Addiction Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Edwin Wey
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M2N  (Online Only)
I specialize in individuals with substance use and mental health issues (esp PTSD).
I offer a therapy style combining evidence based therapies in combination with connecting with people on a human level and providing a safe environment where people can share and work through their challenges, struggles and successes. I have been in the field of mental health and addictions for over 8 years in both a hospital and community setting. Recently received training to treat PTSD. Currently I provided addiction and mental health therapy in a hospital setting and have recently started into private practice.
I specialize in individuals with substance use and mental health issues (esp PTSD).
I offer a therapy style combining evidence based therapies in combination with connecting with people on a human level and providing a safe environment where people can share and work through their challenges, struggles and successes. I have been in the field of mental health and addictions for over 8 years in both a hospital and community setting. Recently received training to treat PTSD. Currently I provided addiction and mental health therapy in a hospital setting and have recently started into private practice.
(289) 271-0563 View (289) 271-0563
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Joanne Kirzner, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5M  (Online Only)
I am a warm, engaging, insightful and eclectic psychotherapist with a keen interest in people and the process of change. I have built my career in the mental health system, working with diverse populations who present with anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, trauma, family of origin issues, bi-polar disorder, etc. I also have a background in addiction work and work from both a harm-reduction and abstinence based model. We start the therapy process where you are. Some of the modalities I employ are CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and narrative therapy.
I am a warm, engaging, insightful and eclectic psychotherapist with a keen interest in people and the process of change. I have built my career in the mental health system, working with diverse populations who present with anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, trauma, family of origin issues, bi-polar disorder, etc. I also have a background in addiction work and work from both a harm-reduction and abstinence based model. We start the therapy process where you are. Some of the modalities I employ are CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and narrative therapy.
(289) 312-0864 View (289) 312-0864
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Max McConnell
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4K
I have extensive experience working with individuals and couples from diverse and often marginalized backgrounds at respected organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Services Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and most recently, Breakaway Addiction Services, where I also clinically supervised other therapists.
Choosing the right therapist for yourself can feel daunting. A trusting therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in successful outcomes. Meeting face-to-face is the best way to tell whether a therapist is the right fit for you. I provide an initial 30-minute consult free-of-charge to help you make an informed choice. My psychodynamic approach is client-centred and strengths-based. This is complemented with a variety of evidence-based techniques to help build positive change in the present, while engaging in your quest for healthier relationships with loved ones, and most importantly, yourself.
I have extensive experience working with individuals and couples from diverse and often marginalized backgrounds at respected organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Services Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and most recently, Breakaway Addiction Services, where I also clinically supervised other therapists.
Choosing the right therapist for yourself can feel daunting. A trusting therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in successful outcomes. Meeting face-to-face is the best way to tell whether a therapist is the right fit for you. I provide an initial 30-minute consult free-of-charge to help you make an informed choice. My psychodynamic approach is client-centred and strengths-based. This is complemented with a variety of evidence-based techniques to help build positive change in the present, while engaging in your quest for healthier relationships with loved ones, and most importantly, yourself.
(647) 691-5301 View (647) 691-5301
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Rossella Galati
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4N
Rossella’s areas of practice include treatment for trauma, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harming, substance abuse, grief, alcohol abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Rossella Galati is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. Rossella received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, IL after completing her Honors Bachelor degree in Psychology at York University. Rossella is an advocate for mental health. Her approach to care is personal, yet professional, and rooted in the fundamentals of trust, security and holistic well- being. Rossella seeks to promote balance, whether focused on the individual or family.
Rossella’s areas of practice include treatment for trauma, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harming, substance abuse, grief, alcohol abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Rossella Galati is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. Rossella received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, IL after completing her Honors Bachelor degree in Psychology at York University. Rossella is an advocate for mental health. Her approach to care is personal, yet professional, and rooted in the fundamentals of trust, security and holistic well- being. Rossella seeks to promote balance, whether focused on the individual or family.
(647) 493-3754 View (647) 493-3754
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Tom Colquhoun
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4L
A Concurrent Disorder occurs when an individual is experiencing a mental health problem and a substance use problem at the same time. As a therapist working with both of these issues, I can support you with enhancing your motivation for change, identifying triggers, regulating emotions and urges, and with relapse prevention planning.
A Concurrent Disorder occurs when an individual is experiencing a mental health problem and a substance use problem at the same time. As a therapist working with both of these issues, I can support you with enhancing your motivation for change, identifying triggers, regulating emotions and urges, and with relapse prevention planning.
