arms here.
Though every person and experience is unique, some of the challenges I have supported clients through include: anxiety, depression, substance use issues, grief/loss, intimate partner violence, boundaries issues, identity and/or sexuality-related issues, experiences of sexual violence, and coping with a new or chronic health condition.
Accepting New Clients (Updated June 2024) - - Maybe life feels especially difficult right now and you are ready to start working through some long-standing challenges. It might feel due time to really understand yourself better and grow past the pain points you’ve been carrying for so long. Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I'll be the skilled and dedicated collaborator who will use my education, experience, and resources in our time together. One size doesn't fit all, so I look forward to building a counselling space that works well for you specifically. You and your story will be welcome with open arms here.
(365) 675-0278 View (365) 675-0278
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Dianah Lohin
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BA
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L9B
If you're facing challenges with your mental health, daily life, substance use, navigating unhealthy or abusive relationships etc.
I have created Heart Journey Healing from a place of passion for helping others rediscover who they are at their core and identify what their heart and soul need to feel seen and heard. My goal is to help others gain the awareness and tools to have power over their own lives and decisions, and to build confidence in their ability to not only survive life’s challenges but thrive. I operate from a client-centered approach, empowering you to lead your journey. I'm here to help you overcome challenges and live your healthiest, most empowered life.
If you're facing challenges with your mental health, daily life, substance use, navigating unhealthy or abusive relationships etc.
I have created Heart Journey Healing from a place of passion for helping others rediscover who they are at their core and identify what their heart and soul need to feel seen and heard. My goal is to help others gain the awareness and tools to have power over their own lives and decisions, and to build confidence in their ability to not only survive life’s challenges but thrive. I operate from a client-centered approach, empowering you to lead your journey. I'm here to help you overcome challenges and live your healthiest, most empowered life.
(289) 312-0286 View (289) 312-0286
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Julia Sormaz
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8E
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS My name is Julia Sormaz and I have a desire for supporting individuals from a client-centered approach, meeting clients where they're at and working in collaboration to provide effective help. I have a masters degree in counselling Psychology, Bachelor degree in Psychology and Post-Graduate Certificate in addictions and mental health. I have extensive experience working with individuals who have been struggling with substance use, behavioural concerns, life transitions such as loss, becoming a new mom and relationship challenges, family and parenting challenges and mental health.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS My name is Julia Sormaz and I have a desire for supporting individuals from a client-centered approach, meeting clients where they're at and working in collaboration to provide effective help. I have a masters degree in counselling Psychology, Bachelor degree in Psychology and Post-Graduate Certificate in addictions and mental health. I have extensive experience working with individuals who have been struggling with substance use, behavioural concerns, life transitions such as loss, becoming a new mom and relationship challenges, family and parenting challenges and mental health.
(289) 975-8785 View (289) 975-8785
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Nathan J Cooper And Associates
Psychologist, CPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8L
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm and Maryam Rahat, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
Dr. Cooper and his associates, Joel Schramm and Maryam Rahat, offer care for individuals and couples dealing with concerns that are getting in the way of fully functioning both personally and socially. Common concerns include: anxiety, depression, substance use, procrastination, trauma, self-esteem, relationship conflict, career indecision, and many others. Maryam Rahat is focused on providing support to individuals in managing ADHD including associated issues of organization and behavioural addiction. Maryam is also fluent in Farsi and Arabic.
(289) 768-7727 View (289) 768-7727
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Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8L
If you struggle with anxiety (social, OCD, GAD, panic), depression, trauma (including PTSD and complex trauma), low self-worth, emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, negative body image, psychosis, substance use, relationship or adjustment difficulties, the CFIT approach can support you as you heal, learn, change and grow.
At the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT), we believe that emotional health can be pursued by prioritizing your psychological, physical, and social needs. That's why we have developed a systematic and customizable therapy program that will help you access and address those needs to reach your goals. All clinical services are under the direction of Dr. Katherine Gardhouse, who is a registered clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. At CFIT, we are committed to bringing you today's best evidence-based approaches to maximize results and support your journey.
If you struggle with anxiety (social, OCD, GAD, panic), depression, trauma (including PTSD and complex trauma), low self-worth, emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, negative body image, psychosis, substance use, relationship or adjustment difficulties, the CFIT approach can support you as you heal, learn, change and grow.
At the Centre for Functional Integrative Therapy (CFIT), we believe that emotional health can be pursued by prioritizing your psychological, physical, and social needs. That's why we have developed a systematic and customizable therapy program that will help you access and address those needs to reach your goals. All clinical services are under the direction of Dr. Katherine Gardhouse, who is a registered clinical, counselling, and health psychologist. At CFIT, we are committed to bringing you today's best evidence-based approaches to maximize results and support your journey.
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Substance Use Counsellors

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.