Addictions - Including Substances Biofeedback

Addictions - Including Substances

While some people can use prescription or recreational drugs with no negative effects, many others become addicted and face dramatic health and lifestyle problems as a result. Substance addictions negatively affect relationships, home, school or work, leaving the person feeling ashamed, helpless and isolated.

Physical symptoms of substance abuse and addiction are varied depending on the drug of choice, but the symptoms of the addiction itself are similar. People who are addicted to substances may neglect their responsibilities, take potentially dangerous risks and get into trouble with the law. As their drug use spirals out of control, they will lose interest in activities that used to be enjoyable and continue to take drugs despite knowing the harm it causes.

Substance addicts tend to build up a tolerance to their drug of choice, and get angry when they can't get more of it. Withdrawal symptoms are highly probable when an addict goes without it for too long. Depression, nausea, insomnia, sweating, restlessness, anxiety and shaking are all common withdrawal symptoms.

Psychotherapy can help you to overcome substance addiction by focusing on correcting maladaptive behaviors. Substance abuse is usually a coping mechanism against emotionally overwhelming past events or memories. Substances are often used to provide instant gratification instead of facing certain issues.

Therapists are equipped to help clients deal with addiction recovery through empowerment and helping them set simple short term targets. The first target is sobriety, followed by empowering the client with adaptive skills and finding new coping strategies that deal with the issues that caused the addiction. Substance addiction can be ended, allowing the person to live a healthy, productive life.

If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of substance addiction, you can search the directory below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

Biofeedback, Brief Therapy

Biofeedback therapy trains the patient to control their physiological processes, including heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, muscle tension and brain wave activity (neurofeedback)".

Biofeedback commonly includes approaches such as: thermal biofeedback, surface electromyography (sEMG), respiration, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and skin conductance.  Some practitioners provide only neurofeedback (brain wave biofeedback), and some do not provide neurofeedback at all.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers biofeedback therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Brief therapy focuses on a client's present and future, rather than his or her past and it builds solutions. Many brief therapists never explore their clients' past problems, but rather focus on the present with goals for creating a positive future.

Psychologists who offer brief therapy take a more pro-active approach to offer faster care for subjective and clinical conditions. This type of therapy creates natural resources and temporarily suspends disbelief to help the client consider a range of new viewpoints or perspectives. It provides a wider context for the client to view the present, and better understandings that can bring about spontaneous change.

Unlike other therapies that focus on the problem, brief therapy is solution-based. It removes the factors that sustain a problem and prevent change. Brief therapists understands that there are many approaches that, combined, can bring about ultimate success.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers brief therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Monique Silverman

M.A., RCC
  My Approach My work is primarily relational, experiential and emotion-focused. This approach is called Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Therapy (AEDP) and seamlessly encourages you to engage with your... Read more
My practice is focused on the ability of each individual to discover their own inner resources and reach their own resolutions. Whether it's dealing with a phobia, panic attack, self-esteem, weight and body image,... Read more

Lori McHattie

M.A., RCC
Hello and welcome - I hope that you find this information helpful as you make your decision about seeking counselling. I completed my MA in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University and have more than... Read more

Glenda Wallace

M.A., RCC
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Do you want to change the patterns in your important relationships?  Do you seek more balance in your life?  Do you need a safe place to be heard?  Through our conversations, you will broaden your... Read more

Agata Burdziuk

M.A., RCC
Agata holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and... Read more

Goretti Faria

M.S.W., RCSW
I have been a therapist for over 20 years helping individuals, couples and families resolve a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, self confidence, grief and loss, relationship and couple difficulties,... Read more

Peter La Grand

M.Couns., RCC
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Peter La Grand, MC, MA, BA Peter La Grand is a Vancouver-based Counsellor who offers individual, couples, and family therapy.  Peter has been involved in the counselling field since 2006 and has worked in many... Read more