(437) 747-2909 View (437) 747-2909
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Curt Pullan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6G
Hey, my name is Curt. I have been working as a counsellor for the past six years. The office I work out of is near Christie Subway Station. My main experiences have been with people with substance use issues and/or addictions, who are wanting to make some changes in their life. I am trauma-informed, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive and always support clients on whatever goals they want to work on. I have also worked with folks from the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Hey, my name is Curt. I have been working as a counsellor for the past six years. The office I work out of is near Christie Subway Station. My main experiences have been with people with substance use issues and/or addictions, who are wanting to make some changes in their life. I am trauma-informed, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive and always support clients on whatever goals they want to work on. I have also worked with folks from the LGBTQ2S+ community.
(855) 818-4856 View (855) 818-4856
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Alessia Caputo
Registered Psychotherapist, MPsy
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M3C
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Registered Psychotherapist based in Toronto. I operate from a trauma-informed approach and primarily use Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is a non-pathologizing and evidence-based modality that helps people connect deeply with parts of themselves to promote more internal harmony. I have a particular passion for working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, attachment injury, post-traumatic stress, addiction, and anxiety. I also integrate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) into my work with individuals.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist based in Toronto. I operate from a trauma-informed approach and primarily use Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is a non-pathologizing and evidence-based modality that helps people connect deeply with parts of themselves to promote more internal harmony. I have a particular passion for working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, attachment injury, post-traumatic stress, addiction, and anxiety. I also integrate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) into my work with individuals.
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Jefferson Ribout
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, RP, ICADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4P
I treat addiction progressively and holistically using MI, CBT, Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.
My passion for helping others is what led me to the field of addictions and psychotherapy. I am an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor (ICADC) and registered psychotherapist (RP), educated in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and Addiction Education at McMaster University where I completed an Addiction Studies Certificate and an Addiction Care Worker Diploma. I have been working in the field of addictions and mental health for 13 years. I deliver client-centred and holistic therapy in order to best meet my clients needs and address the root causes of their issues.
I treat addiction progressively and holistically using MI, CBT, Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.
My passion for helping others is what led me to the field of addictions and psychotherapy. I am an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor (ICADC) and registered psychotherapist (RP), educated in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and Addiction Education at McMaster University where I completed an Addiction Studies Certificate and an Addiction Care Worker Diploma. I have been working in the field of addictions and mental health for 13 years. I deliver client-centred and holistic therapy in order to best meet my clients needs and address the root causes of their issues.
(647) 931-1373 View (647) 931-1373
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Rachel Linder - Centre For Psychology And Emotional Health
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
Some of the client issues I work with include but are not limited to: difficulty regulating emotions, depression, self-esteem, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, addiction, life stressors, and grief.
I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment centres where I have been involved in comprehensive mental health assessments, and the delivery of evidence-based treatments to individuals and groups. I have also worked in community-based agencies, where I provided services with an anti-oppressive framework in restorative justice, domestic violence, and addictions. I am trained in using therapy best practices and use a trauma-informed, client-centered, and culturally sensitive lens.
Some of the client issues I work with include but are not limited to: difficulty regulating emotions, depression, self-esteem, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, addiction, life stressors, and grief.
I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment centres where I have been involved in comprehensive mental health assessments, and the delivery of evidence-based treatments to individuals and groups. I have also worked in community-based agencies, where I provided services with an anti-oppressive framework in restorative justice, domestic violence, and addictions. I am trained in using therapy best practices and use a trauma-informed, client-centered, and culturally sensitive lens.
(647) 494-4731 View (647) 494-4731
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Francesco W Kment
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6J
Using therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I help individuals in the areas of addiction, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and chronic pain/illness.
I use a combination of evidence-based and holistic approaches. Through providing in-person and online therapy - I help people to recognize and let go of negative patterns, and create empowering beliefs and habits. Providing a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to explore your challenges, and gain the insight and confidence to take control of your life. With my guidance, you could gain the clarity and focus to create meaningful and lasting change.
Using therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, I help individuals in the areas of addiction, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and chronic pain/illness.
I use a combination of evidence-based and holistic approaches. Through providing in-person and online therapy - I help people to recognize and let go of negative patterns, and create empowering beliefs and habits. Providing a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to explore your challenges, and gain the insight and confidence to take control of your life. With my guidance, you could gain the clarity and focus to create meaningful and lasting change.
(437) 291-7676 View (437) 291-7676
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Nicole Masil
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
I have worked in a clinical capacity since the year 2000, working in outpatient and residential settings for mental health and substance use issues.
I offer individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. My therapeutic stance is one of respect and active engagement. I like to explore resiliency, knowledge, aspirations and resources so you and I can have conversations that highlight what is going well while gently redirecting thinking and behavioural patterns that may be interfering with your capacity to feel connected to yourself and others. Whether this is solo or partnered endeavour, you will be able to gain clarity of your personal needs, develop self-compassion and acceptance, and uncover new bonding possibilities, and ways to maintain emotional connections.
I have worked in a clinical capacity since the year 2000, working in outpatient and residential settings for mental health and substance use issues.
I offer individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. My therapeutic stance is one of respect and active engagement. I like to explore resiliency, knowledge, aspirations and resources so you and I can have conversations that highlight what is going well while gently redirecting thinking and behavioural patterns that may be interfering with your capacity to feel connected to yourself and others. Whether this is solo or partnered endeavour, you will be able to gain clarity of your personal needs, develop self-compassion and acceptance, and uncover new bonding possibilities, and ways to maintain emotional connections.
(647) 490-6023 View (647) 490-6023
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Peter Han
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6G  (Online Only)
I help adults explore/navigate challenges related to: Emotion dysregulation; Relationship difficulties; Suicidal and/or self-injurious behaviours; Substance use & addiction; Cultural & sexual identity concerns; ADHD; Anxiety & depression.
Therapy can provide us with a unique opportunity to honour the ways we've adapted to difficulties in the past, and, simultaneously, uncover new ways of responding to ourselves and our environment. As a queer, neurodivergent Korean clinician, my approach to therapy is built on fostering flexibility, balance, and intentionality. I will help you break out of the status quo and work with you toward your goals within a safe and collaborative process. My orientation to providing therapy is trauma-informed, culturally humble, and neurodiversity & 2SLGBTQ+ affirming.
I help adults explore/navigate challenges related to: Emotion dysregulation; Relationship difficulties; Suicidal and/or self-injurious behaviours; Substance use & addiction; Cultural & sexual identity concerns; ADHD; Anxiety & depression.
Therapy can provide us with a unique opportunity to honour the ways we've adapted to difficulties in the past, and, simultaneously, uncover new ways of responding to ourselves and our environment. As a queer, neurodivergent Korean clinician, my approach to therapy is built on fostering flexibility, balance, and intentionality. I will help you break out of the status quo and work with you toward your goals within a safe and collaborative process. My orientation to providing therapy is trauma-informed, culturally humble, and neurodiversity & 2SLGBTQ+ affirming.
(365) 797-0086 View (365) 797-0086
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Sydney Kelman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4P  (Online Only)
I am a registered clinical social worker, with experience supporting youth and young adults who are living with substance use and various mental health concerns.
I am a registered clinical social worker, with experience supporting youth and young adults who are living with substance use and various mental health concerns.
(647) 905-6090 View (647) 905-6090
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Julia Normoyle
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P  (Online Only)
As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who has experience working with those with anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, relationship issues, and concurrent disorders, I am passionate about providing person-centred care and compassion to those on their journey towards healing and self growth. As an LGBTQ+ identifying therapist, I strive to always provide affirming care in a safe and nonjudgemental environment.
As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who has experience working with those with anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, relationship issues, and concurrent disorders, I am passionate about providing person-centred care and compassion to those on their journey towards healing and self growth. As an LGBTQ+ identifying therapist, I strive to always provide affirming care in a safe and nonjudgemental environment.
(647) 370-3274 View (647) 370-3274
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Polly Florius Counselling & Consulting
MN, RN, CCAC, CAPT
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4Y
In the roles of mental health nurse, counsellor, educator, program developer, and lecturer (Uoft) I come to my private practice with 31 years of clinical experience working in the world of people suffering with mental health, trauma, grief and addiction issues.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Is it intolerable to be around people yet painful to be alone? Are you in awe of your own circumstances? If these are some of your thoughts and fears I am here to listen and help. We become powerless and hopeless with our perceived loss of choice. Reaching out can be the first step to untangle the myths that you have created about yourself, others and the world around you. Through sharing and finding a new voice, curiosity can be renewed and with that journey - hope. You no longer have to be held hostage by your feelings, actions, thoughts or relationships. Compassion is key.
In the roles of mental health nurse, counsellor, educator, program developer, and lecturer (Uoft) I come to my private practice with 31 years of clinical experience working in the world of people suffering with mental health, trauma, grief and addiction issues.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Is it intolerable to be around people yet painful to be alone? Are you in awe of your own circumstances? If these are some of your thoughts and fears I am here to listen and help. We become powerless and hopeless with our perceived loss of choice. Reaching out can be the first step to untangle the myths that you have created about yourself, others and the world around you. Through sharing and finding a new voice, curiosity can be renewed and with that journey - hope. You no longer have to be held hostage by your feelings, actions, thoughts or relationships. Compassion is key.
(647) 952-9462 View (647) 952-9462
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Eleni Ionides - Addictions Specialist
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, CCAC, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4P
Are you stuck in old behavior patterns and unable to move forward? Is your substance use interfering with your life and goals? Choosing the right therapist for you is essential to the success of your recovery. I am a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor (C.C.A.C) with over 10 years experience in the field of addictions in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I completed my BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and my Post Graduate Diploma in Addictions Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College.