Amelia Wu

M.Ed., CCC
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Manpreet Athwal

MCP:AT, RCC
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Hi there, interested in seeing a counsellor?  Wanting to gain mental health support?  Are you noticing that your anxiety, depression, or mental health concerns are coming up or worsening?  Experienced... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May believes that all people, regardless of their personal struggles come to therapy with inherent strength and capacity and that through the therapy process, these strengths can be mobilized into positive action. May... Read more

Pauline Mullaney

M.S.W., RCSW
My practice includes working with couples, families, adolescents, individuals and groups. Couples counselling, communication and relationship concerns. Family issues such as behaviour management, parent /... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
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Video and telephone counselling available.  I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have been a Certified Canadian Counsellor in good... Read more

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more

Ruth Nyman

M.S.W., RSW
Ruth S. Nyman, MSW, RSW      Therapy and Counselling Services From time to time, serious problems come up in life; such as job-related stress, family and child issues, couple and marriage... Read more

Alexia Brown

M.Ed., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I attained a bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Counselling Psychology in 2007, from the University of British Columbia, where I was also a teaching and... Read more

Lisa Webster

M.A., CCC
  What makes Lisa stand out is her warm personality and her straight forward approach. With gentleness and humour, she guides clients to find their own insights, while providing tools and teaching techniques... Read more

Anne Dietrich

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Dietrich has extensive experience and training in the area of psychological trauma, such as childhood abuse, interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, physical assault), motor vehicle... Read more

Fernanda Souza

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
Challenging events? Life changes? Overwhelmed? Stressed? Needing balance?  Struggling with anxiety, relationships, depression, grief, decisions, performance?  Looking forward to getting to where you want to be... Read more

Erin Perkes

M.Couns., RCC
Erin Perkes is an associate of Thrive Collective: Counselling and Wellness.  Previous to her role with Thrive, she was a founding partner of Platinum Counselling Group, and an associate with the Adlerian... Read more

Kevin Kokoska

M.Ed., RCC
PAY-WHAT-FEELS-FAIR online therapy available for individuals impacted by COVID-19: www.kevinkokoska.com * My name is Kevin and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical... Read more

Mercedes Baines

M.A., RCC
Mercedes Baines is a Registered Clinical Counsellor & a Certified Adlerian Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology & a research focus in grief & loss. Inspiring fully embodied living... Read more

Tanya Dang

M.Ed., CCC
Tanya is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Her focus has been working with youth and adults to face their fears and to find direction... Read more

Suzanne Kyra

M.A., RCC
With over 30 years of experience, Suzanne Kyra, M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor, is a highly regarded counsellor with offices in West Vancouver and Coquitlam. She is also an international empowerment speaker, CEO... Read more

Alma Vaugeois

M.A., RCC
You Don't Have to let Anxiety Run Your Life!Are you struggling in your life with anxiety or fear that you can't manage ?Does your anxiety keep you from following your dreams and creating the life you want ?... Read more

Brooke Lewis

Psy.D., RCC
Brooke is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working out of two locations: one a private practice in Coquitlam and one within a wellness clinic within Fitness2000 (a locally owned gym facility).  Brooke received her... Read more

Andrew Huber

M.A., RCC
Are you hoping to make positive changes in your life but fear is getting in the way? Are you feeling stuck in a familiar pattern of doubt, confusion, indecisiveness, or unsure how or where to begin ... Read more

Susan Baum

Ph.D., R.Psych
"When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl To have my clients take up the challenge to change—this is the power I try to help them... Read more

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC
How you doing ?  Does shame ride shotgun in your life? Do you wish your life had more purpose? Are your relationships unfulfilling? Do you wish you could change? I focus my work on helping men... Read more

Josef Zaide

Ph.D., R.Psych
PLEASE NOTE:  AS OF MARCH 19, 2020 SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA TELEPHONE OR A TELEHEALTH PLATFORM.  I WILL PROVIDE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT INTERNET CONNECTION PROCEDURES.... Read more

Marcia Moitoso

MC, RCC
I have specialized training in working with people affected by trauma, anxiety, sexual concerns, relationship issues and difficulties with emotion regulation. Many of my clients come in with a combination of... Read more