Are you stuck in old behavior patterns and unable to move forward? Is your substance use interfering with your life and goals? Choosing the right therapist for you is essential to the success of your recovery. I am a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor (C.C.A.C) with over 10 years experience in the field of addictions in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I completed my BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and my Post Graduate Diploma in Addictions Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College.
(647) 952-6539 View (647) 952-6539
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Kate Drohan
Registered Social Worker, BASc, RSSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P
I’m passionate about working with adults to heal from anxiety and eating disorders and break free from addiction and negative body image.
Hi, I'm Kate- A passionate and dedicated Psychotherapist and Registered Social Service Worker. "I just want to feel better," is a comment I often hear through the recovery process. You’re not alone. You can heal, start to feel like yourself again, and live a fulfilling life. We get to the root of your pain and develop a hopeful plan that works best for you related to your relationships, work, school, hobbies, and dreams. The tools and techniques you’ll build will support you in everyday life to cope, practice self-compassion, and enhance your mental and physical wellbeing.
I’m passionate about working with adults to heal from anxiety and eating disorders and break free from addiction and negative body image.
Hi, I'm Kate- A passionate and dedicated Psychotherapist and Registered Social Service Worker. "I just want to feel better," is a comment I often hear through the recovery process. You’re not alone. You can heal, start to feel like yourself again, and live a fulfilling life. We get to the root of your pain and develop a hopeful plan that works best for you related to your relationships, work, school, hobbies, and dreams. The tools and techniques you’ll build will support you in everyday life to cope, practice self-compassion, and enhance your mental and physical wellbeing.
(647) 724-2106 View (647) 724-2106
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Leena
Registered Social Worker, BSc, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5L  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sarah works as a therapist at Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Sarah Ahmed completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work degree from University of Toronto, specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Sarah has worked with a diverse clientele within a multitude of clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. Sarah provides individual and group counselling to individuals suffering from mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, coupled with co-occurring substance use issues. Additionally, Sarah also provides support for loved ones on how to sustain healthy relationships and manage life stressors.
Sarah works as a therapist at Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Sarah Ahmed completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work degree from University of Toronto, specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Sarah has worked with a diverse clientele within a multitude of clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. Sarah provides individual and group counselling to individuals suffering from mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, coupled with co-occurring substance use issues. Additionally, Sarah also provides support for loved ones on how to sustain healthy relationships and manage life stressors.
(647) 490-8723 View (647) 490-8723
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Samantha Shore
Registered Social Worker, MSW, Soc BA
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6G  (Online Only)
Have you or someone you love been faced with depression, anxiety, addiction, loss, or a traumatic life event? I have an extensive educational, professional, and personal background in these areas of specialty.
Greetings! I’m Samantha and I’m the founder of Curated Counselling: a practice built on a personalized and compatible counselling experience. Miriam Webster’s Dictionary defines “curated” as: “carefully chosen and thoughtfully organized and presented” - which is precisely what Curated Counselling brings to the table. In a mental health culture of cookie cutter and “one size fits all” approaches to healing, I strive to provide my clients with a personalized experience tailored to them and their individual needs.
Have you or someone you love been faced with depression, anxiety, addiction, loss, or a traumatic life event? I have an extensive educational, professional, and personal background in these areas of specialty.
Greetings! I’m Samantha and I’m the founder of Curated Counselling: a practice built on a personalized and compatible counselling experience. Miriam Webster’s Dictionary defines “curated” as: “carefully chosen and thoughtfully organized and presented” - which is precisely what Curated Counselling brings to the table. In a mental health culture of cookie cutter and “one size fits all” approaches to healing, I strive to provide my clients with a personalized experience tailored to them and their individual needs.
(437) 747-8402 View (437) 747-8402
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New Point Psychotherapy
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, OCSWSSW, CACCF
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4V
I provide individual and group counselling for anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship difficulties, as well as treatment planning and other psychotherapy services.
Through a combination of education and both lived and professional experience, I specialize in individual and family support for addictions, concurrent disorders and substance use issues. Client goals could range from wanting to cut out substance use all together, harm reduction, or exploring reasons behind substance use or process addictions. Clients could also include family members or others with close relationships to afflicted individuals who may need their own support.
I provide individual and group counselling for anxiety, depression, substance use, and relationship difficulties, as well as treatment planning and other psychotherapy services.
Through a combination of education and both lived and professional experience, I specialize in individual and family support for addictions, concurrent disorders and substance use issues. Client goals could range from wanting to cut out substance use all together, harm reduction, or exploring reasons behind substance use or process addictions. Clients could also include family members or others with close relationships to afflicted individuals who may need their own support.
(437) 747-4665 View (437) 747-4665

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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.